Programs

Master's in Management

The Program

Master’s in Management and International Master’s in Management

The Nova SBE Master’s in Management and the International Master’s in Management are designed for students from any graduate background wishing to gain a management education. That is why we have core courses, areas of expertise, electives, and professional development modules, where you can choose specific subjects that best suit your academic and professional goals. It's a customizable learning experience, so you can align your education and professional skills to excel in what you are good at.

In Nova SBE we make sure you have the right balance between theory and practice. We nurture your human and professional skills for you to embrace your inner potential and leave your mark in the business world. We want you to differentiate yourself from the crowd with a hands-on approach and a real-world business perspectives, with a keen sense of both contemporary and foundational issues, such as product innovation, entrepreneurship, globalization, sustainability and digital business.

Week 1 

  • Discovery Week


1st Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Mandatory Courses
  • Electives
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Study Trips
  • Career Development Program
  • Mastering Your Career
  • Regular Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences
     

2nd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Mandatory Courses
  • Electives
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Study Trips
  • Career Development Program
  • Mentoring Program
  • Regular Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences


3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Work Project
  • Career Development Program
  • Regular Seminars, Networking Events, Business Forum, Conferences

     

In addition to the regular program, international programs such as the CEMS MIM, Double Degrees, and Exchange may require an additional semester.

 

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • ​Statistics
  • Strategy

* Please note that for the academic year of 2019/2020 this information may be subject to changes.

Accounting and auditing

Would you like to work in Management Accounting and Control, Auditing and Corporate Taxation areas? Take a look at these courses:

  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Auditing
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Taxation
  • Management Control Systems
  • Management Seminar
  • Managerial Accounting

 

Data and business analytics 

Data is shaping the digital future. For today's business executive is crucial to understand and interpret data to find better business solutions. A strong background in mathematics and applied statistics is required so that students will be able to analyze large data sets and translate them to support grounded strategic decisions.

  • Data Curation
  • Data Visualization
  • Models and Decision-Making
  • Computational thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics)
  • Machine Learning
  • Continuous, Adaptive, Data-driven systems
  • Introduction to Programming

 

Digital business 

Digital is a core strategic tool. You will get your mind (and hands) in different areas in which managers can leverage from technology to improve sales, performance, and productivity in core areas.

  • Big Data Analysis
  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • E-Business
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Open Innovation
  • Technology Strategy
  • Web Analytics

 

Financial management

Financial resources, cost efficiency and effectiveness, are management subjects that make you work better and harder. Check the following courses for a career in Corporate Finance.

  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Banking
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Fin. & Venture Capital
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Futures and Options
  • Marketing Seminar
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring
  • Private Equity

 

Human resources management 

Would you like to contribute to people's development within a company? This area of expertise is designed to provide a grounding in the many facets of Human Resource Management: handling employment issues such as staffing, performance management, motivation and retention, pay and health and safety at work, and the management of change processes.

  • Big Data Analysis
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Management Seminar
  • Methods for Applied Business Problems
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Positive Organizations
  • Talent Development
  • Web Analytics

 

Innovation and entrepreneurship 

Do you want to be the next Richard Branson or Elon Musk? These courses will help you start your career as an entrepreneur. Test whether an innovative idea, product or processes will be demanded by customers, how to finance start-up ventures and innovation projects, and how to sell and market new products and services into national and international marketplaces.

  • Applied Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Creating and Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Value Creation Wheel
  • Innovation Management
  • Management Seminar
  • Open Innovation
  • Venture Simulation

 

Marketing 

If you like to communicate, launch and improve products and services, deliver superior customer value, the Marketing expertise area may be the right one for you. Take a look at the following courses:

  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Brand Management
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Consumer and Managerial Decision Making
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer and Relationship Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • E-Commerce
  • International Marketing Strategy
  • Luxury and Fashion Marketing
  • Management Seminar
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Methods for Applied Business Problems
  • Product Design and Development
  • Sales & Retailing
  • Special Project L’Oreal Brandstorm
  • Web Analytics

 

Operations management 

Can you develop and implement techniques to improve business processes and production? With these courses, you will. Tackles such issues as business process re-engineering, quality management, improving customer service, inventory systems, managing manufacturing, supply chain management, and project management.

  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Management Seminar
  • Modeling Business Decisions
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Service Management
  • Technology Strategy

 

Social enterprise

Focusses on building leadership skills and awareness of socially responsible global leaders in both for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations, in different types of positions including consulting, financial services and consumer products, educational and health institutions, social services and governmental institutions.

  • Applied Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Models for Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economics Health & Health Care
  • Economics of Education
  • Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Management Seminar
  • Microfinance
  • Performance and Progress
  • Positive Organizations
  • Sustainable International Business
  • Tools for Applied Policy Analysis: Cost Benefit Analysis

 

Strategy and international business 

Do you see the world as a big marketplace? This expertise area will help you understand customers and competitors, their strengths and weaknesses, the complex business and institutional environments, and the existing resource constraints, on an international scale.

  • Business Model Innovation
  • Business Strategy and Practice
  • Competition Policy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategy and Transformation
  • Doing Business in China
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • E-Commerce
  • Family Business
  • Geo-economics and Economic Relations
  • Global Business Challenges
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management Seminar
  • Modeling Business Decisions
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Small Business Management
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Sustainable International Business
  • Technology Strategy

 

*Please take note of the following:
— Students can qualify for only one area of expertise, but it is not mandatory for students to choose one. 
— Areas of expertise and respective courses might be subject to change from one academic year to the next. 
— Some courses might not be offered every academic year. 
— Students may attend elective courses from other Master’s programs, subject to availability.

