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 select talented, motivated students from more than 90 countries and connect them with top-ranking researchers, experienced teaching faculty, international alumni, and a strong recruiter network.

Top reasons to study here

  • Ranked in top 5 Economics departments in Europe (RePEc) The academic excellence of the school rests on the talent and drive of our teaching and research faculty
  • Within six months of graduation, 97% of the Class of 2019 entered jobs or PhD programs related to their Master’s studies.
  • Official degrees under EU law that receive strategic guidance from a group of more than 30 leading academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)



We are dedicated to academic rigor, open-minded thinking, and scientific impact. We do this by bringing together four of Europe’s top Economics research groups: 

  • 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)


Our rigorous Master’s programs are designed and taught by researchers from these four academic units. They are our Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors, our core teaching faculty of more than 150 accomplished researchers and instructors who exemplify the pursuit of excellence that we aim to instill in every student.



The joint efforts of our academic units have positioned the Barcelona GSE among the world's top research groups. Evidence of our research community's strength includes competitive research rankings (RePEc), three consecutive Severo Ochoa Excellence Accreditations (2012-2015; 2016-2019; 2020-23), and the consolidation of the Barcelona GSE Summer Forum as the premier annual conference in Europe for top researchers.


Our Career Services team provides students and alumni with a portfolio of resources to support their career development and prepare for a successful job search.

We also work with recruiters and the Barcelona GSE network of faculty and alumni to identify placement opportunities that match the quality and caliber of our Master's graduates. 

97% career placement success rate

Within six months of graduation, 97% of the Class of 2019 entered jobs or PhD programs related to their Master’s studies. The Barcelona GSE’s dedicated Career Services Team provides one-on-one career counseling and all the tools students need for a successful job search. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

Our admissions officers are not only 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, but also to guiding you through student visa and relocation matters if you accept an offer to join one of our programs.

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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. 

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.


Your degree will be recognized and respected all over the world.

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”). 

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 Severo Ochoa Program.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had a great time studying at BGSE. The professors were very knowledgeable and were good at imparting that knowledge.


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