Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Course details

SMGB teaches how to manage the complexity and dynamics of the company. 


Examinations take place at the end of each module.

Academic preparation is based on practical and interactive teaching methods that include workshops led by international experts and managers from multinationals and start-ups, which also represent an excellent networking opportunity.

Strategic planning In class courses

Strategic planning is the basis for approaching new and global markets. 

The following courses teach how to deal with local and international business challenges in order to build a successful business.

  • Lab of Practice: Business Strategy
  • Lab of Practice: Corporate Strategy
  • Lab of Practice: Innovation and Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning

Accounting & Finance In class courses

Strong economic and financial skills are essential for a successful manager.
Students must be able to collect and analyse data to assess company performance and redesign strategies with confidence. 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting Finance

Global Strategy & Organization In class courses

Outstanding managers must have the ability to develop global strategies and to efficiently coordinate and integrate resources (human and material).
The following courses provide specific skills related to international human resources and project management with a multicultural perspective.
  • Leadership 
  • Organization and International HR Management
  • Multicultural Management
  • Operations
  • Project Management 

International & Digital Marketing In class courses

Even the brightest business ideas will not succeed if companies lack incisive channels and appropriate messages. 
These courses will give you the marketing tools you need to develop an effective online/offline sales strategy.  
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Digital Strategies
  • Lab of Practice: Sales Strategy

Excel Lab In class courses

Knowing how to use Excel in all its functionalities is a must for anyone wanting to achieve managerial positions.
The Excel Lab allows you to translate your envisaged managerial and entrepreneurial projects into practice, thanks to a solid financial business model.
  • Coding and Analytics in partnership with SAS Institute
Labs of Practice

During the programme students will be involved in four Labs of practice. While attending the Labs, students deepen their understanding of real organisational dynamics and follow didactic activities managed directly by company executives, learning directly from the experience of those who work in the field.

Students have the unique opportunity to: learn directly by managers of companies which are directly involved in lectures, measure their skills by carrying out a project work based on the company's needs, receive feedbacks from managers on their deliverables.

The 13th edition of SMGB includes the following Labs, which are carried out along with companies of the calibre of SAS, Rentokil Initial, Endress+Hauser and Lactalis:

  • Corporate strategy 
  • Business Strategy 
  • Sales Strategy
  • Innovation & Sustainability

SAS Data & Visual Analytics competence development” 

The "data culture" and reporting systems are critical success factors in guiding strategic business decisions. Qualified SAS Institute instructors will help students to become familiar with the use of several applications for data analysis and reporting in the company. 

At the end of the course, participants will be ready to receive a certificate of competence from SAS.

To help accelerate their career path, SMGB gives its students access to ALTIS Graduate School of Sustainable Management’s network of companies and are expected to participate to two dedicated paths: 
  • Personal & professional development, for those seeking a managerial career path 
  • Mentorship & business plan, for those who have presented their own business idea 

Personal and Professional Development

In partnership with GiGroup (a multinational HR services and consulting company that supports the development of the labour market) and LinkedIn (the world's most popular social network for professionals), participants who choose the management track participate in:

  • Coaching and orientation activities by HR to foster the development of soft-skills essential to kick-start a brilliant career
  • A special focus is given to classroom interventions on personal branding and CV and cover letter writing.

Orientation and assessment days to foster awareness of the individual student's potential.

In addition, the SMGB Master gives students access to group and one-to-one coaching sessions, mock interviews, speedy speeches and CV reviews by major companies that are partners of the Master, in order to practice soft skills and get in touch with the HR managers of the companies in the ALTIS network.

Mentorship & Business Plan

Training agents of change is a goal shared by ALTIS and Ashoka, the international association that supports the world's most innovative social entrepreneurs. 
Therefore, Ashoka Italy supports SMGB students who want to raise their skills through the entrepreneurial track by means of classroom business testimonials from its experts and fellows.

