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MSc in Business (for non-business graduates)

Course Description

CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is a Portuguese Business School accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and is one of the very few schools in the world holding the famous Triple Crown accreditation. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the Leading Portuguese Business School to be ranked amongst the Top European Business Schools according to the Financial Times.

The MSc in Business provides strong foundations in management for non-business graduates.The program introduces students to the
core areas of business and provides them with the analytical and soft skills to succeed in today's workplace. Students will prepare for managerial careers by adding business knowledge to their previous academic training.


Individual Talent
- Identify your talent at the very start of the program thanks to our rigorous assessment center.
- Build your foundation: consolidate your knowledge in the fundamentals with a group of core courses.
- Design your profile: match your talent to a major! Guarantee a specialization.
- Develop and strengthen your talent during your masters with the help of our Career Services and Leadership Lab Staff.

- A network with some of the Best Schools Worldwide.
- International Immersion: choose between an exchange semester abroad or a Double Degree with a partner school.
- A passport to the World: CATÓLICA-LISBON develops in students, a global mindset preparing you to work in a multicultural context and provides international opportunities.
- Learn new language skills as an open door to the world.

Immersion in the Business World
- 98% of CATÓLICA-LISBON Master Students have been placed in the job market within a maximum of three months after graduation.
- CATÓLICA-LISBON students have access to our outstanding graduates with high-level careers in Business and Economics through the Mentoring Program.
- At CATÓLICA-LISBON, students have access to internships, company based projects and entrepreneurial start-up projects and participate in ventures with companies and NGO. For example, CATÓLICA-LISBON students started microcredit projects in Africa helping finance start-up companies managed by local communities.

September 2016 intake
1st round | Feb 15 - April 26
2nd round | May 16 - June 14
3rd round | June 20 - June 27


- 1st cycle degree in any area
- English Proficiency
- Professional experience/intenship (up to 2 years)
- International experience (exchange, summer school or internship abroad)
- Extra-curricular activities
- Our MSc courses are pre-experience programmes for newly qualified graduates yet to start their career

Católica Top+ is a scholarship program for students with an outstanding academic record.
Implemented by CATÓLICA-LISBON, this program allows high-potential students to complete their MSc at CATÓLICA-LISBON with a partial waiver of tuition fees.
We encourage outstanding students to apply to these scholarships; especially those that have completed their first cycle degree at the top of their classes (for example, average final grades of 77.5% or above).

The following criteria are highly valued by the jury:
- Undergraduate GPA
- International Experience
- Extracurricular activities
- Professional experience (e.g. internships)
- Contribution to the diversity of the group
- Contribution to School activities

Top international bank institutions offer low-interest loans to students that cover tuition fees and study-related expenses. The applications for these loans should be submitted directly to the bank.
In addition, we strongly encourage you to check out the financial institutions in your home country.

Visit the MSc in Business (for non-business graduates) page on the Católica-Lisbon website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Henrique Xavier

220.JPG "Joining the MSc in Business Administration at Católica was one of the most important choices I made in life. As I came from a different background - engineering (Bolonha method) - and lacked the necessary skills, the Bridging Semester was exactly what I needed in order to be fully prepared to start the Masters program.
This program gave me solid knowledge of the various business areas, from accounting to finance, and it was a good opportunity to get to know new people from different backgrounds.
Now that I am half-way through finishing my Masters, I reckon I made the right choice when I applied for the Masters program, and I am thrilled to start my new business career."

Henrique Xavier, Bridging Semester - International Master of Science in Business Administration, September 2008

(Student Profile)

Bayram Ozel

222.jpg "Having studied at an Australian and German University as an undergraduate, I was looking for something different again. I wanted to study at a place where I would be offered top education for affordable fees as well as an enjoyable study experience.
When I arrived in Lisboa, my Buddy "Rui Costa" was already waiting for me at the airport. He drove me home and invited me for my first lunch in Portugal.
I was surprised how friendly the people and staff are and that we got several opportunities to meet the Dean of the University and Coordinator of the Masters programs. He even gave me a ride to the opening session and supported us in developing our study plans. So why am I mentioning this? All the universities I attended before promised the same, but this was the first university that really keeps its promise.
Other reasons to prefer FCEE-Católica are its international orientation and partnerships as well as its ranking position that reflects the education quality and acceptance."

Bayram Ozel, Turkish, International MSc Business Administration Student, September 2009

(Student Profile)

Luise Loeper

“CATÓLICA-LISBON has managed to combine what I was looking for in my Master’s program: an international and challenging academic environment with a friendly family-like atmosphere.
CATÓLICA-LISBON’s faculty, staff and students have made my experience truly unique. Top-class professors have provided us with highly demanding yet inspiring lectures and projects. The staff of CATÓLICA-LISBON could not be more supportive and caring than it is. And the diverse class of students, both from Portugal and abroad, truly make this a fulfilling experience.
And a final comment. I am truly convinced that being a part of CATÓLICA-LISBON does not just last for the time of your study, but will remain as a life-long relationship. So, that being said... See you soon in the amazing city of Lisbon!”


Entry Requirements

1st cycle degree in any area; English Proficiency; Professional experience/intenship (up to 2 years); International experience (exchange, summer school or internship abroad); Extra-curricular activities

Course Fees

4 semesters: €10,990.00 3 semesters: €8,990.00

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