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GUIDES TO THE UNIVERSITY

2017-2018 A.Y.
Master of Science



9.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS AND DEADLINES

 

 

9.1.
First year procedures, rules and administrative deadlines

 
9.1.1.
Choice of foreign languages

The choice of the foreign languages and the level of the course must be carried out in the first year of studies through the yoU@B Diary by accessing to the Punto Blu-Study Plan>Language Choice from 8 to 19 January 2018.
In the second year, when enrolling in the academic year, students will be asked to confirm the choice they made in the first year.

For information about the choice of foreign languages and possible modifications and language courses offered, see "Foreign Languages" or check the website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre.

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9.1.2.
Curricular choices and modification, first year courses: M, GIO, ACME, EMIT, ESS

From 8-19 January 2018, through the yoU@B, by accessing the Punto Blu>Study Plan, students enrolled in some Master of Science programs must choose the curriculum or courses chosen by the students of the II semester, first year, for each Master of Science program following the indications below:

Management (M)
Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Management (M) choose between the two curricula in which the course is divided:
  • Percorsi di Management (Majors of Management), held in Italian and in English, or
  • Organizzazione e gestione delle risorse umane (Organization and Human Resourse Management), held in Italian language only.

Students enrolled in the English class group, who wish to continue the educational path by selecting the major Organizzazione e gestione delle risorse umane (Organization and Human Resource management) must go to the Academic Affairs Division Desk to request to pass to the Italian class group. In order to request it they must have one of the prerequisites recognized as valid for enrolling in a program taught in Italian.

Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations (GIO)

Students enrolled in the GIO MSc program choose a free track major or one of the following recommended majors:
  • Healthcare;
  • International organizations;
  • Public management and business-government relations;
  • Social enterprise and not for profit organizations.

Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment (ACME)
Students enrolled in the ACME Master of Science Program carry out the choice of one of the majors available. Based on the major chosen the workshop worth 10 credit points provided for the major will automatically be included in the study plan. Below please find the majors available and the relating workshop:

Major

 

 Workshop associated to the major

Arts markets, heritage and culture

Art management and markets

Cities, tourism and events

Tourism culture and territorial marketing

Fashion and design

Managerial issues in made in Italy industries

Media

Internet, publishing and music

Performing arts and entertainment

Theatre festivals and live performances

  Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology (EMIT)
Students enrolled in the EMIT Program choose a free-track Major or one of the recommended Majors from:
  • Big data and business analytics;
  • Green Management & Sustainability;
  • IT consulting;
  • Technology and Innovation Management.

Economic and Social Sciences (ESS)
Students enrolled in the Master of Science program ESS choose:
  • 1 compulsory courses from among:
    • Institutions, government and society - Module II A
    • Institutions, government and society - Module II B
and
  • 3 electives (specifying the language when they are taught in Italian and English) or
  • 2 electives and 2 in-depth studies worth 3 credit points each. It is specified that only one in-depth course is associated to a course for a maximum worth of 3 credit points.

Such choices can be modified when enrolling in the following academic year; please note that in this case the courses changed will be included in the second year study plan in order to allow students to attend the lessons.

Therefore sitting exams for these courses can take place only after the end of the semester in which second year courses are held.
Before choosing the electives, students are advised to check the list of courses available, course profiles, class timetables, and the tables of "Incompatible" and "Banned" courses published on the website (Italian version) and Subject Groups available in the course profiles (www.unibocconi.eu/courses).
Allocation of electives takes into account the progressive sign-up position registered when choosing/changing courses.
As a general guide, each class group of elective courses must not have more than 110 attending students.
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9.2.
Procedures,rules and administrative deadlines for second year of studies

   
9.2.1.
Access to program years following the first

Students enrolled in the first year of a MSc program are admitted to the second year regardless of the number of credit points earned.
After the first year of the program, students can enrol in the second year or in the first year as repeating students ("ripetente" or "fuori corso intermedio").
After the second year, students who have not yet completed their studies generally enrol as "fuori corso"; however they may still enrol as "ripetente".
Only students who are enrolled in the academic year as "regular" or "repeating" are allocated a class group for lessons.

In addition, all students enrolled:

  • are allowed to sit exams;
  • are granted access to the various services offered by the University (Library, IT labs, etc);
  • can request enrolment certifications for the academic year in which they are enrolled.
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9.2.2.
Administrative procedures and deadlines for enrolment in the second year

Enrolment must be carried out during the 26 July - 31 August 2017 period, by accessing, via yoU@B to the Punto Blu - Administrative Area menu.

