A digitally delivered Executive MBA

The International Flex EMBA (i-Flex), designed and delivered in partnership with Amazon, Microsoft, Moleskine and Vodafone, is a 20-month Executive MBA program aimed at managers who want to combine international study with work commitments, using one of the most advanced digital learning platforms in the world, developed with Microsoft technology.
With a focus on digital transformation includes a combination of different initiatives, among which are lectures by top managers leading the digital transformation in their companies, visits to the digital laboratories of Politecnico di Milano, company visits in digital enterprises like Amazon and Microsoft, and a Bootcamp specifically centred on digital transformation.

Language: English

Type: Distance Learning

Intake: November 2019

Length: 20 months

Location: Digital Learning + 2 face-to-face weeks + 1 optional full week

MBA Specialisation: possibility to obtain an MBA diploma with a specialisation in Digital Transformation

Minimum entry requirement: 3 years of work experience

Tuition fee: € 32.000 (for companies €37.000)

International Executive Masters Admissions
Tel : +39 02 2399 2870
email : imbapt@mip.polimi.it


Here are the top 5 reasons why the International Flex Executive MBA of MIP Politecnico di Milano – ranked 7th in the world and among the top 4 in Europe by QS Distance/Online MBA 2019 Rankings, will be a game changer for you


Students can attend classes when, where and how they prefer, conciliating education, work life and family.

Read the interview to the Program Coordinator and find out more.


Thanks to the digital learning platform 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. Moreover, social media, forum and a dedicated App are available on the Microsoft surface that will be given to all the students at the beginning of the course.


i-Flex is the #1 EMBA for those who want to learn directly from top leaders and their practical managerial experience. The program has been redesigned by and for companies to prepare managers capable to manage disruptive technologies in today’s business world.
Through a Digital Innovation Pathway, students will work on the necessary skills to become drivers of change, understanding their role in the framework of digital transformation. During their residential weeks, they will have the opportunity to visit companies like Amazon and Microsoft, global leaders of business innovation.

Throughout the program i-Flex 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.


Through a dedicated Management Bootcamp or a Study Tour in Silicon Valley students can give a major concentration to their Executive MBA. Through a practical and experiential learning path and a strong interaction with companies that lead change in today’s business world, students will be prepared to become leaders in a digitalized world.


Students will gain the same knowledge and competencies of an Executive MBA and will obtain the same degree released by traditional in-class Executive MBAs.

Read more on how our i-Flex students are enlarging their professional network through digital means of communication.

  • Part time Format: combine work & study
  • Starting date: November 2019
  • 20 months: 80% distance learning + 20% face-to-face
  • delivered on a digital platform, developed by MIP in collaboration with Microsoft
  • 2 mandatory face-to-face full weeks 
  • Specialisation in Digital Transformation through an Elective Week or a Study Tour in Silicon Valley
  • A Digital Readiness Coaching programme running throughout the master
  • One optional elective week (Doing-Business-In China or Mexico or Management Bootcamp @ MIP) as well as International Exchanges
  • 100% in English
  • Providing analytical and quantitative skills in General Management with a Digital Innovation Pathway
  • International focus with exposure to global industries and international faculty
  • Including soft skills for professional development
  • A Microsoft Surface will be provided to all the i-Flex students
  • The program has received the EOCCS certification, an innovative and distinct system for evaluating standards in online courses conceived by EFMD, the most highly-respected accreditation body in Europe.
  • The master has been ranked 7th in the 2019 Global Online MBA Ranking by CEO Magazine. Read more
  • It has been recently ranked 7th in the world and among the top 4 in Europe in the Distance/Online MBA category by QS Rankings. What is more, this Executive MBA is placed 1st in the world for “Class Experience” and 2nd for “Faculty and TeachingDiscover more


The International Flex EMBA (i-Flex) is a 20-month Executive MBA program that allows the students to get the same diploma as traditional, in-class Executive MBA programs, thanks to the digital learning platform developed by MIP in partnership with MICROSOFT (Should you wish to have a virtual tour of the platform, write to imbapt@mip.polimi.it).

