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Eligibility criteria

  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • Candidates from Bachelor’s programs with knowledge in mathematics and programming (at an entry-level of a 1st cycle program), i.e. science, technology/computer science, engineering, economics, finance, or management. For those with limited programming skills, it will be mandatory to attend the Python/Coding for the Business bridging course in August
  • Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be admitted
  • This program is pre-experience, and it is aimed at candidates with less than two years’ professional experience who are younger than 26 years old. However, we will consider older applicants who present a similar pre-experience profile.
  • Nova SBE's official language is English. No knowledge of Portuguese is necessary for your life on campus. However, we strongly recommend students to possess the B2 (Upper Intermediate) English language competency prior to commencing their studies.
  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • Candidates from Bachelor’s programs with a strong quantitative background, i.e. Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, Data Analytics
  • ​Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be admitted
  • This program is pre-experience and we would prefer to receive applications from candidates with less than two years’ professional experience and who are younger than 26 years . However, we are certainly willing to consider older applicants who present a similar pre-experience profile. To know if you are eligible to apply, please contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office
  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • Candidates with a strong quantitative background. However, if you have limited quantitative skills you may need to complete bridging courses in August
  • Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be admitted
  • This program is pre-experience and we would prefer to receive applications from candidates who are younger than 26 years old. However, we will consider older applicants who present a similar pre-experience profile.
  • Nova SBE's official language is English. No knowledge of Portuguese is necessary for your life on campus. However, we strongly recommend students to possess the B2 (Upper Intermediate) English language competency prior to commencing their studies
  • Please check the specific language requirements for the International Master's in Finance on the "International Programs" page
  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • The program requires background knowledge in mathematics at the level of a 1st cycle in Economics or Management. Candidates must have a Bachelors degreed (or equivalent) in the scientific areas of Science, Technology/Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, Finance or Management or other scientific areas For those with limited quantitative skills, it will be mandatory to attend to the bridging course in August.
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of English language proficiency at level B2. No knowledge of Portuguese is required.
  • For this program we will receive applications from pre-experience profiles, with an average of two years of professional activity, and also young practitioners willing to enrich their knowledge on international development and public policy (age equal or below 35 years old recommended. If older please contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Team to leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt).
  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • Prospects keen on learning the questions behind public policies that can come from different backgrounds: from management and economics, passing through international relations or other social sciences, till engineering or other analytical degrees. However, if you have limited quantitative skills you may need to complete bridging courses in August.
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of English language proficiency at level B2. No knowledge of Portuguese is required.
  • For this program we will receive applications from pre-experience profiles, with an average of two years of professional activity, and also young practitioners willing to enrich their knowledge on international development and public policy (age equal or below 35 years old recommended. If older please contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Team to leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt).
  • Nova SBE reserves the right to admit only applicants from accredited and/or recognized schools in their home countries
  • Candidates from any Bachelor’s program. However, if you have limited quantitative skills you may need to complete bridging courses in August
  • Professional experience is NOT a requirement to be admitted
  • This program is pre-experience and we would prefer to receive applications from candidates who are younger than 26 years old. However, we will consider older applicants who present a similar pre-experience profile
  • Nova SBE's official language is English. No knowledge of Portuguese is necessary for your life on campus. However, we strongly recommend students to possess the B2 (Upper Intermediate) English language competency prior to commencing their studies.
  • Please check the specific language requirements for the International Master's in Management on the "International Programs" page

Don’t miss the Spring intake admission competition!

The  Spring intake applications for the Master’s in Management are open from September 27 until November 5, 2021.

For more information, please contact us by emailing leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt or calling +351 213 801 699.

Now, let’s take it step by step

Applications are open from September 27 until November 5, 2021, at 11.59 pm (Greenwich Mean Time – GMT), to start the Master's in Management by late January 2022. 

Candidates will receive an answer via email within a maximum of seven weeks, starting from their application's submission. The candidates can only submit one application per intake. 

