BABD – Master in Business Analytics and Big Data


This Master is designed to train a new generation of data-savvy professionals to be able to manage complex business analytics problems across a variety of different industries and environments. It is an innovative programme based on a holistic educational experience, where theory and practice are fully interlaced through the continuous support of companies and international partners. Furthermore, being in constant relationship with the Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano, the course is at the forefront of research on ICTs for big data analysis and management.

Language: English

Type: Full-time

Intake: September

Length: 12 months

Location: Milan

Tuition fee: € 16.000

University Requirements:
3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS)

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


  • 1 year: 9 months in class + 3 months of project work
  • 100% taught in English
  • A unique programme, jointly offered by MIP and CEFRIEL – Politecnico di Milano in partnership with IBM
  • Six major modules making up an innovative programme, based on a holistic educational experience
  • At the forefront of research on ICTs for big data analysis and management
  • International focus with exposure to global industries and international faculty
  • A combination of theory and practice, supported by companies and our international partners
  • Providing the ability to combine advanced analytical tools with business processes to improve decision-making and exploit new opportunities
  • Acquisition of the methodological and technical background required to select, apply or even design effective predictive methods for the business domain
  • Teaching the ability to gain valuable insights from big data extraction, processing and interpretation

The programme offers a highly specialised qualification with candidates receiving the First Level Specialising Master Degree from Politecnico di Milano. Discover the course’s highlights.

The master prepares students for career positions which revolve around the roles of data scientist, business analyst and big data manager, and might include amongst others:

  • Data Users: Businesspeople in the end-user corporate community able to exploit insights from data to make better decisions
  • Data Producers: Data analysts able to use the appropriate tools to convert analytical problems into analytical solutions
  • Data Interpreters: Professionals able to understand both users and producers, establishing  successful communication between them


Graduates of previous editions are now working in leading companies such as: Diesel, IBM, Intesa Sanpaolo Spa, Lastminute.com, Carrefour, Amazon, SIA, Hilti, Deloitte, Vodafone, McKinsey.


The International Master in Business Analytics and Big Data is a 12-month Master programme offered by MIP and CEFRIEL-Politecnico di Milano in partnership with IBM.  It is designed to train young and highly-motivated candidates to achieve a series of formative goals through an experiential approach to both intellectual studies and hands-on application with labs, business cases, contributions by industrial partners and companies, and internships. Besides the participation of distinguished interdisciplinary academics from Politecnico di Milano and other prominent international institutions, together with renowned partners, the Master also offers international faculty and exchange programmes.
The master is entirely taught in English and targets junior profiles with little or no work experience.

The programme is divided into six major modules and requires the completion of a final project work, which consists either of a curricular in-company internship supervised by a faculty member, or of a master thesis that will be defended as a final exam. 

The programme includes highly customised services of Career management thanks to MIP Career Development Office. Among the services offered:

  • CV Book
  • Free access to MIP Global Network of Career Website
  • One-to-one career advice meetings
  • Personal Development workshops to help students develop the soft skills necessary to be competitive in nowadays job market
  • Networking events with employers, such as company presentations, company visits, recruiting on Campus events, Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisement on the School Career Digital platform “JobTeaser”

QTEM, Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management, is an international network bringing together outstanding students, Academic Partners and International Corporations. The network develops skills in analytical and quantitative techniques to support decision-making in an international context. The QTEM Master’s programme is open to outstanding students enrolled at Academic Partner institutions. 


Through this experience, students can join the leading, globally-recognised network of internationally-minded and quantitatively-trained decision-makers. The programme helps to develop skills in analytical and quantitative techniques and decision-making in an international context by bringing together outstanding Students, Academic Institutions and International Corporations. After completing the programme, students will receive the QTEM Supra-National Certificate.


All QTEM students are outstanding scholars who have been selected through a competitive selection process by a QTEM Academic Partner amongst the best students enrolled in one of the QTEM Masters.

Candidates who would like to apply for this unique opportunity should fulfil the following criteria:

  • be a participant of the BABD programme
  • possess a high level of proficiency in English
  • possess a high quantitative proficiency
  • have a valid minimum GMAT score of 650 (or GRE equivalent)

Considered a plus:

  • international experience
  • professional/extra-academic experience

You can find out more on QTEM’s official website.

Who is eligible for the BABD Programme?

Students with 3- or 4-year Bachelor's degree (minimum 180 ECTS) in the areas of Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Management, Mathematics, Science or Statistics from Accredited Institutions are eligible for the programme. Knowledge of English is a compulsory requirement.

How long is the BABD programme?

