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Esquema MBA Executivo


A transformational leadership programme designed to train leaders who wish to have a positive impact on society by improving quality management in Portuguese and international organisations.

Reshape your career. Broaden your horizons. Embrace a learning experience that will transform and change your life. Find the best career pathway.

The Executive MBA combines a national and international faculty who are renowned for their academic excellence with the opportunity for close and strong School-business world interaction, through the Executive MBA’s Clube de Empresas (Business Club), to enhance your learning and further develop your leadership skills.

Throughout the programme you may have the opportunity to work in real projects from different organisations ranging from technology start-ups to SMEs and major Corporate Groups.

The Católica Porto Business School’s Executive MBA programme offers you a learning experience based on a personalised relationship with the faculty and executive staff and, most importantly, on the tutorial monitoring that you may benefit from throughout the programme.

The soft skills workshops will enable you to draw up an individual career plan receive feedback and strengthen your behavioural skills.

The MBA is also meant to be a source of joy and well-being and therefore you will be challenged to take part in various teambuilding activities such as sailing, padel and dramatic expression. These moments of personal development and entertainment are critical to all those who understand that the role of the manager requires more than technical skills.

Invest in yourself. Choose Católica Porto Business School’s Executive MBA.

  • Enhance understanding of the three major dimensions that put the company’s problems into perspective: efficiency, risk management and innovation;
  • Gain knowledge about the challenges faced when managing companies at different stages of their life-cycle: in a start-up, in developing companies, in scale-ups and in mature and complex companies;
  • Foster strategic thinking from the point of view of value creation, which is the dominant paradigm;
  • Promote understanding of the role played by innovation in organisations as a response to changes in context;
  • Equip participants with “management skills” in an organised space – i.e., educational model – based on the sharing of experience and business initiatives;
  • Prepare participants for a more effective performance of leading roles;
  • Encourage the development of transversal skills and foster lifelong learning;
  • Promote social and professional relationships between ESADE and Católica Porto Business School alumni as well as in the Executive MBA’s Clube de Empresas (Business Club).

This programme is suited for professionals from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who work in different sectors of activity. They have in common their work experience in the business world and the aim to upgrade or build management skills.

The Executive MBA is for managers and executives in companies or institutions who seek to upgrade their skills and meet the following entry requirements:

  • Holder of a recognised academic degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience;
  • Fluency in English;



    • Sailing Teambuilding
    • CRASSH Experience
    • Sessions with CEOs and General Managers
    • Tutorial Session 
    • Career and Development Workshops
    • Seminars
    • Company Tour
    • Millennials Breakfast
    Duration & Teaching Timetable


    2 years – September 2020 to September 2022.

    Teaching Timetable

    The programme runs once a month as follows:

    Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 8:30 am to 05:45 pm 
    Saturdays from 8:30 am to 01:00 pm 
    Complementary activities: Thursdays from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm


    The aim of the Executive MBA programme is to allow participants to balance their personal and professional lives while immersing themselves more into the learning processes with as little impact on their work activity as possible.

    Students are therefore immersed in School activities during term time and are free to manage study and class preparation time on the remaining weekends. Between terms, they are divided in study groups and benefit from tutorial monitoring from the faculty.

    Career Management Service

    The frequency of this Programme allows individual and free access to the career management service of Católica Porto Business School. Career and Development Office promotes customized support in career development, transferable skills and employability.

    For detailed information about the Career and Development Office, please click here.


    The concept behind Clube de Empresas (Business Club) is that business schools are knowledge “accelerators”, due to their capacity to study and systematise business practices and experiences. Clube de Empresas was planned to interface between the university and the business world and to serve as a platform for multiple projects linked by a common element: the engagement of companies in training and development programmes for the management aimed at getting better prepared professionals.

    Clube de Empresas is made up of 17 companies that will secure study visits, contact sessions with CEOs, participation in the MBA’s Advisory Board, participation in seminars and supply of case studies to support the projects of some of the programme’s modules. The Executive MBA’s Clube de Empresas is composed of:

    Soft Skills

    Managers stand out more and more by their ability to expand their sensitive side in topics that are complementary to a more technical dimension – the so-called soft skills – and to look at their dreams and trajectories, personal and professional, from a critical standpoint.

    While attending the programme, students will also take part in several Career Sessions led by the Careers and Development department and offered on an optional basis. The Executive MBA students will be able to attend (4) different workshops on career development and on how to communicate effectively with the market. The main goals are as follows:

    • Create and optimise a CV according to career goals;Structure impacting cover letters and emails;
    • Create a profile on LinkedIn and learn how to use this business networking site;
    • Optimise strategies to proactively seek opportunities;
    • Prepare for recruitment procedures, more specifically for job interviews;
    • Develop communication skills, in particular pitching.


    Icone Avaliação 360An MBA is naturally aimed at developing students’ technical skills. Personal development, however, is another major aim. Hence, the 360-degree assessment carried out in the beginning and at the end of Católica Porto Business School’s Executive MBA programme as a means of rendering the outcome of the programme more tangible. This assessment is intended to develop social and interpersonal skills. This 360-degree diagnosis (“My leadership”) helps participants to know themselves better and provides access to one session of bespoke coaching.


    You can make your online application here.

    You can also deliver your application personally at the administrative offices of the school or mail to:

    Católica Porto Business School
    Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327
    4169-005 Porto

    Elements for Application:

    • Duly completed application form;
    • Detailed CV;
    • An updated photograph;
    • Identification Document photocopy / Taxpayer Card;



    Registration fee: 750 €
    Tuition fee: 18 000 €
    Payment in full: 17 100 € (at the start of the programme)

    3 installments: 1st (Sep.) 7 500€; 2nd (Mar.) 5 250€; 3rd (Jan.) 5 250 €
    20 monthly payments: 940€

    Amounts are subject to VAT at the legal rate in force.


    The Executive MBA has an Early Bird policy. Applicants who register until the 31st of May will be entitled to a discount on the registration fee (750 €) to be deducted from the 1st installment.

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    Study materials, including the textbooks adopted in some courses;
    Two assessment periods per course;
    Travel and accommodation in International Missions;
    Access to Car Park;
    Access to Américo Amorim Building without time limitation for group work sessions or individual study;
    All costs with printing and copying;
    Access to the Career and Development department, where tailored advice is available;


    Universidade Católica Portuguesa alumni are entitled to a 5% discount on the tuition fee.

    AEP associates are eligible for discounted rates as outlined below: 

    AEP Plus Member Card - 7%

    AEP Member Card - 5%

    Company employees belonging to the Executive MBA Clube de Empresas benefit from special conditions. Contact us for more information.



    Sara Carneiro Pacheco
    Tel: 226 196 260 | ext. 401



    João Pedro Lima
    Tel: 226 196 260 | ext. 409

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