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1. How and when do I apply?
You have to apply exclusively through the on-line application procedure which is available here from 3 October, 2017. The deadline for submitting your application is 15 January 2018 at 24:00 CET (1st February 2018 at 24:00 CET for the PhD program in Statistics). This deadline is not negotiable.

Detailed information about the on-line application procedure can be found in the website section STARTING YOUR APPLICATION.

You are allowed to apply for more than one PhD program, using the same ID and password; however, if you apply for more than one program, separate on-line procedures shall be used.
The application is free.

2. What are the requirements for application?
For the PhD programs in Business Administration and Management, Economics and Finance, Public Policy and Administration and Statistics:
Applications can be submitted by Italian and non-Italian citizens who:
- have completed or are completing their graduate studies and
- have at least a "proven" B2 (CEFR) level of competence in English
Graduate qualifications accepted:
- Italian degrees: second cycle (graduate) degrees
- non-Italian degrees of equivalent Italian standard recognized as such by the Admission Board

Your competence in English must be shown by a recognized international English language proficiency certification, which you will upload to the on-line application procedure (click here to check the list of recognized certificates and minimum scores required - at least a B2 (CEFR) level) or, if you do not have a recognized international certification, you will have to self-declare that you:

  • are an English native speaker
  • attended a University program in English
  • attended a secondary school program in English (please, upload the certificate)
  • passed the internal English exam in a Bocconi degree program
  • have other reasons (please, specify them).

For the PhD in Legal Studies:

Applications can be submitted by Italian and non-Italian citizens who:

  • have completed or are completing their graduate studies and
  • have at least a "proven" B2 (CEFR) level of competence in English (for both curricula)
  • are Italian native speakers or have at least a B2 (CEFR) level of competence in Italian (only for the curriculum in Business and Social Law)

Graduate qualifications accepted:

  • Italian degrees: second cycle (graduate) degrees (e.g. five-year degree in Law)
  • non-Italian degrees of equivalent Italian standard recognized as such by the Admission Board

Your competence in English (for both curricula) must be shown by a recognized international English language proficiency certification, which you will upload to the on-line application procedure (click here to check the list of recognized certificates and minimum scores required - at least a B2 (CEFR) level) or, if you do not have a recognized international certification, you will have to self-declare that you:

- are an English native speaker
- attended a University program in English
- attended a secondary school program in English (please, upload the certificate)
- passed the internal English exam in a Bocconi degree program
- have other reasons (please, specify them).

Only for the curriculum in Business and Social Law, you will self-declare your level of competence in Italian in the on-line application procedure, clicking on “self declaration of Italian language competencies”. Click here to check the list of recognized certificates and minimum scores corresponding to level B2 (and higher levels)

However, if you are a non-Italian native speaker and have a recognized international certificate of Italian language proficiency, you can upload it.

Applicants whose required Italian or non-Italian degree qualifications are still pending on the final application date can take part in the selection for all PhD programs and will be admitted conditionally. They must be awarded the required qualifications by 31 October 2018, or their enrollment will be void.
Certifications of required qualifications must be provided by 9 November 2018.

3. What are the selection criteria?
For the PhD programs in Business Administration and Management, Economics and Finance, Public Policy and Administration, Statistics, the assessment is based on a candidate’s: 

  • curriculum vitae;
  • academic records;
  • international graduate admission tests scores (GMAT or GRE);
  • statement of purpose;
  • up to two reference letters;
  • other relevant documents (e.g. publications)*.

The assessment criteria are the same for each of the PhD programs:   

  • a maximum of 40 points for the applicant’s curriculum vitae and academic records;
  • a maximum of 20 points for GMAT/GRE;
  • a maximum of 30 points for statement of purpose and reference letters;
  • a maximum of 10 points for other submitted documents.
A minimum of 60 total points is required to be eligible for admission to all the above PhD programs.

For the PhD in Legal Studies, the first assessment is based on a candidate’s:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • academic records;
  • statement of purpose;
  • research proposal;
  • up to two reference letters;
  • other relevant documents (e.g. publications)*.

