MASTER IN HR & Organization

Recognizing value

The aim of the Master in HR & Organization is to make companies and individuals more competitive and thereby open the door to international growth, by applying theories, research and specific tools to the role of human resources.

With the aim of enhancing human capital, a systematic approach to organization management is developed, which, from the foundations of management, focuses on the core activities of area planning.

The program is international in scope, meaning that students collaborate with professors, successful companies and managers from some of the most advanced organizations in this sector. To complement their classroom experience, students will develop their own professional project, designed to improve their teamwork skills and attitude towards working in a team.

The Master in HR & Organization involves a year of demanding training which, as well as guaranteeing greater employability when they go on to look for work, equips participants to take on the challenges of the managerial roles to which they all aspire.

The program, the only one of its kind in Italy to be held in English, consists of interactive lessons, meetings with alumni of the Master, international and group assignments and in-company workshops, concluding with a final internship lasting three or four months. This gives students the chance to put themselves to the test and launch a career geared towards growth in a company, consultancy firm or other organization.

This program is the first Italian Inter-University Master in HRO, thanks to the collaboration of the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio Emilia.

If you would like to learn how to manage human resources as a key to company growth, contact the master Program Manager.



PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan, with no collateral required to cover the full amount of the tuition fee.






The Master is sponsored by the European Association for People Management (EAPM) and it is accredited by the Italian Association of Human Resources Management (AIDP). The Association will give the best Project Work Team the AIDP Award for Bar-Raisers that consists of a study tour in Europe and a visit to a multinational company for an amount equivalent to €3,000.

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The program benefits from additional partnerships with:

Global Players

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HRO Leaders

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Eric Salmon & Partners      Linkedin_resize


Italian Champions

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Alessandro Zollo
CEO Italy
Great Place to Work Institute

Alfredo Montanari
Managing Director
Bologna Business School

Alice Corradi
Head of People & Organization
University of Bologna

Arturo Pagán
Deputy Human Resources Director
Acting in his Personal Capacity
United Nations Population Fund

Claudio Colombi
Executive Vice President HR
Coesia Group

Francesco Bianco
Europe Clusters HR Director

Giovanni Papa
Senior Relationship Manager

Isabella Covili Faggioli
President, AIDP
Managing Director, IC Consulting

Laura Innocente
Senior Consultant Talent & Reward
Willis Towers Watson

Livio Zingarelli
Head of HR & Business Transformation – Italy, Israel & Greece

Marianna Lorenzi
HR Business Partner
General Electric Oil & Gas

Massimo Milletti
Founder and President
Eric Salmon & Partners

Michele Conchetto
CSR Director
Faac Group

Nicola Parrini
HR Country Director – Italy
SCA Care of Life  

Rossella Seragnoli
President Emilia-Romagna, AIDP
HR Manager, Crown Italy

Sergio Spinelli
Head of Human Resources
Juventus FC

Umberto Tossini
Human Resources and Organization Director
Lamborghini Automobili

Gabriele Morandin

Gabriele Morandin

Co-Director of Studies

" This is a challenging program, providing a 360°-education. A unique and exciting setting to join, whereby you learn fundamentals in HRO and are involved in different projects collaborating with a community of students, professors and managers. "

Gabriele Morandin

Marcello Russo

Co-Director of Studies

" An international master in the crossroads of Europe, where students can learn techniques and skills aimed at enhancing people's human capital. Innovative knowledge of HRO, projects developed with the collaboration of leading companies and a multiethnic class make this program a unique and worthwhile learning experience. "

CLASS PROFILE A.Y. 2015/2016




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The MHRO is a full-time program divided into three terms:
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The program starts with a week-long kick-off and ice-breaking session, which leads into the first term. During the first term, the fundamentals of business and regulation are addressed, in order to provide a managerial mind-set. The fundamentals are organized in five courses, as pictured below:

After students are introduced to key topics in organization and human resources management. In these courses, led by both academic professors and qualified managers and consultants, you learn the main HRO department’ responsibilities and different strategies to address them. The framework is organized into different courses, as pictured below:

In the meantime, students are involved in different activities, which allow them to discover how different topics are related (i.e., Managerial and Company Workshops) and to address them from a managerial standpoint (i.e., Team Project Work).

