The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is a large community of researchers, professors, students, and alumni who all share the School’s core spirit: to create value for society with rigorous work and social responsibility through pioneering research and education.

Our key mission is the training of the next generation of economists and data scientists by offering world-class programs taught by leading faculty in their field.

We seek outstanding, motivated students and provide them with a top-notch education and values that will make them exceptional global experts with intellectual rigor and critical thinking skills. During their time with us, our students have direct contact with professors and practitioners whose insights from academic and industry are part of the curriculum.

What makes the Barcelona GSE stand out?

Program quality

  • Scientific Council of more than 30 leading academics including 12 Nobel Laureates in Economics provides strategic guidance for program development
  • “Approved with Excellence” (highest rating) by the Spanish Ministry of Education for “high research quality, international focus, and emphasis on placement”

International research reputation

  • Ranked in the Top 10 institutions for Economics research in Europe and the Top 20 Economics departments worldwide by RePEc
  • 20 European Research Council (ERC) Grants awarded to current faculty members
  • Published regularly in top journals

Career preparation and placement

The Barcelona GSE is a leading institution for graduate education and research in Economics, Finance, and Data Science.

Our students are talented and motivated, who we connect with top-ranking researchers, experienced teaching faculty, international alumni and a strong recruiter network.

The objective of our rigorous nine-month Master’s programs is to prepare graduates for professional and academic careers that require intense analytical thinking and a flexible mindset.

Class of 2018 at a glance

The Class of 2018 is made up of 238 students, from 54 countries, with an average age of 25 years. Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

Students from around the world

86% of students in the Class of 2018 are from outside of Spain, and 42% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

Work experience before the master program

In the Class of 2018 we have 41 students who have come straight from their undergraduate degree to study a master. The remaining students have professional experience at consulting firms, international organizations, and banks as well as research institutions and government agencies.

What Barcelona GSE students have to say:

“If I'm to be completely honest with you, I think the Economics Program at the Barcelona GSE is the best in Europe. I'm passionate about Economics, and I wanted to be challenged and pushed to something where I can learn more for myself and get a lot out of the course at the same time. The friends I've made already are friends for life. One of the things that's struck me the most is that they're so intelligent, so academically-founded and at the same time so international. To put it simply, I've loved it so far. I expect to be pushed a lot academically - that's why I'm here first and foremost, but at the same time I'm excited to explore local culture and the city with the sea and the mountains - and really just to have an enjoyable year while working hard.”  

Joshua Casson '17 has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of London, New College of the Humanities.

Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance

  • Economics Program

The Economics Program provides students with rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers. Students who complete this program will acquire an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field's foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches.

  • Finance Program

The Finance Program is a comprehensive course that prepares you for the most technically demanding jobs in banking, consulting and asset management

Master’s Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

  • Competition and Market Regulation Program

In the Competition Program you will acquire an advanced understanding of the interaction between theory and practice as well as the qualifications necessary for solid placement in the field.

  • Economics of Public Policy Program

The Economics of Public Policy Program will prepare you for analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions and think tanks.

  • International Trade, Finance, and Development Program

The ITFD Program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs.

  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program

Macro Program graduates acquire the skills demanded by consulting firms, investment banks and government agencies.

Master’s Degree in Data Science

  • Data Science Program

The Data Science Program prepares its graduates to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector.