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Welcome Note

Catarina Reis - Academic Director of MSc in Economics

Congratulations on joining the MSc in Economics program at CATÓLICA-LISBON!

You have been admitted to the program because of your strong academic record, your motivation to study more economics and your desire to prepare for a successful career in private firms or public institutions.

Please note that your study plan consists of several complementary parts, all intended to enrich your academic learning and increase your personal and professional development over the program.

A foundation of required economic and econometric courses provides a balanced perspective on economics.

Besides, you can select one of four majors (Macroeconomics Policy, Public Policy and Regulation, General Economics and Finance and Banking) as the area you wish to explore in more depth, through a range of required courses.

Students may take more courses than required, as electives, by adding an extra third semester to the program, spent in some partner University.

Students are also expected to develop their leadership and other soft skills through Career Accelerator Lab activities, and to prepare for their career search through Career Development Office activities, including workshops, seminars, and Career Accelerator Programs. These have been designed to develop the competencies that organizations most seek in new graduates, including communication and negotiation skills, decision making and critical thinking, and emotional intelligence and managing oneself.

Finally, as you approach the end of your program and are ready to begin work on your thesis, the two-session Research Methodologies Workshop will prepare you to select and begin research on a thesis topic. To complete the workshop you will also be a participant in four (one-hour each) research sessions in our LERNE behavioral laboratory, to experience different research approaches first hand and contribute to the world-class research culture and performance at CATÓLICA-LISBON.

There is a great deal to select among. So choose wisely, always keeping in mind your professional goals and the areas you most want to work on. As this may result in a unique combination of courses and activities, check carefully – and regularly - to make sure that your customized program is going to meet all of your study plan requirements.

Bring your hard work and enthusiasm to all aspects of your degree experience, and you will be rewarded – personally, academically, and professionally. Welcome!