The Master in Finance is a comprehensive program that covers all the important areas of finance and prepares you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting and asset management.
Our graduates excel in the ability to design and implement complex financial models; understand the theory and bring it to the data. They outclass their peers with a more qualitative background (like an MBA), because they can work in a wider range of positions (risk management, derivatives trading, venture capital, wealth management, etc.). At the same time, our graduates are more versatile than students with a pure quantitative background, because they can reach beyond purely technical jobs.
We believe that your time is valuable. We focus on the “hard” topics of finance because these require formal academic training and are difficult to learn on the job.
The program offers interactive classes, intensive use of advanced statistical and mathematical software, in-depth case studies, presentations by finance professionals, and the support of an experienced team of career services officers.
This program requires that all entering students be able to show a solid academic background in mathematics and statistics. Proof will be required showing an undergraduate degree with a substantial number of quantitative subjects, or GRE to demonstrate quantitative ability, however the GRE is not mandatory for this program.
The master covers four areas of knowledge:
Asset Pricing and Macroeconomics
Corporate Finance and Banking
Econometrics and Data Analysis
Examples of recent Finance placements:
In the Fall term, students are required to take a mathematics, a statistics and a STATA brush-up course.
Course offer is subject to change.
All courses in the fall term are mandatory.
|Econometrics||6||Javier Gómez Biscarri|
|Asset Pricing||6||Javier Gil-Bazo|
|Corporate Finance Theory||6||Albert Banal|
|Financial Econometrics||6||Christian Brownlees|
|Pricing Financial Derivatives||6||Eulàlia Nualart|
Electives - Select 6, 9 or 12 Credits:
|Stochastic Models and Optimization||3||Mihalis Markakis|
|Money and Exchange Rates *||3||Fernando Broner|
|Systemic Risk and Financial Crises||3||José-Luis Peydró|
|Macroeconomics II||6||Danilo Guaitoli
|Asset Prices and Investment Strategies||3||Gonzalo Rubio|
|Market Liquidity and High-Frequency Trading||3||Roberto Pascual|
* Course offered by other Barcelona GSE master's programs. Admission subject to approval by program directors.
|Master Project||6||Filippo Ippolito|
|Electives - Select 12, 15 or 18 Credits:|
|Banking Theory||6||Xavier Freixas|
|Applied Corporate Finance||3||Filippo Ippolito|
|Derivatives and Risk Management||3||Manuel Moreno|
|Empirical Corporate Finance||3||Javier Gómez Biscarri
|Empirical Asset Pricing and Banking||3||Javier Gil-Bazo
|Sovereign Debt and International Financial Markets||3||Fernando Broner|
Students must complete a total of 60 credits.
The Finance Program brings leading practitioners to campus to speak exclusively to Barcelona GSE students. Speakers for 2016-17 will include:
FIG Team, JP Morgan
Gianluca recently joined the FIG team of JP Morgan where it covers mostly financial institutions based in Spain and Portugal. Previously, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Acquisition and Leveraged Finance where it worked on multiple transactions across different industries in EMEA.
Manager, Accenture Consulting
Tommaso Meneghini currently works within Accenture's Finance & Risk practice in the Barcelona office, leading risk management projects at primary financial institutions based in Europe, North and South America. His areas of expertise include compliance with Basel and Solvency regulations, internal model validation, and risk information systems. Prior to Accenture, he worked as a Consultant at KPMG Advisory in Milan and Barcelona. He holds an MSc in Finance from UPF (now the BGSE Finance Program), and a Master in Banking & Finance from the University of Padua.
Lluís Mateo (BGSE Finance '09)
Investment Banking Associate, Credit Suisse
Lluís works in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets team of Credit Suisse in London. He is part of the Healthcare EMEA group which provides advisory services to Healthcare clients across different financial transactions. Previously, he worked as an analyst in the Client Strategy and Investment Products team at Banc Sabadell in Barcelona and as a financial controller at Thyssenkrupp in Dubai. Lluís is an industrial engineer (UPC), Master in Finance (BGSE), and an MBA (INSEAD).
President and Founder, Kappa Finance
Since 1998 Alain Patricot has been advising asset management companies in Europe, Asia and North America on their development in new sectors such as hedge funds, real assets, fintech and/or their international expansion. Prior to that he had more than 20 years of senior operational and international experience at Citibank, Daiwa Securities, Indosuez Gartmore AM and AXA AM as a corporate banker, investment banker and international business development specialist.
Emerging Markets Trading Desk, Goldman Sachs
Thomas currently works at Goldman Sachs on the Emerging Markets trading desk within the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities division, with a focus on structured credit products. His mandate encompasses Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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