The innovative Executive MBA in digital learning format

More and more frequent business trips, schedules which are ever less predictable, family commitments that are difficult to reconcile with work – all these factors make it very difficult to attend an Executive MBA which is entirely offered in the traditional, face-to-face fashion.

MIP, the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano, was the first business school in Italy to respond to these needs by developing an innovative Executive MBA in a digital learning format, the Flex EMBA, which enables you to acquire the same skills, to build the same network of relationships and to obtain the same qualification as with the traditional Executive MBA formats, benefiting however from the maximum flexibility and compatibility with work and family commitments ensured by the most modern digital technologies.

Location: Milan + anywhere in the world

Language: Italian

Format: Digital learning

Kickoff: May 2020

Length: 20 or 39 months

Experience required: 6+ years

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

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


Entrepreneurship & Innovation

MIP's Executive MBA is characterised by the extensive nature of the digital transformation content in all its Core and Elective Courses.

The new edition has been redesigned for managers and entrepreneurs of innovation and transformation


7th in the World and 4th in Europe in the QS Distance/Online MBA Rankings 2019:
Flex EMBA is now in the world top ten of the Executive Masters delivered in distance learning and among the top 4 in Europe, the only Italian product according to the newly issued QS Distance/Online MBA Rankings 2019, which measure performance for the best distance learning MBAs. What is more, our Flex EMBA is placed first in the world for “Class Experience” and second for “Faculty and Teaching”.

Flexible & Customised

From this year on we have a new platform and digital library of multimedia lessons with updated and customisable content.

The duration of the Flex EMBA is variable according to your professional commitments and changes: it can last from 20 to a maximum of 39 months

You can customise your Executive MBA with your selection of Elective courses and choose to study in depth the latest trends on the themes of Industry 4.0, Big Data, Bio marketing, Fintech and Circular Economy.

Enhance your network

Managers and entrepreneurs studying for MIP’s Executive MBA have the opportunity to build a personal network of valuable relationships within the Politecnico di Milano so as to develop partnerships and find services geared towards innovation. The Ecosystem provides consortia and centres of expertise including: Cefriel, Fondazione Politecnico, Polidesign and Poliedra.

Empower your career

The Leadership & Career Development Programmes have been redesigned for the new edition: 10 workshops have been introduced on tools for career development, from Personal Branding to Business Presentation Skills.

During and after the EMBA, you will have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and networking events reserved for the Alumni community of MIP Politecnico di Milano, which also take place in the international chapters.

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.

Designed both for managers and for companies

The Flex EMBA is designed for those who are unable to plan their schedule or who often travel on business. It has been chosen by managers who cannot be absent from the workplace and by executives who work abroad.

It is also especially suitable for meeting the needs of companies wishing to train and develop the potential of their most outstanding employees, without needing them to leave the workplace for hours.

Its format is also suitable for those companies that have employees scattered around the world, who can benefit from updating and aligning their managerial skills, wherever they are.

62% of the students who took the 1st edition of the Flex EMBA have changed jobs or had a career advancement within two months of graduating.

The Flex EMBA, in fact, enables participants to acquire the same ability  as with traditional Executive MBA formats to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for holding positions of responsibility and to build the same network of relationships, whilst benefiting from the maximum flexibility and compatibility with new commitments and work opportunities at international level.

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 Flex EMBA is based on a revolutionary distance learning platform, developed by MIP on Microsoft technology, which integrates the tools of individual productivity that we are all accustomed to using every day into a user-friendly digital environment. The platform also allows access to content training in offline mode for those situations where there is no internet connection.

  • The possibility to choose when, where and how to attend courses
  • No overlap with work
  • Duration of the customisable master: up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Possibility of catching up with live lessons
  • Each course is run twice a year
  • Face 2 Face Interaction and Networking
  • Inspirational Speech & Saturday Study Group with top managers for the development of soft skills and networking
  • Company visits
  • Career Development Programme with workshops in class and via streaming
  • Careers Advisory Service  with one-2-one meetings on campus or online
  • Practising Leadership with the top managers of the EMBA Executive Academy

For each core course, the week has a structured agenda but always provides:

  • the viewing of video-clips:  pre-recorded downloadable lessons via app which functions even when offline
  • Weekly Round-up: recap live session (19.30-20.30) or asynchronus
  • 1 live session: 2h (19.30-21.30) interactive lesson with the lecturer, teamwork, business case and managerial testimonies.

