To be eligible for The Lisbon MBA Executive program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Integrated Master in any area
  • At least 5 years of professional experience full-time
  • GMAT or GRE*
  • English Proficiency Proof

*Specific profiles can be waived. Please scroll down to see all the details.

Step-by-Step: What is Required to Submit Your Application

Completing The Lisbon MBA Executive application will require time and effort on your part. Plan ahead to make sure your application is complete by the deadline.


1. Online Application Form:

Candidates must fill out the online form, including four written essays and one video essay.

2. Updated CV in English:

Whatever the template you use, please be aware that your CV shouldn’t have more than 2 pages.

3. Two Referees:

You must provide contact information of two different people who know you well in a professional context. One should be the current or previous manager; the other, a colleague, supplier or customer. Please avoid asking family members, friends or professors.
The reference request process will be done through the online application form. After filling in the referees’ data, applicants need to click on the “send reference request” button and the referees will receive an e-mail with a link to a brief survey.
Be aware that you won’t be able to submit your application without the referees’ answers.
 Please do not submit letters of recommendation separately, as they will not be considered.

4. University Transcripts:

The official transcripts issued by the academic institution where you received your bachelor’s degree must be uploaded in the online application form and should mention the degree awarded, the average score and the course conclusion date, as well as be duly signed and stamped.

5. GMAT or GRE:

Candidates must submit a score for the GMAT (the Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations). These exams are important tests for the admission process, as they assess the applicants’ analytical ability, reasoning skills and aptitude to academically thrive during the MBA. Check information on them both and choose the one most suitable for your profile.

More information on these exams can be found on the following sites:

If you wish us to automatically receive your test score, please choose The Lisbon MBA program from Católica-Lisbon or Nova SBE on the day of the test (you are required to choose one of the schools, even though this is a joint program).
If you’re required to insert a code of our program, consider the code 7258 for the GRE and TTX-CX-78 for GMAT.

Applicants with a solid quantitative background and a minimum of 12 years of professional experience full-time, 5 of which in management positions can apply to a GMAT/GRE waiver. If you meet these requirements, please submit this form. We will give you feedback within approximately two weeks.

Please note that applicants must submit their applications for the program within 1 month of being awarded the GMAT/GRE waiver.
The waiver request is only applicable to The Lisbon MBA Executive Program.

6. English Language Test:

Candidates for whom English is not their native language must submit a standardized English Language Test score:

Test Minimum Total Score Minimum Partial Score Valid for
TOEFL iBT 93 21 2 years
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0 2 years
CAE C Life
CPE C Life
BEC Higher C Life
PTE Academic 62 57 2 years
TOEIC Listening+Reading 950 2 years
TOEIC Speaking 190 2 years
TOEIC Writing 170 2 years

Note: For TOEIC, you need to submit score results for all parts: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

If you are requested a code to send us your score, please take note:
TOEFL: 7258
(the IELTS does not have a code)

– be national of an official English-speaking country and have lived there for the past 10 years;
– present a full university degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) during which all courses were taught exclusively in English;
– worked full-time in an English-speaking country, as well as in an English-speaking environment, for at least 1 year;
– have a GMAT verbal section score of at least 30 or a GRE verbal section score of 152.

If you believe you should be waived for any other reason not specified above, please submit this waiver request form and we will give you feedback in approximately two weeks.

Please note that your English communication skills will be assessed during the interview and throughout the entire admission process. We reserve the right to request an English test to be taken at any time.

More information on the English language tests can be found at the following sites:

7. Application fee: 

An application fee of 90€ (180€ on the 2nd round) is required in order to submit your application and should be paid via Paypal.

If for some reason you’re not able to pay via Paypal, you can do it via wire transfer to:
Beneficiary Name: Associação The Lisbon MBA Católica|Nova
Beneficiary Address: Campus de Campolide, , 1099-032 Lisboa, Portugal
NIB: 0035 0841 00000515930 63
International Bank Account Number: PT50003508410000051593063
Bank Name: CGD – Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Bank Address: Rua Dom Francisco Manuel de Melo 15, 1070-085 Lisboa

The proof of transfer must be sent by e-mail to