The enrolment procedures are as follows:
  • select the "Enrolment in academic year" option;
  • enter the enrolment data requested.

After selecting "Enrolment in the academic year", the procedure gives second-year students the option to choose the major (if any) and electives. If the elective is taught in both Italian and English then students are asked to specify the language (see "Choice of ielectives").

The system will then require students to confirm both their enrolment in the academic year and choice of the major (if any) and elective courses.

Enrolment in the academic year is completed once the first instalment of the university fees and tuition has been paid and recorded in the student's academic career.

If the advance payment to the first instalment of the university fees and tuition is not paid by 15 September 2017, students will not be able to carry out any administrative or learning activities or make use of any services offered to students.

Students who do not enrol by 31 August 2017 for whatever reason, can enrol during the 1 September 2017- 31 December 2017 (*) period on payment of a late-enrolment fee (for detailed information check the website www.unibocconi.eu/fees) and on the understanding that the possibility of choosing electives may be reduced (see following paragraphs).

After 31 December 2017 enrolment is only possible as repeating students ("fuori corso" or "fuori corso intermedio") and, students will have to pay the penalty fees (www.unibocconi.eu/fees), to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

(*) Since 31 December 2017 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2018).
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9.2.3.
Choice of electives

When enrolling in the second year of studies (26 July - 31 August 2017) students must choose their major and both I and II semester electives to be included in the study plan specifying the language of instruction if requested.
During this period students can also modify major and the electives previously chosen.

ESS students are reminded that in order to allow them to attend lessons, if they make any change to their first year study plan during 26 July - 31 August 2017 the new elective courses are positioned in their second year study plan. For this reason exams can be taken after the end of the semester in which second year courses are held.Before choosing the major and electives, students are advised to check the list of courses available, course profiles, class timetables, and the tables of "Incompatible" and "Banned" courses published on the website (Italian version) and Subject Groups available in the course profiles (www.unibocconi.eu/courses).

Bocconi students participating in international programs will be given the possibility to change their study plan once they come back from the experience abroad (see 9.2.7 Change of study plan for students participating in international programs). However, upon enrollment in the academic year, students are advised to choose elective courses coherent with their interests in case they may sit for some exams at Bocconi. (*)

The educational offer for the 2017-2018 academic year includes also an e-learning class group for some courses already taught in the same semester using traditional methods.
If required, when students are asked to choose their elective courses, they must specify the learning method (either traditional or e-learning) as well as language of instruction of electives offered both in Italian and in English.

(*) For students enrolled in M and ACME Msc Programs: the “Global Experience” major can be selected ONLY after having had the recognition of courses passed abroad.
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9.2.4.
Allocation of electives and numerical limits

After the enrolment in the academic year allocation of I and II semester electives will take place for all students except those who have chosen the "free track" major. For them the allocation of electives is subject to the official approval of the MSc Program Director to the Academic Affairs Division.

Allocation of electives takes into account the progressive sign-up position registered when choosing/changing courses.

As a general guide, each class group of elective courses must not have more than 110 attending students.

Except for incoming Exchange program and incoming Double Degree.

Bocconi students participating in International programs can include courses which have already reached the maximum number of students enrolled in their study plan only for the purposes of recording exams taken abroad.

Students who enrol in the academic year after 31 August and especially during the 1 September 2017 - 31 December 2017 period(*), can choose their I and II semester electives from the list of electives that are still available at the time of enrolment in the academic year.

(*) Since 31 December 2017 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2018).
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9.2.5.
Foreign languages: changes and application for exemption

Second-year students can change the first and/or second language by using, after accessing to the yoU@B, the Punto Blu during the periods from 26 July - 20 September 2017 and 8 - 19 January 2018.
In addition, in the same periods, students can apply to have the mark that is recorded in the student's undergraduate academic career validated, in order to be exempted from the MSc language exam.
More information is available in "Foreign languages".

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9.2.6.
Changing I and II semester courses with II semester courses

During the 8 - 19 January 2018 period students can change their I and II semester electives included in their study plans with other II semester electives as long as they refer to the current academic year. These modifications must meet the numerical limits specified in "Allocation of electives".

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9.2.7.
Change of study plan for students participating in international programs

Bocconi students participating in International programs can modify their study plan when they come back (and in the periods scheduled for all students: 26 July to 31 August 2017 and from 8 to 19 January 2018) only one extra time (see 9.2.4. Electives allocation) through the yoU@B student Diary.

