This Master program offers you strong theoretical and empirical foundations in economics. Several specializations allow you to choose your favorite field. Students obtain advanced training in quantitative methods for careers in consulting, finance or research, at government and international agencies, or at public and private companies in several functional areas. State-of-art economic theory and techniques are taught by internationally recognized academic and professional experts. Small classes allow for intensive interaction with faculty and guidance on projects. Candidates should have a background in quantitative methods.

The coursework phase lasts one year and consists of Foundation courses, Major courses, and Elective courses. In addition, to develop professional and soft skills, you will select Leadership Lab activities and a summer internship. A final thesis project gives you the opportunity to work closely with top professors and apply what you have learned to an individual project.

The program has 90 ECTS, divided across foundation courses, courses in a selected major, elective courses, leadership lab activities and workshops, and thesis.

Foundation courses (25 ECTS)

These courses are designed to structure and consolidate your knowledge, skills and intuition of economics:

Major courses (28 ECTS)

Deepen your learning in one area, and acquire knowledge and skills for specific jobs in private or public institutions.

Choose one of the following majors:

Elective courses (5 ECTS)

Each year CATÓLICA-LISBON will offer a range of electives, taught by our own faculty and by prestigious invited lecturers.

Elective courses can also be selected from other Majors, as well as from other MSc Programs at CATÓLICA-LISBON.

You may also opt to follow an international track and choose to do a third semester abroad at a partner University, picking up additional courses that suit the profile you wish to construct.

Spending the entire whole year abroad to pursue a Joint Degree or Double Degree program with a partner University is an appealing option for those interested in an international career.

Leadership Lab ( 2 ECTS)

By participating in Leadership Lab, you will enhance your preparation for the job market and for advancing in your career. Workshops and activities are designed to help you discover your strengths, learn and practice new professional skills, and expand your career horizons through feedback from colleagues and industry professionals. Participate in a realistic assessment center and select workshops tailored to your career aims.

Strengthen your professional skills in key areas:

  • Communication and Influence;
  • Teamwork;
  • Creativity;
  • Adaptability;
  • Makings things happen.

Define your goals and select from a variety of job search and professional skills workshops and activities, including international field trips, guest speakers, and workshops focused on key competencies.

Although the final semester is an especially important time to bridge your academic and professional lives, Career Development Office is available throughout the program to work with closely with you as you select, prepare, and apply for specific career paths.

Thesis Project (30 ECTS)

The thesis project requirement involves both an internship and a dissertation. In these you will apply the knowledge, the analytic skills, and the professional competencies you have acquired in the program.

Internships are usually 4-6 weeks over the summer. The third semester (or fourth semester, if you do an exchange semester abroad) is focused on your dissertation/thesis project. The thesis can involve participation in academic research, or can be related to professional experience acquired during your internship.


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Master of Science in Economics
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