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MSc in Finance

Course Description

CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is the Top 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 Finance prepares students for high level careers in the global financial industry. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the only CFA® partner school in Portugal and this program offers an opportunity to obtain the internationally recognized CFA® Level 1 accreditation. Students can also pursue a Double Degree.


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 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.

- Option of Double Degree with ESCP-Europe
- Option of Double Degree with BI Norwegian Business School
- Option of Double Degree with WHU

September 2016 intake
1st round | Feb 15 - April 26
2nd round | May 18 - June 15
3rd round | June 22 - June 29


- 1st cycle degree with quantitative background
- High academic standing
- English Proficiency
- Professional experience/internship (up to 2 years)
- International exposure (exchange, summer school or internship)
- Extra curricular achievements
- When considering your application we take into account your academic performance and the reputation of the institution awarding your degree. A GMAT Exam or equivalent may be required.
- 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 Finance page on the Católica-Lisbon website for more details!

(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!”

(Student Profile)

Teresa Lobato

“Being a student in the MSc of Finance at CATÓLICA-LISBON has enabled me to grow and further comprehend this area of mathematics applied to reality. By taking classes such as Advanced Corporate Finance, Financial Investments and Risk Management, I have been able to learn from leaders in the field and understand the different areas that lie under this same umbrella. In addition, working with students from so many backgrounds and nationalities has provided me with a feeling of unity, a feeling that you can build something together by exploring your differences rather than your similarities.
Moreover, by closely working with companies in several activities allowed me to have the hands-on experience of applying in-class
concepts and critical thinking to relevant issues of the daily corporate life. Last but not least, being a representative of the Finance Major and also a founding member of the Católica Finance Club granted me the experience to closely work with professors, staff and other students aiming for the same common goal: Success.”

(Student Profile)

Alberto Ippolito Ferreira

“Being part of the Major in finance program at CATÓLICA-LISBON has enabled me to broaden my academic background while being able to personalize my own course selection according to my future career prospects, besides having the privilege of studying with motivated students and taught by leading professionals with impressive backgrounds.
Furthermore, its well structured activities outside class jumped start my career by having the right support to found the Católica Finance Club with other colleagues, to develop soft skills at the Leadership Lab workshops, to participate on field trips to New York and London, to be inspired in conferences by alumni and to take part in the double degree program - the only one of its kind in Portugal.”


Entry Requirements

1st cycle degree with quantitative background; High academic standing; English Proficiency; Professional experience/internship (up to 2 years); International exposure (exchange, summer school or internship); Extra curricular achievements.

Course Fees

€10.990.00 (4 semesters) €8.990.00 (3 semesters)

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