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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 25 Barcelona,
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COVID-19 Information : Please check the Admissions tab

Some new policies have been announced regarding course delivery, deferral and refund options for 2020-21 academic course intake, as well as flexibilization of dates - application period extended until September 1, 2020 - to allow all prospective students to make the most informed decision possible about joining the Barcelona GSE this year. 
You can review the new policies here.  

About Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

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

We bring talented, motivated students from more than 40 countries to Barcelona and connect them with top-ranking researchers, experienced teaching faculty, international alumni, and a strong recruiter network.
The objective of our rigorous one-year 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 10 institutions in Europe for Economics research (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.

Our graduates get competitive jobs
94% of graduates placement within 6 months of completing their master's, helped by our dedicated Careers Services team that will provide training and support to go out into the world to make an impact in industry or academia.

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.

An overview of what happened at the Barcelona GSE last year: our Annual Report

With one campus just steps from the Mediterranean Sea and the other in the middle of a beautiful mountain landscape, Barcelona GSE students and researchers have two unique environments for their academic activities.

Barcelona GSE study programs and research centers are located on two main campuses:

The Barcelona GSE's Ciutadella Campus at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in central Barcelona is within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural, and governmental centers.

The Barcelona GSE's Bellaterra Campus at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a self-contained location that offers students all of the services they need in their day-to-day lives. It is an easy half-hour train ride from the city center.

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 2019 at a glance

The Class of 2019 is made up of 225 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

85% of students in the Class of 2019 are from outside of Spain, and 40% 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 2019 we have a 80% of students who 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.


Life in Barcelona

With seven universities and numerous research institutions, Barcelona offers one of Europe's most inspiring environments for students and academics to live and study.

This intellectually appealing atmosphere coupled with the Barcelona GSE’s location on the campuses of two internationally ranked universities puts our students in the heart of a dynamic academic environment.

COVID-19 Information :

•             What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? If these events are cancelled, are they being replaced in any way (i.e. by online alternatives)?

open days/tours are replaced by online webinars, one-to-one meetings and other online meeting options.

•             How can applicants contact the university about their application?

we are still open and operating at full speed taking care of applicants and solving all doubts.

•             How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?

we take cases one by one to determine applicability of admission.

•             What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?

we allow applicants for some test online and also personal interviews to check English level.

•             How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?

we help them with embassies, and tell them to hold visa applications until late May

•             Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?

we are still accepting applications and are open until June 25. No restrictions to any applicant.

•             How are applications for university accommodation being handled?

we help with housing one by one. 

•             Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?

requirements are the same we just offer some options to defer some documents.

Our Admissions Counselors are available to assist you at every stage of the process, from choosing a program that fits your background and career goals to completing your application package, as well as guiding you through student visa and relocation matters if you accept an offer to join one of our programs.

At the Barcelona GSE we look for excellence and talent. Key elements of a strong application are a high GPA, a sound statement of purpose and standout reference letters. Strong knowledge in Economics and good quantitative skills are also recommended.

Find out more about our Admissions Process and get personalized assistance from one of our Counselors at our Admissions page.

Barcelona GSE graduates take the knowledge and skills they acquire in our master programs and apply it to a variety of professional and academic career paths. Barcelona GSE Career Services provides students and alumni with a portfolio of resources to support their career development.

Career Services works together with faculty, companies, institutions, and the Barcelona GSE's alumni network to create placement opportunities that match the quality and caliber of our graduates. Additionally, our Career Advisors help each student prepare for a successful job search.

92% of 2018 graduates got placed within 6 months after graduation in top companies and universities all over the world. 

Learn more about how our dedicated team can help you to advance in your career.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 225


International students - 225


Total faculty staff - 150


Total students - 225


International students - 225


Total faculty staff - 150


Postgraduate Program

19,000 - 20,000
19,000 - 20,000
The fees above are an indicative annual course fee in US dollars. Please note that course fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.
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