Admissions FAQ on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Barcelona GSE is closely following the development of COVID-19 (coronavirus) around the world. From our whole admissions team to all Master’s applicants and in-coming students, we hope you and your families are healthy and safe.

We want to provide you with clear information about how the Barcelona GSE is responding to this situation as it relates to the Master’s programs.

Latest status report from Barcelona GSE Admissions

Status as of March 31, 2020 at 19:14h

  • Applications are open and processing as usual
  • Deadline for rolling admissions is unchanged (June 25, 2020)
  • No changes to the 2020-21 Master's academic calendar
  • No changes to the delivery of 2020-21 Master's courses

Please check below for more detailed information for applicants and students.

Is the Admissions Office open?

The Admissions Office is open and processing applications normally.

You can also continue to access our webinar center and chat one-to-one with our program ambassadors.

Are there any changes to the admissions process due to coronavirus?

The application deadline remains unchanged. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis through June 25.

All applicants will be considered for admission using the same criteria, regardless of nationality or current place of residence.

My undergraduate school is closed and cannot send my official transcripts to complete my application. What should I do? 

Transcripts are an important part of your application. In these circumstances, we may be able to accept unofficial transcripts. We ask that you submit any verified information you have, and also to contact us at so we can find a solution for your particular case.

I was unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS due to the coronavirus outbreak. How can I submit proof of English proficiency? 

We may be able to accept the Duolingo English test in place of the TOEFL or IELTS. Please note that this only applies to applicants who were unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS due to the coronavirus outbreak. Contact to discuss your particular case.

I am an offer holder. Can I extend my confirmation deadline?

You may be able to extend your deadline if:

  • Your offer was made on or before March 13
  • You have not already sent your signed reply form

Please email your admissions specialist to discuss your circumstances.

Will the Master’s programs proceed as scheduled?

At this time, there are no changes to the academic calendar or the delivery of the Master’s programs.

The school will evaluate these policies during the weeks and months ahead. Before June 25, we will share detailed contingency measures if it is determined that such may be necessary.

Can I defer my admission if I am not able to travel to Barcelona in September?

We are reviewing our deferral policy in light of the evolving situation. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.