Career development is a key part of this program. A qualified career counselor, in collaboration with a leader company in HR&O, will assist you with a variety of services and resources. In addition to the above, there will be a personal development project, simulations and interviews with head-hunters and managers, all of which are part of the career development program.

The program includes a 3- to 4-month internship at various companies and consulting firms in Italy or abroad. It is your chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the academic terms. The career development department will assist you to find the internship that is best for you and your development.
At the end of the internship you are required to submit a thesis showcasing your core educational activities during both the academic terms and the internship. The thesis will be presented to the Scientific Committee and to the class.

The Master program is updated and suited to the market needs thanks to a continuous dialogue between the faculty and the specific Management Committee.


An updated overview on the dynamics of the management of labor union relations and industrial relations which is viewed as competitive leverage and as a conditioning factor of the corporate strategy. What are they and what are industrial relations for; process actors (trade unions, business associations, etc..) and their interactions; the negotiation of Association and its rules; a look at the realities of the international trade union negotiation; the conflict and its management; the role of national bargaining and the company, the way forward; the union and its protection in the workplace; the RSU and the territorial and confederal union structure; trade union rights: the strike and its various forms, assembly, referendum, permits, posting, etc. .; enterprise bargaining management and instruments; premiums outcome variables, the corporate welfare, improving efficiency, flexibility and performance of the contract, etc. .; instruments of crisis management: the layoffs ordinary and extraordinary, mobility, solidarity, individual transactions and collective agreements.

The course aims to provide students with a general knowledge of the EU law concerning the employment relationship and industrial relations as well as HR related questions of company law. After introducing the European and International Labor law sources and the evolution of the EU employment and social policy, the focus lies on the following main issues: free movement of employees and services; posting of employees; essential elements of the employment relationship (including working time); forms of employment contracts; transfer of undertakings and protection for employees in the event of business restructuring; employees' rights on the employer's insolvency; termination of employment contract; employee voice and representation; equality law.

This course aims to help students to understand and deal effectively with cultural differences in organization and HR management. After structured reflection on personal cultural experiences and an introduction to intercultural theory, the course enables students to understand better the role of culture in communication, collaboration and management in business.

The course, by making use of cases and business testimonials, addresses the problem of configuration, location and function of the Human Resources Department. The Department's relationships with other business functions and options of outsourcing all or part of its powers are also studied.

This course provides the core of global strategy through the analysis of industries, the identification of a superior competitive position, and the design of strategies that allow corporations to reach their objectives. Through the analysis of real-world cases, participants develop an open mind-set and analytical skills that help them in dealing with strategic issues. This course aims to provide the foundations for taking effective action in the multi-layered world of international business. In the first part you will be provided with different frameworks for identifying and taking advantage of the opportunities presented in a dynamic global environment at the industry level. In the following part of the course the focus will be on firm-level strategic choices regarding strategy and its execution.

The course aims to analyze the relationship that can exist between strategy, organization, human resource management and performance, deepening the following topics: high commitment work practices; high performance work practices; coherence and complementarity in the practice of human resource management; processes of human resource management to create value; actors, instruments and indicators for measuring human resource management.

The main objective of the course is to bring together the participants of the Master with the most important industries in the area through arrenged training sessions which will be organized directly within the companies. Students will have the opportunity to meet with managers who are engaged every day and work in the area of human resources. In particular, the theme of International HR Management will be explored, addressing topics such as cross-cultural HR management, international teams and design of international careers.

This course is designed to address the changes taking place in our economy, with a specific focus on how new technologies are transforming enterprise information systems. The increasing use of mobile devices and social media matched with a better understanding of technology across all business functions gives HRM a new challenge, but also a great opportunity to streamline their processes and gain successful human capital management. During this class students will review the leading HR software available in the market and understand the different functional areas, learn the basic concepts of business analysis and requirements for gathering HR software implementation, understand the strategic value of HRMS and how it contributes in terms of innovation to corporate organization and culture.

