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Master of Science in Economics

CatĂłlica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE)

  • Location Lisbon, Portugal
  • Degree Type MSc
  • Start Date Request info
  • Duration 2 years
  • Application Deadline Request info
  • Language English
  • Attendance On Campus
  • Dedication Full-time
  • Pace Instructor-paced
  • Tuition fees Request info

Program description

The program follows rigorous international standards. Classes are small, taught by internationally recognized professors and industry experts, and focused on advanced economic knowledge and applied techniques.

You will need to take the mandatory courses, as well as a specialization of your choice. We offer three applied specializations (Macroeconomic Policy, Applied Economics, and Finance and Banking) and one more theoretical specialization (Economic Theory). You will also have the opportunity to pursue our MSc in Economics with no specialization. This option is ideal for students who want to create their own path.

At the same time, you will be prepared for the workplace with Career Accelerator Lab activities and internship opportunities. Finally, you will work on your thesis project and be ready to launch your professional career. The program offers opportunities for an immersion in top economic institutions, in either internships or thesis development.

The program usually lasts three semesters, with the first two devoted to coursework (60 ECTS) and the third to the development of a master thesis (30 ECTS). For students wishing to do an internship or an exchange semester, they should do so in their third semester, and spend a fourth semester on their thesis.

The MSc in Economics also gives you also the opportunity to pursue a Double Degree or a Joint Degree at a top international school, or an exchange semester.

Admissions requirements

  • Ideally candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Economics, including mathematical and statistical training, as well as intermediate microeconomics.
  • Outstanding candidates from other quantitative areas will also be considered, but may be asked to do some background study before joining the program (for the major in Finance and Banking only candidates with an Economics background will be considered).

Program Structure

1st Semester and 2nd Semester

Foundation Courses

All students must complete the following courses:

  • Microeconomics
  • Imperfect Markets
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Ethics in Economics

No Specialization

This option allows you to build your own path. You can choose among the following courses:

  • Economic Analysis of Social Policies
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Game Theory
  • Information and Uncertainty
  • Economic Growth
  • Development Economics

Specialization in Applied Economics

This specialization enables you to tackle current economic issues using data. It includes the following courses:

  • Microeconometrics
  • Economic Analysis of Social Policies
  • Development Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Labor Economics

Specialization in Economic Theory

The major gives you a general overview of economics, which is ideal if you want to pursue an academic career. It includes the following courses:

  • Economic Growth
  • Game Theory
  • Information and Uncertainty
  • International Money and Finance

Specialization in Macroeconomic Policy

This specialization prepares you to work in central banks or governmental and private agencies, and includes the following courses:

  • Economic Growth
  • Macroeconomic policy
  • Economic Globalization
  • International Money and Finance
  • Macrodynamics

Specialization in Finance and Banking

This specialization focuses on financial markets and prepares you to work in the financial sector. It includes the following courses:

  • Data Science for Finance
  • Financial Investments
  • Banking and Finance
  • Empirical Finance

Thesis semester

Thesis Project

After completing your coursework, you will need to write a master thesis. The thesis is the culmination of your master program, where you apply the knowledge you have acquired to an individual project.

Careers: Immersion in the Corporate World

From day one, CATĂ“LICA-LISBON supports you throughout your academic journey, preparing you for the challenges of the job market by providing you with the skills to open the path to a successful professional career.

In the MSc in Economics, we have consistently placed our students in leading institutions in Economics (such as the European Central Bank, Regulation Agencies, McKinsey & Company, Bank of Portugal) as well as top PhD programs (such as Northwestern, London School of Economics, MIT, Chicago, Berkeley).


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