Besides a commitment and a proactive attitude we also require our candidates to provide the following during the application process:
- Bachelor degree awarded by a University or Higher Education Institute (for Portuguese candidates a minimum grade of 12 is required).
- In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not meet the above requirement may be accepted if they can demonstrate solid professional experience and/or relevant academic qualifications in the area of Management.
- Motivation Letter - explaining why you wish to study at IBS and study MIM in particular- this is your opportunity to let us know what motivates and drives you and how your future aspirations coincide with the MIM programme.
- Two letters of recommendation/contacts of two referees - during the application process you will be asked to provide contacts for two referees and to upload two letters of recommendation.
- Sound knowledge of English as this is the official language of the programme. In cases where previous studies or professional background do not provide proof of English language proficiency, candidates may be asked to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores - contact MIM Office should you have any doubts.
- GMAT or GRE may be requested depending on the candidate's academic background or professional experience. Please check with the Program Director whether this applies in your case.
Application Process 2017/2018
Rounds of Application
|Round||Dates||Application fee||Number of vacancies|
|First Round||15 February - 15 March||€ 50||35|
|Second Round||01 April - 02 May||€ 70||18|
To apply for the Master in International Management candidates must complete the following steps:
- Fill out the online application form, providing copies of requested documents;
- Complete payment of the application fee (non-refundable).
Other documents that you may wish to include at this point: certificate or proof of other qualifications such as level of English, GMAT or GRE results. These are not essential but may help support your application.
Applicants that do not have previous academic or professional experience in an area related to management may be required to attend one or more preparatory courses that run in September.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
Early applications are advised: the evaluation process is carried out on a rolling basis and candidates can expect to receive an answer about whether their application has been accepted up to 4 weeks after each round of applications.
After receiving confirmation of acceptance, each candidate should supply any requested documentation within three weeks (unless otherwise stipulated) in order to confirm their place upon the programme.
Candidates will be required to pay an enrolment fee to guarantee their place on the course.
Please note: Visas may take up to three months to be issued. In the case that a candidate requires a visa in order to study in Portugal early application is preferable in order to guarantee that the visa is issued before the start of the programme.
On filling out the online application form copies of the following documents will be requested:
- A copy of your official Bachelor degree certificate and any other degrees mentioned in the application form (if applicable)*
- Academic transcripts of previous studies and marks (if applicable)
- Digital photo (preferably headshot)
- Copy of candidate’s ID Card or Passport (and, in the case of Portuguese candidates a copy of the NIF)
- GMAT / GRE Score – optional **
- IELTS /TOEFEL – proof of English proficiency Certificates - optional**
*In cases where a Diploma is not available but the candidate will graduate before September –students are asked to sign a Declaration of Commitment and, if possible a transcript of grades achieved so far. The certificate of conclusion of undergraduate studies must be provided no later than mid-September.
** The presentation of a GMAT / GRE score and IELTS / TOEFEL certificates may enhance the value of your application. GMAT / GRE and IELTS /TOEFEL may be required in certain cases, according to the candidate's academic background or professional experience. Please check with the Program Director whether this applies in your case.
Test results from GMAT/ GRE and TOEFL / IELTS should be sent directly by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) to ISCTE-Business School.
Check selection records 2017/2018:
This year ISCTE Business School will open four rounds of applications, each with a corresponding application fee:
1st Round (until 15 March): €50
2nd round (until 02 May): €70
Payment of the application fee:
After submitting the application form candidates will be able to choose how to pay:
- Candidates in Portugal may pay with a NIB reference number (via Multibanco);
- Candidates who are abroad may pay via PayPal
PLEASE NOTE - We cannot begin to process your application until we have received your application fee (non-refundable).
The selection process follows four steps as outlined below:
Step 1. Initial assessment: MIM Admissions Office will review all applications submitted, taking into consideration the answers to the admission questions, your Curriculum Vitae and other supporting documents.
