Master's Programs

International Master's in Finance

The Program

International Master's in Finance at Nova SBE

The International Master’s in Finance is directed to Bachelor's students who want to have an international career after their Master’s program and ambition a fast career progression in the financial area.

It is a highly selective 3- Semester Master’s Program that provides students with the tools, concepts, and training to succeed in an international context:

  • In Year 1 (first and second semester), students follow the Master’s in Finance Curriculum and benefit from an exclusive and personalized support from a dedicated Nova SBE Career team to prepare their career abroad. Exclusive language Courses in Portuguese and Spanish are also offered.
  • In Year 2 (third Semester), students complete their Master’s Thesis by developing a consulting project (Field Lab) with an international scope.

The International Master’s in Finance includes a compulsory internationalization requirement that can be completed either through an international internship* or through a study abroad experience during the Master's program**.

*International Internship: ​10-week international internship outside of Portugal & outside country of origin. To be completed after end of Bachelor until end of Master'S. Students may carry out their 10-week internship as follows: 8 weeks at company + 2 weeks off for production of report or through accumulation of 2 or more 4-week international internships.

** Study abroad experience can be completed through the following options: CEMS MIM Exchange Semester (for students simultaneously enrolled in the CEMS MIM Program); Partner School Master’s (for students simultaneously enrolled in one of the Double Degree Programs); Exchange Semester, during the IMF program, outside Portugal and outside the country where the Bachelor’s degree was obtained.

Candidates Profile

The International Master’s in Finance (IMF) is designed for bachelor’s students who want to have an international career after their master’s program and ambition a fast career progression in the financial area.

It is a highly selective Master’s Program that provides students with the tools, concepts, and training to succeed in an international context:

In Year 1 (first and second semester), students follow the Master’s in Finance Curriculum and benefit from an exclusive and personalized support from a dedicated Nova SBE Career team to prepare their career abroad.

In Year 2 (third Semester), students complete their Master’s Thesis by developing a Work Project with an international scope.

The International Master’s in Finance (IMF) is an exclusive 3* Semester Master’s in Finance:

Year 1:

  • Master’s in Finance Curriculum
  • Exclusive language Course**
  • Exclusive Career accelerating Program provided by a dedicated team from the Nova SBE Career Office

Year 2:

  • Students must carry out a work project (thesis) in their final semester. Check the formats available below.
    Please note: students pursuing the CEMS MIM, a Double Degree or a stream are required to complete the Work Project within the format and offer of those programs.

* An additional semester may be required in case of International Exchange Semester

**Nova SBE provides exclusive courses to International Master’s in Finance (IMF)’ students in Portuguese and in Spanish. These are intensive courses, taking place twice per week, with mandatory attendance.

Candidates’ fluency in several languages is very much valued by multinational companies. Therefore, we expect the International Master’s in Finance’ (IMF) students to reach the following language levels upon graduation:

  • Language 1: English C1
  • Language 2: B1 or Mother Tongue
  • Language 3: B1 if English is not mother tongue.

To reach these objectives, applicants must meet the following requisites at application:

  • Language 1: English C1
  • Language 2: Any language B1 or Mother Tongue
  • Language 3:  if English is not mother tongue, min A1 level in any language (A2 level is recommended but not a requirement nor a criteria for admission)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Methods for Finance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investments

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

Banking

Recommended for students looking to pursue a career in central banks and regulatory bodies, or in retail banking or in the consulting and auditing of financial institutions.

  • Asset Management
  • Banking
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Islamic Finance
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management

 

Corporate Finance

Designed to help students build up the required analytical and practical tools to pursue a career in Investment banking. Retail banking, private equity, and venture capital or consulting and auditing.

  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Auditing
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Impact Investments
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Strategic Costing
  • Strategic Planning and Control

 

Business and Data Analytics

The Data and Business Analytics area of expertise is designed for students who understand business problems and want to use technology to solve them. A strong background in mathematics and applied statistics is required so that students will be able to analyze large data sets and translate them to support data grounded strategic decisions.

  • Algorithmic Governance
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Computational Thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics)
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Data Curation
  • Data Visualization
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Machine Learning  
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Network Analytics
  • Numerical Methods for Economics and Finance
  • Web and Cloud Computing

 

Financial Markets

Aims to provide in-depth knowledge for all students seeking a career in Investment banking, Investment management, or portfolio risk management.

  • Asset Management
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Energy Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Islamic Finance
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Nova Students Portfolio
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Seminar on Current Economic and Financial Issues
  • Sustainable Finance

 

*Please take note of the following:
— Students can qualify for only one area of expertise, but it is not mandatory for students to choose one. 
— Areas of Expertise and respective courses might be subject to change from one academic year to the next. 
— Some courses might not be offered every academic year. 
— Students may attend elective courses from other master’s programs, subject to availability.
— Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Algorithmic Governance
  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Asset Management
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Computational Thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics) 
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Data Curation 
  • Data Visualization
  • Derivatives
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Energy Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Financial Crises in History
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring 
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Impact Investments
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Islamic Finance
  • Machine Learning   
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Microeconometrics
  • Network Analytics
  • Numerical Methods for Economics and Finance
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Seminar on Current Economic and Financial Issues
  • Sovereign Advisory
  • Strategic Costing
  • Strategic Planning and Control
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Web and Cloud Computing

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Quantitative skills

Learning to analyze data.
 

  • Ethics

Thinking about ethical challenges.
 

  • Corporate links/internationalization

Building knowledge about the business environment and international careers.
 

  • Communication and creativity

Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills.

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

Before you cross the finish line

The Work Project

As part of the degree requirement, students must carry out a work project (thesis) in their final semester. There are three formats available:

Field Lab

Students are encouraged to address a real business challenge with an international scope in a group setting.

Directed Research Internship

Students carry out a work project within the context of an internship in a company setting relevant to the course of study.

Directed Research*

Students showcase their knowledge and expertise by investigating a research problem of scientific nature in a relevant area of interest.

* This format is generally reserved for those intending on pursuing their studies

Please notestudents pursuing the CEMS MIM, a Double Degree or a stream are required to complete the Work Project within the format and offer of those programs.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) a grading scale developed to facilitate the understanding and comparison of grades given according to different national systems. 

We did the math for you, and the awarding of ECTS grades per curriculum component breaks down as follows:

23 ECTS
in Mandatory Courses including the Mastering Your Career Activities
(Bridging courses not included)

35 ECTS
in Elective Courses (minimum)

2 ECTS
in Professional Development Modules

0 ECTS
MS Excel Certification

30 ECTS
in the Work Project
 

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master’s, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master’s by one semester with courses (28 ECTS) and modules (2 ECTS).

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Attend one of our many Master’s Talks and learn all about this program, its Academic Director, the teams that can help you journey your way to Nova SBE, and clarify any doubts you may have.