Master's Programs

Intensive, collaborative learning environment

Learn from your classmates, selected students with outstanding backgrounds

Study with the experts

Exchange ideas and debate directly with professors and leading industry practitioners

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Prepare for the career you want

Expand your opportunities for professional or academic success

An inspiring, unique location

The city of Barcelona will welcome and motivate you with its modern spirit and cosmopolitan culture

Choose the Master's degree that fits your specific goals

Choose from three official Master's degrees: Economics and Finance, Specialized Economic Analysis, or Data Science. The degree awarded depends on the specific program of study. Select one of the programs below to learn more:

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Master's Degree in Economics and Finance

  • Economics Program

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    The BSE Economics Program prepares students for technically demanding jobs and doctoral programs.

    Director: Marta Reynal-Querol (PhD, London School of Economics)
    Deputy Director: Eulàlia Nualart (PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

    Sample Economics course titles: Econometric Methods, Political Economy, Experimental Economics

  • Finance Program

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    The Finance Program will give you the strong modeling techniques, econometric tools, and advanced coding skills needed for the top jobs in banking, consulting and fintech.

    Director: Filippo Ippolito (PhD, Oxford University)
    Steering Committee: Xavier Freixas (PhD, Université de Toulouse) and José-Luis Peydró (PhD, INSEAD)

    Sample Finance course titles: Econometrics, Pricing Financial Derivatives, Applied Corporate Finance

  • PhD Track Program

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    Applications are closed for the 2022-23 edition of the PhD Track Program. 

    The PhD Track at the BSE is Year 1 of the PhD program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

    Program Director: Jose Apesteguia (PhD, Universidad Pública de Navarra)

    Sample Economics course titles: Advanced Econometrics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics

Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

  • Competition and Market Regulation Program

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    In the Competition Program, you will acquire the skills in demand at consulting firms and public authorities, including merger simulation, demand estimation and anticompetitive conduct damage estimation.

    Program Director: Rosa Ferrer (PhD, Vanderbilt University)
    Scientific Director: Massimo Motta (PhD, Université Catholique de Louvain)

    Sample Competition course titles: Industrial Organization, Economics of Competition Policy, Quantitative Methods of Market Regulation, Economics of Market Regulation, Competition Policy Cases

  • Economics of Energy, Climate Change, and Sustainability Program

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    In the Economics of Energy, Climate Change, and Sustainability Program, you will acquire an advanced understanding of the rapidly changing energy sector, learn how economic theory and data tools can be used to understand their functioning and trends, and develop the qualifications needed for solid placement in the field.

    Program Director: Mar Reguant (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Deputy Director: Albert Banal-Estañol (PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Economics of Public Policy Program

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    The Economics of Public Policy Program will prepare you for analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

    Program Director: Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (PhD, University of Amsterdam)
    Scientific Director: Joan Llull (PhD, CEMFI)

    Sample Public Policy course titles: Economics of Labor Market Policy, Public Economics, Political Economy

  • International Trade, Finance, and Development Program

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    ITFD provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs.

    Director: Jaume Ventura (PhD, Harvard University)
    Scientific Director: Fernando Broner (PhD, MIT)

    Sample ITFD course titles: Economic Growth and Development, Quantitative and Statistical Methods, Money and Exchange Rates, Economics of Migration

  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program

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    Macro Program graduates acquire the skills demanded by consulting firms, investment banks, and government agencies.

    Director: Hugo Rodríguez (PhD, University of Chicago)

    Scientific Director: Albert Marcet (PhD, University of Minnesota)

    Sample Macro course titles: Foundations of Equilibrium Analysis, Financial Economics, Advanced Time Series and Panel Data

Master's Degree in Data Science

  • Data Science for Decision Making Program


    The Data Science for Decision Making Program integrates key elements from Data Science and Economics to give graduates the ability to deal with all types of data and make the correct inferences from it.

    Director: Hannes Mueller (PhD, LSE)
    Steering Committee: Christian Fons-Rosen (PhD, LSE) and David Rossell (PhD, Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center)

    Sample Data Science course titles: Foundations of Econometrics, Computational Machine Learning, Text Mining: Models and Algorithms

  • Data Science Methodology Program

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    The Data Science Methodology Program will prepare you to design and build data-driven systems for decision-making in the private or public sector.

    Director: David Rossell (PhD, Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center)
    Steering Committee: Christian Brownlees (PhD, University of Florence), Frederic Udina (PhD, UPC), Gábor Lugosi (PhD, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

    Sample Data Science course titles: Statistical Modelling and Inference, Deterministic Models and Optimization, Computational Machine Learning

Apply to one program or opt to receive multiple offers

You can be considered for up to three programs in one academic year.  In your application, you will choose one of the following options:

  • Multiple offer option: receive an admission decision and financial aid offer for three programs
  • Single offer option: receive an admission decision and financial offer for one program

Our admissions team is available to help you decide which program and which application option is right for you.

About the admissions process

Admission to a second BSE Master’s degree

Students who have already obtained one BSE Master’s degree and want to join a second BSE Master’s degree program will receive a 20% discount on the second program’s tuition fees. All BSE Alumni are eligible for this discount at any time.

Students who choose to take the two Master’s in consecutive academic years can enroll directly in the second program without the need to submit a new application (except for the PhD Track and Data Science Methodology programs, which follow the standard application process).

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Why get your master's at the Barcelona School of Economics?

You will become part of a talented, international community.

Your teachers: professors with PhDs from top universities

The BSE's distinguished faculty are among the best teachers and researchers in their fields, who strive to provide excellence in education for the next generation of economists and financiers. All BSE master program classes are taught by PhD-holding faculty.

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Your classmates: the best and the brightest

BSE Master's programs are some of the very best in the world, respected by academics, business leaders, and public sector administrators. Studying as a part of this group of talented students will be an intense, challenging and rewarding experience.

Who can benefit from one of our master's programs?

  • Students with Business, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, or Statistics backgrounds
  • Junior analysts or professionals from the workforce looking to upgrade their skills
  • Aspiring PhD students who want to build a solid academic foundation

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Your alumni network: successful colleagues and friendships for life

Students who complete one of our master's degrees are very successful in obtaining competitive jobs and gaining admission to leading doctoral programs. After graduation, BSE alumni are selected to join top professional and academic institutions and continue on with their ambitious career pathways.

Our graduates also form strong bonds with each other and the school, creating an indispensable network to help their future career paths:

  • Keeping in touch with classmates, colleagues, and clients
  • Finding out about the latest jobs, projects, and networking offers
  • Leveraging the expertise of the BSE community
  • Building a powerful network of trusted professionals

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Your degree will be recognized and respected all over the world.

All BSE Master's degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”). Commitment to Quality

Living in Barcelona

The Barcelona School of Economics offers a unique opportunity to study at an institution with a world-class faculty and colleagues while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational amenities of one of the world's most exciting cities. Barcelona provides a metropolitan, international environment, located on the shores the Mediterranean Sea. Come and take part in city traditions of delicious food and local music, enjoy getting around with easy public transportation systems, and during summer bask in the sun at the city's top destination: the beach. 

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