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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

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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?

Nobel Laureates help to develop the Master’s

Our Scientific Council of more than 30 leading academics including 12 Nobel Laureates in Economics provides strategic guidance for program development.

Ranked in the Top 10 institutions in Europe for Economics research (RePEc)

We are also ranked in the Top 20 Economics departments worldwide by RePEc. In addition, both of the Barcelona GSE's founding universities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, are ranked in the QS World University Rankings for Economics & Econometrics in 38th place and in the top 100 respectively. 

Our graduates get competitive jobs

92% of graduates placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree, helped by our dedicated Career Services team.

"An overview of what happened at the Barcelona GSE last year"

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.

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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