Active policies and passive policies for the labor market. The European continental-model and the Anglo-Saxon model of labor policy. The reforms of the Italian labor market: the debate on the flexibility of employment contracts. The European Employment Strategy, the Lisbon process and their impact on national policies. Industrial relations, the reform of the bargaining and social dialogue at European level. The approach of flexicurity and its ability to spread in different European labor markets.

The main theories of the relationship between technological and organizational change. New technologies and decision making. The new technologies, forms of interdependencies and coordination. The change of skills. Technological dynamics and transformation of work processes. The computerized management of knowledge. Organizational communication through technology.

The course introduces the logic, criteria and design variables of business organization (organizational design). The theme is addressed and discussed on a theoretical level, through the analysis of the contributions of the authors referenced, and empirically, through the discussion of business cases. In addition, in an interdisciplinary manner, the relationship between organizational design and some relevant organizational dimensions, such as learning and well-being are taught.

Compensation, general accounting elements for staff management and staff accounting. Instruments of corporate control and of staff cost. Measurement and performance management methods, motivation incentives, performance identification systems, both monetary and non-monetary. Total rewarding as an incentive of People Strategy.

The acquisition of human resources for the existence and development of enterprises; the recruitment process as organized; the means (market and its actors) and the means of selection; the two sides of the mirror: the view of selection by recruiters and by candidates.

Elements of accounting, budgeting and cost analysis. The measurement and interpretation of economic and financial performance of the company. The economic and financial analysis forecasting and budgeting. The calculation and analysis of costs in decision-making and management control. Management control as an operational mechanism. The systems of strategic control and strategic cost management.

The course aims to present the main guidelines on corporate political resources development with particular reference to adult learning. Particular attention is paid to all the phenomena that look at the reality of a business (eg. Measuring, listening, economic aspects). The main topics are: - Adult learning in the organizational context - Policies of training people in business contexts (approaches, experiences, challenges and critical) - New technologies and strategies for education development and growth of individual and organizational development. HR Business Partner Model - Life-long learning and employability - Leadership in Business and Development - Groups and teamwork as a learning environment - Listening (People Satisfaction Internal Customer Satisfaction)

Learning method

If you’re interested in discovering more about the ongoing activities of the current program, click here.


The School is fully dedicated to preparing students for the job market and it accomplishes this through systematic career development, with an ongoing commitment to combine the best professional projects by students with the demands of businesses.

In coordination and with the support of Profexa, a leading and certified HR&O company, we propose a Career Development tailored program, called “1-to-1 HR&O Development Process”, which is structured in three steps:

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The 1-to-1 O&HR Development Process aims to develop awareness on participants’ managerial style and to start a continuous learning path.

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. This workshop is focused on managerial employability, mock interviewing and an overview of successful and unsuccessful aspects of each interview.

Career Advice:
Throughout the academic year, counselors will explore and evaluate the students’ education, training, work history, interests, skills and personal traits to assist them 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.

In addition to the above, meetings, simulations, interviews with head-hunters and managers will be part of the career development program.


Niccolò Montanari

Group HR Generalist - Best Union Company
MHR&O 2016/7

"Thanks to this Master in HR&O, I had the incredible opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge and a broad perspective about the HRM’s fields. Being international in scope, this track gave me the chance to put myself to the test, collaborating with colleagues from different countries/ cultures and being involved in professional projects with companies, that were designed to improve teamwork skills and to put in practise what we could learn. I am really pleased to have attended this master cause I found amazing friends, great professors and really useful courses within a wonderful place like Villa Guastavillani."

Carlo Amato

IT International Recruitment Cunsultant - Nigel Frank International - Londra, UK
MHR&O 2011/2

"Thanks to this Master I had the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the main pillars of the vast field of human resources. It has also been a fundamental choice for my personal life, I decided to leave Sicily to begin a new adventure that started with an internship in Fincantieri SpA as an HR assistant, followed by an employment contract. My journey into the world of human resources continued in Poland, where I worked as an HR specialist for HP (Hewlett-Packard) and, today, I find myself in England with a new role in a new country, and of course with new challenges. I am convinced that the experience of the Master at the Bologna Business School is not enough if it is not supported by personal commitment, strong conviction, and proactive attitude; in these conditions the Master is a crucial step to a career in HR, as well as personal growth, and the opportunity to create an important professional network."

