For Managers and Entrepreneurs in Innovation & Transformation

This Executive MBA has been renewed and redesigned, with the aim of accelerating the professional growth of managers and entrepreneurs through a flexible and customisable course that prepares participants to be drivers of innovation and transformation, taking full advantage of the Politecnico di Milano’s ecosystem of relationships.

The Part-time Executive MBA  is the solution designed for all professionals who want to become leading actors of change and to seize all the opportunities of a practical and innovative Executive MBA by concentrating the activities and chances to exchange views and network provided by the Master into one weekend per month.

Location: Milano + everywhere in the world

Language: Italian

Format : Part Time

Intake: June 2020

Length: 20/24 months

Experience required: 6+ years

Tuition Fee: € 32.000 (individuals)/ 37.000 (corporate)

Tel :  +39 02 2399 2830
Email : embadmissions@mip.polimi.it


Empower your career

MIP’s Executive MBA provides participants with a holistic view of the organisation and its processes with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and is oriented towards reinforcing also the soft skills and developing a network of relationships so as to accelerate the professional growth of managers and entrepreneurs.

In the new edition of the course, the Leadership Development programme has been restyled, with Practising Leadership activities and a choice of new Elective courses  as well as the Career Development Programme, with the introduction of 10 workshops on tools for career development, from personal branding to business presentation skills.

For the first time, during and after the Master, participants will have at their disposal a tool for ongoing professional development, the revolutionary digital mentor developed by MIP with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence tools: FLEXA.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Part-time Executive MBA has been totally redesigned to train managers to be agents of innovation within their companies, where the topic of entrepreneurship, understood as being the ability to bring the creative mindset typical of start-ups into the corporate sphere, is becoming a priority.

Two pillars have in fact been dedicated to innovation and transformation, with the introduction of new courses in Design Thinking, Omni-Channel Marketing and Lean Startup. In the 4th Pillar, each student will be able to customise their own EMBA route, choosing between 2 Learning Paths with either an entrepreneurial or a managerial focus.

Flexible & Customized

From the new edition onwards, the 2nd year of the Part-time EMBA is fully customisable and the learner has total discretion to make their own choices with regard to:  4th pillar General Management core courses devoted to innovation and to digital transformation, elective courses, opportunities for international experiences and in defining  the  Business Transformation Project.
In addition, to ensure an Executive MBA that is consistent with the need for flexibility inherent in the lives of all managers and entrepreneurs, it is possible to follow up to 30% of the lessons via streaming, thus avoiding an unexpected business trip preventing your participation in monthly lectures.  All lessons are also recorded and always available to participants, so that you can review any of the content whenever you like.
Finally, an innovation for 2019, a content tutor will assist the participants on each course to ensure continuous support, also during the weeks between one weekend of classes and the next.

Enhance your network

MIP is part of the Politecnico di Milano and this is a unique opportunity to build your own personal network of relationships within the Politecnico di Milano to support your managerial or entrepreneurial career by finding the tools, partnerships and services you need in order to face the professional challenges you will encounter.


The MIP Faculty includes a balanced mix of professors, managers and consultants who bring their professional and research experiences into their teaching activities. Of the more than 1,200 hours of lessons each year which make up our Executive MBAs, over 95% of students evaluate the quality of the teaching and the Faculty's contribution to their learning process as exceeding their expectations.

A network of companies

There are 23 companies in MIP’s corporate structure, which direct our activities towards the most current needs of the business world. Over 90% of our Faculty is active in research and carries out advisory activities for Italian and international companies.  There is an enormous amount of practical knowledge and a great number of shared relationships in the EMBA classrooms, thanks to the development of over 500 applied research projects every year and the proximity to the Politecnico di Milano’s 35 Digital Innovation Observatories. In addition to the Faculty, there is the EMBA EXECUTIVE ACADEMY: every year, over 300 Executive Managers take part in our EMBA classroom courses.


For years, MIP has been developing a network of relationships with international business schools thanks to which it is able to offer Exchanges, additional courses in Europe and DOING BUSINESS IN, weeks dedicated to understanding markets such as China, Mexico and Silicon Valley and to developing opportunities for the students’ careers and for businesses.

Smart learning

MIP Politecnico di Milano was the first business school in Italy to launch an Executive MBA Master using distance learning and since 2014, six editions of the Flex EMBA have been held. All the Executive MBA formats have been enhanced by our new digital learning platform, rich in up-to-date multimedia content that, together with the recording of the lessons, provides a library which is always available for participants’ in-depth study and which guarantees extreme flexibility when taking the Master, regardless of geographical location and work commitments.

