The Barcelona GSE Economics Program provides students with rigorous training for admission to top doctoral programs and for technically demanding careers.
Students who complete this program will acquire an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field's foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches.
Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools and will design and conduct an independent master's project.
The Economics Program course listing is broad enough to offer students specialized training in a number of areas:
- Macroeconomics with a focus on monetary and fiscal policy
- Labor and public economics
- International economics
- Development economics
- Business and market organization
- Behavioral and experimental economics
- Financial economics
The Economics Program is the main gateway for admission to the Ph.D. Track of the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at UPF.
More than half of our Economics alumni continue their education through GPEFM or in another Ph.D. or graduate program at prestigious schools around the world. Alumni who choose a professional career path are regularly hired by governmental agencies, international banking, consulting and research firms.
In the Fall term, students are required to take the following brush-up courses:
- Probability and Statistics
- Calculus and Linear Algebra or Advanced Mathematics
During the Fall term, students may choose between advanced or standard core courses, depending on their background and their interest in pursuing a Ph.D. program. Advanced courses will be required for students who wish to be considered for admission to the GPEFM Ph.D. program at UPF. A master project, which will be supervised in regular meetings with an advisor, will allow each student to put their knowledge into practice and improve their writing and exposition skills.
Course offer is subject to change.
What skills and knowledge will I acquire in this program?
- Solid command of analytical and quantitative Economics
- Knowledge of a wide range of specializations in different fields of economics
- Competence in both theoretical and empirical approaches, from foundation to application and policy
- Expert subject knowledge in writing and discussion of graduate-level economics
- Facility with tools necessary to successfully pursue a top Ph.D. in economics
Who will benefit from this program?
- Graduate students in economics, mathematics, or engineering
- Aspiring Ph.D. students looking for a rigorous master program in economics
- Junior analysts or professionals from the workforce looking for a postgraduate degree with advanced tools in quantitative economics
Admission to the UPF Ph.D. Program (GPEFM) from the Barcelona GSE Economic Program
The UPF Graduate Program in Economics, Finance, and Management (GPEFM) is one of two doctoral programs organized jointly by the Barcelona GSE.
As a general procedure, Barcelona GSE Master in Economics students who want to be considered for the GPEFM should take the advanced track during the first term of the Economics Program. Admission to the UPF Ph.D. program (GPEFM) will be decided at the beginning of January and admitted students are required to follow the Advanced Courses Sequence for the rest of the year. The GRE is highly recommended for those applicants who want to be considered for the UPF Ph.D. program.
If my background is not strong enough to follow the three advanced courses, can I still apply for the UPF Ph.D.?
A limited number of places for the GPEFM will be available for those excellent students that were not able to take the advanced course in the first term because of lack of strong enough background in Economics. These admissions will be decided at the beginning of January. These students can apply to the Master in Research of the UPF Economics Department and once admitted follow a special track. Final admission of these students to the Ph.D. will be decided at the end of the first term of the Master in Research and will depend on performance in the Advanced Courses.
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Last updated September 13, 2018