More and more, the global investment community recognizes the value and rigorous training of the CFA® certification as an important element in hiring and promotion decisions. The CFA® Program sets a globally recognized standard in competence and integrity for financial analysts, investment bankers, portfolio managers, investment advisers and other Finance professionals worldwide.
In October 2008, the CFA® Institute, the global association and investment professionals that award the prestigious CFA® designation, named CATÓLICA-LISBON as its first University Program Partner in Portugal. This was a high achievement which reflects the school’s strong reputation in research. 
The CFA® Institute uses the CFA® Program partner designation to recognize Finance degree programs that are academically rigorous and closely aligned to professional practice.

The partnership aligns the Master in Finance Program with the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge® syllabus.

Applicants are able to complete the Master in Finance and prepare for the CFA® Program at the same time. This combination places successful students in an advantageous position when seeking to enter into the Finance industry or enhance their careers. However, this certification  is not mandatory for the MIF but is available to all participants who consider it relevant for their future careers. 
The MIF at CATÓLICA-LISBON provides detailed guidance and training in preparation for the CFA® examinations. The courses are structured to specifically cover all of the Learning Objectives needed to successfully satisfy the CFA® requirements.

CFA Institute

Kate Lander, CFA® 
Head of Education - EMEA


"Since the onset of the global financial crisis, the challenge for graduates within the job market has reached unprecedented levels. Studying for the CFA® Program not only demonstrates a solid understanding of the financial markets, but also a clear demonstration of commitment, and ethical values which are more important than ever before. Through our CFA® Program partnership Initiative, the CFA® Institute is delighted to work with leading institutions around the world, like CATÓLICA-LISBON, to promote the highest levels of education and ethics. "

Most Common Occupations of CFA® Charterholders:

  • CEO/Principal
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Banker
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Investment Firm Manager
  • Equity Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Fixed Income Analyst
  • Sales/Marketing Professional

CATÓLICA-LISBON wins the all editions of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Portugal


CATÓLICA-LISBON won the two editions of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Portugal. This is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.



Master in Finance (Admissions Office)

Phone: (+351) 217 225 071
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Executive Masters - MIF - Jorge Martins

Jorge Martins

Principal Consultant, Capgemini Portugal
Master in Finance (MIF - Executive Masters)
"The wide spectrum and detailed levels of all subjects given, combined with the preparation for the CFA program, are both demanding and rewarding."