Master's in Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s everything you need to know concerning your Master’s at Nova SBE.

Admissions criteria

The programs are the same curriculum-wise. The difference between them lies in the additional requirements needed to complete the International Master's, i.e. international mobility experience and proof of knowledge in a second foreign language at A2 level (other than English).

Nova SBE Masters' are open to candidates from any Bachelor's program. They must have an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree.

Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be admitted to a Nova SBE Master’s. Applicants with over two years’ professional experience should consider applying for an MBA.

Yes. Students must be under 26 years old.

Our Masters' programs are pre-experience, for students with less than two years of professional experience and under 26 years old. This means that the program is a continuation of undergraduate studies, preparing students for the work market with the help of the Career Services Team, and with a class of students averaging 21/22 years old.

The Lisbon MBA is aimed at professionals with at least three years of professional experience (full-time). MBAs are for graduates from any discipline who want to receive in-depth managerial training.

More info about The Lisbon MBA.


Admissions process

Applications for the Masters' programs usually run from February to May, except for the Double Degree (February to March).

If you are interested in doing a Master’s at Nova SBE, follow these simple steps:

Complete the online application form.

If necessary, a Skype interview will be requested.

You will receive an answer by email within a maximum of 6 weeks of your application submission.

Yes, you will be requested to pay an enrolment fee of €51.

Yes, you will be requested to pay a non-refundable enrolment fee of 1000€ for the Master’s in Management/Economics/Finance. Enrolment in the International Programs (Double Degree and CEMS MIM programs) becomes effective after the payment of an additional 1500€ non-refundable fee. Both fees will be deducted from the total tuition fee.

The tuition fees are charged in identical installments per semester, except for the first one because the enrolment fee will be deducted from the first installment. The first installment will be due on 15 July, 2019. The remaining two instalments will be due on 15 February and 15 September 2020, respectively.

If you have not yet finished your undergraduate studies you do not need the official transcript. However, if accepted, you will need to deliver it to the Master’s Office no later than the beginning of the program.

We have no established minimum GPA and do not admit by GPA alone. We conduct a full review of all applications, in which GPA is one of many several factors in your CV.

Yes, you can, but you will have to finish this course during the first semester of your Master’s.

No, the GMAT or GRE are not necessary. However, if you have taken the test, you can add the results as an additional document to your application.

You do not, however students should be at approximately B2 English level to comfortably follow the courses. Candidates wishing to directly enter into the International Master’s in Management must present an English certificate at minimum C1. For CEMS MIM candidates, advanced level English language proficiency is required. Click here for details.

Nova SBE doesn't accept online language certificates.

Students wishing to postpone or withdraw from the degree program are required to send a confirmation by email to by June 28th 2019. After this date, students may be held accountable for paying any tuition and fees associated with the program. Students who postpone their masters and have scholarships will lose them.

Please note that students who defer their admission will be subject to the tuition in place at that time.

All invoices are addressed to the student unless the student specifically states that a different entity is responsible for the tuition fee payments, either in part or in full. For instance, a student may have obtained a sponsorship or scholarship from a particular company or organization. In this case, the school needs to prepare the respective invoices accordingly. Receipts made out to a third party must be communicated to

No, transfers at Masters’ level are not accepted.


Yes, all Nova SBE Masters’ are entirely taught in English, including class work, exams, support materials, and work projects.

No, Portuguese language knowledge is not required to be admitted.

Yes, Nova SBE offers basic level Portuguese language courses.

Online application

Check the online application instructions available on the application form page. If you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

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No. After you submit your application, you may no longer change your record, but you will still be able to log in to view your application.


No, the CEMS MIM is a joint program in conjunction with one of the Nova SBE Masters’.

No, you apply for the CEMS MIM program at the same time as you apply for a Nova SBE Master’s. You will need to submit two applications forms: the Nova SBE application form and the CEMS MIM application form available at, under “Portugal”. However, you will only be called for CEMS MIM assessment once admitted to a Nova SBE Master’s.

For non-native English speakers, advanced English language proficiency is required. You will need one of the following certificates:

TOEFL iBT minimum score –100
IELTS minimum score – 7.0
CPE minimum grade of C
CAE minimum grade of B
BEC Higher minimum grade of B
Have passed one of the CEMS-accredited local English exams
A-level GCSE issued in Singapore
University degree taught entirely in English and validated by the CEMS Office

Those entering in February of a given year can only start the CEMS MIM year in September of the following year, leaving a gap semester in which you can do, for example, the international internship.

You can send an email to the CEMS Office.

International Master’s in Management

The programs are the same curriculum-wise. The difference between them lies in the additional requirements needed to complete the International Master’s, i.e. international mobility experience and proof of knowledge in a second foreign language at B1 level (other than English).

You may submit proof of a language course you have previously taken at B1 level or above.

Nova SBE doesn't accept online language certificates.

No, we cannot accept foreign language credit from your high school studies.

No. However, you will be required to sign a bilingual honor statement.

Internship of at least ten consecutive weeks completed in a country other than the country of origin of the student.

A degree program taken outside of the candidate’s country of origin, for instance an Italian student holding a degree from a German university.

International tracks

Applications for international tracks are made at the same time as the regular Master’s application. Please keep in mind that at this stage we will only ask if you are interested in one of our international tracks. After being accepted, the selection processes will be conducted for Exchange, Double Degree, and CEMS MIM.

The Double Degree with Maastricht comprises only three semesters instead of the usual four.

The exchange is always in the second semester, when you take the electives abroad. Selection and allocation takes place each semester. The entire process is managed by the Masters' Office after starting classes.

Spring Admission

No. The program is the same curriculum-wise. The difference between the programs lies in the additional requirements to complete the International Master’s, i.e. international mobility experience and proof of knowledge in a second foreign language at B2 level. If you are eligible to apply for the IMM, you can still do the exchange program.

No. You will follow the same curricular sequence and will have the same opportunities as other students.

No. Bridging courses are only available in August. If you come from a non-business related background and feel you would benefit from these introductory classes, we recommend that you consider applying in the Fall rather than in the Spring intake.

International tracks, such as Double Degree and CEMS MIM, aren’t available for the Spring intake due to calendar constraints. However, you can always apply for an exchange program once you begin your studies. Please note, you will be able to apply for the CEMS MIM in February, but you will only be able start the MIM year in September of the following year, leaving a gap semester, during which you can do the international internship.

No. Stream applications occur in May only as the program is structured so that it begins in the Fall.

Yes, you will need to pay the non-refundable tuition fee of 1000€.

Admitted students can defer for up to one semester without having to re-apply, provided they pay the non-refundable tuition fee of 1000€ up to three weeks after their acceptance email has been sent to guarantee their place and inform the school by November 15th. If you fail this deadline you will need to submit a new application. Students that defer the start of the program for September 2020 will be subject to pay the tuitions fees in force for the academic year of 2019/2020.

The second payment of 2700€ will be due on December 15th 2019. The third and fourth payments (3700€ each) will be due on September 15th 2019 and February 15th 2020, respectively.

No, however there will be a welcome session before classes start.

Students beginning in Spring will defend their final thesis in June 2021. The official graduation ceremony takes place in January each year.

No. Scholarships are only available for the Fall intake, for those who apply in February-May. For more information about our scholarships, please go to Fees & Funding.