In this, the fourth industrial revolution, companies are being subjected to continuous pressures and in order to innovate and remain competitive, must transpose their strategy by building plans for the development of resources and professional profiles which allow them to better grasp opportunities and manage the challenges posed by the digital transformation. They need managers who are business innovators, updated on new technologies, and who are increasingly able to develop coherent improvement strategies and to manage the processes of innovation and transformation necessary to implement these strategies in practice.

To provide professionals with the development of their decision-making capacities, innovation and leadership skills, our EMBA has been implemented with two routes aimed at personal and professional training: the Leadership Development Programme and the Career Development Programme.

Our latest research shows that on average, within two years of the conclusion of the EMBA, 80% of  our graduates succeed in taking on roles with greater managerial responsibility: of these, 40% hold executive  positions.

Two years after the end of the Master, 15% of participants have taken on a position in top management and 20% have roles with international responsibility.


The Part-time Executive MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano, starting in June 2020, will have reached its 16th edition, and is also designed for those who come from outside Milan, thanks to the innovative format that provides face-to-face lessons on a monthly basis in short weekends (Friday and Saturday).
From this edition onwards, the MIP EMBA is offering a first year which is the same for everybody, to provide participants with the language and basic tools for operating in an organisation from a managerial and cross-functional perspective, and a second, customisable year, to become a manager of change and transformation as is consistent with their aspirations.
The programme is divided into 5 distinct teaching areas. Core courses in General Management, the Leadership Development Programme, Career Development Programme, Electives and International Experience and the Business Transformation Project.
Learning is guaranteed through a combination of multiple tools: digital learning, face-to-face lessons, opportunities to exchange views with faculty members and your peers, plus individual and group assignments.
This year, the part-time format has been enriched by the introduction of an Educational Tutor, a member of the Politecnico di Milano Faculty who will be a figure of support between one session of lectures and the next, to interact with students and respond to your questions.

During the core courses in general management, a typical month on a Part-time Executive MBA course at MIP provides a structured agenda that allows you to optimise your planning of how to schedule your coursework, while ensuring flexibility and compatibility with your work commitments.

Each core course includes the viewing of multimedia clips and face-to-face lessons on one weekend a month. A new feature which has been introduced for this edition is the possibility of viewing lectures via live streaming (up to a maximum of 30% of all lessons) for those who cannot be present at MIP. In addition, for those who also miss the streaming, all lessons are recorded and the recordings made available.

To guarantee the students support and to maintain interaction between one weekend of lessons and the next, a content tutor, a member of the MIP Faculty, is available to moderate a discussion forum, to answer any queries, to enter into the themes of the course in greater depth and to discuss current issues relating to the course subject matter.


Core Courses

The general management core courses have the objective of taking a broader look, with professors and business managers, at the fundamental disciplines of management and of providing participants with a holistic view of the organisation and its processes.

This clear new structure, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, is divided into 4 Pillars and preceded by the PRE-PROGRAMME for strengthening and aligning students’ basic skills.

Business statistics and business ethics courses will be available before the start of the programme, to reinforce skills and your knowledge of the fundamental aspects of our school.

Pillar I - Analysing the Company and the Context
  •  Setting the stage
  • Business & Industrial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organization Design
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategy
PILLAR II - Managing Business Activities and Processes
  • People Management
  • Marketing Management
  • SCM & Purchasing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Valuation
PILLAR III – Planning Innovation and Transformation
  • Omni-Channel Marketing
  • International Economics
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Business Planning
PILLAR IV – Realising Innovation and Transformation


  • Design thinking
  • Corporate entrepreneurship


  • Lean startup
  • Entrepreneurial finance

At the end of the core courses in general management, MIP allows you to customise your Executive MBA Master by choosing your specialisations from various Elective courses, both in Italian and English. The portfolio of electives has been radically revised, in order to incorporate the most innovative trends and the most leading-edge management issues.

This is action-based learning, which involves alternating between theoretical lessons, assignments and project work supported by teachers and experts. Students will have the opportunity to interact with participants on the school’s other EMBA courses, as well as with students from foreign business school partners. In fact, to increase the opportunities for interaction, 50% of the electives portfolio will be taught in English.

