International agencies and associations have been recognizing Iscte Business School as one of the best Portuguese business schools, both nationally and internationally.

Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES)

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) is responsible for assessing and accrediting Portuguese higher education institutions and their study programmes. 

At this moment Iscte Business School holds 12 accreditations in the following programmes: 

Bachelor's degrees in Industrial and Logistics Management, Marketing Management, Human Resources Management; 

Master’s Degrees in Human Resources Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Management, International Management, Business Management, and Management. 

Undergraduate Programmes


Date of decision


Date of registration


Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1031/2011/AL01



Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1028/2011


Finance and Accounting

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1030/2011


Industrial and Logistics Management

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Cr 96/2013


Marketing Management

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 3375/2011


Human Resources Management

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1032/2011 / AL01


Masters Programmes


Date of decision


Date of registration

Management (Management backgrounds)

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1062/2011 / AL01


Business Administration (Non-management backgrounds) 

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1064/2011 / AL01


International Management

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1067/2011/AL04



Accredited for 6 years


R/A-EF 1050/2011/AL01



Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Cr 42/2012 / AL01



Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 3380/2011 / AL01


Human Resources Management and Organizational Consulting

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Cr 65/2015/AL01



Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 3376/2011 / AL01


Management of Services and Technology

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Cr 126/2010/AL02


Hospitality and Tourism Management

Accredited for 3 years


R/A-Ef 3376/2011/AL02


Business Economics and Competition

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1051/2011/AL02


Financial Mathematics

Accredited for 6 years


R/A-Ef 1072/2011/AL02


For more information:

View the evaluation form for ongoing programmes >

Association for Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB International is the world's leading accrediting agency for connecting academia and business. It provides business management intelligence, quality assurance and professional development services to over 1,500 member organisations in more than 91 countries and territories. 

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the highest quality standard in management education with more than 760 accredited business schools worldwide. This association’s mission is to promote engagement, accelerate innovation and amplify impact in management education. 

Their global headquarters is in Tampa, Florida, while Asia-Pacific headquarters is in Singapore. Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters is in Amsterdam.

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European University Association (EUA)

The European University Association supports and represents higher education institutions in 46 countries. It consists of higher education institutions, rectors' associations and other organisations that play an active role in higher education and research. 

Several of its initiatives provide a platform for sharing and discussing opinions among all members, while contributing to the definition of policies in the area of research, teaching and innovation. EUA's mission is to promote the institutional development of universities while strengthening the European Higher Education Area. 

Its main activities include: 

  > To promote policies that enable universities and other higher education institutions to meet expectations regarding their contribution to the development of a knowledge-rich society; 

  > To transmit and defend these policies among the different competent entities and to ensure that the opinion of universities is taken into account; 

  > To keep members informed about initiatives which might have an impact on the life and functioning of universities; 

  > To contribute to knowledge and training through projects that engage and benefit its members; 

  > Strengthen governance, leadership and management of the institutions through a set of activities aimed at mutual learning, exchange of experiences and dissemination of good practices; 

  > To develop partnerships in research and higher education between Europe and the rest of the world, with the aim of strengthening European universities in a global context.

For more information:

Consult the final report >

Association of MBA's (AMBA)

Our 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 who to integrate an intense transformation programme, both demanding and challenging, that promote strategic leadership positions and supports a solid career development.

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Since 2008, Iscte Business School has been present in the most reputed international rankings, registering consistent improvements in its national and international position.  
Financial Times

Financial Times Rankings is a well-known international ranking committee for top business schools worldwide. It evaluates business programmes and schools and lists the best management programmes available.  

Seven rankings are published annually, relating to MBAs, EMBAs, Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Online MBAs, and non-degree executive programmes.  

There is also another annual ranking, published at the end of each year, which evaluates European business schools. 

The interactive ranking tables provided by the Financial Times Rankings allow users to search for several schools, sorting them by selection criteria and location.

Try it out here:


Palmes of Excellence 

Iscte Business School was awarded 3 Palmes of Excellence, which corresponds to an “Excellent Business School With Reinforcing International Influence”. 

Eduniversal ranks the 1000 best Business Schools in 154 countries worldwide. This selection is ranked in terms of Palmes and Ratings, which are provided by the votes of the Deans.  

The aim of this official selection is to deliver sufficient information to students about a variety of academic institutions, ranked by their reputation and international ambitions, located in 9 different zones. 

For more information:

Eduniversal Masters Ranking 

Eduniversal also classifies the best 4000 Masters and MBAs in 30 different subjects across 154 countries. In 2021, Iscte Business School obtained the following classifications:

Western Europe (Top 200)

MSc in Business Administration


MSc in Finance


MSc in Management of Services and Technology


MSc in Accounting


MSc in Marketing


MSc in Human Resources Management and Organizational Consulting


MSc in International Management


MSc in Economics 



MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management

#1  in Portugal

MSc in Health Services Management

#1 in Portugal


For more information:

Times Higher Education Rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings written by Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. 