The qualifications assessment criteria are as follows:

  • a maximum of 50 points for the applicant’s curriculum vitae and academic records;
  • a maximum of 40 points for statement of purpose, research proposal and reference letters;
  • a maximum of 10 points for other relevant elements.

The Admission Board will interview applicants who have obtained at least 70 points in the qualifications assessment. An applicant will be elegible for admission to the PhD program if he or she has obtained at least 70 points in the qualifications assessment and at least 20 points out of 30 in the interview.

For other informations about selection criteria, see the section Selection Criteria.

*Financial support by external donors is not included in the assessment criteria, therefore it does not contribute to increasing the score in the ranking for admission results

4. What are the documents for the selection?
The following elements are considered:

  • Personal curriculum: Full CV (education, work experience, language skills, study/work abroad, other relevant skills and experiences);
  • Academic records: : transcript of exams and certification of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded and final grade (if any); if the graduate program has not been completed*, an enrollment document with the full study plan, the exams taken and the grades achieved;
  • International Graduate Admission Tests score:  the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). These tests are not relevant for the PhD in Legal Studies;
  • Statement of purpose: short description (max 1200 words) of your motivation for enrollment in Bocconi PhD programs, your research interests and professional goals; only for the PhD in Legal Studies: short description (max 1200 words) of your motivation for enrollment in Bocconi PhD program and of your professional goals;
  • Reference letters: up to two reference letters uploaded by referees appointed in the on-line application procedure. Referees can be academic (first best) or non academic (second best);
  • Abstract of the thesis (only for the PhD in Legal Studies): only if included in your graduate program (maximum length: one page);
  • Research proposal (only for the PhD in Legal Studies): detailed description of research proposal coherent with one of the curricular disciplinary fields (see Full Official Call of the PhD in Legal Studies, art.1);
  • Other relevant documents (maximum five): e.g. publications, other programs attended, etc.

*Applicants who have not achieved a degree are allowed to apply, but they must obtain the degree by 31 October 2018, or their enrollment will be void.

For other informations about these documents, see the section Documents for Selection. Should you need information about data and/or documents, contact phdadmission@unibocconi.it

5. How and when will my referee(s) submit their reference letters?
Your referee(s) will be required to upload their letters by 15 January 2018 (1 February 2018 for the PhD program in Statistics).
You are advised to enter and save referees’ names and e-mail addresses well before the deadline, so the referees will have time to write and upload their letters.
Once you have entered your referees’ names and e-mails, click on SAVE. An automatic e-mail will be sent to the referee e-mail address. Therefore you are required to check the accuracy of the addresses you are providing.
We warmly suggest you to contact your referees to make sure that they received the automatic e-mail and paid due attention.

You can indicate a maximum of two referees and one e-mail address for each referee.

Before submitting data, you are allowed to:
- change the e-mail addresses of your referee(s);
- add new referee(s) (not exceeding two);
- change the referee(s).

You can access the online procedure to check whether your reference letter(s) have been sent by referee(s) even after application’s submission; this information will be shown in the section “Referees- Contact details” as soon as the referee uploads his/her letter. We invite you to access the on-line procedure again to check.

Please note that:
- as soon as you change a referee, the former referee will be not able to upload anymore;
- as soon as the referee uploads his/her letter, you will not be able to change the referee anymore.
Reference letters are not mandatory but they contribute to increasing your score in the final ranking.

6. How will I be informed about the result of my application?
For the PhD programs in Business Administration and Management, Economics and Finance, Public Policy and Administration, Statistics:
By 14 March 2018 you will be sent a personal email to the address provided on-line in which information about the outcome of the application will be found.
You will be able to access the on-line procedure by using your ID and password, accessing more information, in particular:

As far as the standard ranking is concerned:

  • if your status is “with fellowship”, “with tuition waiver” or “with tuition fees”: points awarded, ranking and financial conditions;
  • if your status is “in the waiting list”: points awarded and ranking;
  • if your status is “not admitted”: points awarded.

As far as the extra ranking is concerned:

  • if your status is “with tuition fees and external financial support”: points awarded, ranking;
  • if your status is “not admitted”: points awarded.

