Alumni Career Paths

Professional and academic placement trends for the three most recent Master's cohorts

Based on data reported to the Barcelona GSE Career Services by alumni in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 cohorts.

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In the three most recent cohorts of Barcelona GSE graduates, 79% have chosen professional professional career paths, while 21% 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

 

Academic career paths (PhD study)

Every year, a significant percentage of our Master's program graduates enter competitive PhD programs in Europe, the United States or elsewhere, providing an important network in academia.

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.

List of PhD programs (all cohorts)

Career outlook reports

A snapshot of professional and PhD placement results for all graduates in recent cohorts


Alumni choose positions that require their specialized skills

28% Financial Services
Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

21% Consulting
Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

15% Government Authorities and Agencies
Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

14% 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.

11% 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.

6% Technology
Data scientists, economists, and analysts with employers such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Glovo, and Socialpoint.

5% Other
Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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Alumni by location

39% Europe (outside Spain)
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.

10% Africa, Asia, Oceania
Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

10% Central and South America
Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

7% North America
The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

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  • Alumni choose positions that require their specialized skills

    28% Financial Services
    Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

    21% Consulting
    Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

    15% Government Authorities and Agencies
    Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

    14% 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.

    11% 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.

    6% Technology
    Data scientists, economists, and analysts with employers such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Glovo, and Socialpoint.

    5% Other
    Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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  • Alumni by location

    39% Europe (outside Spain)
    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.

    10% Africa, Asia, Oceania
    Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

    10% Central and South America
    Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

    7% North America
    The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

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