Confirmation of enrollment will be subject to the presentation of an official graduation certificate within the first month of classes.

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

The Double Degree and CEMS MIM applications are only available on the Fall Intake competition.

For more information and to receive notifications on the matter, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office via leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt or +351 213 801 699.

Click here to submit your application. 

  • Portrait/ID photo
  • Copy of ID card
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • Grade transcript with full course list and grades in English
  • One-page essay (in English)
  • Motivational Letter (in English) - only for Double Degree applicants
  • Double Degree application form - only for Double Degree applicants
  • Household Tax Return Transcript (in English) – only for Means-tested scholarship and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship candidates
  • Are you a social innovator? Video – compulsory for the Master’s in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • English certificate with a minimum level of B2* – recommended 
  • Application fee payment receipt (non-refundable fee of 51€ for all applicants) 
  • Any other documents in English that you think may enrich your application, such as a reference letter, language certificates* and/or GMAT/GRE

If the diploma is not in Portuguese/English, applicants 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
  • The certified translation of the Diploma/Certificate

Confirmation of enrollment will be subject to the presentation of an official graduation certificate within the first month of classes.

You can only apply once within the several application rounds.

*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. Click here to find more information.

Step One — Online application
The admissions process starts upon submission of the online application along with the relevant documents.
Confirmation of enrolment will be subject to  the presentation of an official graduation certificate within the first month of classes.

One-page Application Essay is required to all applicants - Application 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, why you are looking to pursue a Master’s at Nova SBE and what you will bring to our community. Essays are a vital part of your application, and we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation. They must be specific to the current application and personal statements will not be accepted in lieu of the essays.

"Are you a social innovator?" video - guidelines (compulsory to Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation applicants):
This master offers the unique opportunity to develop your own social venture throughout your time at Nova SBE. For this reason, it is ideal that you apply with a social problem and a potential solution in mind. However, if you do not have a specific idea, that should not stop you from applying!
If you do have a social problem that you deeply care about, you 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 us to understand who you are, what you care about and what potential solutions to social issues you have in mind.

What is this video about?

  • 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.
  • Brief explanation of the grand challenge / societal issue that you care about and wish to tackle.
  • 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, it is up to the candidate. (editing skills won't be evaluated)
  • To submit the video and secure your privacy you should upload it on Youtube, unlisted, and then send the link in the application form.

Step Two — Interview
General Admission: Candidates may have to attend a Skype interview with either Alumni or faculty designed to examine the information provided in the application and evaluate the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the program.

Double Degree: Candidates already accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened are invited to an interview in March, April, and May.

CEMS MIM:  Candidates accepted into a Nova SBE Master’s program and successfully pre-screened are invited to an assessment designed to evaluate academic potential, international orientation, and communication skills.

Step Three — Decision

After evaluating the application, the Admissions Committee will make the final decisions based on all the information at its disposal. Selection decisions will be made in phases: end of February, end of March, end of April, end of May and mid-June.

The 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 Student Recruitment and 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 you are 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 she/he 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 you do not receive any communication from the School, you should please send an email or call the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. Admitted candidate who do not confirm their acceptance by the stipulated deadline will lose their place.  

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).

Step Four — Enrolment
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 programs becomes effective after payment of an additional 1500€ non-refundable fee, to be deducted from the total tuition fee.

Admitted students can defer for up to one semester (Master's in Management and International Master's in Management) or year (Master's in Economics, Master's in Finance, International Master's in Finance, Master's in Business Analytics, Master’s in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Master’s in International Development & Public Policy).
They must inform the school until the enrolment fee payment deadline, pay the enrolment fee and each case, in order to be accepted, will be subject to analysis by the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office (requests.admissions@novasbe.pt). Not respecting this deadline or making an unsuccessful request to defer will require submission of a new application.

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

In case of doubts, regarding the application process and other information read the FAQ or contact the Student Recruitment&Admissions Office.