Global Programs

The Lisbon MBA International program

The Lisbon MBA International program unites two of Portugal’s top business schools—Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, and Nova School of Business and Economics—with MIT Sloan for a one-year, one-of-a-kind MBA program. With access to the resources of all three schools, students develop their ability to think creatively about complex situations, respond swiftly and strategically to business challenges, successfully lead teams, and drive positive change in the global economy.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a joint MBA degree from Católica-Lisbon and Nova, and a certificate from MIT Sloan. Graduates are recognized as affiliate alumni of MIT Sloan, with access to MIT Sloan’s extensive alumni community and networking events around the world.


  • MIT Sloan faculty visits to Lisbon
  • International Faculty Fellows
  • On-campus visits to MIT Sloan
  • MSMS program opportunity

Faculty Director

 – Professor Emilio Castilla

The Lisbon MBA Entrepreneurship Hub is Driving The City's Tech Startup Scene

September, 2017

Manuel Azevedo Coutinho is a serial entrepreneur who graduated from The Lisbon MBA in 2016. He co-founded his own tech startup Viable Report - a platform for connecting startups with inviestors - with his classmate, Jaime Bardon, during the program. He also helped create the Lisbon Entrepreneurship Club to support the growth of entrepreneurship in Lisbon. Manuel's now project manager at a digital transformation company, working with Lisbon-based startups and SMEs on a daily basis. But he won't rule out a return to entrepreneurship in the future. Learn more about Manuel's journey in this BusinessBecause article. 

The Paradox of Meritocracy

November, 2015

What if companies that see themselves as meritocracies are, after all, less fair than they think? Professor Emilio Castilla discusses his meritocracy paradox theory in an article in Exame. Through his research, which included interviews with 445 North American managers, Castillo found that when a company culture promotes meritocracy, its managers may ironically tend to favor male coworkers over their female counterparts, or some workers over others based on demographic traits like race or nationality.