Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

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 90 countries to Barcelona and connect them with top-ranking researchers, experienced teaching faculty, international alumni, and a strong recruiter network.  

Top reasons to study here

  • Our Scientific Council of more than 30 leading academics including 11 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.
  • 93% of graduates placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree, helped by our dedicated Career Services team.



Modern crises and emerging challenges have called established economic models into question. In 2006, as thought leaders in countries all over the globe were re-examining our understanding of economic science, a group of highly renowned professors and economists envisioned the need for a graduate school that could produce research and trained professionals with preparation and expertise.


The objective of our rigorous nine-month Master’s programs in Economics, Finance and Data Science is to prepare graduates for professional and academic careers that require intense analytical thinking and a flexible mindset.

The University is proudly positioned in the top worldwide educational rankings in the field of Social Sciences:

  • Shanghai Ranking's: Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Economics, 51st place.
  • QS World University Rankings - Economics & Econometrics, 51st place. 
  • REPEC Spain, 1st place. 
  • REPEC Europe, 8th place. 
  • REPEC World - Top Economic Departments, 15th place. 
  • REPEC  World - Top Institutions, 28th place. 


The Barcelona GSE is a pioneering initiative that brings together four academic units with established international reputations and a history of leadership in the field of Economics:

  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Department of Economics and Business 
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Unit of Economic Analysis 
  • Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC) 
  • Center for Research in International Economics (CREI)

The joint efforts of our academic units have positioned the Barcelona GSE among the world's top research groups, consistently ranked in (RePEc).


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.

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Student services

The Barcelona GSE Admissions Office can be contacted by email at or phone +34 93 542 12 34

Before you come to Barcelona, you should make sure you have the proper student visa and adequate medical insurance (required for your visa application). Depending on where you obtained your previous degree(s), you may need to take some steps to have them legalized and/or translated.

  • Student visas and visas for family members: Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland do not need visas. Students of all other nationalities will need a student visa from the Spanish consulate in their country. You must apply for a long-term student visa and request multiple entries. A tourist visa is only valid for 90 days, and does not allow you to study in Spain.
  • Obtain student medical insurance: If you are a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen and entitled to coverage under the health care system of your country, you must obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to your arrival in Spain. If you need medical assistance, you usually must pay for the cost up front and claim a refund later. If you are a non-EU citizen, as a requirement for your student visa application, you must obtain private medical insurance for the duration of your stay covering medical care, hospital assistance, and repatriation expenses. If you require medical assistance while in Barcelona, simply call your insurance company and they will advise you where to receive to medical assistance. Don't forget to carry your medical insurance card when you travel.
  • Legalization of transcripts and diplomas: Before you arrive in Barcelona, both your grade transcripts and your final diploma of your undergraduate degree must be legalized, depending on where your undergraduate degree was issued. You will need to bring these documents with you to our course registration in September, before the academic year begins.

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Housing services

The Barcelona GSE Admissions Office is happy to assist new master's students looking to establish their student lives quickly and comfortably. There are several types of accommodation that we hope will fit every budget and preference.Typical living arrangements that students choose include:

  • Staying at a student residence hall
  • Renting an apartment
  • Renting a room in a shared apartment with other students

Library services

Students at the Barcelona GSE have access to the world-class research libraries

  • UPF Library
  • Over 500,000 publications and more than 6,000 periodical subscriptions
  • Electronic Library: on-line access to full-text information resources including catalogs/databases, over 10,000 electronic journals, 6,700 electronic books
  • Long opening hours, including 24-hour access during exam periods.

ICT services

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics launched a new online platform for alumni of the Master’s programs. The platform offers several ways for alumni to reconnect with classmates, find other alumni working in their industry, and participate in alumni activities wherever they are currently living. 

  • Internet access
  • Printers
  • Programming resources
  • Virtual campus

Student Life

Campus life

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:

  • Ciutadella Campus in the center of Barcelona
  • Bellaterra Campus a short distance outside the city

Sports facilities

Annual "futsal" (indoor football) tournament. Teams matched Master's students against alumni and faculty.

Other sports and activities:

  • Unirun
  • Hiking in Collserola Nature Park
  • Winery tour
  • Community picnics
  • Ski trip to Andorra

Student clubs

A few times each term, we organize social events to give students a chance to relax—and leave the library! Students, alumni, and professors are invited to participate in events such as picnics on campus and excursions to nearby nature parks or wineries.


The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics was distinguished as one of only eight top research institutions of excellence with an international impact in the framework of the first Severo Ochoa Program.