Barcelona GSE Alumni are currently working and continuing their education in more than 70 countries worldwide.

90% of graduates are placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree.

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In the three most recent cohorts of BGSE graduates, 74% have chosen professional professional career paths, while 26% chose to continue their education in a PhD program or other post-graduate study.

Professional career paths

The alumni who chose a professional career path are working as Economists, Analysts, Researchers or Consultants in industries such as banking and financial institutions, international organizations, consultancies, research institutions or the public sector. This provides the alumni with an international and growing professional network from which they can benefit.

See below for professional placement trends (three most recent cohorts)

Academic career paths

In parallel, a significant percentage of our alumni enter competitive PhD programs in Europe, the United States or elsewhere, providing an important network in academia.

Alumni from all years and master programs have shown great commitment with Barcelona GSE and have helped us in developing new corporate relations with their respective industries and universities.

See a partial list of PhD program placements (all cohorts)

Career trends by program

Choose a program to view more specific information about alumni career paths.

74% of graduates enter the professional world

24% Financial Services
Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

23% Consulting
Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

17% Research and Academic Institutions
Institutions conducting research on development, economic policy, health economics, and international trade are the destinations for most graduate who enter this area.

14% Government Authorities and Agencies
Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

10% International Organizations and Non-profits
Credit development officers, economists, program analysts, and internships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, among others.

12% Other Industries
Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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26% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

48% entered PhD in Economics at UPF or UAB
The doctoral programs in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) are organized jointly with the Barcelona GSE.

52% studying in other competitive PhD programs around the world
The most common destinations were United States and United Kingdom. Other common destinations were Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Alumni by location

43% Europe
European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

24% Spain
Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

14% North America
The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

11% Central and South America
Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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  • 74% of graduates enter the professional world

    24% Financial Services
    Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

    23% Consulting
    Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

    17% Research and Academic Institutions
    Institutions conducting research on development, economic policy, health economics, and international trade are the destinations for most graduate who enter this area.

    14% Government Authorities and Agencies
    Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

    10% International Organizations and Non-profits
    Credit development officers, economists, program analysts, and internships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, among others.

    12% Other Industries
    Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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  • 26% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

    48% entered PhD in Economics at UPF or UAB
    The doctoral programs in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) are organized jointly with the Barcelona GSE.

    52% studying in other competitive PhD programs around the world
    The most common destinations were United States and United Kingdom. Other common destinations were Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

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  • Alumni by location

    43% Europe
    European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

    24% Spain
    Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

    14% North America
    The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

    11% Central and South America
    Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

    8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
    Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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    Amélie Brossard-Ruffey '17

    Originally from
    Versailles
    France
    I had the ambition to specialize in Competition policy, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics definitely has the best program offer in this field. It is quite unique and positively challenging. I fully appreciate the teachers' dedication and the study environment here in Barcelona. I am, personally, taking the master with almost no previous work experience, so I expect to enter the consulting market with bright skills and a broad understanding of Competition Economics.
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    Andressa Lin Fidelis '17

    Originally from
    São Paulo -
    Brazil
    The Barcelona GSE Competition Program was the most suitable opportunity to complement my legal background with a strong economic analysis in the field of competition policy. This is a precious chance to learn from professors like Massimo Motta, Cani Fernandez and Jorge Padilla, some of the most renowned professionals in their fields. Among the most intellectually challenging experiences I’ve had, the Competition Program is certainly ranked as number 1. In a short period of time I've already acquired a pretty good grasp on the main tools involving economic analysis for competition and market regulation policies.
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    Mellany Pintado '16

    Specialist in Investments and Financial Assets
    Originally from
    Chiclayo
    Peru
    Currently living in
    Lima
    Peru
    I currently work at the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Peru as an Investment Specialist. My responsibilities in the Treasury Department range across the asset pricing theory we learnt in the Finance Master at Barcelona GSE. It is challenging to evaluate the different investment alternatives in order to reduce the opportunity cost of the Peruvian government funds. As well, as part of my daily duties, I have been evaluating the public institutions' asset allocation where I apply my knowledge acquired across financial econometrics course. In terms of what I do as an Investment Specialist there’s nothing I haven’t faced already in the Master.
  • Georgios Zonzilos, Data Analytics Senior Analyst, Accenture (Greece)

    The Barcelona GSE Systemic Risk and Prudential Policy course gave the opportunity of getting to know the latest research and developments in the area of systemic risk. A diverse group of academic researchers and practitioners presented findings on factors that can act as warning signals of a financial crisis or aggravate an existing one. Barcelona GSE’s faculty explained clearly quantitative models and systemic risk measures and their respective predictive ability on identifying imbalances. Moreover, the implications on micro- and macro-prudential regulation of these latest findings from academic research on systemic risk were discussed, hence providing a broad picture of the new approaches on macro-prudential supervision.
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    Manuel Litz '13

    Business Analyst
    Originally from
    Vienna
    Austria
    Currently living in
    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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    Aldo Pignataro '13

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Milan
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Milan
    Italy
    The Master Program gave me some basic tools that I'm currently using in my research. Moreover, it gave me the possibility to get in touch with some prominent scholars who inspired me for what concerns my career and my current research. I will be always grateful to BGSE and maybe I will come back soon or later (but as a researcher).
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    Daniel Bestard '17

    Data Scientist
    Originally from
    Mallorca
    Spain
    Currently living in
    Mallorca
    Spain
    I thought that I was ready to jump into the labor market until I found out about the content of the recent master in Data Science at BGSE, which is absolutely up to date to the consulting company needs. For this reason and, of course, for the fact that BGSE has an outstanding worldwide reputation, I decided to wait one more year to jump into the job market to be able to live the incredible experience of studying a master program at BGSE.
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    Mattia Bongini '17

    Financial Statistics Intern
    Originally from
    Siena
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    The Master in Finance gave me an invaluable array of statistical tools and financial notions that I employ everyday in my work at the Monetary and Financial Statistics Division of the Directorate General Statistics at ECB. The combination of theoretical knowledge of financial markets and machine learning and the associated technical skills, together with the numerous insights that leading practitioners deliver during the presentations by professionals is what makes this Master really unique.
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    Emile Naude '16

    Associate Consultant
    Originally from
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    Currently living in
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    I am currently an Associate Consultant in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, technology, organization, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. I believe the Master in Finance program at the Barcelona GSE is a rigorous course that prepares students very well for a job in top-tier consulting. Beyond the highly desired quantitative, data handling and analytical skills that I gained, the Master in Finance played a big role in developing my leadership and team work skills. At the Barcelona GSE you will be working with students from very different backgrounds on extremely challenging problems, driving for coherent and logical results, sometimes until the early hours of the morning!
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    Yajna Sanguhan '14

    Research Associate
    Originally from
    London
    United Kingdom
    Currently living in
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka
    My research looks at gender and poverty in the context of post-war Sri Lanka. Understanding the gendered dimensions of poverty not only requires superior data but a better use of the currently available data.