Executive MBA elective courses are taught at the weekend: from Friday (10 am – 9 pm) to Saturday (9 am – 7 pm). To complete your Master, you must attend at least four elective courses of your choice; for those who wish, it is also possible to attend two additional face-to-face elective courses of your choice. A new option is being introduced from the 2019 edition onwards - in addition to the 4 compulsory elective courses, participants can follow as many of the following elective courses as they like, via streaming:

  • Risk Management & Operational Resilience
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Management of Internationalization
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  • Family Business Management
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Operations Improvement
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Sales Management
  • Brand Management
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Bio-Marketing E-commerce
  • Change & Knowledge Management
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Digital Transformation
  • Design Gym
  • Intellectual property Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • The tech future of the financial industry
  • Industry 4.0
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Sustainability Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy Management
  • Self Empowerment
  • Organizational Behaviour advanced
  • Diversity & multi-cultural Management

Once the selection of the students’ preferences has been compiled, a maximum of  20 of the Elective courses listed will be initiated, each with a minimum of 10 participants.
For students who so wish, it will be possible to follow the optional additional Elective courses via streaming.

Courses may be subject to variations.

International Experience

Alternatively or in addition to an Elective course, EMBA students may apply to the “Doing Business in” programme, the International Week or Exchanges*

Doing Business in China, Mexico or Silicon Valley

The course takes place at a Business School partner with the aim of  getting an in-depth view of the socio-economic characteristics of the host country.  During the week, lectures with the partner university’s faculty members are alternated with educational visits to local and multinational companies, with the aim of studying success stories and understanding the problems of multicultural management.

Also available is an opportunity to attend the “Doing Business in” programme in Silicon Valley, with the aim of developing a greater sensitivity towards the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship through a series of lectures and meetings with managers and professionals working in some of the most innovative companies in the world.

International Exchanges

There is also the opportunity to enrich your education by applying for one or more three-day Elective courses at European Business Schools in order to tackle internationalisation from all angles and meet executives who have faced the internationalisation process and will discuss related critical issues and opportunities.

Among our Business School partners  are

  • Audencia (Nantes, France)
  • EADA (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
  • MCI Management Center (Innsbruck, Austria)

For further information, please write to embadmissions@mip.polimi.it 

All company roles and functions need an ever more extensive range of transferable soft skills, which provide a real feature of differentiation when increasing one’s powers of leadership and for facing the future with the correct level of adaptability.

To respond to this need, the Leadership Development Programme has been built up and radically redesigned for 2019 to create a personal soft skills development programme which will strengthen students’ decision-making capacities and leadership skills, working on personal formation for the entire duration of the Master programme.

The goal of the Leadership development programme is to work on the personal development of key capabilities needed by leaders to carry out their role. This is a programme that provides courses in Organisational Behaviour, Outdoor Training, Mentoring and Practising Leadership opportunities, with the goal of learning and applying innovative  leadership concepts thanks to the involvement of our EMBA Executive Academy’s top managers.

  • Bernadette Bevacqua – President & AD at Henkel Italia
  • Paolo Braghieri – CEO at GE Capital Interbanca SpA
  • Bruno Burigana – Human resources & Organisation Director at Italgas
  • Martin Broen – Vice President of Global Product Design at PepsiCo
  • Valerio Camerano – CEO at A2A
  • Carlo Capè – CEO at BIP
  • Giovanni Carugati – CEO ErlingKlinger Italia
  • Cristiano Cavalletti – Commercial Operations Director at Costa Crociere
  • Paolo Cederle – CEO at Unicredit Business Integrated Solutions
  • Luigi Maria Di Corato – Director General at Fondazione Brescia Musei
  • Andrea Di Santo – Senior VP Services WES, AD at Siemens Healthcare
  • Francesco Federico – EMEA Digital Director at JLL
  • Stefano Folli – CEO Philips Italy, Israel & Greece at Philips S.p.A.
  • Francesca Giraudo – Head of Training Department at Vodafone
  • Olga Iarussi – CEO South Europe Triumph International
  • Alberto Iperti – President at Terna Rete Italia
  • Andrea Keller – General Manager at Edenred Italia
  • Melany Libraro – CEO at Subito – Schibsted Media Group
  • Massimo Mazzuoli – Corporate Talent and Organizational Development Director at Ermenegildo Zegna Group
  • Augusto Mitidieri – CEO at Sintetica
  • Riccardo Monti – President at BCG Italia
  • Pietro Palella – President & CEO at STMicroelectronics Italia
  • Carlo Purassanta – Area Vice President Microsoft Francia
  • Claudio Raimondi – Head of Digital at Vodafone Italia
  • Alessandro Santoliquido – General Director at SARA Assicurazioni SpA
  • Stefano Sassi – President & CEO at Valentino
  • Stefano Scabbio – President President Mediterranean, Northern & Eastern Europe at ManpowerGroup

