The Barcelona GSE Class of 2017 brings together a group of 217 exceptionally talented students from 55 countries.

The 10th cohort of master's students fulfills the School's objective of attracting individuals with an international focus, outstanding academic backgrounds, and a diverse range of professional experiences.

Student profile by master's program

View more details about the entire Class of 2017 in the graphics below, or choose a specific master's program from the menu to explore specific information about students in that program.

Academic background

Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

Work experience before the master program

An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

Students from around the world

85% of students in the Class of 2017 are from outside of Spain, and 41% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

Most represented countries (# students):

Spain (32), Italy (27), Germany (15), United States (12), United Kingdom (9)

  • Academic background

    Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

    Strong quantitative skills are essential to getting the most out of our program offerings.

    Academic backgrounds
  • Work experience before the master program

    An education at the Barcelona GSE is a wise choice for both freshly-graduated undergrads and those who have already in the workforce looking to improve and enhance their own skill set. 

    Work experience
  • Students from around the world

    85% of students in the Class of 2017 are from outside of Spain, and 41% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

    Most represented countries (# students):

    Spain (32), Italy (27), Germany (15), United States (12), United Kingdom (9)

    Nationalities
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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.
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    Patricia Gómez-González '09

    Assistant Professor
    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Currently living in
    New York, NY
    United States
    The year at the Barcelona GSE influenced my career a lot. My research interests are close to many of the topics that researchers at the Barcelona GSE work on and related to several classes I took during the master. During the master program, I was introduced to many of the modeling techniques I currently use for my research. I am still in touch with several of my professors of that year and talk to some of them about my work.
  • 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.
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    Laura Gris '16

    Analyst
    Originally from
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Currently living in
    Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    I currently work at Blackrock as an analyst in the Aladdin Client Services department, where we provide clients with in-depth knowledge and understanding of Aladdin, their business and the overall risk and investment management process. My master’s in finance at Barcelona GSE helped me develop good analytical and problem-solving skills as well as providing me with a good understanding of how financial markets work.
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    Pablo González '17

    Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability Trainee
    Originally from
    Madrid
    Spain
    Currently living in
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    I currently work  at the European Central Bank in the Department of Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability. In our department, we monitor the evolution of cyclical, residential and commercial risks in order to carry out risk- assessment and policy implementation for countries of the Eurozone. My master's in finance at Barcelona GSE helped me to develop a wide range of analytical and technical skills high-demanded by the finance sector, as well as grit to succeed in any upcoming challenges.
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    Serkan Kocabaş '17

    Originally from
    Ankara
    Turkey
    I chose Barcelona GSE because they have international professors who are leaders in their areas. It's an international master program and it's located in Barcelona. I want to work in a central bank in my country, and these professors will give me value in these areas.
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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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    Amélie Brossard-Ruffey '17

    Originally from
    Versailles
    France
    I had the ambition to specialize in Competition policy, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics definitely has the best program offer in this field. It is quite unique and positively challenging. I fully appreciate the teachers' dedication and the study environment here in Barcelona. I am, personally, taking the master with almost no previous work experience, so I expect to enter the consulting market with bright skills and a broad understanding of Competition Economics.
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    Mellany Pintado '16

    Specialist in Investments and Financial Assets
    Originally from
    Chiclayo
    Peru
    Currently living in
    Lima
    Peru
    I currently work at the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Peru as an Investment Specialist. My responsibilities in the Treasury Department range across the asset pricing theory we learnt in the Finance Master at Barcelona GSE. It is challenging to evaluate the different investment alternatives in order to reduce the opportunity cost of the Peruvian government funds. As well, as part of my daily duties, I have been evaluating the public institutions' asset allocation where I apply my knowledge acquired across financial econometrics course. In terms of what I do as an Investment Specialist there’s nothing I haven’t faced already in the Master.
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    Gergely Ganics '12

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Budapest
    Hungary
    Currently living in
    Barcelona
    Spain
    BGSE and UPF are both well-known for cutting-edge research in macroeconomics, and given that I always liked statistics and econometrics in addition to macro, I was very happy when I was given the opportunity to study here. Also, Barcelona is an absolutely amazing place to study and live. Faculty and staff at both BGSE and UPF have always been very helpful and supportive, and they provided me with everything to focus on research.