The master is entirely taught in English and is targeting profiles with at least 3 years of working experience.

The program is made up of:

  • A number of core courses in General Management held through our smart learning platform
  • A weekly live session (2,5h) and two mandatory face-to-face weeks
  • Visits to Innovative Laboratories
  • A third elective week
  • International Exchanges
  • A specialisation in Digital Transformation
  • Digital Readiness Coaching
  • Career & Leadership Development Program
  • Project Work


Students can give a further personal dimension to their studies by choosing to customize their i-Flex with up to 2 full elective weeks. Among the options are the following:

Specialisation in Digital Transformation

I-Flex students can decide to further customize their learning path and obtain an Executive MBA with a specialisation in Digital Transformation by choosing to participate, during their third optional week, in a Management Bootcamp with a focus on Digital Transformation or a Silicon Valley Tour.

Digital Transformation Bootcamp

The Digital Transformation bootcamp is a one week intensive experience, during which i-Flex students will focus on learning how technologies are changing business processes.
Encompassing cutting-edge topics such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing and Internet of Things, this elective week will allow its participants to gain first-hand insight both from the outstanding faculty of MIP and experienced managers who are leading digital transformation.

Silicon Valley Tour

During the i-Flex program students will have the opportunity to experience an intensive one-week study tour. The purpose of the trip is to expose students to the Silicon Valley ecosystem and deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and other hot topics. Students will visit startups, large corporations, venture capital firms, and incubators to gain a broader perspective on the process of taking an idea to the market and scaling a company. Whether you want to launch your own venture or add entrepreneurial thinking to your toolkit, the Silicon Valley Week in the i-Flex program will give you completely new ways of thinking about entrepreneurship, networks and innovation.

Management Bootcamps

Participants have the possibility to tailor their Executive MBA programme with a third optional full week dedicated to a Management Boot Camps or an EMBA Elective. They can use this moment of their degree to learn about topics shaping the future of business.
These courses are characterized by a strong practical and multidisciplinary approach. Students can choose their elective week based on a range of emerging topics in business and in particular the following:

>> Global Management
>> Industry 4.0
>> Big Data & Analytics
>> Sustainability & Circular Economy
>> Luxury & Made in Italy Excellence
>> Design Thinking: a Journey from Meanings to Solutions
>> Biomarketing
>> Lean startup Lab
>> Entrepreneurship
>> Soft Skills

International Experiences


The experience in China or Mexico consists in going to an international business school for a week to study the specific social and economic aspects of that country. During the week, classroom lessons held by professors of our partner universities are alternated with company visits to local and multinational businesses. This allows students to study cases of success and understand the difficulties involved in multi-cultural management.


i-Flex students are given the opportunity to study abroad. There are a range of programs available, to suit a range of requirements.


Who is eligible for the i-Flex Program?

Working professionals with at least 3-year working experience.

The English knowledge is a compulsory requirement.

How long is the i-Flex program?

The programme is 20 months long.

In what language is the program taught?

The program is entirely 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.

How many students are on the program?

The average class size is around thirty-five students, in order to grant a personalised and customised service and learning experience.

Is there an age limit for the program?

No, but the program is ideally suited for working professionals with a minimum of 3 years’ experience and an average working experience between 7 and 10 years.


Career Management services support students in developing effective tools for their job search, such as CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, as well as for the development of a better awareness of the job market and the right channels for a successful job search strategy.

MIP is also partner of major international career platforms offering students free access to MIP Global Network of Career Websites where they can find relevant resources about industry sectors trends, country specific career guides and employment resources, and career related webinars.

i-Flex students will sit one-to-one meetings with Career Advisors that are useful and strategical for the definition of the best career plan according to their competences, experience and expectations.

In addition to this, i-Flex students can avail of the benefits of Mentoring through ad hoc meetings with top managers from the Alumni network.

MIP promotes partnerships with national and international employers
and organizes activities all year round to offer students the latest recruiting insights and market trends.

