MBA Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses


Taking Italian Excellence Global

The MBA in Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses boasts a team of professors coming from all around the world: Israel, Denmark, India, Canada, U.S.A. and France. A program that tackles those hot topics that leading Companies can no longer afford to ignore. Participants will be engaged in a stimulating learning experience where people with strong environmental and social values integrate the development of entrepreneurial and corporate venturing skills with the building of critical thinking and leadership competences.

Sustainable development, environmental impact management, social entrepreneurship, and business ethics are issues gaining extraordinary attention among companies worldwide. The next generation of business leaders must be ready to manage company performances and strategies in this changing environment. The MBA Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses is designed to seek solutions that successfully address the triple bottom line: financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social equity.

The MBA in Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses is a 12 month full-time program, taught entirely in English. It is dedicated to students who already have a solid working background. A 500 hour internship will help students to improve their problem solving skills, giving them the opportunity to face actual situations that normally arise within the business world. During the first term, class activities will focus on general management, while starting from the second term, participants will study subjects specific to this sector. The correct balance between the number of students for each professor represents a very positive aspect that facilitates the learning process.

With the Patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea






Simone Ferriani

Simone Ferriani

Director of Studies

" Our alumni are making a difference each day, thanks to the cutting-edge managerial tools and inspirational role models they have been exposed to during the MBA. That’s what makes us proud: the empowerment of tomorrow's renewable energy and sustainability leaders. "

Simone Ferriani

Alessandro Pastore

Director of Studies

" The stellar international faculty and the renown guest speakers ensure that the candidates will have on-going exposure to “Theory and Practice.” Arguably the best green MBA program in the world. For sure, the first in Europe. "





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  • 7 years



Bertukan Tarekegn – Ethiopia

Innovation and Technology department - HERA Group
Global MBA - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses (A.Y. 2014/2015)

"A year at BBS gave me the tools and courage to aim for my absolute best. When I was a graduate student at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, studying computer science, I realized even if I enjoyed Science and Technology, there was something missing that made me feel like I didn’t have the full package. I wanted to have more face-to-face interaction, and greater personal impact and then I discovered that BBS was the exact place where I should be. The Global MBA is a business education with people of diverse backgrounds that could expose me to these different skills and opportunities. I wanted to be part of this culture, knowing that only in such a challenging environment could I gain the skills and experiences necessary to make a lasting difference in my profession. Studying at BBS, I began developing the skills and relationships to achieve these higher purposes. My MBA gave me an entire library of information and a network of peers. It has been absolutely transformational for not just my career ambitions, but also my values and attitude. It has opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities across industries and around the world, and more importantly, it has given me the courage and confidence to pursue them. This is what truly made my MBA experience important to me. It prepared me for my long term career by exposing me to many concepts in a real and tangible way. Overall, studying in Bologna, nicknamed the “red” (for its roofs), the “learned” (home to Europe’s oldest university) and the “fat” (the world-famous cuisine), is the perfect place for the full MBA experience."

Anthony Nistico – USA

Global Planner, New Product Implentation - TESLA
Global MBA - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses (A.Y 2014/2015)

"The Global MBA at Bologna Business School is an investment. Do not expect any hand-holding from professors or the administration. The atmosphere at BBS is demanding and professional. Although the instructors are available for additional tutoring, the entire program is designed to challenge the most serious of scholars. Beyond absorbing the specific subject matter in each course, I developed the confidence and techniques needed to be successful in the modern competitive business landscape. I now work for Tesla, one of the most innovative and admired companies in the world, and focus on the implementation of new products and features in electric vehicles. I employ what I learned throughout the MBA on a daily basis: financial modeling, forecasting, technology management, entrepreneurship, et cetera; every lesson in every course is applicable to what I do. The Global MBA grows in intensity as the year marches on. Moreover, the Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses concentration attracts some of the most passionate professors and students on the planet. Take pride in your quality of work and continue to approach every challenge as an opportunity to excel. Bologna will tempt you with incredible food and wine, beautiful architecture, and a pleasant nightlife. I urge you to maintain focus, stay positive, and make the most of this experience. You only get out what you put in."

