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Master in Data Science


A letter to prospective students from
Prof. Christian Fons-Rosen, Program Director
and Prof. Omiros Papaspiliopoulos, Scientific Director

"The Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science is one of the very few such programs available internationally, and its graduates will be among the first to get a formal training as data scientists."

Master Program Overview

Skills acquired in this master program

  • Seize the opportunity of data-driven value creation within an organization
  • Recognize appropriate statistical methodologies and optimization techniques for complex problems
  • Work with database management systems and distributed processing in a cloud computing environment
  • Gain experience analyzing Big Data from the Internet of Things (industrial sensor data), the Internet of People (social and location data) and business transaction data
  • Communicate data analysis results effectively with data presentation and aesthetic charting skills
  • Work in a data-driven, heterogenous and research-oriented environment
  • Graduates in Economics and Business with solid background and keen interest in quantitative methods
  • Graduates in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics with the ambition to work with real-world problems and data
  • Programming professionals who want to acquire analytical, quantitative tools to leverage their experience
  • Aspiring PhD students looking for rigorous training in quantitative and analytical methods

2014-15 is the first edition of the master program in Data Science. Alumni outlook data will be available in Fall 2015.

Potential employers of program graduates include:

  • Analytics departments in companies in the following industries:
    • Telecommunications
    • E-commerce
    • Entertainment and Sports
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Fast-moving consumer goods
  • Finance and Insurance Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Research Institutes
  • Public institutions, central banks and European agencies

Program details and structure

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Structure: 9 months (3 trimesters), full time
  • Tuition: 16,000 €
    Fees listed are for the 2015-16 academic year and are subject to change for future editions of the master program.
  • Campus: Ciutadella (UPF)
  • Degree awarded: Master Degree in Data Science (awarded jointly with UPF and UAB)

The Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science 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

Applications for 2016-17 will open in November.

If you like, we can send you a reminder by email when applications open.


Master Degree in Data Science awarded jointly by:



Industrial Practicum
Data Science students can complete a "deep dive" analytics project using real data from selected companies around Barcelona.

Blog posts by Barcelona GSE Data Scientists

Sponsors providing scholarships and financial support for master programs

The Barcelona GSE is grateful to the following collaborating institutions for supporting its master programs with full or partial scholarship funding:

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