The EMBA path concludes with the possibility of carrying out a real business innovation or entrepreneurial development project, in which the concepts learned in the Master can be applied to a concrete business case. In fact, the Business Transformation Project represents an excellent opportunity to realise consulting projects in your company or to develop a new business idea. Thanks to the work of a team of dedicated students and under the guidance of a mentor from MIP’s Faculty, students will have the opportunity to apply the tools and knowledge learned during the EMBA to solve problems of interest to companies.

Another new feature being introduced in 2019 is the possibility of customising the duration of the Business Transformation Project. There are two alternative points at which the project can be discussed (in March or June), thus also making the actual duration of the course totally customisable.

For this new edition, MIP has totally revamped and radically improved the EMBA’s Career Development Programme as well, so that students can develop skills for the planning and management of their career path by following a totally customisable route which includes Careers Workshops, Careers Talks, Round Tables and individual interviews with Careers Advisory staff.

MIP’s Career Development Center staff, with the support of a team of expert consultants, will make a series of Careers Advisory service benefits available to EMBA students:

  • A CV assessment using VMock, a smart career platform that offers a score based on an international benchmark.
  • Career Check: following a self-assessment, a meeting is suggested for the elaboration of an Action Plan to define the student’s career development strategies
  • Meetings in support of specific career objectives
  • Mock interviews
  • Interviews with headhunters and guidance with feedback, the sharing of best practices and learning how to build a professional network


The Career Development Programme has been redesigned to develop students’ skills in relation to the effective management of their own career path and to provide continuous updating on the latest tools and trends in the labour market.

During the new edition of the Part time EMBA, a series of Careers Workshops will be held, with experts from the sector explaining how to design and carefully plan a career strategy, covering topics from personal branding to salary negotiation.

In addition, experts will be on hand for our students, Careers Advisors assisted by professional headhunters will provide support in personalised one-2-one Careers Advisory meetings to develop a strategic action plan relating to your professional goals and, if necessary, they will also assist you in the process of selection and interview.

During the two years of the Master you can attend 5 Careers Workshops, choosing from the 12 listed in the catalogue. Each workshop is offered once a year and participants can attend these as they prefer over the two years of the Master.

The two workshops “Career set: how to define professional goals” and “Professional networking” are compulsory, since they are aimed at setting the managerial paradigms of each student’s career path.

The Careers Workshops include the following themes:

  • Focus on the job market
  • Job search strategy
  • Make it real: how to check the career action plan
  • Salary negotiation
  • Career Elevator pitch
  • Enhancing
  • Career change.
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The Career Development Office collaborates with many leading companies in the international markets concerned and MIP promotes partnerships to provide its students with services and activities for a continuous updating on the latest trends in the labour market and the  business world.  Thanks to JobTeaser, MIP puts at your disposal a Digital Careers Platform where students can share their professional profile and companies can post open positions and promote their presentations and recruiting events.

Unique in the world, for the first time – during and after the EMBA – participants will have at their disposal a professional skills updating tool, the revolutionary digital mentor developed by MIP with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence tools: FLEXA.


The EMBA offers an immediate benefit to the companies in which the students work:


MIP's Executive MBA is characterised by the extensive nature of the digital transformation content in all its Core and Elective courses. Students are trained to be agents of innovation within their businesses.  The goal is to bring the creative mindset typical of startups into the corporate world as well.

A cross-sector language

As a Master in general management, an Executive MBA allows an understanding and a vision of the main challenges to be faced and decisions that each corporate function has to take, providing the appropriate language to interact with disparate roles.

The capacity for analysis and managing complex problems

Thanks to the opportunities for a continuous exchange of views regarding complex problems, an Executive MBA provides the ability to face, analyse and solve complex problems quickly, seeking out non-traditional solutions and developing lateral reasoning skills.

A multicultural vision

Thanks to the continuous interchange with people from heterogeneous cultural backgrounds, an Executive MBA represents a unique opportunity to acquire in the field the ability to manage the multicultural character of the teams and of the contexts in which companies operate.

