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

90% of graduates are placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree.

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In the three most recent cohorts of BGSE graduates, 74% have chosen professional professional career paths, while 26% 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.

74% of graduates enter the professional world

24% Financial Services
Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

23% Consulting
Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

17% 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.

14% Government Authorities and Agencies
Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

10% 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.

12% Other Industries
Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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26% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

48% 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.

52% 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.

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Alumni by location

43% Europe
European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

24% Spain
Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

14% North America
The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

11% Central and South America
Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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  • 74% of graduates enter the professional world

    24% Financial Services
    Macroeconomic analysts, price analysts, and research departments in European economics, financial markets, and international economy, among others.

    23% Consulting
    Graduates join consulting firms specializing in competition economics, macroeconomics, financial markets, and public policy.

    17% 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.

    14% Government Authorities and Agencies
    Central banks, competition authorities and treasuries are the most common public sector agencies that hire graduates.

    10% 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.

    12% Other Industries
    Alumni also take positions with a variety of other employers looking for skilled analysts and advisors.

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  • 26% of graduates continued with PhD or other post-graduate programs

    48% 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.

    52% 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.

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  • Alumni by location

    43% Europe
    European cities outside Spain with the most alumni are Brussels, Frankfurt, and London.

    24% Spain
    Spanish cities with the most alumni are Barcelona and Madrid.

    14% North America
    The most common locations are Washington DC and New York.

    11% Central and South America
    Some destinations in this region are Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

    8% Africa, Asia, Oceania
    Alumni are located in Manila, Nairobi, Pretoria, and other cities.

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    Hans-Peter Höllwirth '17

    Originally from
    Linz
    Austria
    I think the Data Science Program perfectly balances theory and practice, thus not just equipping us with a thorough theoretical background in statistics, machine learning, and optimization, but also trains us on how to apply analytics in complex real-word problems, both in industry and academia. Classes are small with people coming from many different backgrounds and experiences. Overall, I feel very happy with the quality, the focus, and the depth of the program.
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    Bernard Yaros '14

    Associate Economist
    Originally from
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    Currently living in
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    One of the most interesting moments in the job was when the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly abandoned its exchange-rate ceiling, which sent the franc soaring in value. From one month to the next, I had to completely change our forecast for Switzerland.
  • Giuseppe Buglione, Associate Principal, Charles River Associates

    The techniques covered in the course are extremely useful in the work of an applied economist in the field of competition policy, both in the private and the public sector. The faculty is composed by top ranked professors and practitioners who were able to explain the theoretical concepts clearly, while at the same time providing examples from real cases and useful insights, based on their experience, on the main advantages or issues associated to the taught techniques.
  • Daniel L. Bühr, Partner, LALIVE (Switzerland)

    The Barcelona GSE Abuse of Dominance course was well structured, and the economic concepts of abuse were presented in a practical manner with examples and reference to case law. This clearly helped to take full advantage of the four days. The faculty was impressive, and the atmosphere in class was disciplined yet relaxed and open for questions and discussions. I recommend the course to all competition lawyers who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of market dominance and abusive behavior.
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    Rishabh Agnihotri '15

    PhD Student
    Originally from
    Pune
    India
    Currently living in
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Being part of the first batch of the Data Science masters was a firm yet fun foray into the magic that math and programming can perform! The focus of this program was to nurture mathematical, probabilistic and statistical maturity, followed by a series of applied projects in different courses. This rigorous approach equipped us with the tools that ensured that we graduated at the top percentile of the data scientist work force. At the same time, it provided us with a more research oriented mindset that data science demands from its practitioners. Indeed a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience that prepared us for our careers while blessing us with excellent friends!
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    Joana Espona '17

    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    I chose Barcelona GSE because I was looking for a Finance program that quantitative and not only business-oriented. I just started classes and they really seem interesting, but especially the community and the people around here, it's a very international environment, and I think I can learn a lot not only from my studies but also from the people studying here. I think the teachers are from abroad and they have a lot of different experiences from different universities around the world. I think I can learn a lot from them not just about academic subjects, but also what they have learned throughout their careers.
  • Siphamandla Mkhwanazi, Senior Economic Analyst, South Africa Competition Commission

    I personally found it very useful. It was a well-balanced presentation of the extent to which econometric methods can be used in competition cases.
  • 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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    Lorenzo Migliaccio '14

    Consultant
    Originally from
    Rome
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Rome
    Italy
    The Barcelona GSE Master in Competition and Market Regulation gave me a solid basis to rest on, sharpening my technical accuracy and enriching my competences in a cutting-edge economic topic like competition.
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    Vanessa Behrens '13

    Economics and Statistical Analysis
    Originally from
    Cologne
    Germany
    Currently living in
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    The ability to interpret scientific research papers has helped me grasp the economics of innovation and firm behavior in the context of intellectual property. The state-of-the-art econometric techniques and focus on policy issues will prove to be particularly useful when I am undertaking applied research in the near future.