Rankings & Accreditations

Iscte Business School has been recognised by highly reputed foreign agencies and associations as one of the best Portuguese business schools and a reference both nationally and internationally in several programmes. Some of Iscte Business School accreditations and international references are shown below:


Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES)

The Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES) evaluates and accredits Portuguese higher education institutions and their programmes.

At the moment, Iscte Business School holds 12 accreditations in the following programmes: BSc in Industrial Management and Logistics, Marketing Management Human Resources Management and in the MSc in Human Resources Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Management, International Management, Business Administration and Management.

Undergraduate Programmes Status Last date of Accreditation decision Register number Date of register
Management Accredited for 6 years 21/11/2014 R/A-Ef 1031/2011/AL01 24/04/2015
Economics Accredited for 6 years 13/02/2015 R/A-Ef 1028/2011 18/03/2011
Finance and Accounting Accredited for 6 years 13/02/2015 R/A-Ef 1030/2011 18/03/2011
Industrial and Logistics Management Accredited for 6 years 29/05/2013 R/A-Cr 96/2013 21/06/2013
Marketing Management Accredited for 6 years 01/08/2013 R/A-Ef 3375/2011 18/05/2011
Human Resources Management Accredited for 6 years 20/11/2013 R/A-Ef 1032/2011 / AL01 12/08/2014
Masters Programmes Status Last date of Accreditation decision Register number Date of register
Management (Management backgrounds) Accredited for 6 years 14/02/2014 R/A-Ef 1062/2011 / AL01 25/08/2014
Business Administration (Non-management backgrounds)  Accredited for 6 years 30/12/2013 R/A-Ef 1064/2011 / AL01 20/08/2014
International Management Accredited for 6 years 20/11/2013 R/A-Ef 1067/2011/AL04 29/03/2018
Economics Accredited for 6 years 04/03/2015 R/A-EF 1050/2011/AL01 25/05/2018
Finance Accredited for 6 years 24/05/2012 R/A-Cr 42/2012 / AL01 20/08/2014
Marketing  Accredited for 6 years 01/08/2013 R/A-Ef 3380/2011 / AL01 17/05/2018
Human Resources Management and Organizational Consulting Accredited for 6 years 18/05/2015 R/A-Cr 65/2015/AL01 29/03/2018
Accounting Accredited for 6 years 16/05/2013 R/A-Ef 3376/2011 / AL01 01/09/2014
Management of Services and Technology Accredited for 6 years 08/09/2016 R/A-Cr 126/2010/AL02 05/05/2017
Hospitality and Tourism Management Accredited for 3 years 19/08/2013 R/A-Ef 3376/2011/AL02 02/03/2018
Business Economics and Competition Accredited for 6 years 04/03/2015 R/A-Ef 1051/2011/AL02 29/03/2018
Financial Mathematics Accredited for 6 years 05/05/2015 R/A-Ef 1072/2011/AL02 21/03/2019

For more information www.a3es.pt

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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

As the world’s largest business education network connecting academe with business, AACSB provides business education intelligence, quality assurance, and professional development services to more than 1,500 member organizations across 91 countries and territories.
Founded in 1916, AACSB Accreditation is the highest standard of quality in business education, with over 760 business schools accredited worldwide. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education.

For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu.

Association of European Universities (EUA)

EUA is an Association of European Universities that supports and represents higher education institutions in 46 countries. Its members are higher education institutions, Deans’ associations and other organisations with an active role in higher education and research.  EUA’s mission is to contribute to the institutional development of universities and to promote and strengthen the European Education Space, with emphasis on the following activities:

  • Promoting policies that allow universities and other higher education institutions to meet expectations for their contribution to the development of knowledge in society;
  • Transmitting these policies and defending them before the various competent entities to ensure that consideration is given to the opinion of universities;
  • Keeping members informed about the initiatives that impact university life;
  • Contributing to knowledge and training through projects that involve and benefit its members;
  • Strengthening the governance, leadership and management of institutions through a set of activities aimed at reciprocal learning, the exchange of experiences and dissemination of best practices;
  • Developing partnerships between Europe and the rest of the world in the area of research and higher education  with the aim of strengthening European universities in the global context. 

    For more information www.eua.be

    Consult the final report >

    Association of MBA's (AMBA)

    The Executive MBA (EMBA), a post-graduation programme managed by INDEG-IUL, a non-profit institution from ISCTE-IUL that offers executive education in management and economics, is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This international recognition was awarded after its third edition and distinguishes the quality and unique nature of the programme in Portugal.

    The Executive MBA is designed for executives with relevant professional drive and experience, wishing to integrate an intense transformation programme, both demanding and challenging, that promote strategic leadership positions and supports a solid career development.

    For more information www.mbaworld.com


    Since 2008, Iscte Business School has taken part in several international rankings and has gained a stronger presence and improved classifications with every year.

    Financial Times

    Financial Times Rankings, a well-known international ranking committee for top business schools worldwide, assess both business programmes and schools, and list the best management programmes available. Seven rankings are published annually, relating to MBA, EMBA, Master in Finance, Master in Management programmes and Online MBA programmes, as well as non-degree executive education courses. There is also a ranking of top European Business Schools. The interactive rankings tables provided by Financial Times Rankings allow users to search for a school of interest, sort by selected criteria and filter by location. Programmes can be evaluated across a wide range of criteria, including average salary after graduation, value for money and the latest FT ranking.

    For more information: http://rankings.ft.com

    Eduniversal | 3 Palmes (Excellent Business School)

    Iscte Business School was awarded 3 palms in the Eduniversal ranking (Excellent Business School), doubling the Deans' votes  in comparison to the previous year.    

    Eduniversal Company is the classification of the 1000 best Business Schools in 153 countries in the World. The selection is classified in terms of Palms and Ratings in accordance with the Deans’ votes. The aim of this official selection is to provide students with sufficient information about a range of academic institutions,  classified by their reputation and international ambitions and located in 9 different zones. 

    For more information www.eduniversal-ranking.com

    Eduniversal Masters Ranking

    Eduniversal also classifies the best 4000 Masters and MBAs in 30 different subjects and in 154 countries. In 2019, ISCTE Business School obtained the following classifications:


    Western Europe
    MSc in Management #31/50
    MSc in Finance #29/50
    MSc in Management of Services and Technology #14/40
    MSc in Accounting #33/50
    MSc in Marketing #42/50
    MSc in Human Resources Management and Organizational Consulting #21/50
    MSc in International Management #54/70
    MSc in Economics  #35/50
    MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management #46/100
    MSc in Health Services Management #69/100

      For more information www.best-masters.com