 

Streams in some areas of expertise

New at Nova SBE: Streams in Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, International Business, Luxury Management, Strategy.

The Streams allow students to deepen their knowledge and experience in a particular area while taking the core courses of the Master’s in Management curriculum. In the first two semesters, the Streams combine functional areas of knowledge, such as strategy, marketing, finance, HR and statistics, allowing students to develop an integrated perspective of Management, with essential Courses for the Stream’s area.  The third semester is dedicated to the work project that students develop in the field of the Stream with a supervisor expert in the area. Streams also involve additional curriculum components such as special classes, seminars, and activities exploring current issues and new trends in the Stream’s field. 
 

The Stream in Integrated Marketing Communications

The Stream in Integrated Marketing Communications is a unique offering in the Marketing Field. It combines a set of courses where students develop their capabilities in Marketing Communications and then apply them intensively to real-world projects. It is delivered in cooperation with our Corporate Partner WPP, the largest creative transformation company group in the world comprised of Grey Global Group, Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, and Hill & Knowlton (among others).

The Stream entails a sequence of cohesive blocks - Marketing Master Courses, Masterclasses taught by the Senior Management Team from WPP Companies, and Field Labs involving projects from several different companies (recent examples include FOX Networks Group, Sumol + Compal and EDP). Stream students have automatic and priority access to Marketing Field Labs. 

This Stream prepares students for positions in the Marketing Field both in-Agency and Client-side (manufacturing, service provider, or retailer).
 

The Stream in Luxury Management
Directed by Professor Catherine da Silveira, the Stream in Luxury Management trains students in the Luxury, Fashion, and Premium fields while they complete the Master’s in Management. It is designed for students who aspire:

1) to leverage their creative skills;
2) to explore different business models;
3) to a deeper and consistent learning experience on the luxury, premium and fashion areas.

The Stream offers a deep dive into these specific sectors with a focus on marketing strategy, branding, and retailing, through a fixed study plan associated with a prearranged final work project. 

The study plan includes courses such as Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, Luxury and Fashion Marketing, and the Luxury Seminar exclusive for the Stream’ students and taught by luxury and fashion international executives and experts.  

Students develop their work project under the supervision of one of the experts involved in the Luxury Seminar together with the Stream’s coordinator, Prof. Catherine da Silveira.

Example of topics for the work project:
What is the future of luxury in China?
What would be a Portuguese business model of luxury?
How should luxury brands address the challenges of environmental and social responsibility? 

 

* Please note that for the academic year of 2019/2020 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Applied Corporate Finance  
  • Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Social Entrepreneurship
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Brand Management 
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Business Models for Sustainability
  • Business Strategy and Practice
  • Competition Policy
  • Computational thinking and Data Science
  • Consumer and Managerial Decision Making
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Continuous, Adaptive, Data-driven systems 
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Strategy and Transformation
  • Creating and Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures (UNL course)
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Data Curation 
  • Data Visualization
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation
  • Doing Business in China
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • E-Business
  • E-Commerce
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Health and Health Care
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Futures and Options
  • Geoeconomics and International Relations
  • Global Business Challenges
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation and Value Creation Wheel
  • Innovation Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • International Business
  • International Marketing Strategy
  • International Taxation
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Luxury and Fashion Marketing
  • Luxury Seminar
  • Machine Learning   
  • Macro for Managers
  • Management Control Systems
  • Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Management Seminar
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Methods for Applied Business Problems
  • Microfinance
  • Modeling Business Decisions
  • Models and Decision-Making 
  • Negotiation
  • Open Innovation
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Performance and Progress
  • Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Positive Organizations
  • Private Equity
  • Product Design and Development
  • Project Management
  • Sales & Retailing
  • Service Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Special Project L'Oreal Brandstorm
  • Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Sustainable International Business
  • Talent Development
  • Technology Strategy
  • Tools for Applied Policy Analysis: Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Venture Simulation
  • Web Analytics

* Please note that for the academic year of 2019/2020 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Quantitative skills

Learning to analyze data.
 

  • Ethics

Thinking about ethical challenges.
 

  • Corporate links/internationalization

Building knowledge about business environment and international careers.
 

  • Communication and creativity

Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills.

 

* Please note that for the academic year of 2019/2020 this information may be subject to changes.

What’s at the finish line?

The Work Project

Students must complete a Master’s Work Project, which is equivalent to a Master's Thesis. You can choose one of the following to finish your studies with flying colors.

Directed Research
An original piece of work on a topic proposed and supervised by a professor. This may also take the form of a case study.

Field Lab
A group project developed in collaboration with a public or private institution and under supervision by a professor.

Internship
An internship where students develop a project in a problem-solving format for a company, in response to a predefined question/problem raised by the host organization and under the supervision of a Nova SBE Professor. Students may apply for internships offered by Nova SBE or obtain one directly from a company through their own contacts.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), a grading scale developed to better understand and compare grades given, according to different national systems. 

We did the math for you and the awarding of ECTS grades breaks down as follows:

30 ECTS
in Mandatory Courses including the Mastering Your Career Activities
(Bridging courses not included)

28 ECTS
in Elective Courses (minimum)

2 ECTS
in Professional Development Modules

30 ECTS
in the Work Project

90 ECTS Total do graduate

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master’s, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master’s by one semester with courses (28 ECTS) and modules (2 ECTS).