Bocconi (MSc EMIT) vs ESMT Berlin (MiM)

Hi everyone! I would like to request your help in sorting out which University could represent the best option for my future career.

Who I am: I am in the final year of Bachelor's in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University (CLEAM, I'm Italian), with 27.65 GPA, 8.0 IELTS (C1), exchange experience in France, currently doing a 6-month internship in Amazon. I'm passionate about technology, video games and aerospace/defense/international relations, indeed I'm looking for a career as Project/Product/Sales/Marketing Manager at Big Tech companies, video game companies (Ubisoft graduate scheme for instance) or Leonardo/Airbus (with an hypothetical future in NATO, EU), while leaving a door open for MBB.

Due to the heavy workload, I had to renounce to my dream of doing the gmat and going to the best Universities out there, therefore I'm left with just these two choices: Bocconi MSc in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology (EMIT) or ESMT Berlin Master in Management. I have excluded IE, ESCP and others I could apply without gmat as I don't like what they offer, as well as other Bocconi coursers (International Management is impossible to get in and I don't like the basic Management one).

Bocconi EMIT

Pros: established reputation and well-known in Europe, I like the courses of the program, better employment reports, stronger alumni network, safer option

Cons: I am tired and sick of the environment (too much theoretical, grades it's just all that matters), less average starting salary, less international study opportunities (basically impossible to enter top universities both for double degree and exchange), no Yale double degree option (it's only for the Management folks), less than half of grads work abroad

ESMT Berlin

Pros: I love how the program is structured (they actually leave room for a 6 month internship, one month work with an NGO), exchange program with just the top universities (less slots, but I think I could have a better chance), Yale double degree option (if they are just one of few partnering with Yale and other top Unis they can't be nobody, can they?), higher starting salary (median of €55.000), the majority of grads work in Germany (tech industry is the most represented, also because Berlin is a hub for startups)

Cons: less known = less prestige, significantly worse employment report, higher risk, quality of teaching is unknown, weaker alumni network by far 

FT Rankings 

Master in Management 2021: 12th ESMT Berlin vs 16th Bocconi (but it's the MSc International Management)

European Business Schools 2021: 5th Bocconi vs 7th ESMT Berlin

Global MBA 2021:  13th Bocconi vs 88th ESMT Berlin

Overall, I saw that parameters such as value for money, international mobility, student satisfaction, ... are by far superior for ESMT Berlin, while Bocconi performs significantly better in the job market (which in the end is what matters).

I would love to know what you think! Any suggestion or direct experience is warmly welcomed (especially for ESMT Berlin as it is difficult to find information on the internet)!


Comments (4)

Feb 13, 2022 - 2:50pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi, ESMT is a school that is building strong momentum. I would definitely consider it over Bocconi (even more so if you already did your bachelor there).

Good luck :) 

Feb 13, 2022 - 2:54pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

plus you will add an international dimension to your profile. Plus, berlin is a cool city to study in. And salaries are quite good :)

Feb 15, 2022 - 1:59pm
hutcointraders, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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