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The Lisbon MBA

The Lisbon MBA

The Lisbon MBA



Dean's welcome message

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we welcome you to The Lisbon MBA. The Lisbon MBA is a joint-venture between Católica-Lisbon and Nova SBE – two leading business schools in Europe. This partnership includes a two-year Executive part-time MBA and an International full-time MBA, in partnership with MIT’s prestigious Sloan School of Management. According to the 2017 Financial Times Top 100 Global MBA Ranking, The Lisbon MBA International Full Time is the 20th best MBA program in Europe. We are also featured as the 1st MBA in Europe in International Course Experience, one of our key priorities. The Lisbon MBA Executive was considered the 52nd best Executive MBA in Europe, according to the 2016 Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking. The Lisbon MBA provides a platform where talented, ambitious and high-flying students from all over the world may meet and engage in active learning, interacting with top-notch faculty. Why should you consider The Lisbon MBA platform as your choice for an MBA:

  • Both Programs have a prestigious faculty body, trained at the world’s best schools, deeply involved in high-quality research and in tune with the latest developments in management theory and practice;
  • Both programs are the highest ranked Portuguese MBAs in the Financial Times MBA Rankings;
  • Both Programs depict an innovative curriculum, stimulating rigorous analysis, the use of emotional intelligence skills, socially responsible behavior and hands-on learning. A curriculum that is a bridge between academia and the corporate world, between theory and practice, between profits and people, between the left and the right hemispheres of the brain and between the geographies of the world.
  • We ensure strong ties with the corporate world, with major companies closely involved in its governance and sponsoring providing a network of internships and connections.
  • Both programs are offered in the cozy and yet cosmopolitan environment of the beautiful and agreeable Lisbon. Here students may mix work and pleasure as in very few places in the world.

Daniel Traça – Dean Nova SBE and Francisco Veloso – Dean Católica-Lisbon


The Lisbon MBA Advantage

If you’re considering doing an MBA in Portugal, you’ve probably addressed the main business schools in the country and you’ve realized that Católica and Nova are no longer offering separate MBA programs. Let us share how it all started… The project began in 2006 when the MIT Sloan School of Management visited Portugal aiming to establish a partnership and launch an international MBA. The Lisbon MBA was born in 2007 as a joint-venture between Católica-Lisbon and Nova SBE, the two top b-schools in Portugal. Both have joined efforts to compete in the global market, starting by offering a part-time program on that same year. Later, on January 2009, The Lisbon MBA International, with the partnership of MIT Sloan, welcomes its first class. Here’s what you can get from The Lisbon MBA: Where Talent and Market meet The Lisbon MBA will transform you, professionally and personally. When you pursue The Lisbon MBA you will be part of a dynamic community that believes in making a positive impact in the world via thoughtful leadership and innovative ideas. Our MBA programs are designed for talented professionals who want to take the next step in their careers and we will help lead you to your career ambitions because we are committed to your success. You will join an elite MBA program Our joint-venture between the two leading business schools in Portugal – Nova SBE and Católica-Lisbon – is internationally recognized and we are part of an elite group of business schools – less than 1% in the world – that holds the Triple Accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). The Lisbon MBA International full-time program was considered one of the best MBA programs in Europe by the 2016 Financial Times Top 100 Global MBA Rankings – 20th best in Europe – and 1st worldwide in the category “International Course Experience”. You will be noticed and be part of our family In The Lisbon MBA you won’t be “another cog in the machine” – our unique boutique MBA concept is designed to make your MBA experience immersive and personalized. Classes in The Lisbon MBA are sized in order to maximize your learning experience, creating an intimate classroom environment where students are able to interact with the best faculty and build a deep connection with fellow classmates, the MBA staff and the guests we bring from the corporate world to our classes and events. We give you practical and relevant knowledge The Lisbon MBA programs are built in partnership by the two top business schools in Portugal – Católica-Lisbon and Nova SBE – and with the collaboration of the MIT Sloan School of Management –, bringing together a prestigious faculty body, trained at the world’s best schools, with strong real-world business acumen, offering an innovative, complete and transformative education that will prepare you for success. You will be able to practice what you learn with real business projects, because we believe our hands-on approach is the best way to acquire new academic skills and still be connected to the business world. You will also be exposed to several international perspectives, diverse industries and personally recognize the progress of your transformation, the buildup of your knowledge, analytical expertise and critical reasoning over the course of the program. We make your leadership development innovative and personal We believe leaders should have a deep understanding of themselves and we are continuously working towards the most innovative, creative and inspiring methods to help you develop the leadership skills that will make you succeed now and in the future. Focus and personalization are key, so we will work closely with you to help you develop your career development plan, increase your self-awareness, understand your potential and how to achieve it. We facilitate your networking We ensure The Lisbon MBA has strong ties with the corporate world and those connections go beyond the structured presence of companies directly involved in the MBA programs. We deliver several exclusive leadership sessions with external guests, promote regular events with entrepreneurs and senior executives from diverse industries, and create networking opportunities for all The Lisbon MBA Community – students, alumni, faculty and staff. The people you meet during your MBA at The Lisbon MBA will have a strong influence in your life and we invest in selecting our students from diverse professional, academic and international backgrounds, people that will challenge you and enable valuable peer-to-peer experiences. From the colleagues in your class, Full Time International and Executive students, our alumni network spread around the world and working in a diverse range of industries, to our faculty and corporate relations, we will provide you with a network of business connections that will help you advance in your professional life. We welcome you to a great city, to enjoy and be inspired by Lisbon is the host city for both our programs – if you know it, then you know how welcoming it is and if you don’t, we challenge you to visit us! From the dynamic rhythm of the modern city center to the inspirational vibration of our historical landmarks, Lisbon is a city full of energy and exciting opportunities, bringing together traditions from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. And with more than 200 days of sun per year and minutes away from beautiful beaches and one of the best surf spots in the world, there’s no other place in Europe like Lisbon! In fact, The Lisbon MBA has achieved first place for location, quality and cost of lodgings in the latest Financial Times alternative MBA survey.
Wherever your goals may take you, Lisbon is the perfect environment to start making your future happen!


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    Campus de Carcavelos Rua da Holanda, n.1 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal, , Lisbon