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

92% of graduates placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree.

76% professional / 24% academic

In the three most recent cohorts of BGSE graduates, 76% have chosen professional professional career paths, while 24% 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.

76% of graduates enter the professional world

26% Financial Services
Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

20% Consulting
Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

16% Government Authorities and Agencies
Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

15% 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.

9% 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.

14% Other Industries
Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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24% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

54% 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.

46% 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.

PhD programs

Alumni by location

38% Europe
European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

34% Spain
Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

12% Africa, Asia, Oceania
Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

9% North America
The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

8% Central and South America
Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

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  • 76% of graduates enter the professional world

    26% Financial Services
    Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

    20% Consulting
    Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

    16% Government Authorities and Agencies
    Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

    15% 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.

    9% 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.

    14% Other Industries
    Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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  • 24% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

    54% 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.

    46% 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.

    PhD programs
  • Alumni by location

    38% Europe
    European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

    34% Spain
    Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

    12% Africa, Asia, Oceania
    Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

    9% North America
    The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

    8% Central and South America
    Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

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    Laura Cozma '15

    Analyst
    Originally from
    Iași
    Romania
    Currently living in
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Attending the Data Science master courses gave me the right mix of skills that any employer would value. Not long after graduating, I found myself with 5 very interesting job offers to choose from, any one of which would have given me the opportunity to dig deeper into machine learning, text mining, data visualization, and the statistical techniques I studied at the BGSE. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again!
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    Augusto Elías '17

    Originally from
    Tucumán
    Argentina
    The main reason why I've decided to study in this program is because I strongly believe Economics must be at the service of people and the real solution to inequality is through inclusive public policies. Studying at BGSE means interacting and learning from people who come from the most diverse backgrounds. Sharing with students from all over the world, combined with the outstanding academic level of our professors provide us a unique environment to acquire necessary tools and knowledge to develop innovative policies destined to work towards a fairer and more sustainable economy.
  • Irina Göransson, Senior Officer, Swedish Competition Authority

    As a lawyer, I thought the course was very useful. Importantly, my colleagues who are economists thought the same. The lively discussions involving both economists and lawyers is proof of the fact that the course succeeded in capturing the interest of both groups, which can often be difficult. The lecturers have themselves been involved in many of the important cases in different jurisdictions.
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    Charles de Beauffort '14

    Macroeconomic Trainee
    Originally fromBelgium
    Currently living inLuxembourg
    One thing I enjoy as an economic trainee at the EIB is working on topics directly related to what I have learnt at the BGSE. Sharing outlooks with knowledgeable economists from all around Europe makes it a truly unique experience.
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    Benjamin Anderson '15

    Data Strategist
    Originally from
    Asheville, NC
    United States
    Currently living in
    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.
  • 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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    Karina Colombo '18

    Originally from
    Montevideo
    Uruguay
    Studying at the Barcelona GSE has been one of the most rewarding academic experiences I’ve had. It is a very intense master with top quality professors, encouraging you to give your best throughout the program. It has a unique combination between policy oriented theory and extremely applied work, specially in quantitative courses. It is definitely a worthwhile investment for students and young professionals passionate about economics and applied public policy.
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    Joana Carreiro '14

    Research Assistant
    Originally fromGermany
    Currently living in
    San José
    Costa Rica
    My first position after the ITFD master was a traineeship in the Monetary Policy Divison of the European Central Bank. At the ECB, we were eight Barcelona GSE students from our cohort, and I believe that this confirms how well our Barcelona GSE profile fits the requirements of institutions such as the ECB.
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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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    Shukya Kiroga '18

    Originally from
    Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania
    This is an interestingly technical and a highly intensive Master's program for anyone who wants to broaden and deepen their understanding of firms’ operations and welfare considerations in a regulated and competitive environment... The course challenged every bit of my thinking and disturbed whatever comfort zone I was in, and the highly interactive and affable faculty was there to guide me and build new higher grounds. While I would recommend the course to those who are academically curious and adventurous, I’d also warn that you are about to undergo an unforgettable transformation, to become amongst the higher performers. It's been a ride really!