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Paulo Alves - MSc Finance Programme Director Paulo Alves - MSc Finance Programme Director
Paulo Alves Paulo Alves MSc Finance Programme Director


The MSc in Finance is a highly internationalised programme that aims to produce top financial professionals. Created in 2000 and inspired from the Anglo-Saxon model and methods, it was considered an important turning point in terms of innovation in the Portuguese academic community. Drawing on a solid and rigorous theoretical foundation, the MSc in Finance is a professional oriented programme, developed in close collaboration with the top Portuguese financial institutions.

Taught by a first class national and international Faculty, the MSc in Finance has been producing highly-skilled financial specialists for more than ten years. These experts now occupy prominent positions in Portuguese firms and financial institutions, as well as in international financial centres such as Madrid, London and New York.

The drive to ensure that the programme has an international scope – by creating professional and academic opportunities at home and abroad – is visible in the recruitment of our members of staff and in the choice of our programmes. Our mission is to train and produce highly-qualified students that can hold prominent positions within the financial services sector, either in industry or in service-producing companies, in Portugal and abroad.

Career Impact

The MCs in Finance is suitable for those interested in following a career in finance related areas. Our experience and the opportunities offered to our former students have shown that it is possible to pursue, from this platform, successful professional and academic careers in Portugal and abroad. The MSc in Finance fosters a high-level of cooperation between the University and the business community through the production of applied research work and the establishment of partnerships for internship programmes.

Innovation and the growing complexity of markets worldwide have rendered finance-based careers particularly attractive to individuals with a high-level background and good quantitative skills, allowing them to redefine themselves professionally and redirect their careers towards activities within the financial services sector. The MSc in Finance has welcomed students coming from degree programmes in exact sciences – Engineering and Mathematics – in addition to those who have completed programmes in Economics and Management.

The programme is not exclusively focused on an academic background and therefore provides an accurate and comprehensive viewpoint substantially anchored in the realities of the corporate sector. This makes it possible to train highly-quality human resources perfectly capable of grasping the complex reality of today’s financial markets. Teaching does not lose sight of the contemporary trend towards globalisation and is designed to train and prepare specialised professionals to meet the modern challenges of financial innovation (e.g., structured products), corporate financing (e.g., private equity and project finance), risk management (e.g., credit and business risk analysis) and business governance (e.g., performance assessment and corporate governance).

The MSc in Finance has won a national and international reputation demonstrating the success of the choices made. Many students who have completed our MSc in Finance now hold important positions in several Portuguese institutions and organisations and have access to international career opportunities. New York, Madrid and London are some of the destinations chosen. A number of other students have decided to pursue an academic career and have taken up research work and continued with their PhD studies in reputed foreign universities.


School Calendar

The school calendar for 2019/2020 is available here.


The Masters in Finance will work with a daytime group and a post-work regime one.

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.

In the daytime regime classes are from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 18:30 and Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00.

In the after-work regime classes are from Monday to Friday, from 19:00 to 22:00, and Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00.

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.


Online application available 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 August / 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 - 2020/21

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.

Stage Deadline Assessment periodResults disclosureEnglish diagnostic TestEnglish diagnostic Test ResultEnrollment
1stUntil March, 16th17th March - 30th MarchMarch, 31stApril, 2nd - 6.30 pmApril, 16thApril, 21st - 23rd
2ndUnitl June, 22ndJune, 25th - July, 8thJuly, 9thJuly, 13th - 6.30 pmJuly, 20thJuly, 21st - 24th
3rdUntil September, 7th8th - 17th SeptemberSeptember, 18thSeptember, 21st - 6.30pmSeptember, 25thSeptember, 28th - 30th
*In the Master in Audit and Taxation, due to the partner consultants’ intervention in the selection process of the candidates, the mentioned dates may not be fulfilled.

Documentation for the Application Process

*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.

  • 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 may be submitted by hand delivery at Católica Porto Business School Academic Office and Loja do Candidato* or by filling the online application form here.

If sent by online application form, the original documents should be presented before the registration date.



Tel: 800 105 632 | +351 226 196 206

Access with special conditions to the CFA programme

Technically speaking there is no greater recognition within the financial industry than the CFA® designation which, according to the Financial Times, is globally considered as a Financial passport and the investment industry’s gold standard. There are approximately 160.000 CFA Charterholders around the world in more than 165 countries.


To complete the CFA Program and earn the CFA Charter you must successfully pass three exams (Levels I, II, and III), have four-year of  proven work experience and join CFA Institute as a regular member.


This program is adressed to portfolio and wealth managers, investment and research analysts, professionals involved in the investment decision-making process, and finance students who want to work in the investment management profession.
The sectors with the highest proportion of CFA-qualified employees are: 

  • Asset Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Investment Banking M&A
  • Wealth Management
  • Equities
  • Private Equity
  • Risk Management
  • Research
  • Corporate Banking
  • Consulting
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Hedge Funds
  • IT
Finance Academy:

Finance Academy is the first Oficial Prep Provider recognized by the CFA Institute in Iberia. Finance Academy’s main mission is to promote CFA® Designation and to prepare candidates for the CFA Exam in a reliable and proven way.

  • The first Official Prep Provider in Iberia
  • Academic methodology with excellent results
  • Mentoring by CFA® Charterholders
Course Benefits:
  • Global recognition
  • Professional projection
  • Benchmark for recruitment
  • Focused on the CFA® designation
  • Professional network


Full-Time Programme

  • Submitting the application: Free
  • Acceptance and enrolment in the Masters: € 625. The fee will not be refunded in case students cancel their enrolment.
  • 1st year fees (curricular part: 60 ECTS): 10 instalments of €531
  • 2nd year fees (dissertation, project or internship: 36 ECTS): 5 instalments of €637,20

NB: These values are calculated in accordance with the fees established for the academic year 2019/20

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.

Social Scholarships

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.

Pedro Sotto Mayor

Pedro Sotto Mayor

A fascination with financial markets, due to the intellectual challenge behind this area and the related job opportunities, coupled with my intention to obtain complementary training to my Undergraduate degree in Economics, made the MSc in Finance the next logical step. Three years after starting the programme at Católica Porto Business School, the reasons that made me choose this institution to continue my personal and professional education remained, but they were now reinforced by the better understanding I had of what the School could offer. The key factors to highlight behind my choice in this Masters were the attractive academic programme, the reputation of the professors, the quality of the internships offered, in the area of Corporate as well as Capital Markets, and the Merit scholarship programmes available for students with the best academic results.

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