Kennedy Arthur Wekesa – Kenya

United Nations Environment Program, South-South Cooperation
Global MBA - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses (A.Y. 2012/13)

"Bologna Business School equipped me with requisite knowledge and skills that gave me an opportunity to work at the UN Environment Program on environment and sustainable development projects. Besides preparing program summaries and backgrounds, fact sheets, mission reports, press releases, communication strategies and outreach products, I had the honor to participate in the historic inaugural UN Environment Assembly Ministerial Dialogues and Major Groups Stakeholder Forums/Discussions that culminated to the adoption of 17 Resolutions and 2 Decisions for international action on environmental threats ranging from global environmental monitoring systems, illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste and plastic debris in oceans among others. I salute Prof Lavanya Rajamani who prepared me for this opportunity through mock debates on the Post 2015 Climate Change (negotiations), as this exposed me to the very content and substance of the entire UN Environment Assembly which enabled me to add value to the (UNEP) Regional Support Office. My contract ends in August and I am confident another door will open because as an alumni of Bologna Business School, one never runs out of options."

Liliana Perez – Peru

Internship, TPER (Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia Romagna)
Global MBA - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses (A.Y. 2013/14)

"Joining an MBA program at BBS turned out to be a surprising experience of growth. Prior to my arrival, I worked for many years as a manager in the Peruvian operation of BAT, a multinational company with presence in more than 180 countries around the world. Having worked with people from various nationalities made me think my "cultural" background was pretty wide; instead, BBS proved me wrong! Studying and team-working with people from all around the world, of different ages and background is all about learning to be tolerant, open-minded and culturally intelligent, especially if you have the additional challenge of being totally outside your comfort zone in a foreign country. Bologna is a beautiful city, rich in history, architecture and art; the perfect frame for this life-experience. Furthermore, professors are excellent and experienced and being in the center of Italy will make it easy to travel around (a beautiful country) to polish your learning in class with real-world practical experiences."


The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program including 518 hours of class activities, 1300 hours of individual and group work and 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 the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).


I Term: September 2017 – December 2017

  • “Ice-breaking” Week
  • 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 2018 – May 2018

  • Track Specific Courses: Production and Logistics, Corporate Social Responsibility/Business Ethics, Environmental Law, Global Technology Management, Green Strategy and Sustainable Development, Measuring Sustainable Performance, International Business Law, Management Consulting, Business Planning.


The three terms are followed by an internship period of 500 working hours. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. It is your chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the three academic terms by working on management strategies, analyze business cases, create solutions to real problems and work on action plans. You are expected to make the most of these opportunities by learning from the professionals you will be working with.

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.


This course provides an introduction to business planning concepts and the tools necessary to set up new businesses. Corporate entrepreneurship as well as various start-up cases will be developed.

This course will provide a framework within which to study factors that lead to success of top brands in competitive markets. Furthermore, practical tools will be provided to design and launch brands, including the ability to develop a successful marketing strategy, as well as communicate and maintain a specific reputation.

The course provides a framework for understanding and analyzing investment and financial decisions of corporations. Lectures and readings provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, corporate cost of capital, initial and seasoned equity offerings and an introduction to corporate risk management. Most of the topics presented during the course will also be analyzed and studied using a case study approach.

This course considers the conduct of company operations with responsibility and accountability to their stakeholders and wider society with emphasis on sustainability. The role of the different players will be treated with a particular focus on topics related to the application of ethical principles and consistency of decision-making process with such principles. It explores the consequences of the imposition of new environmental legislation as well as the development and application of the concept of corporate social responsibility within different business contexts.

