Barcelona Graduate School of Economics


Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

A hub for graduate education and research in Economics and the social sciences

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 bring talented, motivated students from more than 90 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 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?

Program quality

  • All courses taught in English by professors and industry experts – no lectures are given by TAs
  • 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 in Europe for Economics research and the Top 20 Economics departments worldwide by RePEc
  • 22 European Research Council (ERC) Grants awarded to current faculty members
  • Published regularly in top journals

Career preparation and placement

  • 91% of the Class of 2016 placed within 6 months
  • 74% enter professional careers, 26% enter PhD programs
  • Dedicated Barcelona GSE Career Services team brings recruiters to campus and provides job search support

Programme Info

Barcelona GSE Master’s programs are nine-months long and taught in English and lead to three different official degrees:

Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance

The Economics Program provides rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers.

The Finance Program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management.


Master’s Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

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.

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

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

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


Master’s Degree in Data Science

The Data Science Program will prepare you to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector.  



All Barcelona GSE master degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”).


Ranked in the Top 10 institutions in Europe for Economics research and the Top 20 Economics departments worldwide by RePEc

Starting Dates

All programs start in September 2019.

Length of Course

Full time from September to June, graduating in July.

Admission Deadlines

Application deadline                                                           Acceptance date

1st round:   January 15, 2018                                               February 2018

2nd round:  June 15, 2018                                                    4-6 weeks after applying

                                                                                              (rolling applications)

Student Body (class of 2017-18)

Number of nationalities: 54

Percentage of international students: 86%

North America: 12%

Central and South America: 12%

Europe (non Spanish): 44%

Spain: 14%

Africa, Asia and Oceania: 18%

Men/Women Ratio: 64:36
Average Age: 25


The following documents are required for admission:

▪ Diploma from undergraduate/bachelor's degree, from an accredited university or college

▪ Proof of English proficiency

▪ Academic transcripts

▪ CV

▪ Statement of purpose

▪ Two reference letters

▪ GRE exam is highly recommended, but not mandatory

Visit our admissions page for more information 


Application fee:  €60

Tuition fee: €16,000 for all programs (excluding Data Science)

Data Science Program: €18,000

The Barcelona GSE offers financial aid based on academic merit. Last year, 36% of students were offered financial support.

The financial support that is available to students includes:

  • Waivers for 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% of the tuition fees
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Fully-funded scholarships

While applications are open until June 25, 2018 preference in funding will be given to candidates who apply before January 15, 2018

Over 2000 Barcelona GSE Alumni are currently working or continuing their education in more than 70 countries worldwide.

In the three most recent cohorts of BGSE graduates, 74% have chosen professional professional career paths, while 26% chose to continue their education in a PhD program or other post-graduate study.

Professional career paths

The alumni who chose a professional career path are working as Economists, Analysts, Researchers or Consultants in industries such as banking and financial institutions, international organizations, consultancies, research institutions or the public sector. This provides the alumni with an international and growing professional network from which they can benefit.

Academic career paths

In parallel, a significant percentage of our alumni enter competitive PhD programs in Europe, the United States or elsewhere, providing an important network in academia. Alumni from all years and master programs have shown great commitment with Barcelona GSE and have helped us in developing new corporate relations with their respective industries and universities.

More information about our alumni career paths can be found here.


Address: Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona


Name of a specific person whom the candidates can contact  

Sandra Moro

Admissions Specialist

+34 93 542 12 34

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