The results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021 were recently released. In the Business & Economics category, Iscte registered a considerable rise in its overall position, which improved both nationally and internationally (even with the increase in the number of participating universities). This increase also occurred in the other evaluated dimensions (Citations, Relevance for Industry, Internationalization, Research and Teaching), when compared with the previous year. This ranking includes 729 Universities from all over the world, which is an increase from the 632 institutions considered in the previous year. 

The evaluated dimensions, as well as the evolution of Iscte in this listing, can be consulted in this link, selecting the circle "Business & Economics".

For more detailed information about the methodology of this ranking, click here.

QS World University Rankings

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) evaluates the performance of higher education institutions. Each year it draws up a list of the best universities worldwide, analysing 51 scientific areas, grouped into 5 major subject areas. 

This ranking was compiled based on several performance and quality indicators, such as academic reputation, reputation among employers and scientific production. 

It was in 2019 that Iscte entered the QS World Univeristy Rankings by Subject, one of the most prestigious international rankings of Higher Education, continuing to ensure its position among the 350 best universities in the world in the area of Business and Management Studies.

For more information on Iscte's profile and position, access this link.

SCImago Institutions Rankings

SCImago (SIR) is a research-focused academic ranking that combines three sets of indicators based on: 

research performance (50%); 

innovation outputs (30%); 

social impact (20%). 

These indicators are measured through the visibility of the institution on the web and in the Scopus database. 

In 2021, among 7522 institutions worldwide, Iscte was ranked 715th in the global ranking and 516th in the ranking of universities, occupying top positions among Portuguese universities in the various areas in which it teaches and develops research, with a special emphasis on Management, where it is in second place nationally. 

For more information, click here.

Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects is published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. These indicators include measures on research quality, international collaboration, high scientific quality research and academic recognitions. 

In 2021, three areas of Iscte Business School (Business Management, Management and Hospitality, and Tourism Management) improved their position in the overall ranking when compared to the previous year. The area of Hospitality Management and Tourism reached the first position in the national ranking.

For more information, click here.

University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP)

University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) collects data from 3000 universities worldwide in order to draw up a performance ranking. This ranking covers around 12% of all higher education institutions worldwide. 

URAP bases its ratings on data obtained through open sources. 

In 2020, Iscte ranked 1450th worldwide (in a total of 3000 universities). In that year, the area of Economics reached 313th place worldwide. Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services reached 259th, and Management 166th, representing an increase over the previous year.

For more information about this ranking, click here.



Iscte Business School has several associations with national and international entities, which contribute towards our continuous improvement as an international and socially responsible business school.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Iscte Business School belongs to the restricted group of Portuguese Business Schools accepted in EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development. 

EFMD is an international organisation with members from academia, business, the public sector and consulting in 75 countries. It provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practices related to management development. 

The Foundation reflects a dynamic, relevant and diverse network of organisations that share a common goal: developing high quality and socially responsible leaders and managers. In this context, EFMD has over 30 years of experience in the coordination of projects and activities that promote an active dialogue and exchange of experiences between companies and academic organisations. 

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Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)

Iscte Business School was the first Portuguese Business School to be part of the largest community of companies and educational institutions acting exclusively on the development of a new generation of globally responsible leaders, the GRLI - Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. 

The GRLI Initiative challenges its members to reflect on their mission while facing the business and educational issues for the 21st century, as well as the processes of cultural change in organizations. By becoming a member of this community, IBS has joined renowned business schools and companies such as for instance Louvain School of Management, Euromed Management, University of St. Gallen or ESSEC Business School and organizations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Petrobras or Standard Bank. 

This membership has supported Iscte Business School in its continuous efforts to fulfil its mission of contributing to the development of management knowledge and practices. Thus, we are able to prepare and develop managers and leaders with the ability to create a positive impact on society and its constituent organizations in today's globalized world.

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Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Iscte Business School was accepted as a member of PRME in February 2011, highlighting itself as an institution dedicated to creating ethical, effective and holistic leaders for the 21st century. The School is committed to the integration of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, leading the way in developing new ways of teaching and skills needed in the constantly evolving, increasingly complex and global business environments of the 21st century. 

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact. It has the mission to inspire education in global management, research and thought leadership. 

The six PRME principles are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among management education institutions in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges facing business and society nowadays. 

For more information on the School’s progress report regarding these commitments, acess this link. 

Network of International Business and Economics Schools (NIBES)

The Network of International Business and Economics Schools (NIBES) is one of the world's first active networks of business and economics universities. It was founded with the aim of promoting the internationalisation of its members, as well as a greater understanding of the global contexts of management education. 

In the last decades, NIBES has successfully established many bachelor and master programmes in partnership format (as double or joint degrees). Within this framework, transnational and multilateral mobility of students and lecturers between the member institutions has been one of the main objectives of this cooperation. 

Iscte Business School is a member of the Network of International Business and Economic Schools since the 4th of April, 2002.

You may consult the NIBES Certificate here.