MSc in Economics

Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Program Description

MSc in Economics

Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics


The MSc in Economics provides a high-quality graduate education in Economics, training students in rigorous methods of analysis and preparing them for successful careers in banking, regulation agencies, consultancy, international organizations or academia. Students can also pursue a Double or a Joint Degree.

Key Features

  • Start date: September 2019
  • Entry level: BSc in Business | Economics and Management
  • Duration: 3 or 4 semesters
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Profile: Recent graduates up to 2 years professional experience
  • Program language: Fully taught in English
  • Specializations: 4 majors available
  • Employability: 2/3 of students found a job before graduation


The MSc in Economics provides students with the conceptual tools and advanced analytic techniques to apply economic reasoning to demanding issues in today's private business, public policy, and academic research domains.

The program follows rigorous international standards. Classes are small, taught by internationally recognized professors and industry experts, and focused on advanced economic knowledge and techniques. The program is suited to students with both applied interests and more research-oriented profiles. The MSc in Economics also gives you also the opportunity to pursue a Double Degree or a Joint Degree at a top international school, or an exchange semester.

In addition to the Economics foundation courses, you will also focus on a Major. We offer three applied majors (Macroeconomic Policy, Public Policy and Regulation, and Finance and Banking) and one more theoretical major (General Economics). At the same time, you'll be prepared for the workplace with Leadership Lab activities and internship opportunities. Finally, you'll work on your thesis project and be ready to launch your professional career.

This program is designed to provide you with the academic knowledge, the technical tools, and the practical skills to succeed in a variety of possible careers in the private and public sectors. Graduates pursue high-level careers in international agencies, regulation and competition bodies, and universities, as well as in consulting, finance, strategy and accounting, among other fields.

Program Structure

1st Semester | 2nd Semester

Foundation Courses

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

Major Courses

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

Free Electives

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

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.

International Experience (optional)

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

Summer Internship (optional)

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

3rd Semester

Thesis Project

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.

Student's Profile

  • 400 Students per year
  • 48% Female students
  • 23 Average age
  • 35+ Nationalities
  • 50% International students in class
  • 6 Months average professional experience

Admissions requirements

Ideally, candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Economics, including mathematical and statistical training, as well as intermediate microeconomics.

Outstanding candidates from other quantitative areas will also be considered, but may be asked to do some background reading before joining the program (for the major in Finance and Banking only candidates with an Economics background will be considered).

Candidates must seek to acquire the conceptual tools and training in quantitative methods to understand economic issues and apply economic reasoning to private business, public policy, or academic research domains.

International exposure (exchange, summer school or internship abroad) and extracurricular achievements are also valued by the Admissions Jury.

Double Degree: your passport for an international career

Spend one year at CATÓLICA-LISBON followed by a second year at the partner school of your choice, and get two diplomas.

Double Degree programs offer you the opportunity to gain a deep international experience and to challenge yourself by experiencing two distinctive academic cultures and approaches.

At the end of the program, you will be granted two diplomas – one from CATÓLICA-LISBON and one from our partner school.

A joint degree is a program that has been jointly developed by two international universities and cumulates in a Joint diploma which is officially recognized by all degree awarding partner universities.

Above all, the cross-cultural awareness gained through this experience is highly valued by recruiters and likely to increase your potential for an international career.

Application process

When to apply

2019 intake: Applications for the 2019 fall intake will open soon.

How to apply

Start your application online, provide us with your personal information, upload the mandatory documents and pay the application fee. Graduates with a non-quantitative degree, must submit the GMAT/GRE result or take the CATÓLICA-LISBON Internal Admission Test. The Admissions Jury reviews your application and makes a decision.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

MSc in Economics

Semesters Program total fees
3-semester track 11.155€
4-semester track (with optional exchange semester) 13.155€

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

Double Degrees

Business school Program total fees
ASTON (UK), BI (Norway) 14.605€
UNINA (Italy) 14.945€
LOUVAIN (Belgium) 14.671€



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.

We encourage outstanding students to apply for this scholarship during the admission.

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.

  • 93% Employed within 3 months of graduation
  • 71% Employed before concluding the MSc Program

Top sector Top function Top recruiters
Banking, Financial Services, Insurance Marketing/Sales Unilever
Retail, Fast Moving Consumer Goods Research Lidl

Other recruiters: Mercer, PwC, Banco de Portugal, BPI, BCP, Banco BIG, Morgan Stanley, EDP, EDP Renewables North America, HAITONG BANK, BCG, Adidas, Private Equity, AIG, Santander Global Corporate Banking, BPI, Neste Jacobs, BPI (Suisse), Sustainalytics, British American Tobacco, LGG Advisors, Capgemini and IKB - Deutsche Industriebank.


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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.

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Last updated November 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
3 - 4 semesters
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11,155 EUR
3-semester track: 11.155€ / 4-semester track (with optional exchange semester): 13.155€
Portugal - Lisbon, Lisbon
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