This course provides the core of corporate strategy through the identification of a superior competitive position, the analysis of a strategic situation and the creation of a proper organizational context to ensure the chosen strategy is the most effective one. Through the analysis of real-world cases, participants develop analytical skills that help them to acquire practical experience in dealing with strategic issues. The course aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles and practices of strategic management. It will develop a dynamic approach to competitive analysis and business strategy that is well suited to today's turbulent competitive environment.

This course provides an understanding of the role of culture in management and organizational processes in today’s inter-cultural business world. After an initial theoretical introduction to the concept of culture, the course will analyze its relevance to organizational issues such as: human resources management, cross-cultural communication, team-work, motivation, and negotiation.

This course presents the legislative concerning the areas of climate change mitigation and energy conservation. Students will learn about the legislative measures that have already been approved as well as measure in the process of being approved. An analysis of the impact of these measures on every stakeholder such as industry, government, and non-governmental organizations, will be presented.

This course introduces the main concepts of financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting covers accounting notions, principles, and the structure of the three main financial statements. It also includes profitability and financial performance analysis. Managerial accounting includes basic cost concepts, cost behavior patterns, and the use of managerial accounting data for decision-making, management control systems and performance measurement systems. Particular focus is placed on intangible and intellectual capital measurement and reporting, on non-financial performance measurement systems and strategic cost management.

This course addresses the strategic, organizational and managerial issues related to the international application of technologies and innovation development. Particular attention is given to environmental and sustainability issues associated to new product development, R&D, as well as project management. Best practices in management of international projects will be analyzed to address and solve problems at different stages of product life cycle in order to optimize the final performance in terms of quality, time and cost.

This course aims at enabling students to evaluate the likely impact of future IT innovations on their firm and industry. This requires a correct understanding of the key drivers of technology’s impact on the business ecosystem. Topics covered include: open source design, chatbot, bigdata, simulation and augmented reality. Computational thinking, computing for sustainable business and the challenge of managing cyber security are also included. During this course, participants will be expected to engage in both the technical and the managerial dimensions of digital challenges.

This cycle of seminars constitutes a unique occasion for the MBA students to meet and interact with key leaders of the global economic, social and political scene. These series of lectures, especially designed for the MBA class, reflects the main goal of the Program, which is to link theories and practice.

This course is an introduction to principles and practices of managing a green business. Participants learn the key factors in developing a strategy to create a new sustainable business operation or to improve upon the existing strategy already in place. Special attention is devoted to understanding the “triple bottom line” with a focus on financial, social, and environmental responsibility.

This course aims at providing participants with the basic legal skills necessary to business operators acting at the national and international level. The course will first provide an overview of the different approaches available to identify the rules governing cross-border commercial relations, given the existence of relevant differences in domestic legal systems. In this respect, it will also give account of the pivotal role played by party autonomy in arranging business relationships. The course will then explore specific areas of law, which have a relevant impact on commercial contracts and business activities. Attention will be paid, in particular, to the legal aspects of domestic and international sales and distribution networks; technology transfer and IP licensing agreements; bank guarantees, secured transactions and payment systems regulations.

This course examines macroeconomics in open economies that are linked by trade, capital flows, and monetary policies. The goal is to provide a framework for understanding current events affecting the world economy. The participants acquire the analytical tools needed to examine the financial performance of economies, balance of payments problems and policy, the causes and consequences of exchange rate movements and the implications of macroeconomic relationships between countries.

The course focuses on the organization of a company, identifying its characteristics and exploring the strategic design for working in and managing such an organization. The topics covered are focused on specific elements of organizational design linking them to the overarching organizational design system. This course will provide the analytical tools needed to handle the complexity of organizational design in the face of an increasingly globalized and fast-changing business environment. This course also addresses human resource issues from a strategic perspective and will concentrate on the development of concepts and strategies that may increase your effectiveness in developing policies and practices, enhancing the value of the people taking part in your organization.