The benefits of practice

Being a professional in the workplace, students have the opportunity to put into practice immediately what they have learned during lectures. In this way, the company can derive concrete benefits from the advancement of its employee, as they become a promoter of change and innovation.
Furthermore, the company has the possibility of intervening in the definition of the final business transformation project on which the student will work in the last few months of their EMBA.    The project provides for the collaboration and supervision of a MIP Faculty member, a Politecnico di Milano professor or an outside consultant.    In this way, the company can benefit from the output of the project, which is in essence strongly practical and consultancy-based; it also activates the know-how of the various Politecnico di Milano departments.

Customised training

The company has the possibility of formulating the second year of the EMBA, including specialist Elective courses, and can  therefore  direct the training of each employee in accordance with the needs dictated by their position and their path of professional growth.

Politecnico di Milano

Exposure to a technological ecosystem such as that of the Politecnico di Milano, which ranges from industry 4.0 to the internet of things and self-driving vehicles, can become an added value for managers and entrepreneurs, also in terms of open innovation.
This enables the company to achieve considerable cost savings against that which it would normally spend on acquiring managerial skills externally.

Financial opportunities
  • The course is accredited, i.e. recognised by a public body - in this specific case by the Politecnico di Milano.  The recognised Masters are, therefore, exempted from VAT pursuant to art. 10 DPR 633/1972.   Therefore, no VAT rate is applied on the related invoices.
  • A specific schedule of rates is applied, via which the cost is distributed based on the duration of the Master; we are, however, happy to take into account the needs of the company in this regard.
  • Businesses which participate in Interprofessional Funds, such as Fondimpresa and Fondirigenti, can benefit from opportunities for sponsoring their employees to take an Executive MBA, taking advantage of the funds which have accrued in their Learning Account or by using open tenders.  Here, MIP works with all joint multi-sector funds by placing a team of experts at the disposal of companies to draw attention to the various funding opportunities. 


Application status: OPEN  Next intake: JUNE 2020

The selection process for the Executive MBA Master programmes is always open: in order to apply, simply complete and send in the online admissions application, including the requested documentation.

Participants on the Part-time EMBA course are a diverse group in terms of studies, work experience, sector of origin and corporate role: this allow the professionals to experience a stimulating environment and to establish interesting new work-related and social relationships.

Participation in the Executive MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano is subject to a careful selection process. One of the strengths of this Master programme is the variety of backgrounds of the participants and therefore, considerable weight is given to the candidates’ professional employment history. We recommend that you have a good knowledge of the English language (some lessons are in English, as is part of the educational material, and seminars are also held by foreign managers and professionals).

Admission to the Master may take place only after getting through a rigorous selection process, which closely evaluates the documentation sent, the student’s professional profile, the written test and the motivational interview.  The outcome of the selection process, which is based on the allocation of a score for each of these elements, may be positive or negative.

  1. Application for admission is made online via www.applyformasters.net by selecting the Executive MBA Master programme in either the Evening, Part-time or Flex format.
  2. Individual motivational interview
  3. Written test
  4. Written communication of the results of the selection process
  5. Confirmation of the candidate’s participation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Photocopy of identity document
  • If the company intends to provide financial support, application by the sponsoring company
  • Any letters of presentation
  • Degree certificate or self-certification (non-graduate applications are evaluated on request by the EMBA directorate)
  •  Passport photo
  • Copy of proof of payment of the €150 application fee (this amount can be paid online using the online application form or via bank transfer).


The cost for each year of the Master is €16,000 for individual entries and €18,500 for investments incurred by companies  or self-employed professionals.  These costs are exempt of VAT. Payment will take place annually and the 1st year’s portion is subdivided into three instalments.

MIP, in association with Banca Sella and BPER, has entered into an agreement to disburse financing with advantageous conditions to Italian graduate students and also those not in possession of a degree.

In the case of participation in events with Challenges, MIP contributions will be allocated.

The MIP FOR WOMEN project is a programme that aims to develop the female management culture.
Within the scope of the Executive MBA programmes, a contribution for a maximum value of Euro 6,000 is provided for, intended for candidates aspiring to a managerial position.
To apply for this award, the admissions application must be presented by attaching a letter of motivation to the documentation provided for the standard selection process.
The MIP4Women contribution is assigned at the end of the selection process, based on merit.


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