Master of Science in Finance


Program Description

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


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 or a Double Degree at a top international business school.

Key Features

  • Entry-level: BSc in Business | Economics or another quantitative discipline
  • Duration: 3 or 4 semesters
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Profile: Recent graduates up to 2 years of professional experience
  • Program language: Fully taught in English
  • Employability: 2/3 of students found a job before graduation
  • 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 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

1st Semester | 2nd Semester

  • Core Finance Courses
  • Foundation Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Career Accelerator Lab
  • Professional Internship Requirement
  • International Experience (optional)
  • Summer Internship (optional)
  • Language Requirement (mandatory)

3rd Semester

  • Thesis Project

Católica-Lisbon MSc Class 2018

  • 400 Students per year
  • 48% of Female students
  • 23 Average age
  • 35+ Nationalities
  • 50% of International Students in the class
  • 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.

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.

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

How to apply

Start your application online, provide us with your personal information, upload the mandatory documents and pay the application fee.

Tuition Fees

  • 3-semester track €13.500
  • 4-semester track (with optional exchange semester) €15.500

Please note that the application and enrollment fee are non-refundable.


Católica Top+ Scholarship

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 during the admission.

Note: Double Degree and Joint Degree students can only be granted a scholarship in the 1st year.

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

Why Católica-Lisbon Masters?

  • TOP 10 Worldwide in Career Progress (FT ranking)
  • 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

"Being intellectually challenged prepares you to make a difference and to guarantee your dream job." Nuno Clara

"I can only say that reality has exceeded the expectations I had on these experiences." Ricardo Pereira

"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." Meriem Kanzari

"The courses taught by experienced professors significantly expanded my knowledge of finance." Rustam Shamuradov

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Founded more than 40 years ago, Católica-Lisbon is a leading School of Economics and Management in Portugal. Located in the heart of Lisbon, Católica-Lisbon has a long-standing reputation for innovati ... Read More

Founded more than 40 years ago, Católica-Lisbon is a leading School of Economics and Management in Portugal. Located in the heart of Lisbon, Católica-Lisbon has a long-standing reputation for innovative teaching and rigorous academic research. The school is strongly committed to intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and academic excellence. Read less