Master’s Degrees

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Marta Reynal-Querol

Program Director

Eulàlia Nualart

Deputy Director


students from 32 countries

Filippo Ippolito

Program Director

Xavier Freixas

Steering Commitee

José-Luis Peydró

Steering Commitee


students from 15 countries

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Juan José Ganuza

Program Director

Rosa Ferrer

Steering Commitee

Massimo Motta

Steering Commitee


students from 12 countries

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Program Director


students from 15 countries

Jaume Ventura

Program Director

Fernando Broner

Steering Committee

Antonio Ciccone

Steering Committee


students from 20 countries

Hugo Rodríguez- Mendizábal

Program Director

Albert Marcet

Scientific Director


students from 13 countries

Master Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program

Christian Fons-Rosen

Program Director

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos

Scientific Director


students from 9 countries

Master’s class profile


Intake of students




Years old (average age)


Academic Background

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2017-18

Most represented countries:
Spain (33), Italy (29), Germany (23), USA (15), India (11)

Class of 2017 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

Professional Placements by Industry

Doctoral Study

Distribution of Academic and Professional Placements by Program

93% of the Class of 2017 reported obtaining a job or entering a postgraduate program within 6 months of completing the Barcelona GSE Master’s

Examples of 2017 Professional Placements

Africa, Asia, Oceania

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Central Bank of Republic of Turkey
Genesis Analytics
Government of Singapore
RBB Economics
Reserve Bank of India
United Nations (UN)
World Bank (WB)

Central and South America

Banco Itaú BBA
Central Bank of Chile
Central Bank of Dominican Republic
Central Bank of Ecuador
Central Bank of Peru
Congress of the Republic of Peru
Cost Management Group
Federal Competition and Economic Commission
GPR Economia
Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru
Ministry of Finance of the Dominican Republic
Ministry of Tourism of Mexico
Organismo Supervisor de Inversión Privada en Telecomunicaciones
Programa Nacional de Financiamiento al Microempresario
Social Development Ministry of the National Government
Sura Asset Management
SUSEP – Superintendencia de Seguros Privados
Swiss Embassy


BNP Paribas
Caixa Bank
Charles River Associates (CRA)
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
European Central Bank (ECB)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Goldman Sachs
J.P. Morgan
Morgan Stanley
OECD -Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development
Oxford Economics
RBB Economics
United Nations (UN)

North America

Dexis Consulting Group
Global Economics Group
Goldman Sachs
Ontario Trillium Foundation
University of Chicago

Examples of 2017 PhD Placements


European University Institute
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
LUISS Guido Carli
Sapienza University of Rome
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
University College London
University of Bologna
University of Cambridge

North America

Columbia University
Princeton University
University of California San Diego
University of Wyoming

49 on-campus career recruiting events for Master’s students

Recruitment talks 2017-18

Alix Partners
Banco de España
Banco Sabadell
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Caixa Bank
Cambridge Economic Policy Associates
Charles River Associates
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Compass Lexecon
Competition Market Authority
Deloitte Economics Consulting
EPSO Graduate Administrators
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Central Bank
European Investment Bank
EY Analytics
Frontier economics
Inter-American Development Bank
International Committee of the Red Cross
Kernel Analytics
Moody’s Analytics
NERA Economics Consulting
Now Casting
Overseas Development Institute
Oxford Economics
RBB Economics
S&P Global
Schibsted Media
Social Point
State Street
The Brattle Group
UBS Krakow
Utopia Music
World Bank

Career Seminars 2017-18

Career in financial institutions
Career in multilateral organizations
Communications skills
Cover letter
CV workshop
Job interview preparation
Market Insights
Networking training
Work permit in Spain

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 2018

Aarhus University, Denmark
Accenture, Spain
Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France
Bank of England
Bank of France
Bank of Spain
Bonn University, Germany
CEMFI, Spain
Claremont McKenna College, USA
Duke School of Business, USA
Erasmus School of Economics, Netherlands
European University Institute (post-doc), Italy
IIES at Stockholm University, Sweden
International Monetary Fund (IMF), USA
Max Planck Institute for Human Development (post-doc), Germany
Paderborn University, Germany
Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Myanmar
Russian Statistical Service, Russia
Tilburg University, Netherlands
University of International Business and Economics, China
University of Vienna, Austria

La Caixa-Severo Ochoa International Doctoral Fellowships

Scholarships play a critical role in attracting talented PhD candidates to doctoral programs organized jointly with the Barcelona GSE. The “La Caixa” Foundation supports doctoral fellowships at those institutions which have received the Severo Ochoa Excellence Accreditation.

There were 8 ongoing fellowships during the 2017-18 academic year

5th Barcelona GSE PhD Jamboree

The Barcelona GSE PhD Jamboree is an opportunity for students in both PhD programs in the Barcelona GSE community to show off their research, exchange ideas, and receive feedback on work in progress. The Jamboree is organized and led by GPEFM and IDEA students.

Invited alumni speakers

Maria Emilia Garcia-Appendini (GPEFM ’07)
University of Zurich
«Financial choices, career choices»

Luca Paolo Merlino (IDEA ’09)
University of Antwerp
«The private provision of public goods on endogenous networks»

Jamboree Organizers 2018

Mario Giarda (GPEFM-UPF and Barcelona GSE)
Sven Hanold (IDEA-UAB and Barcelona GSE)
Ilja Kantorovitch (GPEFM-UPF and Barcelona GSE)
Tommaso Santini (IDEA-UAB and Barcelona GSE)

Highlights from this year’s Jamboree

The Jamboree receives support from the Severo Ochoa Program.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Master Program Scholarship Sponsors 2017-18

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 2017-18.

Some students receiving financial aid were selected to receive scholarships from competitive programs created by Barcelona GSE sponsors:

Continuing Education

Summer Schools

Banking Summer School

Xavier Freixas (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director
José-Luis Peydró (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Competition Economics Summer School

Juan-José Ganuza (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

CREI Macroeconomics Summer School

Alberto Martin (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Data Science Summer School

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

Finance Summer School

Filippo Ippolito (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Labor Economics Summer School

Maia Güell (University of Edinburgh), Director

Macroeconometrics Summer School

Luca Gambetti (UAB and Barcelona GSE), Director

Microeconometrics Summer School

Sergi Jiménez-Martín (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director


participants from 82 countries

Summer School Participants by Industry

“Having finished my studies several years ago, the course provided a very useful refresher…It also broadened my understanding of available econometric techniques.”

Ferenc Peto, Economist
Compass Lexecon (UK)
Barcelona GSE Master’s Competition and Market Regulation, Class of 2011
Summer School Participant 2018

Professional Courses

Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance

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

Competitive Effects of Mergers

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

Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director
Frank Verboven (University of Leuven), Director


participants from 37 countries

Professional Course Participants by Industry

“The instruction is of the highest standard, complemented by significant critical thinking and engagement throughout the course…the selection of course participants offers an invaluable opportunity to network and learn from others in the field globally.”

Helen Kean, Senior Economist
Econex (South Africa)
Professional Course Participant 2018