The Barcelona GSE Class of 2016 brings together a group of 263 exceptionally talented students from 56 countries.

The ninth cohort of master's students fulfills the School's objective of attracting individuals with an international focus, outstanding academic backgrounds, and a diverse range of professional experiences.

Student profile by master's program

View more details about the entire Class of 2016 in the graphics below, or choose a specific master's program from the menu to explore specific information about students in that program.

Academic background

Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from business, engineering, mathematics, or other backgrounds.

Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

Work experience before the master program

An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

Students from around the world

89% of students in the Class of 2016 are from outside of Spain, and 37% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

Most represented countries (# students):

Italy (32), Spain (30), Germany (28), United States (19), India (14)

  • Academic background

    Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from business, engineering, mathematics, or other backgrounds.

    Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

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  • Work experience before the master program

    An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

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  • Students from around the world

    89% of students in the Class of 2016 are from outside of Spain, and 37% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

    Most represented countries (# students):

    Italy (32), Spain (30), Germany (28), United States (19), India (14)

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    Kandarp Srinivasan '12

    PhD Candidate
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    What makes the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics really stand out is the quality of its faculty. The opportunity to learn and work with top researchers is of great value for an aspiring academic. Also, the Finance master coursework has a lot of theoretical emphasis and is great preparation for someone interested in a career in research.
  • 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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    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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    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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    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.
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    Yi-Ting Kuo '15

    Data Administrator
    Brussels
    Belgium
    Thanks to the rigorous training at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, my approach to data administration is meticulous and analytical.
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    Marcos Casarin '12

    Economist
    London
    United Kingdom
    After working with applied macroeconomics, I can say that all the theory I learnt at Barcelona GSE has provided me with the ability to produce high-quality economic analysis in the real world.
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    Benjamin Anderson '15

    Data Strategist
    Durham, NC
    United States
    The expertise in quantitative methods and economics of public policy knowledge that I gained at BGSE is essential to help bridge the communication and information gap between empirical evidence and the decision-making of practitioners. These skills enable me to develop strategies and draw conclusions with confidence when consulting with partners.
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    Lluís Mateo '09

    Investment Banking Associate
    London
    United Kingdom
    Coming from an engineering background, the Barcelona GSE Master's Program in Finance provided me with the chance to switch careers and move to Finance positions. Moreover, the intense technical focus of the program, coupled with the quality of faculty, prepared me to effectively perform the modelling and quantitative analysis I need to do as part of my job.
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    Cecilia Nardini

    Cecilia Nardini '13

    Senior Associate
    London
    United Kingdom
    The Barcelona GSE master program was strongly recommended to me by my supervisor at Bocconi University and by a friend who had a great experience here. Both pointed out the world-renowned faculty and the relevance and comprehensiveness of the topics covered. Furthermore, at the competition authority I worked for, names of Barcelona GSE faculty or alumni were mentioned regularly as being the leading experts in the field. I then came to Barcelona GSE earlier this year for a professional training and was so impressed with the level of the course that I decided to apply for the master the day after!