Master's in Economics

General Admission

First things first

Academic Background
Candidates from any Bachelor’s program with a strong quantitative background.

Candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of English language proficiency at level B2. No knowledge of Portuguese is required. The Master’s is delivered entirely in English, including exams, class work, support materials, and work projects.

Professional Experience
Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be acceppted. Candidates with more than two years of professional experience should consider applying for an MBA.

Equal to or under 26 years old.

Now, let’s take it step by step

Applications open February 1st, 2019 and close on May 1st, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (GMT. Greenwich Mean Time).

Round 1 February 1 - February 22
Round 2 February 23 - March 22
Round 3 March 23 - May 1
Double Degrees  February 1 - March 22


  • Passport photo
  • Copy of ID card
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • Grade transcript with full course list and grades in English
  • Motivation letter/cover letter in English (mandatory for Double Degree candidates)
  • English Certificate with at least Level B2 - recommended
  • Application fee payment receipt (non-refundable fee of 51€ for all applicants)
  • Any other documents in English that you think may enrich your application, such as a motivation letter, reference letter, language certificates and/or GMAT/GRE
  • Additional Application Form (for Double Degree candidates only)

Bachelor diploma (if already received) in English. Applicants without a diploma are obligated to provide Admissions with this document before the start of their Masters.

You can only apply once within the three application rounds.

Step One — Online application
The admissions process starts upon submission of the online application along with the relevant documents mentioned above. Confirmation of enrolment will be subject to presentation of an official graduation certificate within the first month of classes.

If you are applying for a Double Degree, please fill in this form.

Step Two — Interview
General Admission:
Candidates may have to attend a Skype interview with either Alumni or faculty designed to examine the information provided in the application and evaluate the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the program.

Double Degree: Candidates already accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened are invited to an interview in April or May.

CEMS MIM:  Candidates accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened are invited to an assessment designed to evaluate academic potential, international orientation, and communication skills.

Step Three — Decision
Following the application review, the Admissions Committee will make its final decision based on all information available. Selection decisions will be made in three rounds/periods: Early March, early April and early May (for students applying until the end of February, end of March, and end of April, respectively). 

Decisions will be communicated by email in early March, early April, and early May (for students applying by the end of February, end of March, and end of April, respectively). 

Candidates are responsible for checking their email account for school messages (including the spam or junk folders). In the event of no contact from the school, candidates should email or call the Admissions and Development Office. When accepted, if candidates don’t confirm their commitment to be in the program, these slots will be considered vacant for the next selection round.

Step Four — Enrolment
Accepted candidates will have to pay a 1000€ non-refundable enrolment fee, to be deducted from the total tuition fee. 

No exceptions or late payments will be accepted.

Enrolment in the Double Degree and CEMS MIM programs becomes effective after payment of an additional 1500€ non-refundable fee, to be deducted from the total tuition fee.

Admitted students can defer for up to one year. However, they must pay the enrolment fee to guarantee their place and a re-entry fee in February the following year. Also, they must inform the school no later than one month prior to the beginning of term. Not respecting this deadline or making an unsuccessful request to defer will require submission of a new application.

Master's applications for the Fall intake 2020/21 will open soon

The applications for the 2nd round of the Spring Intake 2019/20 for the Master's in Management and IMM are open from October 14 to November 15, 2019. 

For more information, please contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office at or call +351 213 801 699.