The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides students with rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers.
Students who complete this program will acquire an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field's foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches.
Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools, and will design and conduct an independent master's project.
The Economics Program course listing is broad enough to offer students specialized training in a number of areas:
Macroeconomics with a focus on monetary and fiscal policy
Labor and public economics
Business and market organization
Behavioral and experimental economics
The Economics Program is the main gateway for admission to the PhD Track of the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at UPF.
More than half of our Economics alumni continue their education through GPEFM or in another PhD or graduate program at prestigious schools around the world. Alumni who choose a professional career path are regularly hired by governmental agencies, international banking, consulting and research firms.
In the Fall term, Economics Program students are required to take a mathematics and statistics brush-up course.
During the Fall term, students may choose between advanced or standard core courses, depending on their background and their interest in pursuing a PhD program. Advanced courses will be required for students who wish to be considered for admission to the GPEFM PhD program at UPF. A master project, which will be supervised in regular meetings with an advisor, will allow each student to put their knowledge into practice and improve their writing and exposition skills.
* Courses offered by the MRes-UPF and subject to specific course requirements.
Master degree awarded
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded jointly with Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
All Barcelona GSE master 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
What skills and knowledge will I acquire in this program?
Solid command of analytical and quantitative Economics
Knowledge of a wide range of specializations in different fields of economics
Competence in both theoretical and empirical approaches, from foundation to application and policy
Expert subject knowledge in writing and discussion of graduate-level economics
Facility with tools necessary to successfully pursue a top PhD in economics
Who will benefit from this program?
Graduate students in economics, mathematics, or engineering
Aspiring PhD students looking for a rigorous master program in economics
Junior analysts or professionals from the workforce looking for a postgraduate degree with advanced tools in quantitative economics
How can I enter the PhD track from the Economics program?
Admission to the UPF PhD Program (GPEFM) from the Barcelona GSE Economic Program
As a general procedure, Barcelona GSE Master in Economics students who want to be considered for the GPEFM should take the advanced track during the first term of the Economics Program. Admission to the UPF PhD program (GPEFM) will be decided at the beginning of January and admitted students are required to follow the Advanced Courses Sequence for the rest of the year. The GRE is highly recommended for those applicants who want to be considered for the UPF PhD program.
If my background is not strong enough to follow the three advanced courses, can I still apply for the UPF PhD?
A limited number of places for the GPEFM will be available for those excellent students that were not able to take the advanced course in the first term because of lack of strong enough background in Economics. These admissions will be decided at the beginning of January. These students can apply to the Master in Research of the UPF Economics Department and once admitted follow a special track. Final admission of these students to the PhD will be decided at the end of the first term of the Master in Research, and will depend on performance in the Advanced Courses.
Which other PhD programs have Economics graduates attended?
Barcelona GSE master's graduates have gone on to enter some of the most prestigious and competitive doctoral programs in the world, including:
If I'm to be completely honest with you, I think the Economics Program at the Barcelona GSE is the best in Europe. I'm passionate about Economics, and I wanted to be challenged and pushed to something where I can learn more for myself and get a lot out of the course at the same time. The friends I've made already are friends for life. One of the things that's struck me the most is that they're so intelligent, so academically-founded and at the same time so international. To put it simply, I've loved it so far. I expect to be pushed a lot academically - that's why I'm here first and foremost, but at the same time I'm excited to explore local culture and the city with the sea and the mountains - and really just to have an enjoyable year while working hard.
My first impressions are that the teachers are amazing. They've been really willing to help us, willing to answer all of our questions. They're very knowledgable on the subjects of course, and they're coming from really great universities as well. There are people here to help you every step of the way. I've made so many friends already, and I've been really impressed with everything that I've seen.
A month after I started working for Prof. Finkelstein, she sent me to the field to get a better understanding of the interventions we are studying...Seeing the people we were helping out with our program and hearing their testimonials was really touching. It reassured me why I want to do empirical research for a living!
The Economics Program at Barcelona GSE has provided a great foundation for my MRes/PhD work. I highly value the rigorous training in quantitative methods, which has proved essential for my own research, as well as the input from all the teachers and professors. In fact, my PhD topic is based on an idea I had for a project at Barcelona GSE, and I am very grateful for all the support I have received for it.
From the first week I joined RBB Economics, I have been working on a multibillion dollar merger of two major orthopaedic companies. Until now I have spent most of the time with clients’ transaction data, working mainly on switching analysis, the purpose of which was to determine closeness of competition between the merging parties.
My responsibilities in the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Policy area range across pretty much all macroeconomic subjects that are related to policy. One of the projects I am working on right now is macroeconomic monitoring. For this project, I produce a bi-weekly briefing on the current situation across the continents. I am also linked to the El Salvador economic team, so I go on missions to assess the economic situation. All of the Economics master courses at Barcelona GSE are useful for this type of work. The ideas behind the models we studied provide a strong conceptual framework that helps guide policy and tells us where to look for vulnerabilities in the economy.
BGSE and UPF are both well-known for cutting-edge research in macroeconomics, and given that I always liked statistics and econometrics in addition to macro, I was very happy when I was given the opportunity to study here. Also, Barcelona is an absolutely amazing place to study and live. Faculty and staff at both BGSE and UPF have always been very helpful and supportive, and they provided me with everything to focus on research.