Barcelona GSE launches new Master in Data Science

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is launching the first edition of its new Master in Data Science. This new master program will prepare graduates to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector.

The data revolution and the increasing demand for data scientists

Data Science program directors Prof. Christian Fons-Rosen (UPF and Barcelona GSE) and Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE) observe that "The world is experiencing a data revolution. The volume and scope of available data related to human activity and the state of the world is unprecedented and represents a new and exciting opportunity for firms, organizations, governments as well as researchers."

Data scientists use statistical and machine learning methods, optimization and computing in order to identify and leverage opportunities for data-driven value creation. The demand for qualified data scientists has exploded in recent years, and is expected to continue growing as data availability penetrates more and more aspects of the economy.


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What training does the Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science provide?

Courses in the Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science will include topics such as Statistical Modelling, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Data Visualization, and Social and Economic Networks. Faculty will include both leading academics and experienced professionals from the Analytics industry. (see full course and faculty list)

"Students will learn how to put in practice what is taught in the classroom by using real data and answering real business questions from a wide array of companies from different industries," the program's directors said. "Students have the opportunity to solve an entire Analytics project end-to-end during a practicum in a local company."

Is the Master in Data Science for you?

Those who will benefit most from the Barcelona GSE Master in Data Science include:

  • Graduates in Economics and Business with solid background and keen interest in quantitative methods
  • Graduates in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics with the ambition to work with real-world problems and data
  • Programming professionals who want to acquire analytical, quantitative tools to leverage their experience
  • Aspiring PhD students looking for rigorous training in quantitative and analytical methods

Barcelona GSE Data Science Courses and Faculty