For those who are unable to take part in these meetings online, recordings are made available from the day after the event.
Interaction is always guaranteed by the forum in which pupils, lecturers and tutors look into and discuss the themes of each course.


The objective of the Executive MBA programme is to lay the foundations of knowledge concerning the most important methodologies, techniques and tools for company management and to encourage the development of participants’ personal learning, innovation and leadership skills.
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 is a new structure, designed to provide participants with a holistic view of the organisation and its processes with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, divided into 4 Pillars and preceded by the PRE-PROGRAMME for strengthening and aligning participants’ basic skills.

Core Courses

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 – RRealising Innovation and Transformation


  • Design thinking
  • Corporate entrepreneurship


  • Lean startup
  • Entrepreneurial finance

At the end of the Core Courses, the great flexibility of the Flex EMBA allows you to customise your EMBA study plan and choose between different elective courses, delivered in Italian with up to half of them in English.

The Elective lessons are face-to-face, characterised by a strong experiential aspect and based on action learning.

Flex EMBA students will have the opportunity to interact directly with participants on the other EMBA courses at MIP, as well as students from foreign partner business schools.

Each Elective course is made up of 1 WEEKEND (Friday and Saturday) and, to make your Executive MBA more specialised, you can choose from a minimum of 4 up to a maximum of 6 out of the following list of courses:

  • Risk Management & Operational Resilience
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Management of Internationalization
    Processes Strategy in action
  • 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.

For example, the “Doing Business in” programme in Silicon Valley aims to develop a greater sensitivity towards the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship through a series of lectures and meetings with institutions, universities, 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


To provide participants with the development of decision-making, 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.
Throughout the Flex EMBA there will be 5 days of face2face meetings, of which 3 are working days. During the digital learning core courses it is possible to participate in some Inspirational Speech & Saturday events.

In addition, there are Study Groups with top managers, obligatory activities for the development of soft skills, plus the opportunity to  network both face-to-face and via streaming.

  • 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

At the end of the EMBA comes the Business Transformation Project, an innovation or entrepreneurial project supervised and led by a tutor from the MIP Politecnico di Milano Faculty and the services and network of the POLIHUB, the Innovation District & Startup Accelerator of the Politecnico di Milano, ranked as one of the top 3 incubators in the world.
The EMBA Project work is an excellent opportunity to realise consultancy projects in your company or to develop a new business idea with the support of the MIP Faculty .
Each year, EMBA students establish over 30 startups with the Business Transformation Project.


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 Flex 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 distribute 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.

Among the themes addressed in the Careers Workshops are:

  • 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

MIP’s Career Development Center staff, with the support of a team of expert consultants, will offer a series of Careers Advisory services 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 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.


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


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.

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 he or she becomes a promoter of change and innovation.
Furthermore, the company has the possibility of intervening in the definition of the final project work 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 specialist Elective courses: in this way, it can direct the training of each employee in accordance with the needs dictated by the participant’s 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 provide 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, by means of 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: April 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 Flex 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.
    Individual motivational interview
  2. Written test
  3. Written communication of the results of the selection process
  4. 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 can be made in six 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.


MIP is offering different amounts up to € 6,000 within the MIP4Women programme to female participants in the Flex EMBA course with the aim to develop and nurture a culture of women in management.

To be eligible for this competition, female candidates must meet the admission requirements and submit a short piece (of no more than 500 words) at the application stage on the following topic:

“Women have always had to fight twice. They have always had to carry two burdens, the private and the social. Women are the spine of society.”

Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prize

Describe the biggest challenge you have faced in your professional or private life as a woman.

For information on how to apply for this contribution, please write to infoemba@mip.polimi.it.


Merit-based scholarships worth 10% of the tuition fee are available for Alumni from various Master programs at MIP.
Please note that in case of company sponsorship, if partial, the Alumni Waiver is applied proportionally on the individual fee. If the company sponsorship is full, the Alumni Waiver will not be applied.
For information on how to apply for the Alumni scholarships, please write to infoemba@mip.polimi.it.


Thanks to MIP's MBA programme being fully recognized as a University Master Degree, our Italian students have access to sponsorships made available by Italian Regions. Italian citizens are therefore encouraged to inquire more on these opportunities, by referring directly to the governmental bodies that are offering them to students enrolled in a recognized university master degree program.


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