For the second time, the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto (FEP) has been ranked highly in the Financial Times (FT) Masters in Finance Ranking, which assesses the quality and prestige of Masters in Finance programmes offered by universities and business schools around the world.

In this year’s edition, FEP ranks 55th worldwide among the selected institutions, of which only four are Portuguese.

FEP’s Master’s in Finance stands out as the best programme in Portugal in terms of return on academic investment, which means that FEP graduates recover the financial investment of the programme in a short space of time, according to current salaries, the duration of the programme and tuition fees.

In addition, the master’s programme leads the way in gender equality in Portugal, with the highest female representation on the teaching staff and among students, which reflects FEP’s commitment to promoting a balanced, diverse and inclusive academic environment.

“This is an important milestone, which establishes the FEP’s Master’s in Finance as the only Master’s programme outside the capital with a presence in the FT’s world ranking of pre-experience Master’s in Finance and the only one at national level with a presence in the world’s top-10 in important sub-rankings, such as return on academic investment (8th place) and career progression (7th place). Also noteworthy is the 19th position in terms of the international experience offered to students. We believe that, despite these excellent results, the programme still has a lot of margin for progression and its repeated presence in this ranking will further strengthen the programme’s attractiveness to high quality candidates, both national and international, as well as its employability at a global level,” says the Director of the Masters in Finance, Jorge Farinha.

The Masters in Finance 2024 Ranking evaluated 18 indicators grouped into five main categories: alumni career progress, school diversity, international experience, research and carbon footprint. This analysis is based on information gathered through two separate surveys, one aimed at economics and business schools and the other at alumni.

To be eligible, schools must fulfil strict criteria, including having international accreditations that demonstrate the quality of the school, such as that of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), one of the most important certifications in the field of business sciences, awarded to only 6% of schools worldwide. In 2021, FEP received this accreditation.

“This FT ranking is one of the most influential and detailed in the sector, guiding potential students in making decisions about their education and, consequently, their career. Thus, FEP’s inclusion for the second time is a significant recognition of the hard work and daily dedication of the entire academic community, reflecting the quality of our faculty, the excellence of our programmes and the inclusive environment we foster. We intend to continue offering a high-quality education that prepares our students to excel in the global marketplace,” emphasises FEP’s Dean Óscar Afonso.

The global results of the FT’s Masters in Finance 2024 Ranking are available here.