Double Degree programs for masters students
At Nova SBE, students have the opportunity to take part in “double-degree” programs with one of our top partner institutions. This suits especially students who want to further their career by obtaining a masters degree from two top institutions as well as students who would like to gain deep international learning experience during their Masters program.
A double degree is an approved combined study program leading to two degrees from two universities. After successful completion of all the program requirements from both universities, a student receives a masters degree from NOVA together with a masters degree from the partner university.
Nova SBE is very selective in the choice of partner universities, adding only high profile, research oriented universities to its list. All of our partners are the leading institutions in their country in the economics and/or business field, and offer great academic opportunities that represent additional benefits for students.
What are the benefits for students?
An increasing number of universities worldwide see the advantages of Double Degree programs and are working to develop more international agreements of this type.
Recently the renowned American magazine Newsweek published an article confirming the growing importance of double degree programs, where students, professors and recruiters share the opinion that double degree programs will benefit students in providing a broad education, increasing skills and career opportunities.
According to an article in the Financial Times Business Education’s Master in Management 2009 report, double degree programs, where participants spend time in two institutions in different countries and are awarded degrees from both institutions, are a very efficient way of gaining international exposure, and gain the desired broad exposure in order to better qualify for the job market.
Due to different national restrictions and differences between universities each double degree program looks different, but usually involves an equal amount of study-time at each university. Credits obtained at both universities within the program will be mutually acknowledged, resulting in a shortening of the required study time compared to acquiring both degrees separately.
Moreover, Nova SBE students pay tuition fees only at Nova SBE, which are very often considerably lower than at the partner institutions.
In today’s international labor market, the international exposure will be highly valued and graduates with degrees obtained in two different countries will be one step ahead of the competition. Besides the life skills, the advantages of a double degree include:
- Obtain two Master of Science degrees with minimal study delay
- Experience the “best of both worlds” – each university adds its specialty to the program and thus complements the partner university
- Experience a different culture, business environment and learning approach
- Gain greater perspective in addressing international issues
- Undergo a diverse learning experience through a more international classroom
- Take part in an internship (this is a feature of some double-degree, not all)
- Only pay tuition fees at NOVA SBE.
Who can apply?
The selection criteria for these programs are very specific. You should submit your application for these programs when you register in the Masters program, allowing to plan the course schedule according to the academic requirements of Nova SBE and the partner school of your choice.
Once a student of Nova SBE enters a double-degree program, this student becomes also a student of the partner institution. Therefore, the application for the double-degree has to be approved not only by Nova SBE, but also confirmed by the partner institution. Early application allows for quickly solving this issue.
Please be aware that these programs are demanding and more challenging than if you were to pursue a single Masters degree at Nova SBE. This means that only the students with the strongest academic record and the highest levels of ambition and motivation will be selected.
Current Double Degrees
EAESP-FGV (São Paulo, Brasil)
Founded in 1954, the EAESP-FGV is one of the most prestigious Business Schools in Latin America, the first to get the Triple Crown accreditation in that continent. EAESP-FGV is one of the nine schools worldwide, together with Nova SBE, to be triple-crowned and to simultaneously belong to the CEMS global alliance for management education that offers the CEMS MIM program, number 3 in the FT ranking.
Constantly innovative in its programs, EAESP is located in São Paulo, the leading Brazilian sophisticated and extremely competitive center that boosts an economy that is growing at an amazing rate of 7% per year.
The Double Degree Program with EAESP-FGV is offered in the area of Management and can be completed in two years. Classes are in English, both in Lisbon and in São Paulo. After acceptance, all the documents regarding the validation of the students’ undergraduate diploma must be provided to EAESP, so that the Brazilian legal requirement of recognition of that diploma may be satisfied in order to issue the MSc degree. The planning of the first year courses and credits at Nova SBE is crucial for the success of the double-degree.
Additional information regarding the structure of this Double-Degree can be obtained from the Masters Coordination Office (MCO).
INSPER (São Paulo, Brasil)
INSPER is a recent, high-profile, non-profit educational institution in the area of Business and Economics. Since its launch in São Paulo in 1987, the programs offered by the School have combined academic excellence with a pragmatic vision and are among the most highly regarded in the market, based on national and international rankings.
Internationally accredited and highly ranked by the FT due to its Executive Education programs, INSPER focuses on research and in an integrated educational model through a culture of learning that makes students the protagonists in their learning experience, demanding their intense dedication and participation. Located in São Paulo, the highly competitive and sophisticated Brazilian megalopolis and also its main business center, the INSPER has quickly become a well-known center for its excellence in its areas of expertise.
The double-degree with INSPER can be obtained in the areas of Management, in Economics and in Finance, by studying the first year at Nova SBE and the second year in São Paulo. After acceptance at the Double-Degree, right after registration at the Masters Program, students must provide the required documents to validate their undergraduate Diploma, according to Brazilian law. Students will go to Brazil in the second year with that process already solved.