Once the recognition procedure of exams taken abroad has been completed and they have been recorded in the student’s academic career, the student will receive a message on his/her yoU@B diary notifying the possibility to change the study plan via the yoU@B>Punto Blu tab. In addition to the change for including the courses passed abroad in the student’s academic career, the student will be given the possibility of including second semester courses to be taken at Bocconi as long as there are still places available.
Please note that students enrolled in M and ACME Msc Programs: the “Global Experience” major can be selected ONLY after having had the recognition of courses passed abroad.
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9.2.8.
Higher level courses for ESS, CLEFIN/FINANCE and GIO students

Some highly-motivated and deserving MSc students will be allowed to obtain academic credit from higher level courses. That is, courses held as part of the following Bocconi PhD Programs: PhD in Economics and Finance, PhD in Business Administration and Management, PhD in Public Policy and Administration and, PhD in Statistics.

 

PhD courses offered in the 2017-2018 a.y.


This is a unique opportunity to enrich your academic curriculum with higher level courses.
This opportunity is offered to a limited number of students.

Considering the high level of complexity of PhD courses and the small number of students admitted, the selection procedures need to be rigorous. The assessment is based on a series of factors (described below) but it is necessarily comprehensive and qualitative depending on the applicant’s profile and the course requested in relation to the profiles of other candidates. It is not possible to challenge the final selection decisions made by the PhD School. Submitting the application for a higher level studies course implies acceptance of the assessment, whether positive or negative, given by the PhD School at the end of the selection.

At the same time, admission to courses of the PhD School implies acceptance of its rules.

Selection requirements

 

  • Only students who have been awarded a graduation grade of the undergraduate program of at least 105 out of 110 can be admitted in the selection procedure;
  • students enrolled in the first or second year of studies (as regular students 'in corso') for the 2017-2018  academic year can apply;
  • students cannot apply for PhD courses taught in the same semester in which they have been selected for an Exchange or Free-mover Semester programs. However, students selected for such programs can apply for PhD courses held while they are attending lessons at Bocconi;
  • students admitted to a Double Degree program are excluded from the selection; these programs include the attendance of the second year of studies at partner universities.

Number of PhD courses that can be selected
Students enrolled in ESS programs can choose up to 3 PhD courses. Of these, they can request recognition of 2 courses in place of MSc electives and 1 course as an additional one.

Students enrolled in other MSc programs (Clefin/Finance and GIO) can choose up to 2 PhD courses: of these they can request recognition of 1 course in place of a MSc elective and 1 course as an additional course.

When selecting PhD courses, students cannot express an alternative choice for any course. Decisions are final. This choice is unavoidable due to the complexity and non-mechanical nature of the selection procedure.

The list of available PhD courses for MSc program students includes the name of the PhD Course Director, the teaching period, the MSc program the course is offered in and the maximum number of places available for MSc students for each course. All courses are taught in English.

Some PhD courses and MSc courses may be incompatible courses in terms of contents. Therefore, students cannot record both courses in their study plans. Students must verify any incompatible courses when choosing courses.


Selection procedure
The assessment of each student is based on his/her academic career and degree of motivation.

The list of the candidates admitted is determined by the Dean of the PhD School. The decision is final.

If a student who has been selected wishes to stop attending the PhD course(s) for whatever reason, those slots will not be reassigned to other students.

The criteria for selection are the following:

percentage of credit points earned (by the end of the February exam session) compared to the total number of credit points that can be earned

  • grade point average (weighted on the credit points)
  • brief letter of motivation 
  • short CV 
  • any GMAT or GRE certification
  • graduation grade of the undergraduate degree.


Deadlines and procedures
Detailed information on timelines and procedures for the 2017-2018 will be made available during the year.

  • In May students apply:
    • via yoU@B Diary, by specifying the courses they wish to attend;
    • by submitting a brief letter of motivation, CV and any GMAT or GRE certification to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.
  • By the first half of July students will receive an admission/non-admission message concerning the courses via yoU@B;
  • In August students will include elective courses provided in the Master of Science program list only (they do not enter the PhD courses they applied for). If students pass PhD exams they can record up to 1 exam (up to 2 exams for ESS students) in place of one (two) of the MSc elective courses previously included in the study plan. Should students, for whatever reason, not pass the PhD exams, then the study plan and elective courses selected by 31 August will be considered. Students selected for one or more PhD exams are not given other chances to modify the MSc elective courses other than those usually provided for all students.  


The class timetable may not be available when making the choice (as a general rule in the month of August), and PhD classes and other MSc course lessons might overlap.



PhD Teaching and exam
Classes consist of a limited number of students (usually 5 to 10).

At the end of the course students have only ONE chance to sit the exam.

Students can attend the PhD course for the academic year to which he/she has applied. In other words, students applying in May 2018 for the PhD courses of the 2018-2019 academic year must sit the PhD exam for that academic year.