The objective of this seminar is to provide a general understanding of what general management consulting is and the skills it requires. Students will be exposed to the main consulting frameworks and methods;  consulting project activities and situations using business cases; and meet practicing consulting professionals from a variety of firms. As an integral part of the course they will also learn the basic tool required to organize and develop a business plan.

The course focuses on the main concepts of marketing management, analyzing both strategic marketing and mixed marketing activities. Specific topics covered are consumer behavior, the buying process, segmentation, product positioning, relationship marketing, branding at national and global levels, mixed marketing activities and investments such as pricing, advertising, and channel management. Participants will be able to plan a marketing strategy for an existing or new product and take it to the mixed marketing stage.

The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge. In particular, the objective is to detail and disentangle the links between corporate strategy, sustainability, and performance measurement systems as a means to translate sustainable strategies into effective outcomes and, at the same time, to provide investors and external stakeholders with a set of metrics that appropriately identify a company’s sustainable value and competitiveness.

Within this perspective, four major learning outcomes are expected:

  • To allow students to gain a solid and robust understanding of: (i) what a corporate performance measurement system is; (ii) how it can be developed and used; (iii) how it supports the formulation and implementation of a sustainable business strategy;
  • To allow students to understand key approaches and frameworks for measuring, assessing and reporting sustainability and corporate social responsibility;
  • To equip students with the necessary tools and techniques to evaluate green investments from both a financial and non-financial perspective;
  • To allow students to understand the key drivers behind the consistent and continuous growth of renewable energy as an industrial sector globally, and how policy, technology and capital interact together creating its backbone.

This course will focus on: logistics in commercial relations (especially in intercontinental operations), customer service levels, and distribution costs.

The main purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to the key analytical tools necessary to effectively pursue the core courses. The course provides a survey of fundamental tools for analyzing financial and managerial problems including time value of money, elements of financial analysis, discounting, data analysis and basics of statistics and econometrics. 

What are smart cities and why are they important? How can cities become smarter through the application of new information technologies or trasportation systems? What innovative services, policies and behaviors distinguish them? How can companies contribute to smart cities in a successful and socially responsible way? This course provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of the smart city phenomenon. By giving priority to the point of view of urban decision makers, the course is an opportunity for MBA students to enrich their business expertise through a broader societal perspective. The course explores such topics as green mobility, big and open data analytics, shared economy, public-private partnerships, inclusive capitalism.

Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid foundation of theory before starting to build on that by introducing more practical aspects. This will result in you confidently entering the working environments of this industry, ready to deal with the scenarios you will face.

The teaching staff will help you grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; individual assignments and assisted private studying.

The courses are set up to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.


Creating employability is one of the primary goals of the MBA program and is carried out by means of systematic career development, with an ongoing effort to successfully combine the professional projects of the students with the needs expressed by the businesses.


The internship acts as a perfect professional springboard, especially considering the fact that just six months after graduation, Bologna Business School ranks a 97% placement.


The Career Development Department will help participants to pursue their own career goals and will support them in the job seeking process. It is dedicated to career exploration and fulfillment. A qualified career counselor will assist students with a variety of services and resources including job searching strategies, interview skills, resume development, career/personality assessments and much more.


Career Development Sessions
A dedicated career development session is held as part of the initial work placement program session. This workshop is focused on managerial employability, mock interviewing and an overview of successful and unsuccessful aspects of each interview.

Career Advice
Along the academic year, counselors will explore and evaluate the students’ education, training, work history, interests, skills and personal traits to assist in choosing a career.

One-to-one counseling
Students can make individual appointments with a career counselor to help identify and explore personal and professional goals, overcome confusion, and aid in decision-making when choosing a career.


 Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the various academic activities which make up the structure of our MBA program. Companies belonging to our network take part in project works and master lectures; they actively contribute in introducing guest speakers and organizing in-company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: they sponsor the various tracks, host the students’ internships and provide professional opportunities for graduate students.




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The tuition fees for the Master are 27,000 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments (the first one upon enrollment).

