The Masters in Business Economics (MBE) is aimed at bachelors in economics, management and engineering with the ambition of becoming top human resources of organisations. The MBE aims that future graduates acquire advanced knowledge in economics and management and develop scientific, technical, and soft skills that allow them to support the decision-making process of organisations.

The MBE prepares future graduates to work in multidisciplinary teams, to grasp complex issues, with a critical view and with analytical and innovative capacity. The Master Final Assignment (MFA) is viewed as an opportunity to approach organisations. Thanks to the vast network of partnerships of the Católica Porto Business School, internships and projects in organisations are offered under the MFA, in the country and abroad. At international level, the MBE also allows Erasmus exchange experiences and access to the double degree with the University of Lancaster.

Career impact

The Master in Business Economics provides training for those interested in an autonomous professional activity (creating their own organisation, their own business), or in pursuing a career as consultants and managers of organisations (private, public or from the third sector, small, medium, and large, national or international, operating in urban or rural areas), or in pursuing PhD studies in economics or management (in renowned international PhD programmes).


School Calendar

The school calendar for 2015/2016 is available here.


As in most Masters Programmes, classes run from Monday to Friday, from 18:30 to 21:30, and on Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00. The calendar which schedules all classes is announced to the students at the beginning of each semester.

In the case of courses taught by invited professors a concentration of classes may occur in only a few days, but with a more intensive schedule. In these circumstances classes will be scheduled well in advance, allowing time to take the necessary measures.

Attendance Regimes

The Masters at the Católica Porto Business School has a single, but flexible attendance regime. The curriculum is designed so that the programme has a minimum of three semesters (one year and a half). However, for students who wish to obtain a Masters degree while maintaining their professional activity, you can perform the Masters within a maximum of 5 semesters (two and a half years), which allows you to distribute the academic load over an extended thus conciliating the schedules and professional load with the Masters. The beginning and end of semesters are published annually in the academic calendar of the 2nd cycle of the Católica Porto Business School (see Academic Calendar).



All subjects may be taught in English, depending on the number of foreign students.


Lectures of the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School take place at Católica Foz in Porto. Learn more here.


Entry Requirements

Graduates from different scientific areas can apply to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School.

The application process to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School must contain elements that provide evidence of the academic and scientific competence of the candidates, as well as the command of the English language. The GMAT test is valued in the selection process to assess the academic and scientific skills

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic and scientific curriculum
  • Degree classification
  • Professional experience or research

English language competence requirement

Proof of this requirement is made through an official level B2 diploma of The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of References for Languages, or equivalent.

Admitted students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement have access to a diagnostic test available at the Católica Porto Business School in the respective application stage.

The English diagnostic test is an examination equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (upper-intermediate) .The test lasts for approximately 3 hours and the structure of the exam aims to assess the following skills: Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Writing. For a better insight into the structure of the diagnostic test, model tests may be consulted on the website of Cambridge Michigan and the candidates may select the test that corresponds to the ECCE - Examination for the Certificate of Competence in English.

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading and Writing

Homogenisation Modules

The graduates in different fields of economics and management may be required attendance and approval in intensive base preparation courses in these areas - Homogenisation Modules. These courses are offered by the Católica Porto Business School in September, during the weeks preceding the start of the lessons. It is recommended, therefore, to the Applicants under these conditions that use one of the first two stages of application since the third phase will not allow access to Homogenisation modules.

Applications - 2017/18

Applications for Masters of the Católica Porto Business School are permanently open.

The Programme Direction meets three times a year to assess the applications: March, July and September. After this meeting, candidates are informed of the decision and the next steps.

