MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods

Bologna Business School / University of Bologna

Application deadline: Round: I April 15, 2015; Round II: June 15, 2015 (June 30, 2015 for EU graduates)
Tuition fee:
  • € 27,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 27,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 72 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Managing business in the ever-evolving markets of design, fashion, and the luxury goods is a challenging task. Managers of the sector have to handle creativity, corporate image, and volatility while pursuing long term profitability through sound marketing strategies, efficient distribution plans, quality sourcing, etc.

The Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods concentration offers a unique opportunity to blend theory with experience thanks to the exclusive expertise of the most successful Italian companies in these sectors. The University of Bologna has a long tradition in training talented mangers to steer these leading companies.

The MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is an intensive 12-month international program taught entirely in English. Participants will be able to experience first-hand the specific knowledge that Italy has developed in these fields joining creativity, style and unique managerial practices.

Internship & Career

Creating employability is one of the primary goals of the MBA Design, Fashion & Luxury Goods program. Therefore, interaction between theory and practice is an essential part of the curriculum: master lectures, testimonials, analysis of business cases, and incompany visits will take place throughout the year and will go side by side the core academic courses.

The program also includes a 500-hour internship scheduled in the last period of the program. Internships will take place at some of the leading companies of the design, fashion, and luxury goods sector of the region. The internship represents an opportunity for MBA participants to analyze real company problems, develop strategies, and elaborate action plans together with upper level managers.

BBS's partners have been involved in our academic activities over the years in many different ways: participating in project works, master lectures, and testimonials, offering scholarships, hosting our student internships, or employing our alumni.


The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program that includes a 500-hour internship.

The academic part is divided into three terms. During the first term you will study the fundamentals of general management, while the second and third term will deal with on the specific subjects of each track.

I Term: September 2015 – December 2015

General Management Courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, International Finance, Marketing Management, Cross-cultural Management, Organizational Analysis: Leading People and Organizations

II Term – III Term: January 2016 – May 2016

Track Specific Courses: Fashion Tradition and Products: Clothing and Leather Goods, Gemology and Watches, Industrial Design and Branding, International Production and Logistics, Luxury Goods: Boats, Cars and Motorbikes, Perfumes and Eyewear, Brand Communication and Reputation Management, Business Development Laboratory.

The three terms are followed by an internship period of 500 working hours. At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.


Requirements for the 2015-2016 intake are:

·Undergraduate degree (or higher)

·Two+ years of qualified work experience

·English proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all candidates whose native language is not English.


The admissions process is divided into two rounds of application:


Round I: April 15, 2015

Round II:June 15, 2015 (June 30, 2015 for EU graduates)

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of the candidates' individual interview and qualifications (e.g. curriculum vitae, GMAT/GRE, reference letters, etc.).

The Admission Board, made up of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admissions team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.


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