About Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Why study at the Barcelona GSE

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

We select talented, motivated students from more than 90 countries and connect them 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.

What makes the Barcelona GSE stand out

Ranked in top 5 Economics departments in Europe (RePEc)

The academic excellence of the school rests on the talent and drive of our teaching and research faculty, which has positioned the Barcelona GSE consistently among the world's top research groups.

97% career placement success rate

Within six months of graduation, 97% of the Class of 2019 entered jobs or PhD programs related to their Master’s studies. The Barcelona GSE’s dedicated Careers Services team provides one-on-one career counseling and all the tools students need for a successful job search. 

Nobel Laureates help to develop the Master's

Our Master’s programs lead to official degrees under EU law and receive strategic guidance from a group of more than 30 leading academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates, on the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council.

Student Profile

Barcelona GSE students are characterized by their outstanding academic backgrounds and their commitment to excel in graduate studies. The international class brings to the classroom an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences. 

Academic backgrounds

The Class of 2021 is made up of 179 students, from 50 countries, with an average age of 25 years. The most common academic backgrounds for Barcelona GSE Master’s students are Economics and Finance, Business Administration, Mathematics, Engineering, or Social Sciences. 

Students with undergraduate studies in any area who can demonstrate strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

Students from around the world

The Barcelona GSE was founded on the idea that individual potential is realized through collaboration with talented peers. We select candidates from a wide range of perspectives, experiences and voices. In the Class of 2021, 83% of students are from outside of Spain, and 39% of students came from outside Europe. 

Work experience before the master program

An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have experience in the workforce who are looking to improve and enhance their skill set.

Around 80% of students enter the Master’s directly after their undergraduate studies. Others have professional experience at consulting firms, international organizations, and banks as well as research institutions and government agencies.

All students benefit from this mix of profiles as they work together throughout their year at the Barcelona GSE.

Life in Barcelona

Barcelona offers one of Europe's most inspiring environments for students and academics.The city’s open atmosphere and the Barcelona GSE’s location on the campuses of two internationally ranked universities puts our students in the heart of a dynamic academic environment.

Our programs of study

We offer one-year, full-time Master’s degrees. All programs are taught in English at our campuses in Barcelona.

Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance

Master’s Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Master’s Degree in Data Science

All Barcelona GSE Master’s programs prepare our students to think deeply and creatively in a collaborative study environment. They graduate with the specialized knowledge, skills and mindset demanded by today’s top recruiters and PhD programs.

About us

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is an institution dedicated to academic rigor, open-minded thinking, and scientific impact. We do this by bringing together four of Europe’s top Economics research groups, all located in the city we call home: 

  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Department of Economics and Business 
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Unit of Economic Analysis 
  • Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC) 
  • Center for Research in International Economics (CREI)

Our rigorous Master’s programs are designed and taught by researchers from these four academic units. They are our Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors, our core teaching faculty of more than 150 accomplished researchers and instructors who exemplify the pursuit of excellence that we aim to instill in every student.

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