Admission Process to Masters Programmes
Step 2. Interview: Candidates that pass the first step, may, if necessary, be invited to an interview. The interview will focus on your academic background, experience, competencies, personal qualities and motivation. Depending on your location, you may be interviewed face-to-face or by phone/Skype.
Step 3. Final selection: All applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding their application as soon as a decision is made.
Step 4. Enrolment. If your application is successful you will be notified by e-mail. You will have approx. two weeks, from that date, in which to pay the enrolment fee (€1200, which is deducted from the tuition fees) plus the academic fee ( €30 which includes on-campus insurance and card) to reserve your place on the course. Please note that the enrolment fee is non-refundable.
Due to the high number of students applying for a limited number of places we ask all candidates to confirm their place on the course by enrolling within three weeks of acceptance.
To confirm enrolment you should deliver the following documents (accepted candidates may choose to post certified copies of the original documents to MIM Office, or to bring the original copies to MIM Office where a copy will be taken and the original returned):
- Passport / I.D.;
- Proof of payment of € 1200 (non-refundable, deducted from tuition fee), plus the enrolment fee (€ 30);
- Tax payer number – NIF (Portuguese students only);
- Bachelors diploma*;
- Transcript of records (full if graduated, otherwise partial);
- Two original passport photos;
- English language proficiency score report (optional);
- GMAT or GRE Score report (optional).
*In cases where a Diploma is not available but graduation is expected before September – we ask students to sign a Declaration of Commitment. Certificates of previous studies/bachelor’s diploma must be provided no later than mid-September.
Hard copies should be addressed to the Admissions Office:
MSc. International Management
ISCTE Business School
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon
Office 2.38, Ala Autónoma
Av. Forças Armadas
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
ISCTE Business School welcomes prospective candidates to its campus should they wish to learn more about the programmes that are offered and to get a taste for our academic environment and facilities.
Should you wish to visit MIM Office please contact us (details below) and we will be pleased to arrange a time to meet with you. We actively encourage candidates to visit the campus, meet the programme director and get to know the students currently studying within the Master programme it is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the School and all the resources available to students at IBS.
MIM - Master in International Management
Director of the MSc in International Management
Prof. António Robalo works very closely with the Master's faculty, providing effective coordination of all the programme's courses and actively interacting with the students in order to maximize their full integration in the programme, in the school and to build a close network between all participants.
Maria Inês Marques
The Programme Manager coordinates all activities and supports everyday business. She gives assistance in the admission process and helps participants integrate at ISCTE and in Lisbon (assisting to find accomodation, contacts at ISCTE-IUL, etc.).
Both can be contacted at:
Phone/Fax: +351 210 464 257
Office room 140, Ala Autónoma Building, First Floor
Office Hours: 10h30 am - 12h30 pm and 2h30 pm - 4h30 pm (Should you wish to book an appointment with us outside of these hours then please contact us by email)
ISCTE Business School
Master in International Management / International Programmes
Av. das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal
How to reach ISCTE Business School
By subway (Metro or Metropolitano)
Metro station (yellow line): Entre Campos and walk up the Avenida das Forças Armadas (it's a 5 minute walk to ISCTE-IUL, which is located on your right, signposted and a little recessed from the street, before the top of the hill).
By bus (Autocarro)
Buses to ISCTE-IUL:
Lines 701 and 754 stop at Avenida das Forças Armadas, close to ISCTE-IUL's Campus.
For detailed information you may have a look at:
From the airport: (Lisboa International Airport, 7 km from the city centre)
First stop: Entre Campos
- By subway
Stop at Entre Campos, yellow line
- By taxi
Here applicants can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive each year:
What is the official language of the MSc. International Management (MIM)?
The programme is taught entirely in English, however, throughout the programme you may attend additional courses to improve your Portuguese language skills.
If my mother tongue is not English will I have to take TOEFL or IELTS?
TOEFL and IELTS are not always required; however, applicants must be able to demonstrate a good command of oral English, and sufficient comprehension and written skills during their application. Previous studies in English or Business English courses taken may exempt candidates from taking the TOEFL or IELTS. In the case that you possess any certificates it is recommended that you attach them to your application.
