Institutional accreditation from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU)

In July 2020, the Barcelona GSE completed a three-month certification process of the Internal Quality System that outlines how our institutional processes are organized and how we measure their outcomes. A total of 34 internal processes were accredited by AQU, the public agency entrusted with the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality in the universities and higher education institutions in Catalonia.

Top 100 QS Ranking for Economics & Econometrics

The Barcelona GSE maintained its ranking in the Top 100 institutions worldwide for Economics and Econometrics. The ranking is based on institutional reputation and research impact in the subject area.

Master’s Degrees

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Marta Reynal-Querol

Program Director

Eulàlia Nualart

Eulàlia Nualart

Deputy Director


students from 25 countries

Filippo Ippolito

Program Director

Xavier Freixas

Steering Commitee

José-Luis Peydró

Steering Commitee


students from 8 countries

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Rosa Ferrer

Program Director

Juan José Ganuza

Steering Committee

Massimo Motta

Steering Commitee


students from 11 countries

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Program Director


students from 11 countries

Jaume Ventura

Program Director

Fernando Broner

Scientific Director


students from 14 countries

Hugo Rodríguez- Mendizábal

Program Director

Albert Marcet

Scientific Director


students from 14 countries

Master Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos

Program Director

Christian Fons-Rosen

Steering Committee

Joan Verdú

Joan Verdú

Steering Committee

Piotr Zwiernik

Piotr Zwiernik

Steering Committee


students from 13 countries

Master’s class profile


Intake of students




Years old (average age)



Academic Background

Academic Background

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2019-20

Countries of Origin
Most represented countries:
Spain (29), Italy (28), Turkey (16), United States (15), United Kingdom (13) India (9), Germany (9), China (8)

Class of 2019 Career Placement

The annual report includes results for the previous academic year’s cohort, six months after their graduation.

Distribution of Professional and Academic Placements

Distribution of Professional and Academic Placements

Professional Placements by Industry

Professional Placements by Industry
97% of the Class of 2019 reported obtaining a job or entering a postgraduate program within 6 months of completing the Barcelona GSE Master’s
Class of 2019 97% Placement Rate

Examples of 2019 Professional Placements

Africa, Asia, Oceania

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Research Assistant, Shenzhen, China
  • Instiglio, Analyst, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, Research Assistant, Moscow, Russia
  • KPMG, Advisory Analyst, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Prime Minister’s Office, Senior Executive, Singapore, Singapore
  • World Food Programme, Programme Officer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Central and South America

  • Banco Promerica Costa Rica, Credit Risk Analyst, San José, Costa Rica
  • Brasilian Competition Authority, Senior Public Manager, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Ministry of Education, Head of Economic Analysis and Regional Monitoring, Lima, Peru
  • National Health Superintendency, Consultant on Tariff Scheme, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Tryolabs, Data Scientist, Montevideo, Uruguay


  • Central Bank of Iceland, Economist, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • European Central Bank, Trainee in Monetary Policy Strategy Division, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Munich Airport, Data Scientist, Munich, Germany
  • Nera Economic Consulting, Research Officer, Madrid, Spain
  • OECD Trainee –  Financing for Sustainable Development Division – Development Co-operation Directorate- Paris, France
  • The Brattle Group, Research Analyst, London, UK
  • University of Zurich, Research Assistant, Zurich, Switzerland

North America

  • Bank of Canada, Analyst, Financial Markets Department, Ottawa, Canada
  • Federal Reserve, Financial Institution Policy Analyst, Washington, DC, US
  • Inter-American Development Bank, Research Fellow, Washington, DC, US
  • Mexican Competition Authority (COFECE), Deputy Director of Technical Analysis, Mexico City, Mexico
  • The Washington Post, Digital Analyst, Washington, DC, US
  • World Bank, Data Scientist/ Research Analyst, Washington, DC, US

Examples of 2019 PhD Placements

16 students chose to enter the PhD program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GPEFM, jointly organized with Barcelona GSE). Placements at other institutions included:

  • Australian National University
  • Bonn School of Economics
  • HEC Paris
  • Imperial College London
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Arizona State University

