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Master in Information Management, with a specialization in Business Intelligence – Working Hours Format

Mestrado em Gestão de Informação, com especialização em Business Intelligence - Regime Diurno

Master's in Information Management, with a
specialization in Business Intelligence
– Working Hours Format

The Master Degree Program in Information Management, with a specialization in Business Intelligence, working hours format, is a full-time program that gives Students the skills and knowledge for data-driven decision making. This Master is focused on business information systems and analytics offering the latest academic thinking and technological tools to help make business decisions. It is also available on an after working hours format (after 6.30 p.m.).

This program is ranked, for the 6th time in a row, as the best Master degree Program in Business Intelligence and Strategy in the World by Eduniversal, an international agency that publishes an annual ranking of the best MBA and Master degree programs in the world.

A new application phase for NOVA IMS' postgraduate and master's programs is open from May 10th to June 6th. The vacancies for this Master's Degree have already been filled, but you can check the remaining available programs here.

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    Working Hours

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    Length and ECTS

    3 semesters (95 ECTS)

  • Semestres


    2 to 3 times a week

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    Start Date

    September 2024


Best Master Degree Program in Business Intelligence and Strategy in the World 

according to the Best Masters Ranking 2024 of Eduniversal

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Who is it for?

This program is aimed at recent graduated students who plan to pursue a career in the business analytics field, as well as those seeking career advancement or change, especially from fields as Management, Engineering, Economics, Statistics, Information Management, Computer Science or related.

The program answers the industry’s demand for business information systems and data analytics, ensuring graduates the required training to manage and build actionable insights. This Master Program is designed with full-time students in mind.


The goal of this program is to train technical staff and managers to:

  • Introduce the principles of Knowledge Management to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness, in order to promote the competitiveness of organizations;

  • Understand the process of Business Intelligence and its role in creating value for the business;

  • Use analytical applications to monitor organizations' performance and visualization tools;

  • Understand the purpose and meet the main techniques of Data Mining and Predictive Analytics;

  • Identify the key indicators of the analytical applications in a business context.

Study plan

This program lasts 3 semesters: 2 correspond to the curricular component and 1 to the development of a thesis or work project and the realization of the Course Unit of Research Methodologies, in a total of 95 ECTS.

The curricular component  (1st and 2nd semesters of the program) corresponds to 60 ECTS, of which 45 are in mandatory course units:

Mandatory course units

  • Business Intelligence I
  • Business Intelligence II
  • Data Governance
  • Data Mining I
  • Data Mining II
  • Data Privacy, Security and Ethics
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Dissertation/ Work Project
  • Knowledge Management
  • Research Methods

The remaining 15 ECTS corresponding to the Elective Course Units, will be chosen by the students among a wide range of available course units.

Length and timetable


The program lasts 3 semesters. The classes will start in September 2024, ending in June 2025, and run during working hours, 2 to 3 times a week.


See the timetable for the Mandatory Course Units here and the Elective Course Units here for the academic year 2023-24.

The schedule for the 2024-25 academic year will be published in June 2024.


The NOVA IMS programs, offer a unique learning experience, combining theory with the application of the best and most innovative teaching practices.

If you are interested in studying at NOVA IMS and want to explore scholarship and award opportunities, this page is your starting point to discover the options available in the different programs.

Know more about it here.

Achievement awards

All students that stand out, during their academic path, for their academic excellence in the different course units and programs are celebrated. These awards are given by Members of AD NOVA IMS and/or other supportive entities.

See here the list of prizes.

Admissions and fees

The Admissions' Jury Panel of NOVA IMS is looking for excellent students who have the potential to become good technical staff and excellent managers. Qualities such as maturity, determination and motivation, both in the academic path as well in a professional career, are some of the attributes that the Jury Panel is looking for.

2nd  Applications phase

From March 5th to April 4th, 2024.

Entry requirements

To enter this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a compatible field (completed by September 2024);
  • Be proficient in English (spoken and written).

How to apply and selection process

To complete the application, the applicant must register in NOVA IMS' Applications Portal, fill the form, upload their Curriculum Vitae, choose the program and pay the application fee in the Portal.

The selection process is based on the analysis of academic and professional curriculum. The members of the Admissions’ Jury Panel may decide to hold an interview with all or some candidates – face-to-face or videoconference.

