Barcelona GSE Alumni are currently working and continuing their education in about 70 countries worldwide.

92% of the Class of 2014-15 have been placed 6 months after graduation.

See the Class of 2015 Career Outlook Report

The alumni who chose a professional career path are working as Economists, Analysts, Researchers or Consultants in industries such as banking and financial institutions, international organizations, consultancies, research institutions or the public sector. This provides the alumni with an international and growing professional network from which they can benefit.

In parallel, a significant percentage of our alumni enter competitive PhD programs in Europe, the United States or elsewhere, providing an important network in academia.

Alumni from all years and master programs have shown great commitment with Barcelona GSE and have helped us in developing new corporate relations with their respective industries and universities.

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Professional and academic career paths

Over the years, placements have been split between professional placement (69%) and academic placement (31%).

See a partial list of PhD program placements

See below for professional placement trends.

Career trends by program

Choose a program to view more specific information about alumni career paths.

69% of graduates enter the professional world

21% Financial Services
Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

20% Consulting
Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

17% Research and Academic Institutions
Institutions conducting research on development, economic policy, health economics, and international trade are the destinations for most graduate who enter this area.

14% Government Authorities and Agencies
Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

10% International Organizations and Non-profits
Credit development officers, economists, program analysts, and internships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, among others.

18% Other Industries
Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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31% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

34% entered PhD in Economics at UPF or UAB
The doctoral programs in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) are organized jointly with the Barcelona GSE.

66% studying in other competitive PhD programs around the world
Of these, 26% entered programs in the United States and 17% in the United Kingdom. Other common destinations were Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Alumni by location

43% Europe
European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

24% Spain
Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

14% North America
The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

11% Central and South America
Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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  • 69% of graduates enter the professional world

    21% Financial Services
    Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

    20% Consulting
    Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

    17% Research and Academic Institutions
    Institutions conducting research on development, economic policy, health economics, and international trade are the destinations for most graduate who enter this area.

    14% Government Authorities and Agencies
    Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

    10% International Organizations and Non-profits
    Credit development officers, economists, program analysts, and internships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, among others.

    18% Other Industries
    Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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  • 31% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

    34% entered PhD in Economics at UPF or UAB
    The doctoral programs in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) are organized jointly with the Barcelona GSE.

    66% studying in other competitive PhD programs around the world
    Of these, 26% entered programs in the United States and 17% in the United Kingdom. Other common destinations were Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

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  • Alumni by location

    43% Europe
    European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

    24% Spain
    Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

    14% North America
    The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

    11% Central and South America
    Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

    8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
    Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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    Vanessa Behrens '13

    Economics and Statistical Analysis
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    The ability to interpret scientific research papers has helped me grasp the economics of innovation and firm behavior in the context of intellectual property. The state-of-the-art econometric techniques and focus on policy issues will prove to be particularly useful when I am undertaking applied research in the near future.
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    Laura Gris '16

    Analyst
    Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    I currently work at Blackrock as an analyst in the Aladdin Client Services department, where we provide clients with in-depth knowledge and understanding of Aladdin, their business and the overall risk and investment management process. My master’s in finance at Barcelona GSE helped me develop good analytical and problem-solving skills as well as providing me with a good understanding of how financial markets work.
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    Manuel Muñoz '13

    Head of Service
    Madrid
    Spain
    The master's has prepared me both directly and indirectly: directly, through courses such as Financial Economics, Empirical Finance, Banking and Financial Fragility, and Regulation in Financial Markets; and indirectly, by teaching me how to shape the right mindset in order to successfully approach economic and financial problems.
  • I enrolled in the Master in Economics at Barcelona GSE because I wanted a competitive program to prepare me to enter a PhD in the United States. I think the excellent faculty and the challenging workload of the advanced courses will provide me with the high-quality training I am looking for.
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    Max Bode '11

    Research Fellow
    Boston, MA
    United States
    "ITFD prepared me very well for my current job, as I apply the skills I learned in class every day. Also, outside the classroom, the faculty at the Barcelona GSE never hesitated in taking time to give career advice or share their personal take on the world of economics."
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    Aleka Pappa '14

    Junior Research Fellow / Think Tank Young Professional Development Program
    Tirana
    Albania
    The master program in Economics of Public Policy has been a great asset to me with its distinctive combination of a solid foundation in economic theory with the applied aspect – all accompanied by the teaching of world-class professors.
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    Aldo Pignataro '13

    PhD Candidate
    Milan
    Italy
    The Master Program gave me some basic tools that I'm currently using in my research. Moreover, it gave me the possibility to get in touch with some prominent scholars who inspired me for what concerns my career and my current research. I will be always grateful to BGSE and maybe I will come back soon or later (but as a researcher).
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    Charles de Beauffort '14

    Macroeconomic Trainee
    Luxembourg
    One thing I enjoy as an economic trainee at the EIB is working on topics directly related to what I have learnt at the BGSE. Sharing outlooks with knowledgeable economists from all around Europe makes it a truly unique experience.
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    Mellany Pintado '16

    Specialist in Investments and Financial Assets
    Lima
    Peru
    I currently work at the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Peru as an Investment Specialist. My responsibilities in the Treasury Department range across the asset pricing theory we learnt in the Finance Master at Barcelona GSE. It is challenging to evaluate the different investment alternatives in order to reduce the opportunity cost of the Peruvian government funds. As well, as part of my daily duties, I have been evaluating the public institutions' asset allocation where I apply my knowledge acquired across financial econometrics course. In terms of what I do as an Investment Specialist there’s nothing I haven’t faced already in the Master.
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    Manuel Litz '13

    Business Analyst
    Vienna
    Austria
    Working as a Business Analyst for BearingPoint I have valuable hands-on experience on various projects. Everyday day is different from the last, diverse tasks range from PMO activities to analyzing and structuring deliverables for which I am in the lead, conducting workshops and communicating with the client's management. The workload and rigorous analytical training experience at Barcelona GSE has prepared me well to take on any endeavor in my future.