CATÓLICA-LISBON School of Business & Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal)

CATÓLICA-LISBON School of Business & Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal)

CATÓLICA-LISBON School of Business & Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal) is a leading management and economics school in Portugal. CATÓLICA-LISBON was founded in 1989 following the restructuring and reorganisation of the courses and departments that were then part of the Faculty of Human Sciences. The School is very active in both education and research, and is nationally and internationally recognised as one of the finest schools of management and economics in Portugal. The school offers undergraduate programs in business and economics, an MBA program, M.Sc. programs in economics and health care management, and a portfolio of about 70 programs in executive education. CATÓLICA-LISBON faculty members are also deeply involved in research activities. CATÓLICA-LISBON has been evaluated by the European Economic Association as the leading Portuguese institution in terms of publications per faculty member.



CATÓLICA-LISBON is a member of the elite group of business schools holding the coveted Triple Crown status -  accreditations of AACSB; EQUIS and the Association of MBAs.

CATÓLICA-LISBON  is the only Portuguese Business School in the Financial Times ranking, figuring in both the Top European Business Schools ranking and the ranking for Executive Education providers worldwide. In 2008 CATÓLICA-LISBON was ranked 47th in the Top European Business School ranking. In 2009 FCEE-Católica was ranked 17th in Europe and 37th in the World for Executive Education Providers ranking. The only market-based ranking of undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Economics available in Portugal, developed by the business magazine Fortuna, consistently puts CATÓLICA-LISBON at the top in the subject area of Business and among the top two in the subject area of Economics.


Degrees and Programs

The school currently offers three types of programs: pre-experience and post-experience degree granting programs and executive education programs.


Pre-experience Programs

The school was a pioneer in Portugal in its application of the Bologna guidelines to its degree structure. Previous "Licenciaturas" (4-years degrees in Economics and in Business) were reconverted into a 3 year undergraduate degree and a subsequent pre-experience MSc degree lasting 3 or 4 semesters.


Post-experience Degree-granting Programs

The school offers 3 post-experience programs: a joint MBA program together with FE-UNLisboa; a joint PhD program in Entrepreneurship and Technology Change and Entrepreneurship together with IST-UTLisboa and Carnegie-Mellon University; and the Masters in Finance (MIF) program.


Executive Education

In the early nineties, CATÓLICA-LISBON was the first Portuguese business school to take a comprehensive and professional approach to executive education. Today the school offers a wide range of both open-enrolment and in-company programs, which are attended by almost two thousand participants per year.