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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    Matias Antonio '13

    Junior Professional Associate
    Originally from
    Santiago del Estero
    Argentina
    Currently living in
    Washington, DC
    United States
    My responsibilities in the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Policy area range across pretty much all macroeconomic subjects that are related to policy. One of the projects I am working on right now is macroeconomic monitoring. For this project, I produce a bi-weekly briefing on the current situation across the continents. I am also linked to the El Salvador economic team, so I go on missions to assess the economic situation. All of the Economics master courses at Barcelona GSE are useful for this type of work. The ideas behind the models we studied provide a strong conceptual framework that helps guide policy and tells us where to look for vulnerabilities in the economy.
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    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!
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    Angelo Martelli '11

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Salerno
    Italy
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    The BGSE Economics master was certainly one of the most challenging years in my life. It was a tough reminder that nothing comes as a gift and that the initial difficulties can be overcome only through hard work and long hours. The BGSE lecturers' experience empowered my framing of the economic concepts, while the toolkit I acquired and its continuous refinement enabled me to discern the real essence of each model. With its rigorous curriculum, the BGSE master was a fast track to the frontier of Economics and definitely set me apart when I joined the PhD program at the LSE.
  • Cristiana Manescu, Economist, European Central Bank

    The high quality of the lectures, the impressive collection of instructors, and the great opportunity to network with fellow professionals definitely makes it worthwhile travelling from abroad to attend the course.
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    Rani Aziz '17

    Originally from
    Toronto,
    Canada
    I come from a development background and I wanted something more economics-intensive. It seemed that Barcelona GSE had a very well-rounded program with great faculty in a great city. The faculty are very involved, and staff are very accomodating. They really give you time. Students are from all over the world, and they're open to learning new things. From the program, I expect to be able to read economics journals, be involved in economics research, maybe work more in microeconomics and development, using the tools that I'm learning in the ITFD program.
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    Benjamin Anderson '15

    Data Strategist
    Originally from
    Asheville, NC
    United States
    Currently living in
    Durham, NC
    United States
    The expertise in quantitative methods and economics of public policy knowledge that I gained at BGSE is essential to help bridge the communication and information gap between empirical evidence and the decision-making of practitioners. These skills enable me to develop strategies and draw conclusions with confidence when consulting with partners.
  • 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.
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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.
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    Daniel Bestard '17

    Originally from
    Mallorca
    Spain
    I thought that I was ready to jump into the labor market until I found out about the content of the recent master in Data Science at BGSE, which is absolutely up to date to the consulting company needs. For this reason and, of course, for the fact that BGSE has an outstanding worldwide reputation, I decided to wait one more year to jump into the job market to be able to live the incredible experience of studying a master program at BGSE.
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    Laura Cozma '15

    Analyst
    Originally from
    Iași
    Romania
    Currently living in
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Attending the Data Science master courses gave me the right mix of skills that any employer would value. Not long after graduating, I found myself with 5 very interesting job offers to choose from, any one of which would have given me the opportunity to dig deeper into machine learning, text mining, data visualization, and the statistical techniques I studied at the BGSE. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again!