IMDT – International Master in Digital Innovation and New Business Design



Major of the International Master in Digital Transformation

Digital technologies and innovations are transforming processes, operations, business models and entire organisations: their impact is often so pervasive and radical that it leads to a cross-industry “Digital Disruption”. We hence believe that Digital Transformation is not merely a combination of technologies, but a major phenomenon with deep strategic and managerial implications for all companies, regardless of the industry they operate in. This master will provide participants with the strategic, entrepreneurial and organisational approaches, methods and tailored “tool-box” to navigate across the main digital trends (e.g. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Blockchain, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, eCommerce, Mobile & Omnichannel Communication, Digital Manufacturing & Industry 4.0) and lead Digital Innovation in both public and private organisations.

*In order to fully participate in classes and company visits, presence on campus is strongly suggested, especially since January 2023. In case of visa delays, travel barriers or other specific issues, it will be possible to continue attending online.




Location: Milan*

Language: English

Format:  Full Time

Intake: Fall 2022

Length: 12 months

University Requirements: 3-year Bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS)

Tuition fee: € 18.500
€ 9.500 for PoliMi MSc Alumni
For further info click here

International Masters Admissions Office
Tel : +39 02 2399 2820
Email: infomasters@mip.polimi.it


In partnership with
Accenture, Cisco, IBM, L’Oréal, Musement, Oracle, Soldo and TIM


Practice-oriented &
action-learning approach
will characterize the master



of companies say their digital transformation efforts involve multiple business units or the entire company


is the average annual growth rates
of Data&AI and Cloud Computing professional clusters: the highest ones

(WEF 2020)


  • 1 year: 9 months in class + 3-month project
  • 100% in English
  • In partnership with Accenture, Cisco, IBM, L’Oréal, Musement, Oracle, Soldo and TIM
  • 5 reasons why:
    • 87% of companies think digital will disrupt their industry, but only 44% are prepared for a potential digital disruption;
    • CEOs and senior executives said digital transformation risk was their top concern in 2019;
    • Around 40% of companies have dedicated digital transformation teams in place;
    • 80% of companies say their digital transformation efforts involve multiple business units or the entire company;
    • 55% of digitally maturing companies say they need new leaders in order to succeed in the digital environment.
  • Including soft skills for professional development

The International Master in Digital Innovation and New Business Design at MIP Politecnico di Milano will leverage a practice-oriented and action-learning approach characterized by close links with companies sharing their field experience on Digital Innovation projects. This approach will increase the awareness in our students of the wide spectrum of entrepreneurial and strategic opportunities generated by digital technologies within both well-established corporations and startups.


The International Master in Digital Innovation and New Business Design is a 12-month International Master programme offered by MIP Politecnico di Milano and sponsored by Accenture, Cisco, IBM, L’Oréal, Musement, Oracle, Soldo and TIM, that provides students with the necessary skills for a managerial digital career in the corporate world. Students of the iMDT course will learn how to manage digital innovation projects both from a strategic, entrepreneurial and organisational perspective and from a technological perspective. More specifically, we will focus on developing the roles of Innovation Specialist or Consultant in Innovation and Transformation, able to introduce and/or manage new products-services, organisational innovations and business models that exploit digital technologies to generate advantages for businesses, industries and societies.

The master is taught entirely in English.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.


The programme includes highly structured career management services thanks to the MIP Career Development Center. Among the services offered:

  • Career workshops integrated into the Master’s programme to develop the career management skills needed to be competitive in the job market
  • Digital tools and artificial intelligence at the student’s service to optimise your CV and measure and improve your hard, soft and digital skills
  • Individual consultation meetings with professional career coaches
  • Free access to the MIP Global Network of Careers Websites
  • Networking events with employers, such as company presentations, company visits, recruiting on-campus events, Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisements on Job Teaser, the School’s digital careers platform



  • 3 Career Weeks per year with over 300 partner companies, both national and international
  • Over 30 business workshops and business presentations per year
  • More than 15,000 internships and job opportunities globally accessible thanks to our wide network of international career portals
  • 5-10 Recruiting Days per year, organised by MIP in partnership with individual employers based on the needs and timelines of placement into the company

Who is eligible for the programme?

Students with a bachelor degree of 3 or 4 years (minimum 180 ECTS) or higher are eligible to apply.
English knowledge is a compulsory requirement.

How long is the programme?

The programme is 12 months long.

In what language is the programme taught?

The programme is taught in English, although there are opportunities for students to study the native language of the country of study throughout the programme.

Do I need to speak Italian?

No, as the medium for the course is English, students are not required to learn Italian, although they will be given the opportunity to do so.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, but the average age of the candidates is 20-25 years.

What type of degree/title will I obtain upon graduation?

Upon graduation, candidates obtain the First Level University Specialising Master from Politecnico di Milano which is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and it is issued under the autonomous responsibility of Politecnico di Milano. With regard to the specific meaning of the 1st level master's degree, as per the Bologna process, this is a 2nd cycle programme intended to provide students with further specialisation or higher continuing education after completion of the first cycle. The first level Master Degree will release 60 ECTS/CFU credits.