Do I need to know Portuguese?
Knowledge of Portuguese is not a requirement for entry onto MIM. However, being open to learn the language will facilitate your day-to-day life in Lisbon and provide you with more possibilities if you wish to work or take part in internships while you study.
Are there any scholarships available for international students?
Unfortunately we do not offer any scholarships or grants for this course. Students must cover their living costs (approx. 650€/month) themselves.
Is a "study abroad" period compulsory?
No but we strongly recommend it. This is the best way to improve your international experience and an additional learning opportunity in an international business school.
What support exists for those who wish to study abroad during MIM?
Students are provided with the necessary information to make their choices and support for their applications by the IBS International Office Manager, ISCTE-IUL International Relations Office with some additional support being provided by the MIM programme manager.
What is a Double Degree?
A double degree is the award of two master’s titles from two institutions and may be completed in as little as two academic years (although this depends on each individual agreement).
In order to receive a Double Degree award students sign a contract that outlines a learning track that must be completed within a specified timeframe. Students will spend a minimum of the first year (or semester) at ISCTE-IUL and must successfully complete the study plan set out for them. They will then be required to spend a semester or full academic year abroad at one of our partner universities, where they will complete their studies. Diplomas will be awarded after the student has successfully fulfilled all requirements laid out in the respective study plans for both institutions and defended their final project(s) or dissertation(s).
When is the deadline for applying to the Master's Programme?
The application process is carried out on a rolling basis and the deadline will depend on which round you decide to apply in.
I haven't received my Bachelor's degree yet. Can I submit it later?
Applications may be accepted before the applicant has received their Bachelor's or any equivalent degree as long as it is due to be awarded before the beginning of the Programme. In these cases, an application may be accepted on the condition that proof of the conclusion of studies is provided.
What is the difference between your programme and an MBA programme?
The MSc. International Management differs from an MBA programme in the fact that professional experience is values but not a prerequisite for entry to the programme. MIM intends to provide the students with hands-on skills and the necessary tools in international business and management preparing you to work in a large variety of different positions or pursue an international career.
Do I have to submit GMAT results?
If you present your GMAT score, it will be taken into consideration and may enhance the value of your application. GMAT may be required in certain cases according to your academic background and level of professional experience. If in doubt, please check with the Programme Director.
Will I need to present certified copies of my Diploma and transcripts of grades?
Yes. After receiving your letter of acceptance, the enrolment process requires new students to send in certified copies of documents like the Bachelor's degree certificate and your study transcripts from the institution which issued the certificate or diploma.
Are there employment possibilities in Portugal for international students?
Students from a European Union member state do not require work permits in order to work in Portugal and have better chances of finding a job if they possess some Portuguese language skills. Students from outside the European Union holding a study visa, please check the conditions under which you may work when the visa is issued. Further information can be found on the website for the Portuguese Service for foreigners and border affairs SEF (Serviço do Estrangeiro e das Fronteiras).
Which professional opportunities do I have after graduation?
Graduate students generally have excellent job opportunities, as they have gathered a rich background in both business and management skills. Fields like international management and business do require large number of post-graduate professionals.
Nevertheless, we believe that your individual chances largely depend on how much personal effort you invest in your studies and the additional qualifications and skills you have acquired rather than just a Master's degree.
I do not possess a degree in Business or in Economics. Do I still have a chance to enrol in the MIM Programme?
Yes. Students with different backgrounds are admitted to the programme if they have good results in their previous studies and/or professional experience. In these cases a GMAT score of 500+ or the attendance of preparatory courses at the beginning of September may be required as a condition of enrolment by the course director.
Can you help me to find accommodation ready for my arrival?
Yes, ISCTE Business School students may stay at the Professor José Pinto Peixoto residence where students can rent a room from approx. 200€/month (prices vary depending on the type of room). Please go to "Facilities" and have a look at the pictures, find more information and download the residence brochure.
It you prefer staying in private accommodation, once you have been accepted you may contact MIM office for some recommended websites for student accommodation within Lisbon.