Lucia Barbara Silvestri

HR Specialist Direzione Sviluppo Persone e Organizzazione, Aeroporto G. Marconi di Bologna
MHR&O 2008/9

"In today's organizations, attention is increasingly paid to the management of the" resources ", I too have chosen to manage and develop resources…. Human Resources! "In a process of cultural change in which I am operating, the most exciting thing of my work is the continuous contact with people. The starting point is the selection, where the first contact is established by organizing training courses and by providing support in the right way of the training program in line with the development of the role, to the management and implementation of compensation policy aimed at rewarding more and more meritocracy. My challenge is to create motivation and involvement for the welfare of our people."

Gianluca Reitano

Consultant, Great Place to Work® Italia
MHR&O 2012/3

"The experience in Alma BBS was a valuable educational opportunity, not only for the advanced skills that it gave me as part of Human Resources, but also and especially for the rich context of stimuli that the school was able to create. With an approach to learning on the job, the Master has provided opportunities to get involved on the ground and vocational learning to "risk" in the first person. This has been achieved through the implementation of project work during the classroom phase and adopting a policy in terms of placement always value-oriented education at the base on the internship project. The added value of Alma BBS is the set of initiatives inspired by a network of people who work well together, moreover, in a beautiful location."

Donata Scaccianoce

Senior HR Generalist - LivaNova, Modena
MHR&O 2012/3

"The Master in Human Resources Management has been for me a fundamental learning step for my professional profile, as well as being an intense year. It was a real divide between academic life and work. I developed new approaches and skills, experience of meetings, moments of reflection, comparison and network which were the elements that sum up the year lived in Alma BBS and the channels through which I developed a new awareness. All this, and the wonderful people with whom I have had the opportunity to share this journey, has made this completely unique experience."

Gloria Giammarini

HR Manager - Viabizzuno srl, Bologna Area
MHR&O 2008/9

"The Master in Organization & Human Resources Management has been the most important learning experience of my professional and personal development. You are immediately immersed in the daily and innumerable challenges which always stimulate you to achieve excellence. The continuous exchange of ideas and thoughts with colleagues and professionals is what I consider the added value and the real magic of the Master."


Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the activities, which make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network take part in project works and master’s lectures; they actively contribute by engaging with students through guest lecture sessions and by organizing company visits.

Our partners are the first supporters of our students by providing scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s partner companies for the Master in HR & Organization are:




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The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes 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: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within the BBS campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site 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
  • No early closing fees




At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.

Thanks to the contribution of INPS (Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale), scholarships of 10.000 euros are available to INPS employees or retired members, to their children or orphans.

For further details on the application procedures please visit the INPS website.


For the registration it is necessary:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview and English test, if it’s not the candidate’s native language.

For auditors, an undergraduate degree is not necessary.


This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

Documents to submit before the application deadline:

  • CV
  • Degree and Transcript (to be translated and legally recognized)
  • Photocopy of ID or Passport
  • Motivational letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt of application fee (both are downloadable from ‘studenti online’  website following registration)

The selection process will be held at Bologna Business School The selections for the first round will take place on October 3, 2017 and the selections for the second round will take place on November 14, 2017.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.


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. 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.
The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor's degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.
Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master's Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.
Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies ("career freeze") at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.
Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.
Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.
No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.
It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.
As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.
An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200
CFU or Crediti Formativi Universitari is a tool to measure the quantity of learning required, including independent work necessary for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills in the subject matter of each specific course.
A credit (CFU) generally corresponds to 25 hours of work including lectures, tutorials, etc., but also independent study. For each academic year, a full time student in the course requires an average amount of work equal to 60 credits, ie. around 1500 hours. The credits are acquired by passing the exam or other testing.
The credits are used to compare different courses in Italian and European universities through an evaluation of the student workload required in certain subject areas in order to achieve the educational objectives defined. They facilitate student mobility between different courses of study, but also between Italian and European universities. Loans acquired during a course of study may be approved for continuing in other courses of study.
The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.
Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail:, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online:
The School supports students in finding housing, providing references of accommodation facilities and private residences that have been used by former students.
The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Alma Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.
Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master's degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.


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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