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For Nova SBE’s Master’s Programs check here all applications’ deadlines:



Start Date

End Date

Master’s in Economics



All Master’s - except Economics, IMF and IMM








28/04/2023 *

Double Degrees



Master’s in Management Spring intake




*closes at 11.00pm (Lisbon Time)

The CEMS MIM and Double Degrees applications are only available on the Fall intake.

Applications to the Spring intake are only available for the Master's in Management.



  • It is only allowed one application per intake.
  • Acceptance answers will be given by email within a maximum of eight weeks, starting from application's submission;
  • For correct use of the application platform, during the application period, we recommend the use of Google Chrome browser;
  • It is also recommended to read the online guide to support the application platform, available in the form for the same purpose;
  • Enrolments’ confirmation will be subject to the presentation of an official bachelor’s graduation certificate within the first month of classes.


For more information and enquiries, contact the Admissions Team via or +351 213 801 699.

Click here to start your application.


  • Portrait/ID photo
  • Traced copy of the front and back of the identification document (ID, Citizen's Card, or Passport), with due consent of the holder, for data validation;
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • Academic grade transcript with full course list and grades (mandatory in English)
  • Academic bachelor’s diploma (when available)*
  • One-page essay (in English)
  • English certificate with a minimum level of B2** – highly recommended and not mandatory
  • Any other documents in English that you think may enrich your application, such as a reference letter, language certificates** and/or GMAT/GRE
  • Application fee payment receipt (non-refundable fee of 51€ for all candidates)

* If the diploma is not in Portuguese/English, candidates should attach the diploma supplement or the official transcript of records in English with the entire academic background: degree, final GPA, graduation date.

If the diploma/certificate does not have the above-mentioned elements, applicants must send either the Diploma Supplement or the Official Transcript of records in English OR the certified translation of the diploma/certificate.

**All the language certificates/diplomas should state the level according to the CEFR. Nova SBE does not accept any high school diplomas nor online language certificates other than Linguaskill and TOEFL iBT® Home Edition as proof of language proficiency.


For International Master’s in Finance (IMF) and International Master’s in Management (IMM) candidates:

  • English certificate with a minimum level of C1** - mandatory
  • Second language certificate with a minimum level of A1 (recommended)
  • Motivation video (max. 5 minutes) answering the following two questions: 1) where do you see yourself professionally in 4 years’ time (geography, industry, position) and 2) how your academic and professional journey until now will contribute to reach this goal? (please provide examples of past experiences and learnings)

This video should feature the candidate on camera answering these topics. Any information provided over the time limit will not be considered.

There are two options for submitting the video, guaranteeing your privacy: i) YouTube link (unlisted video) or ii) Vimeo link with a password. The link (and password if available) should be copied to a document and then sent as a pdf attached in the application.

For Master’s in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation candidates:

A video pitching “Why are you a social innovator?”

This master offers the unique opportunity to develop a social venture throughout students’ time at Nova SBE. For this reason, it is ideal that candidates apply with a social problem and a potential solution in mind. However, if candidates do not have a specific idea, that should not stop an application.

If candidates do have a social problem that deeply care about, they might find the time during the master’s to come up with a solution or to simply understand it further.

It is very important for Nova SBE to understand who candidates are, what they care about and what potential solutions to social issues they have in mind.

What is this video about?

1. A pitch to present yourself, your personal and professional experiences (both of successes and failures) and anything you find relevant for us to know. Remember, we can read your CV so tell us something that is not on it.

2. Brief explanation of the grand challenge / societal issue that you care about and wish to tackle.

3. Present your innovative solution to address that issue and which SDG(s), targets, and indicators the idea is contributing to, if you have come that far in the development of the idea.

Even if you do not have a specific idea or project, you should apply anyway. We want to know if you are an agent of change, just give us a hint. Focus more on who you are, what social issues keep you up at night and why solving them is important for a better world.
Duration: 5 minutes (max.). Applications with longer videos will be penalized.
No guidelines for video recording and editing (editing skills won't be evaluated).

There are two options for submitting the video, guaranteeing your privacy: i) YouTube link (unlisted video) or ii) Vimeo link with a password. The link (and password if available) should be copied to a document and then sent as a pdf attached in the application.

For Double Degree candidates:

  • Motivational Letter (in English) for the specific Double Degree candidates are applying to
  • Double Degree application form


For CEMS MIM candidates:

-For some scholarships (namely Nova SBE Social Mobility and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation):

  • Household Tax Return Transcript (in English or Portuguese).


The admissions process starts with an online application submission, with all relevant documents, including essays and motivation videos. It is recommended that applications are submitted on the early stages of the applications period.

Some considerations:

One-page essay is required to all applicants - essays are candidates’ opportunity to tell us more about their motivation and detail interests, values, and ambitions. We will be looking for evidence of extra-curricular activities, examples of leadership and teamwork, reasons to pursue a Master’s at Nova SBE and what you will bring to our community. This essay is a vital part of your application, and we recommend you spend some time in its preparation. It must be specific to the current application and personal statements will not be accepted in lieu of the essays.


Mandatory for the Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation candidates: "Are you a social innovator?" video:

Mandatory for the IMF/IMM candidates: “where do you see yourself professionally in 4 years’ time and how your personal, academic and professional journey until now might contribute to reach this goal?” video

Mandatory for the CEMS MIM candidates: See specific applications requirements

International Applicant/Student: If you are applying from outside of the European Union, please consider that visa processing times can take longer than three months after your first interview with the Consulate. We recommend that you start the visa application process as soon as you receive confirmation of your acceptance at Nova SBE.
Remember that the responsibility for initiating and following the visa application process is entirely yours. Nova SBE does not influence the issuing time to process the visa.


General Admission: Candidates may have to attend an interview with either Alumni or Nova SBE’s Faculty assigned to examine the information provided in the application and evaluate the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the program.

IMF and IMM: Candidates may have to attend an interview with the International Master’s Team to assess the provided information about academic potential and professional international orientation. Early applications for these programs are recommended.

Double Degrees: Candidates already accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened for the Double Degree are invited to an interview in February, March, April, or May. Slots per Double Degree are very limited which means that by April only a limited number of options might be available.

CEMS MIM:  Candidates accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened for the CEMS MIM are invited to an assessment to be scheduled between February and June. Slots in the CEMS MIM program are limited so early applications are recommended.


After evaluating the application, the Admissions Committee will make the final decisions based on all the information at its disposal. 

Admissions Committee is chaired by the Deputy Dean, responsible for Pre-Experience Programs, and includes, among other operational members, the Academic Director of each Master's program, the Executive Director of Pre-Experience Programs, the Director of the Admissions Office, the Director of Institutional Relations and International Development and the Director of the Quality Department.

When assessing applications, the following elements are considered: final classification of the degree (or previous degree held, or classification at the date of submission of the application for the degree attending), school of origin, curriculum vitae, internship or other experiences (national or international), extracurricular and volunteer experiences, GMAT / GRE, language proficiency, letter of motivation / objectives and profile of the candidate for the specific program to which one is applying.

For the ranking of candidates, a generic algorithm is applied, which can be translated by:

FG = [25% final grade of the degree + 20% quality school of origin based on Eduniversal and THE rankings + 5% international experience + 5% national experience + 5% quantitative bachelors courses + 2.5% GMAT / GRE + 2.5% extracurricular activities + 5% proficiency in foreign languages + 30% motivation and profile] / 100

Occasionally, for each program and/or for each application phase, the ranking algorithm may be reviewed.

After a final decision on all candidates, the Admissions Committee will produce a final report with the list of accepted and rejected candidates. 

Decisions are communicated individually to each candidate by email. Candidates are responsible for checking their emails regularly during this process (including spam and the trash folder).

If candidates do not receive any communication from the School, they should send an email or call the Admissions Office. Admitted candidates who do not confirm their acceptance by the stipulated deadline will lose their place. 

If you applied for CEMS or Double Degree you will soon receive feedback directly from that team.

Candidates may request to see the results of their position in Admissions process in strict compliance with EU GDPR No. 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (General Data Protection Regulation).


Accepted candidates will have to pay a 1000€ non-refundable enrolment fee, to be deducted from the total tuition fee.

No exceptions or late payments will be accepted.

Enrolment in the CEMS MIM and Double Degree programs becomes effective after payment of an additional 1500€ non-refundable fee (on top of the 1000€ Master’s enrolment fee), to be deducted from the total tuition fee.


Admitted students to the Master’s in Management can defer for up to one semester. For any other Master’s programs, admitted students can defer for the following academic year.

Accepted students must pay the enrolment fee to secure their place and send an email, until the enrolment second installment fee payment deadline, to (the Admissions Team will analyse the request). Not complying with the deadline, or making an unsuccessful request to defer, will require a new application submission.

The defer may be subject to a re-entry fee.

For any enquiries, contact the Admissions Team to


Applications to all Master's programs are now closed.


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