The innovative Executive MBA in digital learning format

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 format.

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.

Applications are now open, new updates on the program will be available soon.

Location: Milan + anywhere in the world

Language: Italian

Format: Digital learning

Kickoff: May 2022

Length: 2 years

Experience required: 6+ years

Tuition Fee: € 37.000 (individuals)/ 40.000 (corporate)
Contributions available

Tel :  +39 02 2399 2820


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 Path has been redesigned, with Leadership - a Point of View activities and a choice of new Elective courses as well as the Career Development Programme, with the introduction of a series of workshops on tools for career development, from personal branding to business presentation skills.

Moreover, 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.

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 University's ecosystem 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.

Proximity to companies is one of MIP's special features and a characteristic of all EMBA's activities.

Focus on entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Flex 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.

Students can give a major concentration to their Executive MBA, in Digital Transformation, if they choose 4 Electives courses in this area or if they participate to an optional Week in Silicon Valley.

Throughout the program Flex EMBA students will also receive one-to-one coaching sessions with a Digital Readiness Coach, available to mentor them about practices and concrete examples they may be facing within their companies, strictly connected to the digital world.

Smart learning: work & study

MIP Politecnico di Milano was the first business school in Italy to launch the Flex EMBA, an Executive MBA Master using distance learning in 2014. All the Executive MBA formats have been enhanced by our new digital learning platform, D-HUB. Thanks to D-HUB, developed with Microsoft technology, participants can access pre-recorded video, actively participate in video sessions with the professor, interact with their peers and work with them on projects and assignments and access additional multimedia contents.

Up to-date multimedia content 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.


The Distance Learning EMBA of MIP is ranked among the world top ten best distance learning MBAs: in 2021 the program was recognised in the QS Distance/Online MBA Rankings as the 6th best program in the world, 5th in Europe and the only Italian master in the rankings. It has also been ranked 8th in the world, 5th in Europe and the only Italian program in the Financial Times Online MBA 2021 rankings. Awarded by AMBA as one of the 6 most innovative MBAs in the world, our Flex EMBA is placed in the top position for “Class Experience”, third for “Faculty and Teaching” and fifth for "Employability".

In 2020 the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), the most highly-regarded institute in Europe within the field of managerial education and development, has granted the EOCCS re-certification to the program. EOCCS (EFMD Online Course Certification System) is a quality benchmark system developed to assess online courses. Read more

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
  • Networking & Company Visits
  • Career Development Programme
  • Leadership Experiential Path

All Executive MBA 2021 participants will also benefit of the Resilience & Networking Package, a set of experiential services, aimed at amplifying the benefits generated by the Executive MBA journey and break out the constraints of today’s scenario.

The programme is divided into 5 distinct teaching areas: core courses in General Management during the first year, Electives and International Experience during the second one together with the Leadership Experiential Path, the Career Development Programme, and the Business Transformation Project.

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.

For an overview of the structure please visit the Italian page.

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 Wrap-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 students, lecturers and tutors look into and discuss the themes of each course.

For an overview of the scheduling please visit the Italian page.


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 - Realising Innovation and Transformation


  • Design thinking
  • Corporate entrepreneurship


  • Lean startup
  • Entrepreneurial finance

At the end of the core courses in general management, you can choose your specializations from various Elective courses, available 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.

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. Here are some examples below:

  • Risk Management & Operational Resilience
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Operations Improvement
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Design Gym
  • Intellectual property Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Self Empowerment
  • Organizational Behaviour (advanced)
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Industry 4.0

EMBA students can decide to further customize their learning path and obtain an Executive MBA with a specialization, such as Digital Tranformation, Innovation & Transformation, Sustainability & Risk Management, Leadership & Organizational Behaviour, Global Operations & International Business, Advanced Marketing Management.

For students who so wish, it will be possible to follow the optional additional Elective courses via streaming.

Elective Courses may vary as they accomodate the latest trends on business.

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


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 Experiential Path has been built up and radically redesigned to create a personal soft skills development programme which will strengthen students’ decision-making capacities and leadership skills, working on personal training for the entire duration of the Master programme.