Application fee

The fee of the application is €51. The application can only be considered after the payment of the application fee, within the stipulated period, non-refundable in case of withdrawal or non-admission in the program.

Registration fee

After being admitted to the program and upon confirmation of enrollment, the applicant must make a payment of a pre-registration fee (around one week after the admission result announcement), deductible in this master program's tuition fee, non-refundable in case of withdrawal, with the following value:

  • €1.250 for applicants from EU and Portuguese-speaking countries;
  • €2.500 for applicants from other countries, unless their registration fee is provided by an official entity.

Upon registration, students should make the following payments:

  • €35 - for enrollment fee (the value is updated annually);
  • €1,40 - for annual school insurance (the value is updated annually).

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee of this master degree program is €6.000, of which €4.100 corresponds to the curricular component (1st year) of the program and €1.900 to the development of a thesis or a work project.

Tuition fee payment dates

The tuition fee of this master program can be paid in two or in six installments:

  • Payment in two installments:
    • 1st: September 25th to 30th, 2024 (100% of the tuition fee of the 1st year);
    • 2nd: September 25th to 30th, 2025 (100% of the tuition fee of the 2nd year).
  • Payment in six installments:
    • 1st: September 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of the tuition fee of the 1st year);
    • 2nd: November 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of the tuition fee of the 1st year);
    • 3rd: February 22nd to 28th, 2025 (25% of the tuition fee of the 1st year);
    • 4th: April 25th to 30th, 2025 (25% of the tuition fee of the 1st year);
    • 5th: September 25th to 30th, 2025 (50% of the tuition fee of the 2nd year);
    • 6th: February 22nd to 28th, 2026 (50% of the tuition fee of the 2nd year).


  • Financial discount: students who choose to pay the tuition fee in two installments have a 2,5% discount on the payable amount.
  • NOVA IMS' alumni (from the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Master and Doctoral Programs) from a different program of the one they will attend have a 20% discount on the tuition fee, cumulative with the financial discount.
  • Companies that finance the program to 2 employees, in the same academic year, have a 10% discount on the tuition fee. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts.
  • Companies that finance the program to 3 or more employees, in the same academic year, have a 20% discount on the tuition fee. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts.

NOVA IMS Social Mobility Scholarship

This program is eligible for the NOVA IMS scholarship program. Know more here.


Do you have a question? Explore the most frequently asked questions and find the answer here! If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us!

  • Applications

    When can I apply?

    It is only possible to submit the application during its applications phase. The date of the call for applications is available in the Admissions and Fees page of each program. However, you can fill the application form at any time, submitting it when the applications phase starts.

    How can I apply?

    The applications are submitted online, in NOVA IMS’ Applications Portal. To submit their application, the applicants must register in the Portal, fill the form, upload your Curriculum Vitae, choose the program and pay the application fee in the Portal. The application process is the same for all the applicants, national or international.

    Which documents are required?

    The only mandatory document during the application process is the Curriculum Vitae (in .doc or .pdf format). The applicant can upload other documents such as diploma or other certificate of their qualifications.

    How do I convert a file to .PDF?

    Here is a list of websites where you can convert files to the pdf format, as a reference:

    Is there an application fee?

    The application fee is €51 in the academic year 2024-25. The payment of the application fee will be made during the application process in the Applications’ Portal, through bank transfer/ATM reference, MBWay, PayPal or Visa. The application will only be considered successfully submitted after the payment of the application fee, within the stipulated time. It’s non-refundable in case of withdrawal or non-admission in the program.

    Can I apply to more than one program?

    You can apply to a maximum of 2 programs per application phase, by paying the application fee for each program, that is, the application to 1 program equals the payment of 1 application fee, the application to 2 programs equals the payment of 2 application fees.

    I'm a bachelor's degree senior student. Can I apply ?

    Yes. If you are a final year student and you graduate until September 2024, you can apply and you must deliver an authenticated copy of your degree certificate or diploma until the beginning of the academic year, until September 2024.

    In the application form, a Tax Identification Number is requested. What is Tax Identification Number? I don’t have one, what should I put in that blank field?

    In Portugal, the Tax Identification Number is required to identify a taxable entity or person, in tax declarations or financial transactions. If you don’t have a Tax ID Number or similar, please put “999999999” in that field of the application form.