Recording in the student’s academic career
After passing PhD exams, students are contacted by the Study Planning Office of the Academic Affairs Division in order to define the composition of their study plan, therefore to evaluate the possibility of including the course in place of an elective course or as an additional one.


The exams passed are recorded in the student’s academic career as courses without Bocconi correspondence, taken as part of the Bocconi PhD School. Only for ESS students the PhD exam can be recorded as course with Bocconi correspondence in the student’s academic career. The exams passed are recorded in the student’s academic career with a grade out of thirty and they are calculated in the GPA.

The recording is automatic and students cannot refuse the grade. Assessment of the PhD exam is made fairly without special regard for students who access the exam as a MSc program student. This should be carefully weighed by each student when applying for a PhD course.

Recording PhD courses in the academic career by students who have not been admitted to attend such courses through the procedure described above is absolutely not allowed.

Each course is worth 6 credit points.

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9.2.9.
Additional courses

Additional courses, which are courses that students choose in order to achieve more than the number of credit points required to fulfil the MSc degree requirements, can be included in the study plan for a maximum of three courses and they can be chosen from:
  • Graduate level educational activities:
    • electives of Msc Programs;
    • foreign languages; in-depth studies (only for students enrolled in ESS two in-depth studies are equal to an elective course).
  • higher level courses (PhD). For detailed information on the procedures for including such courses see paragraph 9.2.8. Higher level courses.

Graduate level educational activities can be included in the study plan only after the course exams of the first 2 MSc semesters have been passed.

Please notice that
  • allocation of elective courses entered as additional exams is subject to the limit of places available;
  • allocation of elective courses entered as additional exams, if available, is made after the allocation of the elective courses included in the student’s academic career as choice/change of study plan, i.e. after 1 September for electives of the first semester, after 20 January for second semester ones and it is depending on the places’ availability. (see paragraph "Allocation of electives courses")

Additional courses are included in the calculation of the Grade Point Average for a maximum of 2 courses; if students have taken more than 2, the best 2 marks are considered (if grades are the same ones those additional courses with more credit points are considered).

Students can choose additional courses by completing the form that can be collected from the Academic Affairs Division Desk during the 26 July 2017 - 19 January 2018 period.

Additional courses can be cancelled by handing in an application to the Academic Affairs Division Desk. An activity recorded with a passing mark cannot be eliminated.
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9.3.
Changing Master of Science program

         
9.3.1.
Rules

Students cannot change their MSc program during the first year of studies.
After completion of the first year, students who apply to change their MSc program may be admitted to the first year of the new MSc program.

For MSc programs that are taught in both Italian and English, changing from a class group taught in English to a class group taught in Italian (and vice versa) is the same as changing Msc Program and therefore can only be done at the end of the first year.. The requests of changing class group must be considered as exceptional cases and must be accompanied by written motivation by the student. The possibility of having the request accepted depend on, in addition to the reason provided by the student, the respect of minimum language requirements specified below and by the student’s academic curriculum, to the number of applications, on the basis of the information available in the application period, of the class group of destination. In these cases, the admission decision and the year of admission will be defined by the MSc Program Director after the approval given by the Dean of the Graduate School.


In case of change from a Master of Science taught in Italian to a Master of Science taught in English, one of the language prerequisites recognized as valid for enrolling in a Master of Science in English is needed. In case of change from a program taught in English to a Program taught in Italian, one of the language prerequisites recognized as valid for enrolling to a Master of Science in Italian is needed.


The MSc Program Director of the new program evaluates all the changing MSc program requests submitted and decides on the possible admittance of the students on the basis of a global assessment of the student’s curriculum

When changing from one MSc program to another, the following applies:

  • exams taken for courses in the original degree that have the same title, code and credit point value as those included in the new MSc Program are considered to be equal (some exams in common for the two MSc Programs);
  • exams are to be integrated if they are for courses belonging to the same subject group in both the original and new degree program. Courses may have significantly different course profiles but are worth the same credit point value, or the original programs courses may be worth less credit points than those of the new program. In this case the exam mark is based on a weighted average of the marks obtained in both degree programs;
  • any exams included in the original degree that are not included in the program structure of the new degree are considered to be in excess. Note that compulsory courses taken as part of the original MSc Program which are not included in the program structure of the new MSc Program can be recognized as additional and also as elective courses if approved by the MSc Program Director.
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9.3.2.
Numerical limits and merit criteria to changing MSc program

For the 2017-2018 academic year the following numerical limits have been set: 3 students for each class group of each MSc program.