In addition, the 4 deserving students who will be awarded the woman entrepreneurship or impact entrepreneurship scholarships will have access to:

  • accompaniment and mentoring for the declination of their idea into woman or social impact entrepreneurship;
  • opportunity for networking and learning during or at the end of the course

Leadership and other soft skills

Students will also have access to other activities that will contribute to their individual personal development and their soft skills enhancement.

The Master includes an action project lasting from 3 to 6 months. The Action Project aim is to give students the opportunity to experience and put the competences and skills acquired with the Master into practice. 

The action project could be chosen by students among two alternatives: an internship or a business plan for a start-up or an existing company. Those who are interested can work at a research paper. 

A tailor-made tutoring process will support each student in the definition and execution of their action project. The SMGB staff provides support to help students finding an internship. This activity is carried out thanks to the network of companies of ALTIS School of Sustainable Management and to the UCSC Stage & Placement Service.

Discover our Turkish, Thai and Italian students’ action project!
A well-mixed faculty consisting of both top qualified Università Cattolica professors, national and international visiting lecturers, and experienced professionals guarantees a solid knowledge base together with a truly market oriented learning experience. Guest speakers from renown multinationals, consultancy groups and successful entrepreneurs will enrich lectures with vivid testimonies and with networking opportunities.


Matteo Pedrini,
Director of Research Activities, ALTIS School of Sustainable Management
Full Professor of Corporate Strategy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Scientific Council 

Matteo Pedrini
Director of Research Activities, ALTIS School of Sustainable Management
Full Professor of Corporate Strategy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Mario Molteni 
Rector’s Delegate for business relations
Full Professor of Business Administration and Corporate Strategy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Laura Maria Ferri
Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Management, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
Lecturer of Corporate Social Responsibility in two MBAs (EMBA and Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship).

Alessia Coeli
Head of ALTIS Education 

Sofia d’Amuri
Academic Coordinator

Main partners and sponsors 

Capgemini Invent
Yves Rocher
Rentokil Initial
SAS Institute


Business Partner

Endress And Hauser
Yves Rocher
T8P Consulting
Be Consulting
Italian Chamber of Commerce
NTT Data
MBCredit Solutions
Nintendo Italia
Pirelli Tyre SpA
Promos Italia
PwC Italia
Refresco Italy
Samsung Electronics
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Alumni of the last edition of the SMGB are now working in positions such as: Business Analyst, Business Developer, Client Finance Analyst, Demand Planner, Project Manager, Junior Business Controller, Junior Campaign Manager, Junior Consultant, Key Account Manager, Partnership Coordinator, Sales Operations Support Analyst, Purchasing Support, etc.

The alumni of the first editions have achieved prominent positions in international business. For example: Country Manager, Country Interface Manager, Marketing Manager, HR Manager, Project Manager, Finance Manager, Financial Analyst, Operations Manager, Managing Consultant, etc. 

“For someone not attending a economic programme it is crucial to have a holistic vision of how a company works. As a result, you are able to make decisions”.

“It has a lot of different subjects and gives complete preparation to enter the labour market”


“It was very insightful experience for someone who is coming from abroad to meet new culture and people. I met amazing people and made beautiful friendships. I had the chance to listen to some amazing professors and to improve my English.”

Students from the a.y. 2020/21

The Master offers a blended format, combining online courses - that can be attended remotely - and in-class courses, followed by the Action Project
Important dates: 
  • September 16, 2024: start of online courses
  • November 4, 2024: start of in-class activities
  • June/ September 2025: action project (project work or internship)

Classes can be held in all the university locations in Milan (eg. Buonarotti, Sant’Agnese, Nirone, Gemelli, San Vittore and Carducci).

Attendance is compulsory.

In-class courses take place from Monday to Friday (in the morning and / or in the afternoon).

If you are looking for a flexible and autonomous solution to learn Italian while studying at Università Cattolica, you can access the self-learning linguistic lab (CAP) of the SeLdA (Servizio Linguistico d’Ateneo) and benefit from a personalized language advisory service. 

In addition, SELDA organizes fee-paying Italian language courses, for more information contact SELDA.