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2019-2020 A.Y.
Master of Science Programs in joint with Politecnico di Milano


The information in this Guide refers only to activities and regulations in place at Bocconi University. For activities and regulations in place at Politecnico, please check the PoliMi widget available in the yoU@B Diary.

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First year procedures, rules and administrative deadlines

Choice of Foreign Language

Through the yoU@B Diary by accessing Punto Blu-Study Plan>Language Choice from 8 to 21 January 2020 student enrolled in Cyber Program must carry out the choice of the foreign language and the level of the course.
Then, when enrolling in the second academic year, students can confirm/change the choice they made in the first year.
For information on 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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Procedures,rules and administrative deadlines for second year of studies

Access to program years following the first

Students enrolled in the first year of an 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 enroll 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 enroll as "fuori corso"; however they may still enroll as "ripetente". 
Only students who are enrolled in the academic year as "regular" or "repeating" are allocated a class group for lectures.

In addition, all enrolled students:

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

Enrollment in the second year is generally completed starting in the last week of July through the yoU@B diary, by accessing Punto Blu > Administration.

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Choice of electives

When enrolling in the second year of studies, where applicable, students must choose both first and second semester electives (at Bocconi and PoliMi) to be included in the study plan, selecting the language of instruction.
During this period students can also change previously chosen electives.

Before choosing their electives, students should consult the "Table of incompatible courses", the "Table of banned courses" and the Subject Groups available in the course profiles (www.unibocconi.eu/courses).

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Allocation of electives and numerical limits

After enrollment in the academic year allocation of first and second semester electives will take place for all students.
Allocation of electives takes into account the progressive sign-up position registered when choosing/changing courses.


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Foreign languages: changes and application for exemption

Second-year students can change the foreign language by using Punto Blu, after accessing yoU@B, during the enrollment period.
In addition, students can apply via Help&Contact 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 will be available in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Changing first and second semester courses with second semester courses

Generally on January, students can change their first and second semester electives included in their study plans with other second 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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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;
  • Curricular supplementary activities (up to a maximum of two)

Graduate level educational activities (not including curricular supplementary activities) can be included in the study plan only after the course exams of the first 2 MSc semesters have been passed. 

Please note 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.

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, additional courses with more credit points are considered).

* Please note that any additional curricular supplementary activities can be placed in the study plan in addition (and not as an alternative) to any additional courses.

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Curricular supplementary activities

Curricular supplementary activities aim to develop wide-ranging cultural knowledge and are classified as professional training activities.
They include, for example, seminars on specific topics, study tours, IT courses on the use of software and courses on non-European languages. 
CYBER students may take part in curricular supplementary activities by recording 2 credit points earned as additional courses only.

These activities are positioned in the second year of the program, however, participation in the activities may be completed in advance during the first year of the program, as long as spots are available. Curricular supplementary activities  offered in the 2019-2020 a.y. involve, for example:

  • IT courses organized by SEDIN;
  • Language and culture courses organized by the Language Center;
  • Course on thesis revision;
  • Workshops created in collaboration with ISPI;
  • Broaden Your Frame Seminars;
  • Media Experience
  • Study Tours.

Detailed information on the activities offered and the schedule will be made available in September 2019.

Choice of Activities and Assignment
Starting from the academic year 2019-20 students have the opportunity to choose the supplementary curricular activities via  yoU@B student Agenda during 4 period (Calls for Application) throughout the year, 2 in the first and 2 in the second semester, in accordance with schedules that will be communicated during the year.

When choosing, the student can indicate the order of preference for a maximum of 3 activities and, based on a ranking, is assigned only to one of the selected activities.

The following elements have priority in establishing the ranking:

  • Second year of enrollment;
  • Participation in Double Degree or Joint Degree

The ranking list takes into consideration also the following elements:

  • Failure to pass a supplementary curricular activity already attended;
  • At least one supplementary curricular activity already assigned and not yet successfully completed;
  • At least one supplementary curricular activity already assigned and completed successfully.

In case of equal qualifications, the ranking priority will follow the cronological order of registration for the activities.

Placement and recording of Curricular Supplementary Activities in the Program Structure
The two credit points that can be earned are subject to meeting the attendance requirements and passing a theory-based test (pass or fail); assessment methods will be defined ad hoc for the specific activity. Students enrolled in the MSc CYBER can record up to two curricular supplementary activities as additional courses.
Please note that any additional curricular supplementary activities may be placed in the individual study plan in addition to (and not as an alternative to) other additional courses.
The 2 credit points earned for each activity:

  • are recorded in the academic career upon passing the final theory-based test;
  • are not included in the calculation of the GPA;
  • are not included for the purposes of Bocconi rankings for exchange programs (Exchange, CEMS);
  • are valid for ISU Bocconi scholarship rankings.
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Changing Master of Science program


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 to another program offered by Bocconi only may be admitted to the first year of the new MSc program. 

Requests for changing class group must be considered as exceptional cases and must be accompanied by written motivation by the student. In addition to the reason provided by the student, acceptance of the request depends on meeting the minimum language requirements specified below and the student’s academic curriculum, and 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 approval given by the Dean of the Graduate School. 

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 required. 

The MSc Program Director of the new program evaluates all the changing MSc program requests submitted and decides on the possible admittance of 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 program 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 elective courses if approved by the MSc Program Director.
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Numerical limits and merit criteria to changing MSc program

Information on numerical limits applicable to changing MSc program for the 2020-2021 academic year are currently not available.

For changes between MSc programs in the 2019-2020 a.y., the following numerical limits have been set: 3 students for each class group of each MSc program.
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 students weighted averages and the number of credit points earned will be taken into account.

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Administrative procedures and deadlines

Students can submit an application to change MSc program using the procedure available in the yoU@B Diary, generally between late July and late August. 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 new academic year in their original MSc Program.

 During the month of September, 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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Transferring to another university

Bocconi University students can transfer to another university by submitting an application to transfer to the Academic Affairs 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 23 July - 30 September 2019 period do not have to enroll in the 2019-2020 academic year, while students who submit a transfer request after 1 October 2018 (and in any case by 31 December 2019(*) must enroll for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Enrolled students who have submitted a transfer application should contact the Fees Funding and Housing Office check their position regarding tuition and fees.
The transfer application must be accompanied by:

  • duty stamp of 16.00 euros;
  • unofficial academic transcript and Bocconi ID card (except for the student ID which can be enabled for banking operations);
  • receipt for payment of fees for issuing the transfer document which must be made via the Paytool procedure (http://paytool.unibocconi.it/buy);
  • declaration from the Bocconi Library that the student does not have any books still out on loan;
  • authorization from the University Fees Funding and Housing Office.

Students who transferred to another University cannot come back to Bocconi University during the same academic year they applied for transfer except for students who have not completed any administrative acts 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 2019 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2020).

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Temporary interruption

During the academic year, students who 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 Italian 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 enroll 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 Fees Funding and Housing Service.

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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 Desk.

Students enrolled in the first year of studies 2019-2020 who wish to withdraw must follow the timeline below:

  • by 3 December 2019: 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 Desk.

The application should include a declaration stating that there are no pending obligations with the Fees Funding and Housing Service, the Bocconi Library, and other University Offices. A duty stamp of 16.00 euros 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 the Fees Funding and Housing Service.

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

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