    What should I write in the field: “Goals/motivation to apply to this program”?

    In this field, please mention:

    • In which way your background (academic and professional) fits the program;
    • What are your short-term professional goals;
    • What are your expectations with the attendance of this program.
  • Admission

    How does the selection process work?

    The selection process is based on the analysis of the academic and professional curriculum. The members of the Admissions’ Jury Panel may decide to hold an interview with all or some candidates – face-to-face or videoconference).

    In case I am contacted for an interview, can it be held at distance?

    Yes, the interview can be held at distance, preferably by Zoom.

    When will I know the result of the application?

    The result of the application will be known, through email, in the date to be announced in the confirmation of submitted application email and/or by the Admissions’ Jury/Programs Manager.

    I was admitted in the program. What’s the next step?

    In case of admission, the applicant must make the payment of the pre-registration fee (around 1 week after the result announcement), until its deadline, in NOVA IMS’ Applications Portal and upload the diploma or other certificate of his latest qualification (example: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD).

    Can I attend more than one program by academic year?

    Yes, you may attend two programs per school year, although it’s not recommended. Please pay attention to the fact that there may be overlap of the Mandatory Course Units of each program, as well as the overlap of the exams.

    I was admitted in two programs, but I only intend to attend one. What should I do?

    In case of admission to two programs, the candidate will have to choose, in the Application Portal, the program in which they intend to attend. After choosing the desired program and paying the pre-registration fee, you must select the option "Withdrawal" in the 2nd program in which you do not intend to attend. Thus, your vacancy is available to a candidate on the Waiting List.

    I'm on the Waiting List. Can I still be admitted?

    Since it is possible for candidates to apply for two programs per application phase, there will be cases where the same candidate has been admitted to both programs, but intends to join only one. In these cases and if the limit number of vacancies is not completed, the remaining vacancy will be assigned to a candidate on the Waiting List.

    I intend the invoice for the payment of the application / pre-registration fees.

    The Invoice-Receipt will be available in this Applications’ Portal up to 2 business days after the payment, in the tab "Billing/Treasury".

    I was admitted in the program, but I need visa. What should I do?

    NOVA IMS can issue a document that proves admission in the program, that will be sent to the student and the Embassy. The document will only be issued or provided after the payment of the pre-registration fee. Regardless of issuance the document, the student must contact the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their country to get more information.

  • Other Informations

    Is this program taught in Portuguese or English?

    Considering the diversity of students’ nationalities, all the classes will be taught in English.

    Are there scholarships?

    NOVA IMS does not award scholarships. However, you can apply to Universidade Nova de Lisboa’ scholarships and financial support, provided by the university’s Social Welfare Services. You can learn more at or contact them directly to We don’t hold information about other scholarships.

    Is it possible to park on campus?

    The students can park their vehicles on campus, if they have the access card. There are several parking areas on campus and near to NOVA IMS. The request for access of vehicles to Campus de Campolide is made through registration or renewal of registration and subsequent payment. To do this, the interested parties should register in the system and select the type of access. Afterwards, they will receive all the data for the payment. It should be noted that the management of parking spaces is the exclusive responsibility of the NOVA’s Rectory. For more information, please visit the webpage

    Is there accommodation on campus?

    The Social Welfare Services of Universidade Nova has ties with three student residences (one of them in Campus de Campolide) for Portuguese scholarship student and international students. The capacity of accommodation at school residences is limited. We can’t, in any way, guarantee you a room and we can only put your name on a waiting list, only after confirmation of admission. You will find more information about the residences at 

    In case you are admitted to the program and want accommodation in one of the University’s residences, please contact

    Does the University offer a Portuguese course for international students?

    Yes, there is a Course of Portuguese as Foreign Language. This course is available in 4 types of classes:

    1. Individual lessons (the student arranges the schedule with the teacher according to their availability);
    2. Semester Group lessons (56 study classes + 8 hours for other activities);
    3. 30 hours intensive course (2 weeks);
    4. Online summer course (month of July).

    If you have any questions about this course, please contact:

Daniela Marques
Business Intelligence Analyst | Vodafone
Ivo Bernardo
Partner / Senior Data Scientist | DareData Engineering
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