Thanks to the dedicated MIP Career Digital Platform powered by JobTeaser, employers can showcase their company profiles, post job opportunities and promote recruiting events.

i-Flex students have to attend (via streaming or recording if available) at least 5 networking events with employers (such as Round Tables, Career Talks, etc.).

Right from the start of the program, the Career Development Team supports candidates in increasing their self-awareness and brand from a personal and professional standpoint, to enable them to pursue their managerial career at both national and international level.

The Career Development Center organises workshops with the main objective to support i-Flex students in developing the necessary managerial skills and competencies to succeed in this complex and ever changing competitive job market, such as networking, presentation skills, job search strategy, job interview skills.



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.

The master is targeting professionals with at least 3 years of working experience.

The ideal candidate

  • Possesses leadership potential 
  • Has developed working experience in an international environment
  • Demonstrates well-developed analytical skills and business skills.
  • Is willing to expand his/her skill set and to extend his/her knowledge in the area of General Management through meaningful study and practical work and has a passion for innovation and digitalization
  • Ambition, independence and humility are also highly desiderable characteristics.

Admission to the master is limited to a predetermined number of students. This ensures the optimal development of each student while preserving the group’s learning process. All elements of the application form are carefully studied so we highly recommend that you fill it out carefully and provide us with any extra material you believe might help your candidature.



Activate the Online Application, by uploading your updated CV/resume and paying the application fee (EUR 150), which can be paid online on the application platform itself.  The rest of the documents can be sent after the motivational interview.


You will be informed whether you have been selected for the Motivational Interview and the MIP Test by our admissions team in due time.

  • University Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Official University Transcripts
  • Motivational statement*
  • 1/2 letters of reference (optional)
  • Copy of Passport or ID
  • Digital Photo

*Choose the format that works for you. 
To explain your motivations for undertaking an MBA and show the Admissions Committee that you are the right fit for MIP, you can decide to submit either a traditional essay or a slide presentation (there is no prescribed minimum or maximum length for either) as a motivational statement. Please make sure to convert your piece (Word or PowerPoint) into a PDF file to upload it on the application platform.


Once the Admissions Team receives feedback from the interviewer, your application will be evaluated and then presented to the Admissions Committee, who then decides whether to accept or reject each candidate. The selection is based on the evaluation of the professional and academic background, motivational interview performance with the Admissions Team and the MIP Test score. The selection process assesses the profile of the individual candidate while taking into account the composition of the class, which must be consistent with the quality and diversity the school requires. Acceptance is based on the ability to excel, not only academically, but also in the business community. You will be advised by e-mail of the final decision on your application.

What is the application date to apply for the program?

The final application date is the July 31st for the intake starting in October. However, please note that the admission process for the master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chances you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the i-Flex program have a letter of recommendation form?

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

We turn the future into a part of you.

We offer highly personalised services with the objective of developing the necessary skills, tools and strategy and expanding your professional network, to help you succeed in today’s complex and competitive global job market.


The tuition fee amounts to € 32.000 for individuals and to € 37.000 for those sponsored by a company. These costs cover the entire length of the programme, although they do not include living and travel expenses.

MIP’s International Flex EMBA is made more accessible to deserving candidates through our Financial Aid Program

Contributions are mostly merit-based and based on academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, particularly strong leadership potential, and superior interpersonal skills. These contributions are restricted to self-funded candidates and are applied directly to the applicant’s tuition.

Candidates should indicate in the application form if they would like to apply for financial aid at the time of application. Later requests for financial aid will not be considered.

Participants sponsored by their company are kindly requested to write to imbapt@mip.polimi.it  for further details.


  1. Submit your application online and tick the option that you are interested in MIP financial aid
  2. Fill out the Financial Aid Request Form you will receive via e-mail and upload it on the online platform.

General Financial Aid


Partial waivers up to 30% of the tuition fee are offered in order to promote international diversity within the class and to assist talented individuals from as many different countries as possible.
To be eligible for this contribution, candidates must meet the admission requirements and submit at the application stage a small passage (no more than 500 words) on the following topic:
What is the most significant personal or professional challenge you have faced when you found yourself in an international environment, and what key lessons do you think you could bring to the i-Flex class?


