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SDA Bocconi | Required Documents

Selection Documents

A comprehensive set of documents is required to evaluate applicants’ qualifications and potential for academic success. The following elements are particularly crucial:

  • Personal Curriculum Vitae: A complete CV outlining the applicant’s educational background, work experience, language skills, study/work abroad experiences, and other relevant skills and experiences.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts of exams and certifications for undergraduate and graduate degrees obtained, along with final grades (if applicable). For incomplete graduate programs, an enrollment document with the full study plan, courses taken, and grades achieved is required.
  • International Graduate Admission Test Scores: Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), including the test date and results. These tests are not applicable for the PhD in Legal Studies. GMAT/GRE score reports must be uploaded directly by the candidate in the online application procedure; score reports sent to Bocconi University by GMAC Customer Service (GMAT) and ETS (GRE) are not accepted.
  • Statement of Purpose: A concise description (maximum 1200 words) of the applicant’s motivations for enrolling in Bocconi PhD programs, research interests, and professional goals. For the PhD in Legal Studies, a separate statement of purpose (maximum 1200 words) focusing on enrollment motivations and professional goals is required.
  • Reference Letters: Up to three reference letters uploaded by referees appointed in the online application procedure. Referees can be academic (preferred) or non-academic.
  • Research Proposal (PhD in Legal Studies Only): A detailed description of a research proposal aligned with one of the curricular disciplinary fields (refer to the short call on the website).
  • Other Relevant Documents (PhD in Legal Studies Only): Up to five additional supporting documents, such as a thesis abstract, publications, or other programs attended.

*Applicants who have not yet completed their degree are eligible to apply but must obtain the degree by October 31, 2024, or their enrollment will be void.

All documents must be in English, except for those related to academic records, which can be in Italian, and publications, which can be in any language.

To complete the application and proceed to the evaluation stage, the following mandatory documents must be submitted:

  • Personal CV
  • Proof of English language proficiency (except for English native speakers): international certification/test, university or high school studies in English, etc.
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (PhD in Legal Studies only)
  • Copy of the international passport
  • Passport-format photo

Documents for the remaining sections (e.g., GRE/GMAT scores) are not mandatory but can enhance the applicant’s final ranking.