Guides to the university

2022-2023 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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8.1. First year procedures, rules and administrative deadlines


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8.1.1. Change of Foreign Language

Through the yoU@B Diary by accessing Punto Blu-Study Plan > Language Choice/Change from 10 to 23 January 2023 student enrolled in Cyber and Transformative Sustainability Program can change the choice of the foreign language made during pre-enrollment.
Then, when enrolling in the second academic year, students can confirm/change the choice they made previously.
For information on the choice of foreign language and possible modifications and language courses offered, see "Foreign Languages" or check the website at

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8.1.2. Foreign language: application for exemption

Students who completed a Bachelor program at Bocconi can apply to have the mark that is recorded in the student's Bocconi undergraduate academic career validated, only in the first year of the program, in order to be exempted from the MSc language exam, during the periods 3 October 2022 - 12 July 2023 by submitting a written request using the B in Touch procedure in Languages > Requesting language exemption.
More information is available in "Foreign languages".

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8.2. Procedures,rules and administrative deadlines for second year of studies


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8.2.1. 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.


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8.2.2. Administrative procedures and deadlines for enrollment in the second year

Enrollment must be carried out during the 25 July - 26 August 2022 period, by accessing 'Renew Enrollment in 2022-23 a.y.' from the left-side menu of the yoU@B Student Diary.

The enrollment procedures are as follows:

  • select the "Enrollment in academic year" option;
  • enter the enrollment data requested.

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

The system will then require students to confirm their enrollment in the academic year and choice of elective courses.

Enrollment in the academic year is completed once the advance payment of the first installment of tuition and fees has been paid and recorded in the student's academic career. If the advance payment to the first installment of tuition and fees is not paid by 7 September 2022, 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 enroll by 26 August 2022 for whatever reason, can enroll during the 27 August - 31 December 2022(*) period on payment of a late-enrollment fee (for detailed information check the website and on the understanding that the possibility of choosing electives may be reduced (see following paragraphs).

After 31 December 2022 enrollment is only possible as repeating students ("fuori corso" or "fuori corso intermedio") and students will have to pay the penalty fees (

(*) Since 31 December 2022 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2023). 

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8.2.3. Choice of electives

When enrolling in the second year of studies (25 July - 26 August 2022), students must: 

Students enrolled in Cyber:

  • choose both first and second semester electives with at least one elective in the first semester (Bocconi) and at least one elective in the second semester (PoliMi), to be included in the study plan, selecting the language of instruction.

Students enrolled in Transformative Sustainability:

  • information will be available starting in the 2023-2024 academic year

During this period students can also change the electives previously chosen.
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 and Subject Groups available in the course profiles (
The educational offer for the 2022-2023 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.

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8.2.4. Allocation of electives and numerical limits

After enrollment in the academic year allocation of first and second semester electives will take place.

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

As a general rule, each class group of elective courses must not have more than 110 attending students, except for incoming Exchange program and incoming Double Degree.

Students who enroll in the academic year after 26 August and especially during the 27 August - 31 December 2022 period(*), can choose their first and second semester electives from the list of electives that are still available at the time of enrollment in the academic year.

(*) Since 31 December 2022 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2023).

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8.2.5. Foreign language: changes

Students enrolled in the second year can change the previously-selected foreign language by using Punto Blu, after accessing yoU@B, during the period 25 July - 26 August 2022 and 10 - 23 January 2023.

Information on curricular languages is available in "Foreign Languages".


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8.2.6. Changing first and second semester courses with second semester courses

During the 10 - 23 January 2023 period, 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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8.2.7. Additional courses

Additional courses, which are courses that students choose in order to achieve more than the number of credit points required to fulfill 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 Bocconi Msc Programs (offered for the MSc program of enrollment);
    • foreign languages;
  • Enhancing experience - Curricular supplementary activities (up to a maximum of two)*

Graduate level educational activities (not including Enhancing experience - 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, i.e.  for first semester electives from 29 August to the start of first semester lessons; for second semester electives from 24 January to the start of second semester lessons (see paragraph 8.2.4 "Allocation of Electives").

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).
Students can choose additional courses by sending a message through B in Touch in Study plan > Study plan change between

  • 25 July- 26 August 2022 for first-semester courses;
  • 10 January – 23 January 2023 for second-semester courses;

specifying the course code and title of the courses that the student wants to add to the academic career.
Additional courses that were not passed can be cancelled by sending a request through B in Touch. Any additional Enhancing Experience Activities - Curricular Supplementary Activities that were not passed will be cancelled automatically shortly before graduation.
Activities recorded with a passing mark cannot be eliminated.