Candidates are advised to check with the relevant authorities regarding the validity/recognition of this title in their home countries.

Will I have to buy textbooks?

No, you will be provided with textbooks by the programme, with the cost included as part of the overall programme fee.



Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Since the number of seats in class is limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Should the course become fully subscribed before the deadline dates, applications will close earlier.

Non-EU students are encouraged to apply at least three months before the start of the programme in order to allow enough time for the Statement of Comparability of the degree and application of the student visa.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.

The ideal candidate aims to acquire the professional expertise, approaches and tools to interpret and govern Digital Transformation from a strategic and  managerial perspective, thus learning how to lead Digital Innovation in both public and private organisations.


  • Fill in the form on www.applyformasters.net
  • Upload the following documents:
    • CV in English
    • University Transcripts/Mark sheets
    • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (if available)
    • Passport or ID
    • Digital Picture
    • Letter of reference (optional)
    • Motivation letter
    • Financial Aid Essay (if applying for one of MIP’s tuition fee reductions)
    • English proficiency certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent (if available)
  • Pay the Application Fee (EUR 100)


You will be contacted for the Motivational Interview in English, which will take place online.


If the result of the selection interview is positive, you will receive the final admission and scholarship (if any) decision by email.


Upon receipt of the admission offer, you will be required to pay the first instalment of EUR 2500 within 15 days of the date of receipt of the offer letter should you wish to confirm your participation to the programme (a short extension to this deadline can be requested in case you are applying for an education loan, external scholarship etc, or for any other viable reason).


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What is the deadline for applying to the programme?

Please note that the admission process for the master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chances you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the programme have a letter of recommendation form?

There is no specific form for the recommendation letters; however if you need any further assistance on the ideal template for your application, please contact infomasters@mip.polimi.it and we can provide you with further assistance in this matter.



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The programme costs €18,500. This amount covers the entire length of the programme, although it does not include living and travel expenses.
The tuition fee is €9,500 for alumni who completed a Master of Science programme at Politecnico di Milano in or after 2019.
MIP has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide: for more info, click here.

Applicants for the 2022 intake of the International Junior Specialising Masters can apply for fee reductions. The reductions will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early applications are encouraged. Candidates wishing to apply for financial aid must make their request on the application form at the time of application – later requests for financial aid will not be considered.

For further details about financial aid and contributions you can visit the dedicated webpage.

Please note that we do not offer any full scholarships. The DSU and other scholarships offered by Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Government are not applicable for MIP’s programmes.

Here below you can find more information about the Best Alumni Innovator Scholarship, dedicated to IMDT candidates only:


The Best Alumni  Innovator scholarship, offered in collaboration with the Gianluca Spina Association, will give one meritorious candidate the possibility to benefit from a €5,000 discount on the tuition fee of the programme.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship are required to write an original essay of a few pages in length (2-3) on the following topic:

What does “Innovation” mean to you? Explain how you plan to use “Innovation” in the future to make an impact on the world.

The application must be sent to infomasters@mip.polimi.it by no later than 31st May 2022. Only completed applications delivered by the due date will be submitted to the Committee.


Digital transformation, accelerated by cloud and AI, and coupled with human ingenuity, creates value for every industry and every function. (L. Galimberti, Applied Intelligence Lead at Accenture)

97 mln

new roles may emerge.
Among the leading positions there are the Digital Transformation Specialists.


(World Economic Forum, 2020)


is the Digital Skill Rate required: new technical profiles related to
Big Data, AI, IoT, Cloud computing, Blockchain technologies are increasingly sought.

133 mln

new job opportunities: the WEF estimates that in the next 3 years, on a global level, technology, digital and automation will lead to the creation new job opportunities.


of companies say their digital transformation
efforts involve multiple business units or the
entire company.


$11.5 tln

in GDP growth over the next decade could be added to the labour market demand for emerging professions and skills to meet the needs of the new technological era.

(World Economic Forum, 2020)


of the executives surveyed say digital transformation has grown in importance over the past two years, with 84% agreeing that new business opportunities are emerging.

(Harvard Business Review)

Recruiters agree the pandemic is driving demand hardest for workers who transform businesses digitally. (P. Clark, Financial Times)
Technology and data science skills are increasingly critical to the in-demand business careers. (Coursera’s Global Skills Index)

The master prepares students for, amongst others, the following roles:


– (Digital) Innovation Specialist
– Innovation/Tech Strategist
– Digital Leader/Expert
– Digital Innovation Manager
– Business Innovator
– Business Intelligence Manager
– Project Manager/Process Owner
of innovation-related projects in established or newcomer corporations.

The entry level (e.g. Analyst, Manager, Senior Manager) will depend upon previous work experience and academic background.


– Digital Innovation/Transformation/Tech Consultant
– Project Manager/Process Owner
of innovation-related projects in consulting firms, system integrators, IT providers.

The entry level (e.g. Analyst, Manager, Senior Manager) will depend upon previous work experience and academic background.

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