RoundDeadline for applyingAssessment PeriodResultsEnglish Diagnostic test
1stMarch, 15th20 - 24 MarchUntil March, 31stApril, 7th - 6.30 pm
2ndJuly, 4th11 - 17 JulyUntil July, 21stJuly, 26th - 6.30pm
3rdSeptember, 13th14 - 18 SeptemberUntil September, 20thSeptember, 22nd  - 6.30pm

Documentation for the Application Process

  • Application form
  • Identification Document photocopy
  • One photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Detailed* Qualifications certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Official diploma of English, official level B2 of The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of References for Languages, or equivalent diploma. (Católica Porto Business School graduates are exempted from the delivery of this diploma).
  • Complementary evaluation elements (e.g., GMAT ...)

*Certificates must specify the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the final grade of the course. If you have not completed a degree, you must present a certificate of the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the current average.

Applying for Merit Scholarship – applicants are eligible if they comply with the following criteria: average completion degree equal to or higher than 16 and submission of the certificate of education completion percentile or with their classification ECTS average completion.

  • Applicants who held a degree in a foreign country must submit the certificate of qualifications: a) legalised by Portuguese diplomatic or consular authority, or b) with the Hague Apostille issued by the competent authority of the issuing country, if that country has acceded the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Acts (the Hague Conference).
  • When the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, English or French, the respective translation is due which, in the case of the certificate of qualifications, must be made pursuant to the notarial law.

Submission of Proposals

Applications should be delivered at the facilities of the Católica Porto Business School or by e-mail to

If send by e-mail the original documents should be presented prior to the registration date.

Exemption Regime

Students can apply for attendance and evaluation exemption to some subjects of the Masters programme they are applying to.

In particular, exemption arrangements are planned for students who have attended post-graduation programmes in similar area, at the Católica Porto Business School and the School of Economics and Business Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University, up to a limit of 50% of the curricular component. Other cases will be subject to specific examination by the competent bodies of each programme. Analysis of these situations will be made after the candidate’s admission, on request made upon registration through request to the direction of the School.



Tel: 800 105 632 | +351 226 196 206


Full-Time Programme

  • Submitting the application: Free
  • Acceptance and enrolment in the Masters: € 610
  • 1st year fees (curricular part: 60 ECTS): 10 instalments of €516
  • 2nd year fees (dissertation, project or internship: 36 ECTS): 5 instalments of €619,20

NB: These values are calculated in accordance with the fees established for the academic year 2016/17

Merit Scholarships

The Board of the Católica Porto Business School decided to create a set of Scholarships for the purpose of rewarding the merit of the students whose academic performance deserves it. These consist in total exemption from tuition fees up to a maximum of 36 ECTS per semester and also from the enrolment and tuition fees.

Candidates are eligible for scholarship if they have an enrolment average of at least 16,0 points from a Portuguese University or a GMAT score of at least 650 points.

The merit scholarships can be renewed each semester. The eligibility criteria for the award of scholarship in the 2nd and 3rd semester master are:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester with no failures in the normal or resit assessment period.
  • Weighted average of the marks obtained in all the subjects concluded in the previous semester to the award of the scholarship equal to or greater than 16.0 values.

Students who complete the degree in a foreign higher education institution will only be eligible for scholarship award if they present a GMAT with a score of at least 650 points.

Bolsas Sociais

There are Social Scholarships to support the payment of fees: Scholarships from the Higher Education General Directorate ( and Social Scholarships of the Catholic University of Portugal.

For further information you can visit the Area of Students and Employability (; 22 619 62 26).

Credit Lines

The Portuguese Catholic University also holds agreements with credit institutions with a view to obtaining credit lines to finance studies.


Diana Aguiar

Diana Aguiar

Management Trainee

Unilever Jerónimo Martins

I have chosen this Masters because it includes the areas of Economics and Management, giving us a solid theoretical and practical training in these areas. The practical application of these materials is achieved through the Masters Final Assignment, where internships and projects are offered in organisations in Portugal or abroad.

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Inês Correia

Inês Correia


Michael Page

The Masters in BE is distinguished by its demanding curriculum, at scientific level and content of solidification for those who come from a background linked to economics / management, and the mainstreaming of subjects linked to the business. It allows us to combine a more technical basis to a strategic vision of the organisation."

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