The requests are evaluated by the MSc Program Director who carries out a global assessment of the student’s curriculum and decides upon the possible admittance/non admittance in a new MSc Program.

In cases where the number of students who could be possibly admitted is greater than the number of places, a single ranking list is made based on the student’ weighted average and the number of credit points earned will be taken into account.

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9.3.3.
Administrative procedures and deadlines

Students can submit an application to change the MSc program (the application form must be collected, filled out and handed in at the Academic Affairs Division Desk) during the 27 July - 29 August 2017 period. The same deadline applies for cancelling or modifying any applications previously submitted.
In order to submit the application to change the MSc program, students must be enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year in their original MSc Program.

On 5 September 2017, via their yoU@B student Diaries, students will receive the results of the Master of Science change, admitted students receive this message together with the new program details and the class group assigned. 

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9.4.
Transferring to another university

Università Bocconi students can transfer to another university by submitting the application to transfer to the Academic Affairs Division Desk (here you can also collect the application form) including details of the new university they intend to transfer to and the MSc program they wish to attend.

Students are advised to find out when the deadline for receiving transfer documents is from the university they intend to transfer to, in order to ensure that they have enough time to complete the transfer procedure.
Students who submit a transfer request during the 24 July - 29 September 2017 period do not have to enrol in the 2017-2018 academic year, while students who submit a transfer request after 2 October 2017 (and in any case by 31 December 2017(*) must enrol for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Enrolled students who have submitted a transfer application should contact the University Fees Office (TCA) check their position regarding university fees and tuition.
The transfer application must be accompanied by:
  •  duty stamp of 16,00 euros;
  • unofficial academic transcript and Bocconi ID card (except for the card which can be enabled for banking operations);
  • receipt for payment of fees for the issue of the transfer document;
  • declaration from the Università Bocconi Library that the student does not have any books still out on loan;
  • authorization from ISU;
  • authorization from the University Fees Office (TCA).

Students who transferred to another University cannot come back to Università Bocconi during the same academic year they applied for transferring except for students who have not completed any administrative act at the university of destination.

Students who intend to continue their studies at universities abroad must complete the special application form which is available from the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

(*) Since 31 December 2017 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2018).
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9.5.
Temporary interruption

Students who during the academic year have military service, civil service, female students in the year of birth of each child and students who are forced to interrupt studies because of serious illness and certified prolonged medical conditions can apply  to temporarily interrupt their studies in accordance with D.P.C.M. 09/04/2001.

Temporary interruption means that those students will not be able to complete any administrative operations, participate in educational activities or make use of university services offered to students. The years for which the student did not enrol do not count towards disqualification. For each year of temporary interruption students are required to pay a fixed sum for each year as set by the University Fees Office (TCA).      

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9.6.
Disqualification

After eight academic years following the end of the standard duration of the program, starting from the first initial enrolment in the university system, the student academic career is subject to a specific evaluation.

If positive it will be defined the new maximum deadline, usually corresponding to the standard duration of the program, for completing all the educational activities.

The maximum number of enrolments as "fuori corso" and as "ripetente" does not take into account periods of temporary interruption requested according to D.P.C.M. (Ministerial Decree) 09/04/2001 which is described in "Suspension, temporary interruption and resumption of University studies".

Students who have been disqualified from their Degree Program can obtain certifications attesting to their university career and the number of credit points previously earned. If students should eventually resume their studies, the credit points previously earned will be evaluated to determine if they are still valid.

Disqualification does not apply to those students who have passed all exams and only miss the final degree exam.

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9.7.
Withdrawing from university studies

Students can withdraw from their studies at any time, ending their academic career at this University. Their intention to withdraw must be communicated in a written, clear and concise form.

The withdrawal form is to be collected, filled out and submitted to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

Students enrolled in the first year of studies 2017-2018 who wish to withdraw must follow the timeline below:

  • by 1 December 2017: they must go to the Admissions Office Desk (piazza Sraffa 13, which can be accessed through the One-Stop Service Center);
  • later than such date: they must go to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

The application should include a declaration stating that there are no pending obligations with ISU Bocconi (Student Assistance and Financial Aid), the Bocconi Library, and other University Offices. A marca da bollo worth of euro 16,00 must be attached to the application.

Students must pay university fees and tuition up to the submission of the withdrawal form according to the payment deadlines defined by TCA (University Fess Office).

Students who submit the withdrawal form should contact the TCA (University Fees Office) in order to check any pending obligations with reference to any tuition and fees deadline expired.
Withdrawn students can obtain certifications regarding the previous academic career and credit points earned.
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