The fees include participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School, such as: a personal account for the BBS Wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym and special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.

Free parking is also available within the ground of the School.

In addition, with your University of Bologna Student Card you will have access to all university facilities with more than 100 libraries (including online subscriptions and databases), the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. Further information on these facilities can be found on the website of the University of Bologna:


Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan.

Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • Without early closing fees


Download the description document here.


Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only.

The Global MBA offers scholarships of:

  • 27,000 euro (full scholarship)
  • 15,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 10,000 euro (partial scholarship)


BBS and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant the Africa Scholarship Program for the Academic Year 2017-2018. This Program aims to facilitate the participation of 10 young bright talents from Africa wishing to pursue an MBA and contribute to the social and economic development of their Continent.


In order to apply it is necessary to have:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must have been obtained at least two years before the enrolment deadline)
  • 2+ years of qualified work experience
  • English language proficiency



This Master is open to all applicants with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at least two years before the enrolment deadline of each round (June 2017 – round I; September, 2017 – round II). There are three rounds of admissions, the first round will be open for applications until April, 2017. The second round will close on June, 2017. All rounds are open to candidates of all nationalities.


Four easy steps to begin with:

  • Download and fill out the application form
  • Complete the online registration by paying the 60 euro fee at
  • IMPORTANT: Once you have all the documents you need, you MUST send the complete HARD COPY of your application packet to the Global MBA Office at Bologna Business School
  • You must also send a digital copy of the application packet to:


Documents that must be sent:

  • Application form
  • Curriuclum Vitae
  • Diploma and transcript for your qualifying degree
  • Passport photocopy
  • Motivational letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • English certificates
  • GMAT or GRE results (optional)
  • Signed copies of your eligibility summary sheet and a receipt of the 60 euro application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)
  • Declaration of Value* / Diploma Supplement* / Conditional Enrolment Form


*IMPORTANT: Students possessing a degree obtained outside the EU must submit legal recognition of their qualifications for the purposes of admission to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained (Declaration of Value). Candidates with degrees from within the European Union may request a Diploma Supplement directly from their Universities. Should the candidate be unable to obtain one of these documents before the deadline, it may be temporarily replaced with a Conditional Enrolment Form, which will be sent shortly after applying. Please note that as processing times can be long, the Declaration of Value can be submitted even past the application deadline, although you will only be provsionally admitted until you do so.


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, consisting of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admission team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.

In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the applicants’ position in the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admission process. Students who achieve positions of merit in the final list of admitted candidates may benefit from full or partial scholarships. All students are eligible to apply for a special long-term and low-interest honor loan.

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You can contact the admissions team either by email: or by telephone at (0039) 0512090122. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you and clarify any doubts you may have.
Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Application is done in two parts. The first part is to register on the University of Bologna Online Portal and the second is to send us (via email and post) your application documents
Once you have registered online, to complete your application you need to send us a set of documents which will make up your application packet.

The documents are:

- MBA Application form (signed)
- Enrollment summary sheet (Studenti Online registration - signed)
- Copy of the payment of the 60 euro fee
- Curriculum vitae (in English)
- Letter of motivation (in English)
- Copy of ID card or passport
- One Passport photograph
- Copy of the degree certificate giving the final score, exams and grades*
- Two letters of reference in English (optional)
- Certificate demonstrating knowledge of the English language (optional)
- GMAT (or GRE) scores (optional)

*For candidates with foreign degrees:
- Degrees from the EU: You'll have to request a European Diploma Supplement from your university.
- Degrees from outside the EU: You'll have to request legal recognition of your degree (Declaration of Value / Dichiarazione di Valore) in order to be admitted to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained.

If you want help with the online registration then contact us and we will be pleased to send you a detailed set of instructions.

Yes, even if you don't have a GMAT or a GRE you are still eligible to apply. You will have to take part in the selection process run by the School. For further info concerning the admission process you can contact the admissions team.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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