Applications will open this November. Read about all our programs to decide which one is the best fit for you. As there may be more than one program that interests you, you will have the option to list up to three programs on your application in order of your preference. Our admissions officers are available to help you choose a program based on your background and career goals.
Give yourself an advantage: apply early!
You can start preparing your application now by reading about the admissions process and collecting all the required documents detailed below. If you like, you can sign up to receive an email alert from us when applications open in the fall.
We offer three Master's Degrees at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Each degree has its own specialized programs of study. When you apply, you will indicate the specific program you wish to enter. You will also have the option to add (in order of preference) a second and third choice program on the same application.
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 at the Barcelona GSE is awarded based solely on academic merit. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid are advised to apply during the first admissions round (November 15 - January 15).
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. Preference in admission and financial aid will be given to those candidates who submit their applications before January 15.
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.
At the Barcelona GSE we look for excellence and talent. Key elements of a strong application are a high GPA, a sound statement of purpose and a standout reference letter. Strong knowledge in economics and good quantitative skills are also recommended.
Note that the fulfillment of the application requirements does not guarantee admission. Candidates will also be evaluated on the following admission criteria:
If you don't have an official transcript yet when applying, you may upload an unofficial copy. However, all accepted students must submit official transcripts during course registration in September, before the academic year begins.
If you are applying before having completed your undergraduate program, you will need to to upload a signed letter stating that you commit to graduating before you begin your master's program at the Barcelona GSE
No longer than two pages.
Statement of purpose
Write a letter of motivation (no more than 700 words).
GRE exam scores
Applicants to all programs are encouraged to provide the scores of the GRE exam, which are often an important element for admission decisions. For the Data Science Program, the GRE exam is mandatory. Please do not forget to upload a copy of your results to your application account.
Proof of English language proficiency
Unless you are a native English speaker or have done your undergraduate degree at an English-speaking university, you must provide TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge scores or certificates. If you are not yet in possession of one of these language certificates, we suggest you wait to apply until you can fulfill this requirement with the documents required.
Accepted certificates include IELTS (6,5), TOEFL (90) and Cambridge Exams (Proficiency A-C; Advance A-C; First A)
During the online application process, we will ask you for the names and contact information of two referees who are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. At least one of the referees should be a teacher or professor. The two signed letters must be uploaded directly to the online application system by your referees. Your application is not considered complete until both letters have been uploaded.
Before starting your application process, we advise you to contact both referees to let them know about your intention to apply to our programs. Just after you submit your application, we will contact them via email with instructions on how to proceed.
You must notify your referees and remind them to check their email for the instructions.
Referees must include their full name, work address, and email, and they should include your name in the body of the letter. Letters should be submitted on official letterhead and signed by your referees.
Your referees should evaluate you based on the following criteria:
Referees are advised to add this form as a complement to the letter.
You can track your admission status through the application portal. Log into your account and click "Track Application Status." You will receive an email from the application system each time your application status is updated.
Early applicants (candidates who apply before January 15) can expect an admissions decision by the middle of February. Those who apply after January 15 will receive a decision within approximately 5 weeks. Admissions decisions and any financial aid offer are delivered together by email.
We strongly advise international students (non-EU) to apply as early as possible and allow themselves time enough to arrange relocation issues such as visas and housing.
Both your grade transcripts and your previous study diploma(s) must be legalized, depending on where your undergraduate degree was issued, before you arrive in Barcelona. You will need to bring these documents with you to course registration in September, before the academic year begins. Diploma(s) and certificates of academic records must be signed and sealed at your university, and must be certified by all of the below:
Documents will only be accepted in one of the following languages: Catalan, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Documents in any other language must be accompanied by a sworn translation signed and sealed by either:
All Barcelona GSE Master's 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”). Indicadors de qualitat (in Catalan)