* Please note that any additional Enhancing experience - 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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The Enhancing experience - Curricular supplementary activities aim to develop wide-ranging cultural knowledge and are classified as professional training activities.
CYBER and TRANSFORMATIVE SUSTAINABILITY students may take part in Enhancing experience - Curricular supplementary activities by recording 2 credit points earned as additional courses only.
Curricular supplementary activities offered in the 2021-2022 a.y. have been included, for example:

  • IT courses organized by IT Education Center;
  • Introductory Language courses organized by the Language Center;
  • Course on thesis revision;
  • Workshops created in collaboration with ISPI;
  • Broaden Your Frame Seminars;
  • Media Experience;
  • Skills and Self Empowerment courses.

Detailed information on the activities offered and the schedule will be made available in September 2022.
Choice of Activities and Assignment
Students have the opportunity to choose the curricular supplementary activities via yoU@B student Agenda during periods (Calls for Application) throughout the year, 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 an Enhancing experience - curricular supplementary activity already attended;
  • At least one Enhancing experience -  curricular supplementary activity already assigned and not yet successfully completed;
  • At least one Enhancing experience - curricular supplementary 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 Enhancing Experience - 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 and TRANSFORMATIVE SUSTAINABILITY 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.
Any additional Enhancing Experience Activities –Curricular Supplementary Activities that were not passed will be cancelled automatically shortly before graduation.
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) - not for CYBER and TRANSFORMATIVE SUSTAINABILITY students;
  • are valid for ISU Bocconi scholarship rankings.

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8.3. Changing Master of Science program


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8.3.1. Rules

Students cannot change their MSc program during the first year of studies.
After completion of the first year, students may:

  • submit an application to change programs to another MSc program offered by Bocconi or another joint Bocconi-PoliMi MSc program; they will be admitted to the first year of the new MSc program;
  • submit an application to change programs to a PoliMi program (see paragraph 8.5 “Transferring to Another University”).

Requests to change MSc program will only be evaluated on the condition that specific curricular requirements are met (in terms of undergraduate class or certain subject areas in the undergraduate curriculum).
For changes from Cyber or TS to another Bocconi MSc Program completed by students who have attended a Bachelor program at PoliMI, in addition to the above rules, these students must also submit GMAT/GRE results by the deadline for submitting the program change application (unless they have already taken the Bocconi test for admission to a Master of Science program).
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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8.3.2. Numerical limits and merit criteria to changing MSc program

For changes between MSc programs in the 2022-2023 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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8.3.3. Administrative procedures and deadlines

Students can submit an application to change MSc program using the procedure available in the yoU@B Diary during the 29 July - 22 August 2022 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 2022-2023 academic year in their original MSc Program.

On 2 September 2022, via their yoU@B, 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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8.4. Transferring to another university

Bocconi students may transfer to another university by submitting an application to transfer form that can be downloaded here.
The form must be:

  • correctly completed with details of the new university they intend to transfer to, the legal email address (PEC) of the University of destination and the Program they wish to attend;
  • accompanied by the documentation listed below (*),
  • sent by registered mail/courier to the following address: Università Commerciale "Luigi Bocconi" Academic Services- Study Planning Office - Room 213, Piazza Sraffa 11, 20136, Milan.

Students are advised to check the deadline for receiving transfer documents with the university they intend to transfer to, to make sure they have enough time to submit the application to complete the transfer procedure.

Students who present a transfer request during the 25 July - 30 September 2022 period do not have to enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year; students who present a transfer request after 3 October 2022 and no later than 31 December 2022(**) must enroll for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Enrolled students who have submitted a transfer application should contact the Fees, Funding and Housing service for information 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 Bocconi procedure for payments (;
  • 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 write through B in Touch > Academic Career > Transferring to another university.
(**) Since 31 December 2022 is a bank holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2023).

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8.5. 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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8.6. 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, which can be downloaded here, must be correctly completed and send  by registered mail/courier to the following address: Università Commerciale "Luigi Bocconi" Academic Services - Study Planning Office - Room 213, Piazza Sraffa 11, 20136, Milan. The application should include a declaration stating that there are no pending obligations with the Fees, Funding and Housing Office, the Bocconi Library, and other University Offices. A duty stamp of 16.00 euros must be attached to the application.
Students enrolled in the first year of studies 2022-2023 who wish to withdraw must follow the timeline below:

  • by 1 December 2022: they must contact the Admissions Office;
  • later than such date: they must contact the Academic Services.

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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8.7. Disqualification

As a rule, students lose student status eight academic years after the end of the normal duration of the program.
Calculations are made starting from the first enrollment in an MSc program in the university system; periods of temporary interruption requested according to Italian D.P.C.M. (Ministerial Decree) 09/04/2001 are not taken into account (military service, civil service, year of birth of each child and duly certified serious and prolonged illnesses).
Disqualification does not apply to those students who have passed all exams and are only missing the final degree exam.
Students who do not intend to be disqualified must write through B in Touch > Academic Career so that their academic career can be subjected to assessment by the Program Director.
If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the Director shall define the new deadline within which educational activities must be completed, normally corresponding to the normal duration of the program.
Students who have been disqualified can obtain certifications attesting to their university career and the number of credit points previously earned.

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