Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply if I have not completed my undergraduate degree?
You can submit your application prior to the conferral of your degree. We will accept and evaluate your dossier. However, be aware that, in case of admission, you will have to receive your degree within 90 days from the beginning of the program.
Can I be exempted from taking the GMAT or GRE?
All applicants - regardless of educational background or experience - must take either the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or, alternatively sit for the Bocconi Test which takes place at Università Bocconi. For more information about the GMAT or the GRE, please visit https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat or https://www.ets.org/gre/.
What is the Bocconi Test?
The Bocconi Test is an aptitude test which is focused on different evaluation areas: reading comprehension, numerical and analytical reasoning, abstract reasoning and problem solving. It is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and lasts 100 minutes Mafinrisk candidates are required to take the test in English. Registration to the test is made onto your online application, filling the relevant section. Find out more about the Bocconi Test.
Can the Bocconi Test be taken online?
No. The test is held at Università Bocconi, in Milan.
Can I apply for MAFINRISK before taking the GMAT or the GRE?
Candidates must take either the GMAT or the GRE prior to submitting an application. You need to upload your official GMAT/GRE score report into your online application upon submission, therefore by the application deadline. If you have not received your official score report when submitting your application we accept the unofficial score report as evidence of your GMAT/GRE on condition that the official one is provided upon admission to the program.
What GMAT/GRE score do I need?
We do not require a minimum score, however it is very unusual for us to accept candidates with a total Gmat score below 650 or a total Gre score below 158/160. The Gmat scores of admitted applicants vary across classes ranging from 650 to 750. A Gmat score of 700+ or a Gre score of 165+ can add weight to your application.
How do I report my GMAT/GRE scores to Bocconi?
We recommend you not to ask the Test Center to send your score directly to Bocconi. You are required to upload your GMAT/GRE score report into your online application.
Is the English language certificate compulsory?
It is essential that all participants speak, write and understand English fluently (B2 level). The proof of English language ability is not compulsory, however we suggest candidates whose native language is not English or who have not been studying fully in English to submit an English language certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE, CPE, CAE or equivalent).
What kind of reference letters should I submit?
You can submit one or two reference letters, academic or professional. Be sure that reference letters are written by someone familiar with your skills, character, and accomplishments at university or in the workplace. We do not require the reference letters to be in a standard format.
What weighting do you place on the various different selection criteria?
The Selection Committee will look at your academic records, your GMAT/GRE/Bocconi test score, your personal statement and motivation, your references, your CV as a whole and will make a careful, balanced assessment based on all these criteria.
Are all applicants invited for an interview?
We do not require all candidates to have an interview with us. In some cases, after the initial application review, the Selection Committee may decide to invite a candidate for an interview.
I have previously applied for MAFINRISK unsuccessfully. Can I reapply?
You can reapply and submit a new application.
Should I translate my degree?
If you hold a degree issued by a non Italian Institution/University, the Bocconi Admissions Office can ask you to provide some additional documents aimed at verifying in detail the compatibility of your academic path with the Specialized Master program of interest.
You may be asked to provide the "Declaration of Value", which is an official document (written in Italian) - issued by the competent Italian Authorities (Embassy/Consulate/Italian Cultural Institute) in the country to which the educational system of your university refers - that confirms the validity of your Bachelor Diploma or Degree.Candidates who are required to submit the Declaration of Value will be informed by the Bocconi Admissions Office upon notification of the selection results.
Candidates who already have a Declaration of Value of their Bachelor or Degree are advised to upload it into their online application.