Accreditations and Rankings

Nova SBE was the first Portuguese institution to be distinguished with international accreditations in the area of the Management education, obtaining the EQUIS and AMBA accreditations in 2004 and 2005 respectively. The third accreditation was granted in 2009, allowing the School to complete the so-called “Triple Crown”, the renowned International Management Schools’ accreditation.

Among the 15,000 business schools worldwide only about 500 are accredited by AACSB. Among those, less than 80 are distinguished by the “Triple Crown”. Only 10 of those are members of the CEMS’ selective network constituted by 30 Schools from 30 different countries, each one being chosen as the top School in their country. This network offers the unique pre-experience Masters in International Management present in four different continents. In Portugal, this program is exclusively offered by Nova SBE.


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    EQUIS is a European accreditation institution, leader in the Management area. This organization evaluates Management and Business Administration Schools’ teaching quality and improvement.
    Nova SBE was first accredited by EQUIS in June 2004, and re-accredited in 2007 and 2010 for three year periods. In June 2013, Nova SBE was re-accredited for the maximum period of five years. It was the first time a Portuguese school received this extended accreditation.

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    The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education, established in 1967 by a small group of business graduates with the aim to raise the profile of business education and the MBA qualification in UK and Europe.

    Today, AMBA is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes, with currently accredit programmes at over 200 business schools in more than 70 different countries.

    In 2015, The Lisbon MBA was reaccredited by AMBA for the maximum period of five years.

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    AACSB – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the oldest quality assurance body in management education. It focuses on the overall quality of the different Programs in the areas of Economics and Business Administration. This accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools.

    In 2009 Nova SBE was accredited by this US organization and, in 2015, AACSB International has renewed for another five years Nova SBE’s accreditation. The extension given to Nova SBE sends a clear message to all its stakeholders: the entire organization has made a long-term commitment to providing the best in management education.

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Nova SBE is listed in the main international rankings as the one of the fast-growing and more visible European Business Schools.

Rankings are an essential tool for the international visibility of the Portuguese market, schools and their academic value or reputation in the job market. Rankings are also very useful for international placement of students.

Business School
(2017 results)

25th in Europe

Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) was ranked as the 25th best European business school, according to the Financial Times ranking that ranks over 90 European business schools.

The Lisbon MBA International
(2017 results)

85th worldwide

Nova SBE offers the Lisbon MBA in partnership with Universidade Católica de Lisboa. The full-time program has ranked in the Global MBA ranking since its first application.

International Masters in Finance
(2017 results)

19th worldwide

For the 7th year in a row, Nova SBE's Masters in Finance is in the Top 20 of the best International Masters in the world, according to the Financial Times ranking.

International Masters in Management
(2017 results)

17th worldwide

Nova SBE has been making its way to compete with the best European business schools, managing to achieve the 16th position with the Masters in Management.

CEMS Masters in International Management
(2017 results)

17th worldwide

As the chosen Portuguese school in the CEMS network, Nova SBE offers the CEMS MIM, a Masters program that has consistently been in the Financial Times Masters rankings top positions.

Universal Business School

Nova SBE was the only Portuguese business school receiving the prestigious 5 Palmes of academic excellence in an exclusive group of 100 international schools.

The 5 Palmes are awarded to institutions with a recognized global influence. Nova SBE was also chosen by 1000 Deans throughout the world as the best Portuguese business school.

The EDUNIVERSAL ranking for best business school is the result of the recommendations from deans of 1000 business schools worldwide.

Masters in Economics 1st in Portugal | 4th in Europe
Masters in Finance 1st in Portugal | 10th in Europe
Masters in Management 1st in Portugal | 16th in Europe
Masters in International Management (CEMS MIM) 1st in Portugal | 19th in Europe
The Lisbon MBA International 1st in Portugal | 19th in Europe
The Lisbon MBA Part-time 1st in Portugal | 29th in Europe
Masters Specializations
Accounting and Financial Reporting 1st in Portugal | 8th in Europe
Human Resources Management 1st in Portugal | 6th in Europe
Marketing 1st in Portugal | 11th in Europe
Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1st in Portugal | 12th worldwide
Financial Markets 1st in Portugal | 8th in Europe|19th worldwide


These recognitions represent Nova SBE's commitment to academic and educational excellence and its increasing prestige on a global scale.

With the rising internationalization and reputation of its programs, the School is on the path to take a place among the top, in the years to come.