Facts and figures for the 12th cohort of Barcelona GSE Master's students

Faces of the Master's students

The 2018-19 edition of Master's programs at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is now underway. The 12th cohort of Master's students includes 225 women and men from 54 countries, with 85% of students coming from outside Spain.

Here is a brief profile of the classmates a student in the Barcelona GSE Class of 2018 will meet this year:

Academic backgrounds

While Economics and Finance are the most common undergraduate backgrounds for this year's class (76% have degrees in these subjects), around 24% of the class have studied Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Political Science, or other subjects. Institutions where the Class of 2019 obtained their previous degrees include many of those at the top of the international university rankings for Economics and Econometrics (QS Rankings 2018).


Universities where some members of the BGSE Class of 2019 obtained their previous degrees:

  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Australian National University (Australia)
  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Boston University (USA)
  • Brown University (USA)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Fudan University (China)
  • Georgetown University (USA)
  • Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China)
  • KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • National Taiwan University (China)
  • Peking University (China)
  • Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • Princeton University (USA)
  • Seoul National University (South Korea)
  • Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • Toulouse School of Economics (France)
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  • University of California, San Diego (USA)
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • University of Manchester (UK)
  • University of Mannheim (Germany)
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Minnesota (USA)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Warwick (UK)
  • University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland)

Students obtained their undergraduate degrees from a total of 172 institutions in 47 countries.

Work experience before entering the Barcelona GSE

As in years past, a significant number of students entered the Master's directly after completing undergraduate studies, while others had some work experience between university and the Master's program. 


Examples of previous work experience in the Barcelona GSE Class of 2019

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Head of USD Swaps Trading
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Senior Research Assistant
  • Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Economic Outlook Analyst
  • Credit Suisse, Model Risk Analyst
  • Deloitte S.C., Senior Consultant
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia), Behavioral Economist
  • Ernst & Young, Consultant
  • European Commission, DG Competition, Trainee
  • International Monetary Fund, Research Analyst
  • London Economics, Economic Consultant
  • Santander Bank, Economist
  • South African Reserve Bank, Junior Economist
  • United Nations, Programme Officer
  • World Bank, Field Analyst

Countries of origin

The Class of 2019 comes from 54 different countries, 85% from outside Spain:


Most represented countries (# students):

Spain (35), Italy (21), United States (20), Peru (14), Germany (13), United Kingdom (12)

Number of countries with only one student: 20

View class profiles for each program

Master's Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Finance Program

Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Economics of Public Policy Program

International Trade, Finance, and Development Program

Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program

Master's Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program