Financial Aid up to 30% of the tuition fee is offered by the school to Italian students living and working outside of Italy.
To be eligible for this competition, candidates must meet the admission requirements and submit at the application stage a small passage (no more than 500 words) on the following topic:
Tell us about the biggest challenge you had whilst working abroad and how you tackled it.


There are different amounts available up to € 6.000 offered within the MIP4Women programme that aims 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 at the application stage a small passage (no more than 500 words) 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 lived in your professional or private life as a woman (max 500 words).


Graduates 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 a sponsorship 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.


The Assistantship is a sponsorship for students who serve in a supporting educational or research role within the program.
There is 1 assistantship to be awarded, covering up to 30% of the tuition fee of the program.
A dedicated motivational statement is requested within September 14th, 2019.
The MBA Committee will communicate the selected candidates within September 30th, 2019.
For further information on the activities requested to the Assistant as well as to the application and selection process for this contribution, write to imbapt@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 and Provinces. 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.

  • Candidates from Puglia Region can follow this link 
  • Candidates from Liguria Region can follow this link

MIP Politecnico di Milano has a partnership with TALENTIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Through this cooperation with Agencia Andalusa del Conocimiento, MIP guarantees a discount of 30% of the tuition fee to the recipient, while the TALENTIA fellowship program will make a further financial contribution at their discretion.
In addition to MIP's admissions criteria, eligible candidates must have:

• Citizenship from a European Union member State
• A connection with Andalusia by birth, residence, work, university or blood
• An EU undergraduate degree
• Graduated within 10 years before the application
• Receipt of proof of application/admission to our school

Contribution for exceptional merit


2 partial scholarships of 30% are offered by MIP in collaboration with the 30% Club – whose aim is to achieve 30 per cent women on FTSE 100 boards.

To partake in the opportunity, female candidates have to submit to us a videoclip of max 3 minutes where they demonstrate how they will contribute to and benefit from i-Flex, focusing on their achievements as a professional manager as well as academic qualifications. They should also evaluate the skills they need to develop in order to be an effective global manager and how the i-Flex EMBA will assist them in this, giving details of their current role as woman in a leadership position.

The deadline to apply for this contribution is July 30th, 2019.


Contributions up to 20% of the tuition fee are offered to entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs-to-be. In particular:

- Candidates, who have had previous experience as entrepreneurs, should provide a description of their biggest challenge in a 500-word essay.

- Candidates who already have a business idea will need to present the basics (without going into details) of a potentially realizable project (which will be treated as confidential) in a maximum 5-slide powerpoint presentation explaing (1) why think this idea could be useful, (2) who would be the target involved, and (3) what would be the first actions they would implement.


Awards up to 30% of the tuition fee are offered by the school to inspirational leaders who have the following requirements:

• Minimum 6 years' professional experience since completion of bachelor degree
• Minimum of 3 years' experience in a strategic leadership position ideally in a multinational company

To be eligible for this competition, applicants must meet the admission requirements and submit at the application stage a small passage (no more than 500 words) on the following topic:
“The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership – they are skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between style sas the circumstances dictate” – Daniel Goleman
Discuss if you agree with the above statement or not, by making concrete examples referred to your daily work as manager in your company.


Candidates holding at the time of the application a GMAT score of 600 and above (or GRE equivalent) are eligible to run for contributions covering up to 30% of the tuition fee.

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

MIP collaborates with banks such as Banca Sella and BPER.

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


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What is the cost of the program?

The program costs €32,000 for the entire 20-month period, or €37,000 for those sponsored by a company. These costs cover the entire length of the programme, although they do not include living and travel expenses.

How do I apply for tuition fee contributions or grants for the program?
Will I have to buy textbooks?

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


We have decided to partner with companies that have introduced digital innovation in their products (Amazon, Moleskine, Vodafone) and some companies where digital innovation is core to the business (Microsoft).

ISO strives to provide a tailor made service to each international candidate and enrolled student by assisting with enrollment and non-academic matters.


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