For the PhD in Legal Studies:
By 22 February 2018 you will be sent a personal e-mail to the address you provided on your on-line application in which you will be informed about your admission to the interview.
You will be able to access the on-line procedure by using your ID and password and find more information, in particular:

  • if you have been admitted to the interview: points awarded and ranking;
  • if you have not been admitted to the interview: points awarded

By 14 March 2018 you will be sent a personal e-mail to the address provided on-line in which information about the outcome of the application will be found.
You will be able to access the on-line procedure using your ID and password, accessing more information, in particular:

As far as the standard ranking is concerned:

  • if your status is “with fellowship”, “with tuition waiver” or “with tuition fees”: points awarded, ranking and financial conditions;
  • if your status is “in the waiting list”: points awarded and ranking;
  • if your status is “not admitted”: points awarded.

As far as the extra ranking is concerned:

  • if your status is “with tuition fees and external financial support”: points awarded, ranking;
  • if your status is “not admitted”: points awarded

The ranking of each public competition is published in compliance with data privacy laws on http://www.unibocconi.eu/admissionphd (privacy is guaranteed).

7. Can I get financial support if I am admitted?

Bocconi PhD Programs - Handbook (https://www.unibocconi.eu/phds) gives detailed information about:

  1. fellowships, merit-based tuition waivers and tuition fees;financial aid for PhD students (remuneration for research assistantship and teaching assistantship/teaching; budget for research activities; financial support for job market placement).
  2. financial aid for PhD students (remuneration for research assistantship and teaching assistantship/teaching; budget for research activities; financial support for job market placement).
In particular:

1)  With reference to fellowships, merit-based tuition waivers and tuition fees:

Bocconi merit-based fellowships (see Places and financial conditions) are awarded to the best ranked students, in relationship to the number of available fellowships.
Current amounts of the merit–based fellowships per year (before social security-INPS contributions) are as follows:

AMOUNT
YEAR

€20,280

(1°y for Legal Studies)

(1° and 2° y for other programs)

€13,838,47

(2 and 3° y for Legal Studies)

(3° and 4° y for other programs)

Please note that the minimum amount stated by law is € 13.638,47 per annum.

The amount of the fellowship is higher when students are fully dedicated to coursework; it is lower in the following years as the income can be supplemented by contracts as teaching assistants and/or research assistants; moreover in the last two years of the program students are provided with a budget for research activities (see below).

For periods of time spent abroad, the fellowship is increased by 50% of € 13.638,47, the minimum amount stated by law, in proportion to the duration of the stay abroad, which in any case cannot exceed a total of 18 months.

Fellowships based on merit and financial conditions are managed by ISU Bocconi (Student Assistance and Financial Aid Center as provided by regional law no. 33, 13 December 2004). Applications shall be sent to ISU Bocconi following the 2018-2019 public competition instructions, which will be published at: www.unibocconi.eu/isu

2- With reference to financial aid

PhD students may work part time and be paid for the following activities:

  • research assistantship;
  • teaching assistantship /teaching.

Indicatively, the current standards for the academic year 2017-2018 are as follows:

  • Research Assistantship: from the second year (as an exception, during the first year, subject to Dean’s approval)
  • Teaching Assistantship: from the second year, and, more specifically:
  • a maximum 160 hours of TA per year in the 2nd year;
  • a maximum 320 hours of TA per year in the 3rd year;
  • 4 hours of TA may be replaced by 1 lecturing hour.

These activities must be previously authorized by the PhD Director, as students are above all committed to their PhD research and activities.

Moreover:
in compliance with Italian law, each PhD student (with and without fellowship) is provided with a budget for research activities in the second to last and last year of the program;
PhD candidates are given financial as well as training and procedural support to be successfully placed on the job market (Academia) (they are given the opportunity to attend conferences to present their papers, meet scholars of other universities and participate in job markets events.

8. Can I get my PhD on a distance learning basis?
No. All our PhD’s are full-time, resident programs.

9. I am not an EU citizen. Do I need permit to stay?
Yes. It is your responsibility to take care of this issue. You can find basic information here.

10. Are housing facilities for PhD students provided?
Yes. Please find here some information about housing options provided to Bocconi students.

 

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