Top Finance Education - Ranked 23rd best Master in Finance in the world by the Financial Times.

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The MSc in Finance prepares students for high-level careers in the global financial industry. CATÓLICA-LISBON offers a unique opportunity to prepare for the internationally recognized CFA® Level 1 exam during the degree. You can also pursue an extra exchange semester at a top international business school.

Key Features

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Start date September 2021
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Entry level BSc in Business | Economics or another quantitative discipline
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Duration 3 or 4 semesters
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Schedule Full-time
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Profile Recent graduates up to 2 years professional experience
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Program language Fully taught in English
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Employability 2/3 of students found a job before graduation
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Ranking #23 worldwide (Financial Times ranking)


The MSc in Finance at CATÓLICA-LISBON is one of the best Masters in the world. This MSc is a rigorous and comprehensive program, which aims at developing finance professionals with strong ethics and an in-depth knowledge of the field, both in financial investments and corporate finance.

The program combines theoretical rigor with a practical hands-on approach. Students have the opportunity to explore hedge fund strategies, discuss corporate restructuring, empirically test investment strategies, and immerse themselves in private equity or M&A deals.

​Our students have access to state-of-the-art resources such as Reuters Eikon, Datastream, WRDS, and many other databases.

Our graduates pursue high-level careers in investment banks, other financial institutions, consultancies, and other major corporations all over the world.



Program Structure

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The mandatory courses in Finance assure an appropriate preparation in the main areas in Finance including both theory and standard applications:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Data Science for Finance
  • Empirical Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Investments
  • Firm Valuation
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Analysis and Forecasting
  • Ethics for Finance

These courses are designed to offer students the background knowledge required for the Finance specialization. Courses can be waived based on previous academic experience.

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Managerial Economics

You may take free elective courses in Finance or outside of your program to complement your area of expertise, or simply explore a topic that interests you. In our MSc in Finance, some electives that you can take are:

  • Advanced Fixed Income
  • Banking and Finance
  • CFA Challenge
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Equity Reports
  • Financial Modeling
  • FinTech
  • International Finance
  • Investing in Global Financial Markets
  • Investing in Short-Term Fixed Income Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Python for Finance

Career Accelerator Lab is designed to help students in CATÓLICA-LISBON’s Master programs to develop skills that are important for working with and managing people, as well as for approaching the job market, and therefore for lifelong employability and growth.

To obtain a valuable international experience and further improve your knowledge, you can complete an exchange semester in one of CATÓLICA-LISBON’s prestigious partner schools around the world.

Students are encouraged to complete a summer internship before or during the MSc program.

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

The thesis project involves a research methodologies workshop, designed to provide you with advice, resources and useful tools to plan the research for your thesis, and a dissertation.


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450 Students per year (all MSc programs)
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48% Female students
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23 Average Age
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35+ Nationalities
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50% International students in class
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6 Months average professional experience

Admissions requirements

Graduates in Business, Economics, or another Quantitative discipline that seek to improve their financial knowledge and skills in order to pursue a high level international career.

Professional experience/internship (up to 2 years), international exposure (exchange, summer school or internship abroad) and extracurricular achievements are highly valued by the Admissions Jury.

Application process

When to apply

2022 intake

Application calendar for the 2022 Intake available soon.

How to apply

Start your application online, provide us with your personal information, upload the mandatory documents and pay the application fee. The Admissions Jury reviews applications shortly after each application period deadline.

For further information about our programs and the admission process, please contact the MSc Marketing & Admissions Office ( | +351 217 214 140).

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

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Program total fees
3 semester track 13.900€
4 semester track (includes an exchange semester) 15.900€

Please note that application fee is not included in total fees. Application, enrollment and registration fees are non-refundable.



CATÓLICA Top+ is a scholarship program meant for students with an outstanding academic record.

Implemented by CATÓLICA-LISBON, this program allows high-potential students to complete their MSc with a partial waiver of tuition fees for the regular track of the program (3 semesters at our School; exchange semester excluded).

We encourage outstanding students to apply for this scholarship in your MSc application. This is the only way to apply for our scholarship.


Other scholarships

Grants to Higher Education Students in Portugal - more information here or contact our Social Responsability Office (GRS) -

Scholarship Fundação Amélia de Mello (for portuguese students only) - more information here 


Careers: Immersion in the Corporate World

From day one, CATÓLICA-LISBON supports you throughout your academic journey, preparing you for the challenges of the job market by providing you with the skills to open the path to a successful professional career.

Employed within 3 months of graduation Employed before concluding the MSc Program


Top Sector
Top Function
Top Recruiters
Consulting Finance/Accounting Deloitte
Banking, Financial Services, Insurance Consulting BNP Paribas
Consumer Goods Auditing

European Central Bank

Other recruiters: McKinsey, The Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, Nomura International, Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse, Blackstone, Moody's Investors Service, Oxy Capital, Rothschild&Co, Banco de Portugal, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, EY, KPMG, PwC, EDP, Mondelez, Adidas, Microsoft, General Mills, Sonae, Jerónimo Martins.


Top Business School in Portugal

A TOP 10 most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem hub in Europe

Lisbon hosts the Web Summit since 2016 and is ranked 5th best European city to launch your start-up. (according to Startup Heatmap Europe survey 2016)

Which makes it an extraordinary combination between:

Why Lisbon?

Lisbon, the "city of the seven hills", is the political and economic capital of Portugal. It stretches along the north bank of the River Tagus in the westernmost country of mainland Europe.

Also known as the “white city”, the almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms Lisbon into a mirror of a thousand colors, highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty.

Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries, quaint museums, great cuisine and the best sandy beaches in Europe are some of the features that make Lisbon one of the best cities to study and live.


Meet Our Students

Rustam Shamuradov
"The courses taught by experienced professors, significantly expanded my knowledge in finance."
Nuno Clara
"Being intellectually challenged prepares you to make a difference and to guarantee your dream job."
Ricardo Pereira
"I can only say that reality has exceeded expectations I had on these experiences."
Meriem Kanzari
I truly recommend this master to fully dedicated and ambitious people who would like to stretch their limits to later distinguish themselves in the workplace.


You can find here the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we receive from prospective students interested in our MSc Programs. If you still have any question after reading this information, you are invited to contact us.

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