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The Barcelona GSE Admissions team is here to help make applying to our master's programs as straightforward as possible.

Candidates for 2018-19 (programs beginning in September 2018):

Applications will open on November 15, 2017. Read about all our programs to decide which one is the best fit for you. As there may be more than one program that interests you, you will have the option to list up to three programs on your application in order of your preference. Our admissions officers are available to help you choose a program based on your background and career goals.

Give yourself an advantage: apply early!

  • High-demand programs may be filled before the final application deadline.
  • All scholarships are awarded based on academic merit in competition with all other candidates.
  • The sooner you apply, the more chances you have to be considered for a scholarship offer.

You can start preparing your application now by reading about the admissions process and collecting all the required documents detailed below. If you like, you can sign up to receive an email alert from us when applications open in the fall.

Available programs

We offer three Master's Degrees at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Each degree has its own specialized programs of study. When you apply, you will indicate the specific program you wish to enter. You will also have the option to add (in order of preference) a second and third choice program on the same application. (You may submit only one application, with up to three program choices, per academic year.)

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Master Degree in Data Science

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

Fees cover registration, teaching, use of the UAB and UPF facilities, and first entry into examinations. Fees are subject to change and may vary by program. Please refer to the individual programs for specific tuition fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE is awarded based solely on academic merit. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid are advised to apply during the first admissions round (November 15 - January 15).

Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE may consist of:

Full or partial tuition waivers

Waivers are reductions of 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% on tuition fees. All students, including those awarded a tuition waiver, must pay a 1000€ reservation fee to confirm their place in the program.


Thanks to the participation of a number of companies and institutions, the Barcelona GSE is able to offer a number of tuition waivers and fully-funded scholarships based on academic merit. These highly competitive financial awards help the School attract the best and brightest international students. Preference in admission and financial aid will be given to those candidates who submit their applications before January 15.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

A small number of teaching assistantships will be awarded to students in the Economics and Finance Programs. These positions are competitive and available to a limited number of top students. TAs are responsible for 30 or 60 hours of teaching (distributed flexibly throughout the year), plus other duties.

Entry criteria

At the Barcelona GSE we look for excellence and talent. Key elements of a strong application are a high GPA, a sound statement of purpose and a standout reference letter. Strong knowledge in economics and good quantitative skills are also recommended.

Application requirements:

  • An Undergraduate/bachelor/grado/laurea, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university (for Bologna degrees, a minimum of 180 ECTS are required).
  • A typical applicant would hold a University Diploma in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Business Administration. See our Student Profile for more detailed information.
  • An advanced level of English language skills: TOEFL 90 and IELTS 6.5
  • The GRE exam is highly recommended for applicants to all programs. For Data Science applicants, the GRE is mandatory.

Note that the fulfillment of the application requirements does not guarantee admission. Candidates will also be evaluated on the following admission criteria:

  • Outstanding academic record
  • Quantitative skills
  • Reference letters
Required application materials

Undergraduate transcripts

If you don't have an official transcript yet when applying, you may upload an unofficial copy. However, all accepted students must submit official transcripts during course registration in September, before the academic year begins.

Undergraduate diploma

If you are applying before having completed your undergraduate program, you will need to to upload a signed letter stating that you commit to graduating before you begin your master's program at the Barcelona GSE

Curriculum vitae

No longer than two pages.

Statement of purpose

Write a letter of motivation (no more than 700 words).

GRE exam scores

Applicants to all programs are encouraged to provide the scores of the GRE exam, which are often an important element for admission decisions. For the Data Science Program, the GRE exam is mandatory. Please do not forget to upload a copy of your results to your application account. Barcelona GSE institution code for GRE Exam: 2531

Proof of English language proficiency

Unless you are a native English speaker or have done your undergraduate degree at an English-speaking university, you must provide TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge scores or certificates. If you are not yet in possession of one of these language certificates, we suggest you wait to apply until you can fulfill this requirement with the documents required.

Accepted certificates include IELTS (6,5), TOEFL (90) and Cambridge Exams (Proficiency A-C; Advance A-C; First A)

Reference letters

During the online application process, we will ask you for the names and contact information of two referees who are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. At least one of the referees should be a teacher or professor. The two signed letters must be uploaded directly to the online application system by your referees. Your application is not considered complete until both letters have been uploaded.

Before starting your application process, we advise you to contact both referees to let them know about your intention to apply to our programs. Just after you submit your application, we will contact them via email with instructions on how to proceed.

You must notify your referees and remind them to check their email for the instructions. 

Letter format suggestions

Referees must include their full name, work address, and email, and they should include your name in the body of the letter. Letters should be submitted on official letterhead and signed by your referees.

Your referees should evaluate you based on the following criteria: 

  • Intellectual ability
  • Research abilities/experience
  • Motivation to face challenges
  • Capacity to work in groups 
  • Propensity to thrive in new environment
Tracking your application status

You can track your admission status through the application portal. Log into your account and click "Track Application Status." You will receive an email from the application system each time your application status is updated.

Candidates who apply before January 15 can expect an admissions decision by the middle of February. Those who apply after January 15 will receive a decision within approximately 5 weeks. Admissions decisions and any financial aid offer are delivered together by email.

International applicants

We strongly advise international students (non-EU) to apply as early as possible and allow themselves time enough to arrange relocation issues such as visas and housing.

Both your grade transcripts and your previous study diploma(s) must be legalized, depending on where your undergraduate degree was issued, before you arrive in Barcelona. You will need to bring these documents with you to course registration in September, before the academic year begins. Diploma(s) and certificates of academic records must be signed and sealed at your university, and must be certified by all of the below:

  • The Ministry of Education in the country where the documents originated  
  • The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the documents originated
  • The Spanish Embassy or Consular Representation in your country

Documents will only be accepted in one of the following languages: Catalan, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Documents in any other language must be accompanied by a sworn translation signed and sealed by either:

  • A Sworn Translator, duly authorized and registered  
  • A Spanish Diplomatic or Consular Representation in your country
  • A Diplomatic or Consular Representation of the country of issuance of the document

European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Applicants

  • If you obtained your undergraduate degree in a European Union (EU) Member State, your diploma and certificate of records only need to bear the official seal of your university. 
  • If you obtained your undergraduate degree from a non-EU Member State, your documents must bear a Hauge Apostille. This include the countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.

All Barcelona GSE Master's Degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”). Indicadors de qualitat (in Catalan)