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The International MSc in Management is designed to provide you with the relevant practical and academic knowledge required for an international career. It combines deep analytical skills with applied learning-project and case based. You will enrich your understanding of global business challenges in the mandatory block of International Management courses. In addition, you can select one of four majors to acquire additional expertise in an area of your choice.


The foundation courses are designed to consolidate your integrated view of the firm and the business environment. Some courses can be waived, depending on your background. Most students will be required to take between three and seven foundation courses.

  • Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Economics of Business & Markets
  • Financial Decision Making in a Business Context
  • Marketing Management or Marketing Planning
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing People or Managing Organizations
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management


The international courses are designed to strengthen your international perspective on management and prepare you to work in diverse, multicultural business environments. Three mandatory international courses (in bold below) can be supplemented by a wide range of international electives.

  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Managing in an International Context or International Business Challenges
  • Foreign Language Course (waivable)


Additional courses in your Major are designed to provide advanced skills and prepare you for a career in a specific area of choice: Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Marketing, or Strategy & Consulting.

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Business Research Methods or Empirical Finance/Methods in Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Firm Valuation
  • Financial Modeling
  • International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance & Control: International Perspective
  • Financial Innovation & Hedge Funds
  • Financial Investments
  • Fixed Income Strategies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Lean Entrepreneurship Project or Lean Entrepreneurship
  • Business Research Methods
  • Innovation Management
  • Technology Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Impact Investing
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Building Impact Ventures or Managing Social Innovation
  • Management Information Systems
  • New Value Creation
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Brand Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Services Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Markets Segmentation
  • E-Content
  • Business to Business Marketing Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Communication
  • Marketing for Tech-Based New Ventures or Marketing for Tech-Based Startups
  • New Value Creation
  • Retailing
  • Strategic Management Consulting or Strategic Management Consulting Project
  • Business Research Methods
  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Business Analytics
  • International Industry Analysis
  • Strategic Change and Dynamic Capabilities
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Building Impact Ventures or Managing Social Innovation
  • Corporate Governance & Control: an International Perspective
  • International Business Challenges or Managing in an International Context
  • Lean Entrepreneurship
  • Management Information Systems
  • New Value Creation

Major courses and free electives for information only and subject to slight changes and/or to availability. For academic purposes, the only valid reference is your Study Plan provided by the Student Affairs office.


CATÓLICA-LISBON offers a wide range of electives taught by our own faculty, prestigious invited lecturers, and top executives from the corporate world.

You may take free elective courses outside of your program to complement your area of expertise, or simply explore a topic that interests you.


Leadership Lab is designed to help you develop important competencies for managing and working with people and, therefore, for lifelong employability and growth. You can select among 1) career and employment workshops, and 2) personal development workshops.

Career workshops include sessions on networking, CV and cover letter preparation, and interviewing. You have the opportunity to participate in realistic assessment center activities and to receive feedback from industry professionals.

The personal development workshops are designed to help you develop key competences, such as oral communication, emotional intelligence, managing energy and stress, self-knowledge and motivation, and negotiating effectively.


To enrich your international experience and enhance your CV, you can do a Double Degree or an exchange semester with one of CATÓLICA-LISBON’s prestigious partner schools around the world.

Alternatively, the international requirement can be completed via an international internship (6 weeks minimum) either during or before starting the MSc program, in a country other than Portugal or home country.

The default option to fulfil the requirement is the Double Degree/exchange semester. The school guarantees that all students have the opportunity to complete an academic experience abroad.


Until the time of completion of the MSc degree, you must acquire or show evidence of proficiency in two foreign languages other than your native language.

This requirement can be fulfilled by taking a language course at CATÓLICA-LISBON or at one of our partner universities during the exchange semester.

The requirement can be waived if you present evidence of proficiency in a 3rd language other than English and your native language.


You will participate in a research methodologies workshop, designed to provide you with advice, resources, and useful tools to plan the research for your thesis.

For many students, the thesis semester serves as an ideal bridge between academic studies and professional career. You are expected to work full-time on your dissertation at CATÓLICA-LISBON for 3 to 4 months.

As you complete your thesis, the Career Development Office is available to work with you on your career planning and job search.


  • 1st cycle degree in Business/Management or Economics
  • High Academic Standing
  • Professional experience/internship
  • International experience (exchange, summer school or internship abroad)


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