Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Spain

About Barcelona Graduate School of Economics


Some new policies have been announced regarding course delivery, deferral and refund options for 2020-21 academic course intake, as well as flexibilization of dates -Application period extended until September 1, 2020- to allow all prospective students to make the most informed decision possible about joining the Barcelona GSE this year. 

You can review the new policies here.

About 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 40 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 one-year 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

Ranked in top 10 institutions in Europe for Economics research (RePEc)
The academic excellence of the school rests on the talent and drive of our teaching and research faculty, which has positioned the Barcelona GSE consistently among the world's top research groups.

Our graduates get competitive jobs
94% of graduates placement within 6 months of completing their master's, helped by our dedicated Careers Services team that will provide training and support to go out into the world to make an impact in industry or academia.

Nobel Laureates help to develop the Master's
Our Master’s programs lead to official degrees under EU law and receive strategic guidance from a group of more than 30 leading academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates, on the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council.

Life in Barcelona

With seven universities and numerous research institutions, Barcelona offers one of Europe's most inspiring environments for students and academics to live and study.

This intellectually appealing atmosphere coupled with the Barcelona GSE’s location on the campuses of two internationally ranked universities puts our students in the heart of a dynamic academic environment.

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What students think about Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

    Shukya Kiroga, Class of 2018

    Testimonial from Shukya Kiroga, Class of 2018, student at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

    "This is an interestingly technical and a highly intensive Master's program for anyone who wants to broaden and deepen their understanding of firms' operations and welfare considerations in a regulated and competitive environment… The course challenged every bit of my thinking."

    Karina Colombo, Class of 2018

    Testimonial from Karina Colombo, Class of 2018, student at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

    "Studying at the Barcelona GSE has been one of the most rewarding academic experiences I've had. It is a very intense master with top quality professors, encouraging you to give your best throughout the program. It has a unique combination between policy oriented theory and extremely applied work, specially in quantitative courses."

    Richard Knudsen, Class of 2018

    Testimonial from Richard Knudsen, Class of 2018, student at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

    "To me, the Barcelona GSE Master's in Data Science clearly holds its promise of being one of the world's finest programs for Data Science in a Social Science environment. Backed by world-class research, the lectures are academically rigorous and demanding, but also carefully contrasted with hands-on practices delivered by experts from the industry."

Courses at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

There are 26 courses listed from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Tuition Fees

Fees cover registration, teaching, use of the UAB and UPF facilities, and first entry into examinations. Fees are subject to change and may vary by program. Please refer to the individual programs for specific tuition fees.

Financial Aid

All financial aid is awarded based on academic merit in competition with all other candidates. Every applicant is considered for all available financial aid opportunities. Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE may consist of:

Full or partial tuition waivers

Waivers are reductions of 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% on tuition fees. All students, including those awarded a tuition waiver, must pay a 1000€ reservation fee to confirm their place in the program.


Thanks to the participation of a number of companies and institutions, the Barcelona GSE is able to offer a number of tuition waivers and fully-funded scholarships based on academic merit. These highly competitive financial awards help the School attract the best and brightest international students.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

A small number of teaching assistantships will be awarded to students in the Economics and Finance Programs. These positions are competitive and available to a limited number of top students. TAs are responsible for 30 or 60 hours of teaching (distributed flexibly throughout the year), plus other duties.


Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Accommodation Information for Students

86% of our Master's students come from abroad. Many are living out of their home countries for the first time. All international students receive personalized support from Barcelona GSE Admissions Counselors throughout the relocation process.

Check out our webpage for some tips and contact the Admissions Office for further advice.

Facts about Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

  • Year institution founded: 2006
  • Total enrolled: 238
  • Average student age: 24
  • Number of academic staff: 150
  • Number of Professors: 150

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