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 recognized 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
(2016 results)

23rd in Europe

Unlike the other rankings produced by the FT, this European edition ranks business schools rather than their programmes. The tables are based on the indexed scores achieved by schools taking part in the 2016 FT MBA, executive MBA, masters in management, and open and custom executive education rankings.

The Lisbon MBA International
(2017 results)

Top 20 in Europe

Nova SBE offers the Lisbon MBA in partnership with Universidade CatĂłlica de Lisboa and in collaboration with the Sloan School at MIT. The full-time program has ranked in the Global MBA ranking since its first application.

Executive Education
(2016 results)

10th worldwide in International Location

Nova SBE's open enrolment programs ranked 63rd globally (29th in Europe) in the FT rankings and its customized programs 63rd worldwide (29th in Europe). Nova SBE Executive Education classified 10th worldwide in International Location.

International Masters in Finance
(2016 results)

14th worldwide

2nd worldwide Investments
2nd worldwide Corporate Finance

For the 6th year in a row, Nova SBE is the only Portuguese school present in this ranking, consolidating its presence among the Top 15 in the World.

International Masters in Management
(2016 results)

17th worldwide

10th worldwide General Management

The Masters in Management entered the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking in 2010 - it was the first masters program of a Portuguese school to be included in this prestigious ranking.
Since then, and with the CEMS MIM, Nova SBE has consistently ranked two of its Masters in Management programs among the top in the world.

CEMS Masters in International Management
(2015 results)

4th 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

Eduniversal attributes to Nova SBE the 5 Palmes distinction, confirming its category of “Universal Business School”, among the top 100 Business Schools in the world. It is the only Portuguese Business School in this top category.

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 | 19rd 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 | 9th in Europe|12th worldwide
Financial Markets 1st in Portugal | 8th in Europe|19th worlwide
Supply Chain & Logistics 1st in Portugal | 1st in Europe | 3rd worldwide
Sustainable Development and Environmental Mngt 1st in Portugal | 2nd Europe |5th worldwide

The results obtained by Nova SBE in the various rankings confirm that the School is on the right track and are a recognition of the quality and effort of Nova SBE: of its faculty, staff and students.

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.