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This Master program offers you strong theoretical and empirical foundations in economics. Several specializations allow you to choose your favorite field. Students obtain advanced training in quantitative methods for careers in consulting, finance or research, at government and international agencies, or at public and private companies in several functional areas. State-of-art economic theory and techniques are taught by internationally recognized academic and professional experts. Small classes allow intensive interaction with faculty and guidance on projects. Candidates should have a background in quantitative methods.

The coursework phase consists of Foundation courses, Major courses, and Elective courses. In addition, to develop professional and soft skills, you will select Leadership Lab activities and a summer internship (optional). A final thesis project gives you the opportunity to work closely with top professors and apply what you have learned to an individual project.



These courses are designed to structure and consolidate your knowledge, skills and intuition of economics:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Imperfect Markets
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II


Deepen your learning in one area, and acquire knowledge and skills for specific jobs in private or public institutions.

Choose one of the following Majors:

Common Careers in: Common Careers in:

> Regulatory Agencies

> Central Banks

> Non Government Organizations

> International Economic Consulting Firms

> International Organizations

> Governmental Institutions

> Consulting Firms

Courses: Courses:
> Game Theory > Macrodynamics
> Industrial Organization > International Money and Finance
> Information and Uncertainty > Economic Growth
> Microeconometrics > Economic Globalization
> Competition Policy > Macroeconomic Policy
> Market Regulation

> Time Series Econometrics

> Health Economics or Economic Analysis of Social Policies  
Common Careers in: Common Careers in:
> Research Department > Financial Institutions
> International Organizations > International Organizations
> Consulting Firms > Central Banks
  > Consulting Firms
Courses: Courses:
> Macrodynamics > Advanced Corporate Finance or Financial Decision Making in a Business Context and an elective of finance
> Economic Growth > Financial Derivatives
> International Money and Finance > Financial Investments
> Game Theory > Empirical Finance
> Competition Policy or Market Regulation > Banking and Regulation
> Information and Uncertainty  
> Microeconometrics or Time Series Econometrics  

Major courses and free electives for information only and subject to slight changes and/or to availability. For academic purposes, the only valid reference is your Study Plan provided by the Student Affairs office.


CATÓLICA-LISBON offers a wide range of electives taught by our own faculty, prestigious invited lecturers, and top executives from the corporate world.

You may take free elective courses outside of your program to complement your area of expertise, or simply explore a topic that interests you.


Leadership Lab is designed to help you develop important competencies for managing and working with people and, therefore, for lifelong employability and growth. You can select among 1) career and employment workshops, and 2) personal development workshops.

Career workshops include sessions on networking, CV and cover letter preparation, and interviewing. You have the opportunity to participate in realistic assessment center activities and to receive feedback from industry

The personal development workshops are designed to help you develop key competences, such as oral communication, emotional intelligence, managing
energy and stress, self-knowledge and motivation, and negotiating effectively.


To obtain a valuable international experience and further improve your knowledge, you can pursue a Double Degree/Joint Degree or complete an exchange semester in one of CATÓLICA-LISBON’s prestigious partner
schools around the world.


Students are encouraged to complete a summer internship before or during the MSc program.

The internship is optional and should not overlap the academic calendar.


The thesis project involves a research methodologies workshop and a dissertation. You should focus on your dissertation during your third semester (or fourth semester, if you do an exchange semester abroad).

The thesis can involve participation in academic research, or can be related to professional experience acquired during an internship. In any case you should plan to work on your dissertation at CATÓLICA-LISBON for the equivalent to full-time 3 to 4 months.

You will apply the knowledge, the analytic skills, and the professional competencies you have acquired in the program.

For many students, the thesis semester serves as an ideal bridge between academic studies and professional career. As you complete your thesis,
the Career Development Office is available to work with you on your career planning and job search.


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Ruben Vaz

Master of Science in Economics
"This step implies efforts to keep us on the right track."