The programme is 12 months long.

In what language is the programme taught?

The programme is taught in English.

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.

How many students are on the programme?

Class size is limited to ensure the best ratio between students and faculty as well as students and staff. You can expect c.30/35 students on the course.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, but the programme is ideally suited to recent University graduates and those in the initial stages of their career.



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 Declaration of Value (DOV) procedure for Italy and establishment of the student visa.

The Master targets junior profiles with little or no work experience.

The ideal candidate

  • Possesses the potential to acquire and develop advanced quantitative skills
  • Has a deep interest in logic and big data technology for creating business value
  • Demonstrates well-developed analytical skills and business skills.
  • Holds a 3- or 4-year Bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS) in the areas of Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Management, Mathematics, Science or Statistics from an accredited institution.


  • Fill in the form on www.applyformasters.net
  • Upload your CV in English and a copy of Passport or ID
  • Pay the Application Fee(EUR 100)


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


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • University Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT/GRE scores (optional)
  • Motivation letter in English
  • Digital photo
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent)

What is the deadline for applying to the programme?

The final application date for Non-EU students is 31st May, whilst EU students have until the 30th of June to apply for the course starting in 2019. However, please note that the admissions process for the Master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chance you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the BABD programme have a letter of recommendation form?

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


The programme costs €16.000. This amount covers the entire length of the programme, although it does not include living and travel expenses.

For exceptional applicants to the BABD programme, MIP offers a number of tuition fee contributions based on different parameters, such as merit and needs.

Candidates should indicate on the application form if they would like to apply for financial aid at the time of application.


Candidates applying before January 31st, 2019 will receive an Early Bird discount of €1.000.


GMAT Score between 590 and 650 or GRE equivalent - €1.500

GMAT Score above 650 or GRE equivalent - €3.000

For more information, please write to infomasters@mip.polimi.it.


MIP offers a contribution of up to €3.000 to candidates from underrepresented countries in the school, based on the overall profile of the candidate and the performance during the selections.


Merit-based tuition fee reductions of 10% are available for alumni from various Master programmes of MIP and other Politecnico di Milano departments. For information on how to apply for the alumni scholarships, please write to infomasters@mip.polimi.it .


MIP is offering contributions of €1.000 to international candidates already living, working or studying in Italy, at the time of the application.


Thanks to MIP's programmes being recognized as University Master Degrees, our Italian students have access to sponsorships made available by Italian Regions and Provinces.

• Candidates from Puglia Region can follow this link.


You can look for external funding options such as the Postgrad Solution Study Bursaries. Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply: http://www.postgrad.com/editorial/bursaries/


As a social business, Deutsche Bildung has been supporting German students since 2007. Monthly as well as single and returning payments guarantee the completely flexible financing of almost all programmes and subjects in Germany and abroad. Additionally, the extra-curricular-programme, WissenPlus, focuses on the improvement of important social and professional competencies. The repayment is income-linked: students pay back a fixed percentage of their future income over a certain period of time once they have entered their first job successfully. Online application is possible throughout the year at www.deutsche-bildung.de.

What is the cost of the programme?

The programme costs €16,000. This amount covers the entire length of the programme, although it does not include living and travel expenses.

How do I apply for tuition fee contributions or grants for the programme?

For further information write to infomasters@mip.polimi.it.

Will I have to buy textbooks?

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

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CEFRIEL – Politecnico di Milano is a not-for-profit centre of excellence in the field of Digital Innovation, established by Politecnico di Milano in 1988. CEFRIEL shareholders include Universities, Public Administration and leading multinational companies in the ICT and Media sectors. Since its inception, CEFRIEL’s mission has been to strengthen existing ties between the academic and business worlds through a multidisciplinary approach that innovates products and services with ICT and Design. CEFRIEL competences span all areas of ICT expertise, from microelectronics to the most advanced user experience models, addressing both technological and project management issues. CEFRIEL is actually able to merge technical and design skills with business and process expertise, thus working side by side with companies to create innovative and one-of-a-kind solutions, and offering advanced educational programmes to graduate students and innovation executive professionals. Moreover, the centre actively participates in European research projects and contributes to the dissemination of their results. CEFRIEL offices are located in Italy and USA, Cincinnati (Ohio), so as to address the growing innovation demands both of its national and international clients.

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company with its headquarters in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world’s most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits. Innovation is at the core of IBM’s strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services. Today, IBM is focused on five growth initiatives – Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile, Social Business and Security. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company’s business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to enable systems of engagement that deliver dynamic insights for businesses and governments worldwide.

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