53 career recruiting events for Master’s students

Recruitment talks 2019-20

  • Accenture
  • Accenture Innovation Center
  • Banco de España
  • Banco Sabadell
  • Banc Sabadell (for Data Science)
  • BBVA Research
  • BCG Gamma
  • Bluecap
  • Bluecap
  • Bruegel
  • Caixa Bank Research
  • Caixa Business Intelligence
  • Cambridge Economics Policy Associates (CEPA)
  • Capital Economics
  • Charles River Associates
  • Compass Lexecon
  • Competition Markets Authority (CMA)
  • Copenhagen Economics
  • Data Science Center
  • Deloitte Economic & Analytics
  • E.CA Economics
  • ECB: DG Research
  • EU Careers – EPSO
  • European Central Bank (ECB)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Factset
  • Frontier Economics
  • Instiglio
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • King
  • Landmark Partners
  • Laterite
  • McKinsey Analytics
  • Nera Economic Consulting
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Open Evidence
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Oxera
  • Oxford Economics
  • PwC Madrid/ & Strategy
  • PwC Public Sector
  • RBB Economics
  • Session for Non European:9:30 am
  • SIRIS Academic
  • Social Point
  • Societe Generale
  • Telefónica
  • Telefónica (visit to their office)
  • The Brattle Group
  • UBS
  • What Works Centre

Career Services visited 37 target employers in 4 cities

Career development sessions 2019-20

Career Seminars (Trainings):

A total of 24 career sessions organized:

  • CV-writing tutorial and workshop
  • Cover letter training
  • Market insights from relevant sectors for each master program (7 sessions)
  • PhD Info Session
  • Career in International Organizations
  • Career in Financial Institutions
  • Communication skills
  • Job search strategy
  • Networking training and optimizing LinkedIn profile
  • Extra support to non-EU students by offering external legal advice on the work permit requirements
  • Training for interviews (videos to watch and 2 practical session in T1 and T2) (2 sessions in total)
  • Career in European Institutions

New sessions in 2019-2020:

  • Job search for experienced students
  • Case study training: strategy and economic consulting
  • Career in Public Policy
  • Impact on Covid-19 on the job search
  • Online interview preparation

First-hand insights for jobs in International Organizations, Finance, and Public Policy

Three recruiting events gave students the chance to learn first-hand about jobs, companies and selection procedures in specific sectors. Students also received invaluable tips from alumni during the panels organized at the beginning of each event.

International Organizations Day  |  Finance Event  |  Public Policy Event

Career Services produced a white paper, “COVID-19 and the job search: a snapshot,” which included qualitative comments and quantitative data from 60 partner companies and organizations that regularly recruit Barcelona GSE Master’s graduates. They presented the main findings to students via webinar and also made the full paper available to the public.

Doctoral Programs

Graduate education at the Barcelona GSE rests upon the foundations of two renowned international doctoral programs: GPEFM at UPF and IDEA at UAB.

Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM)

International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA)

Doctoral Program Graduate Placements 2020

  • Aalto University
  • Banca d’Italia
  • Brattle Group
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Geneva School of Economics and Management
  • Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Lund University
  • Nanjing Audit University
  • Norges Bank
  • Shandong University
  • Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Universitat de les Illes Balears
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Zurich
  • Zhejiang Gongshang University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Master Program Scholarship Sponsors 2019-20

The support of prestigious companies and institutions enables the Barcelona GSE to offer tuition waivers based on academic merit to outstanding students applying to any of its master programs.
Thanks to these sponsorship agreements, students received either full- or partial-tuition scholarship awards.

36% of students across all of the master programs received some type of funding in 2019-20.

Continuing Education

Summer School will return in 2021

The 2020 edition of the Summer Schools was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Summer School 2021 is scheduled from June 28 – July 16, 2021.

Professional Courses

Competition in Digital Markets

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Data Science Winter School

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Training course in Data Science for CaixaBank

Organized by Barcelona GSE Data Science Center


participants from 20+ countries

Competition in Digital Markets

The professional course Competition in Digital Markets celebrated its first edition with 62 professionals including lawyers, economists, policy makers, and managers working on Competition Policy and Regulation who came to get the latest expertise from leaders in the field.