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The MSc in Finance is a rigorous and comprehensive program which aims to develop finance professionals with strong ethics and an in-depth knowledge of the field, both in financial investments and corporate finance.

The program combines theoretical rigor with a practical, hands-on approach. Students have the opportunity to explore hedge fund strategies, discuss corporate restructuring, empirically test investment strategies, and immerse themselves in private equity or M&A deals.


The mandatory courses in Finance assure an appropriate preparation in the main areas in Finance including both theory and standard applications.


These courses are designed to offer students the background knowledge required for the Finance specialization.
Courses can be waived based on previous academic experience. Mandatory courses in bold.

Foundation 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.


Elective courses allow students to design their master’s program according to their preferences and specialize in specific areas in Finance, according to their career perspectives.

As the only CFA® partner school in Portugal, CATÓLICA-LISBON offers a unique opportunity to obtain the internationally recognized CFA® Level 1 accreditation during the degree.

All courses offered by the MSc programs are potential electives. The list bellow includes some of these electives usually offered:

  • Financial Innovation & Hedge Funds
  • Short-Term Financial Management
  • Private Equity
  • Financial Modeling
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance: an International Perspective
  • Fixed Income Strategies
  • International Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Exchange Semester

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


In Leadership Lab define your personal goals, industry preferences, and areas to work, and then select among 1) career and employment workshops, and 2) professional 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 professionals.

The professional 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.


Students are encouraged to complete a 1.5 month internship before or during the master program.


You will participate in a workshop designed to provide you with advice, resources, requirements, and useful tools to plan and write the research for your Master thesis.

For many students, the thesis semester serves as an ideal bridge between academic studies and your professional career. As you complete your thesis, the Career Development Office is available to work with you on your job search and career planning. You should plan to work full-time at CATÓLICA-LISBON on your dissertation for 3 to 4 months.


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Rustam Shamuradov

International Master of Science in Finance
"The courses taught by experienced professors, significantly expanded my knowledge in finance."