The goal of the Leadership Experiential Path is to develop the key capabilities that leaders need to undertake their role successfully. This is a programme that provides courses in Organisational BehaviourOutdoor TrainingVirtual Team Learning, and Practising Leadership opportunities, with the goal of learning and applying innovative  leadership concepts thanks to the involvement of our Faculty and top managers.

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 job market and become a career leader.

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 students will have to choose 5 career workshops among the 12 suggested in the catalogue.

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:

  • CV Assessment
  • 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.

Unique in the world, during and after the EMBA – participants will have at their disposal a tool for the preassessment of their hard, soft and digital skills. This is the revolutionary digital mentor developed by MIP with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence tools: FLEXA.

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.

Students will also have the opportunity to partake in networking events such as roundtables and career events.

Moreover, thanks to FLEXA participants will have the chance to get in touch with network companies and other professionals.


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.

Therefore, programs are designed to accelerate the professional growth of managers and leaders who are able to respond to and tackle the challenges required by the market.

Return on investment

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 can give its contribution on the specialization and the Elective Courses that the student may wish to attend. In this way, it can focus the training of his employees on issues of which development is of great value and represents a concrete benefit.

Moreover, the company can direct the training of each employee in accordance with the needs dictated by the participant’s position and his professional growth path.

Leadership Experiential Path

Completely redesigned, the Leadership Experiential Path is aimed at working on soft skills to improve management effectiveness and developing the key capabilities leaders need to successfully undertake their role within the organization.

Access to the Ecosystem of 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 recognized by a public body - in this specific case by the Politecnico di Milano. Therefore, the fee of the master is VAT exempted pursuant to art. 10 DPR 633/1972.
  • 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.
  • Companies will be offered further reductions on multiple enrolments.
  • In 2021 companies wishing to sponsor their employees will be offered the chance to start paying the fee starting from 2022, via a very dedicated instalment plan.


Application status: OPEN  Next intake: May 2022

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

The final decision with respect to the admission of a candidate is entirely at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

English knowledge, although not mandatory, is highly recommended as some Elective courses, didactic materials and managerial testimonials may be in English.

  • 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 Admissions Committee)
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of proof of payment of the €150 application fee (this amount can be paid online on the application platform itself, via Flywire* or through a regular bank transfer).

*You can easily pay your tuition and fees online via Flywire, our preferred payment partner. Flywire provides a secure global payment network that simplifies paying your fees from your home country and countries around the world. Payment options can include bank transfers, credit cards, e-wallets and more, typically in your home currency for most countries


The cost of the Master is €37,000 for individual entries and €40,000 for companies or self-employed professionals. These costs are exempt of VAT. Payment can be made in six instalments.

MIP is offering several contributions on the tuition fee. Please check the complete list below and contact us at infoemba@mip.polimi.it for more information.

International candidates with Italian residency and Italian candidates can also access student loans to cover the tuition fee and other expenses.

MIP collaborates with banks such as Banca Sella, Banca Intesa San Paolo, Unicredit and BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas.

In particular, for more information about the agreement with BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, please click here.

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


MIP is offering contributions amounting up to 20% of the tuition fee to deserving candidates, who share MIP’s purpose and put it into practice in their personal and professional growth path.

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


MIP is offering contributions amounting up to € 7,000 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.

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


MIP offers 2 contributions amounting 3,000€ to entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs-to-be, which will be deducted from the total amount of the tuition fee.

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


MIP offers 2 contributions amounting 3,000€ to outstanding candidates who deal with sustainability in their company or work for a Non-governmental Organization (NGO). This contribution will be deducted from the total amount of the tuition fee.

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



MIP Politecnico di Milano offer 2 study grants of the amount of 2,000 euros in order to support in the study of deserving candidates passionate about the theme of digitalization.

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For more information write to infoemba@mip.polimi.it


Alumni of Politecnico di Milano who have previously shown a strong commitment to their studies and a desire to further their professional development through continued education are entitled to this contribution from MIP of € 2,000.

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 this contribution, please write to infoemba@mip.polimi.it.


Contributions on the tuition fee are available for Alumni of various programs at MIP:

- Alumni who completed a Master program are entitled to a discount of 25%;
- Alumni who completed an Executive Path (Management Academy) are entitled to a discount of 10%.

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 this contribution, please write to infoemba@mip.polimi.it.




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