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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    Zeynep Ortaç '17

    Originally from
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Economic analysis is the essential complement of competition law. Therefore, gaining competence in the discipline of Economics is also an imperative for professionals who have a legal background. The Barcelona GSE has international prestige in providing the perfect training for this objective with its Competition and Market Regulation Program. I expect that the program will enable me to apply practical economic tools to competition law and regulation cases. I strongly believe that such a interdisciplinary approach will advance my future analyses in the competition policy field.
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    Ivanna Echegoyen '13

    Consultant
    Originally from
    Montevideo
    Uruguay
    Currently living inUruguay
    I chose Barcelona GSE for being a highly recognized school offering rigorous programs that provide a strong combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. I was also motivated by first hand experiences from Barcelona GSE alumni who were fully satisfied with the quality of their courses and their usefulness for their professional careers.
  • Irina Göransson, Senior Officer, Swedish Competition Authority

    As a lawyer, I thought the course was very useful. Importantly, my colleagues who are economists thought the same. The lively discussions involving both economists and lawyers is proof of the fact that the course succeeded in capturing the interest of both groups, which can often be difficult. The lecturers have themselves been involved in many of the important cases in different jurisdictions.
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    Kandarp Srinivasan '12

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Bangalore
    India
    Currently living in
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    What makes the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics really stand out is the quality of its faculty. The opportunity to learn and work with top researchers is of great value for an aspiring academic. Also, the Finance master coursework has a lot of theoretical emphasis and is great preparation for someone interested in a career in research.
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    Marcos Casarin '12

    Economist
    Originally from
    Rio de Janeiro -
    Brazil
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    After working with applied macroeconomics, I can say that all the theory I learnt at Barcelona GSE has provided me with the ability to produce high-quality economic analysis in the real world.
  • Abubaker Ntambi, Lead Research & Evaluation Specialist, Uganda Communications Commission

    The Intensive Course on Abuse of Dominance was a very engaging and practical course. I was able to relate the theories of abuse to real practical challenges that competition authorities and regulators face in both developed and developing environments. I also had the honor to meet and share individual experiences with some of the course facilitators and experts – who have shaped competition policy and practice globally.
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    Lluís Mateo '09

    Investment Banking Associate
    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    Coming from an engineering background, the Barcelona GSE Master's Program in Finance provided me with the chance to switch careers and move to Finance positions. Moreover, the intense technical focus of the program, coupled with the quality of faculty, prepared me to effectively perform the modelling and quantitative analysis I need to do as part of my job.
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    Emile Naude '16

    Associate Consultant
    Originally from
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    Currently living in
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    I am currently an Associate Consultant in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, technology, organization, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. I believe the Master in Finance program at the Barcelona GSE is a rigorous course that prepares students very well for a job in top-tier consulting. Beyond the highly desired quantitative, data handling and analytical skills that I gained, the Master in Finance played a big role in developing my leadership and team work skills. At the Barcelona GSE you will be working with students from very different backgrounds on extremely challenging problems, driving for coherent and logical results, sometimes until the early hours of the morning!
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    Manuel Litz '13

    Business Analyst
    Originally from
    Vienna
    Austria
    Currently living in
    Vienna
    Austria
    Working as a Business Analyst for BearingPoint I have valuable hands-on experience on various projects. Everyday day is different from the last, diverse tasks range from PMO activities to analyzing and structuring deliverables for which I am in the lead, conducting workshops and communicating with the client's management. The workload and rigorous analytical training experience at Barcelona GSE has prepared me well to take on any endeavor in my future.
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    Cecilia Nardini

    Cecilia Nardini '13

    Senior Associate
    Originally from
    La Spezia
    Italy
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    The Barcelona GSE master program was strongly recommended to me by my supervisor at Bocconi University and by a friend who had a great experience here. Both pointed out the world-renowned faculty and the relevance and comprehensiveness of the topics covered. Furthermore, at the competition authority I worked for, names of Barcelona GSE faculty or alumni were mentioned regularly as being the leading experts in the field. I then came to Barcelona GSE earlier this year for a professional training and was so impressed with the level of the course that I decided to apply for the master the day after!