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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    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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    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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    Thembalethu Sithebe '13

    Senior Economist
    Originally from
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Currently living in
    Pretoria
    South Africa
    I apply all the skills learnt in the Masters in my every day job. The rigorous theory learnt has helped to set me apart from my peers as I am able to explain difficult concepts in a simple, intuitive manner. It has also provided me with the key tools needed for any competition economist to excel in this field of work.
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    Sílvia Ariza '15

    Product Manager - Big Data Intelligence
    Originally from
    Lleida
    Spain
    Currently living in
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Right after graduating from the Master's in Data Science I had a wide variety of job offers as a data scientist. The data sector is growing quickly, and many companies in Barcelona are starting to realize how important it is to have a Big Data department. It was very encouraging to see that my efforts were so recognized.
  • 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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    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.
  • Maria Luisa Corton, Professor of Economics, University of South Florida

    The Abuse of Dominance course is strategically well structured to deliver both theory and practice, with a level of rigor that is exactly right to reach practitioners and researchers. Without doubt, it is an honor to sit in a class where professors are the most qualified professionals in the subject. A must take course if you work or do research in the area.
  • 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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    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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    Marnix Wezenbeek '16

    Technology Consultant in Financial Services
    Originally from
    Brussels
    Belgium
    Currently living in
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    The Barcelona GSE’s Finance program finds a balance between the qualitative and quantitative aspects of Finance. This means that I was provided with an excellent quantitative and analytical background, while I also developed a keen understanding of how Finance is applied daily in the “real world”. Additionally, working with motivated students from all over the world on the program’s many assignments and challenging group projects helped me develop my team working and leadership skills. I believe that the versatility and knowledge I gained at BGSE help me daily in my job as a consultant and would strongly recommend this program for people interested in pursuing a similar career!