• Nova SBE students in the Masters in Management will be given a double-degree by INSPER in Administração.
• Students in the Masters in Economics will be given a double-degree by INSPER in Economics with a major in Applied Macroeconomics.
• Students in the Masters in Finance will be given a double-degree by INSPER in Economics with major in Applied Finance.
LUISS (Rome, Italy)
LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome, in one of its most charming neighborhoods. The University aims to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the development and transmission of scientific, technological, and classical knowledge and understanding. It is committed to promoting and organizing research activities, educating both culturally and professionally, and contributing with the transfer of innovation.
Recognized for academic excellence, LUISS Guido Carli is a dynamic university with highly selective admissions. It has trained world-class leaders sensitive to the values of market culture and to the rules of a modern democracy, and has made important academic contributions in the fields of economics, law and political science.
Since the academic year 2010-2011, Nova SBE has been offering 3 paths of double degrees in partnership with LUISS. Students enrolled in the first year of the Masters Degrees in Management, Economics or Finance, will have the opportunity to participate.
Participating students will be selected during their first year course and will have the possibility to attend courses and respective exams both at LUISS and Nova SBE, obtaining a final double Italian and Portuguese Degree. Courses will be held in English in the two universities and will be patterned as follows:
• Nova SBE students in the Masters in Management will be given a double-degree by LUISS inGeneral Management.
• Students in the Masters in Economics will be given a double-degree by LUISS in Economia e Finanza with a major in Financial Economics.
• Students in the Masters in Finance will be given a double-degree by LUISS in Economia e Finanza with major in Financial Economics
Warsaw School of Economics (Warsaw, Poland)
It is the oldest and the most renowned economic university in Poland. It was founded in 1906 as a private school and was nationalized after World War II. Today, the Warsaw School of Economics offers courses leading to Bachelor or Masters degrees to both full-time and extramural students. It also offers doctoral and Postgraduate Programs. Its Finance and Accounting program was ranked in Top 40 European Masters in Management by the Financial Times, in 2008.
Warsaw School of Economics cooperates with around 200 higher education institutions around the world within student and staff exchange areas. It is partner of Nova SBE at the CEMS network, offering as well the MIM program, consistently ranked by the FT as one of the Top 3 pre-experience Masters in Management worldwide.
The double-degree with WSE can be obtained in the area of Management. The selection process happens in the first semester of the Masters program. Joint selection interviews by both Nova SBE and WSE are encouraged. Therefore, the selection process for this double-degree has to be carefully planned. For that reason, early application is required.
The Masters Thesis will be supervised by one supervisor. Students will choose one supervisor from either institution; the reviewer will be selected from the partner institution respectively. The language of the Masters Thesis and courses is always English. Again, Nova SBE students must plan carefully their courses in the first year, allowing for the credits equivalence that will allow them to complete the double-degree in two years. More information is available from the Masters Coordination Office.
Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. Maastricht is our oldest and best succeeded partner in that country. Also triple-crowned (with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation as Nova SBE), Maastricht University has 13,100 students and 3,500 staff, offering a wide choice of academic programs, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students.
With unique Europe-focused and international-oriented programs, UM can easily call itself the most international university in the Netherlands. Around 44% of their students and 30% of their teaching staff come from abroad. Most of their programs are taught in English and European and international themes are deeply rooted in research and education. That creates an international atmosphere that's attractive to Dutch as well as international students and employees.
The focus on research is another important strength of MU. Researchers at UM work in multidisciplinary teams and in close cooperation with international institutes, business and industry. Their high-quality researchers have attracted international attention by taking the lead in several large European research projects.
In the 2012/2013 academic year the Double Degree is available for the Masters in Management.
In the future, the agreement will be extended to the Masters in Economics and the Masters in Finance.
University of Louvain
The University of Louvain is an old exchange partner of Nova SBE. The Louvain School of Management is a recently restructured institution that brings together four partners:
• LSM-Brussels (Department of Management Sciences, FUSL-Saint Louis)
• LSM-Louvain-la-Neuve (Institut d’Administration et de Gestion of the UCL)
• LSM-Mons (Department of Management Sciences, FUCaM)
• LSM-Namur (Department of Management Sciences, FUNDP)
Located just a few kilometers from the capital of Europe, our four partners offer high-level teaching based on advanced research. Its 200 professors and over 100 researchers have close ties to companies, which are seen as their preferred partners.
The Louvain School of Management has 1200 students in its Masters and executive education programs. In addition, 2700 students are registered in our Bachelors programs at the various sites and can join our Masters program should they decide to.
Just as Nova SBE, the LSM is a member of the CEMS (Alliance of Management Schools) through its partner UCL at Louvain-la-Neuve (formerly IAG). The UCL partner at Louvain-la-Neuve has been Equis accredited. Together, the four partners provide a global network of partnerships with over 130 foreign universities on five continents and a network of more than 100 corporate partners very active in placing graduates in the heart of European’s job market.