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Course Description

Program description

The Finance Program provides strong training in the tools of financial economics sought by financial institutions, companies and public organizations. It combines a rigorous academic core with tailored practical application, designed in consultation with leading financial experts. Former students are employed at top investment banks, financial consultancies, and government finance ministries. Many have gone on to pursue doctoral research in financial economics at prestigious EU and US universities.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


The Master program is a full-time nine-month program structured in three terms: Fall term (from September to December), Winter term (from January to March) and Spring term (from April to June). For more information, please download the academic calendar.

In the Fall term, students who do not have an undergraduate economics background will take introductory courses. Those students who already have a solid economics background may elect to be placed in more advanced courses.

Students are strongly advised to take the Math and Statistics review course and the Computer Tools course offered in September. All students are required to pass the exams for these two courses. More information is available on the Finance courses page.


The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by their Master Director.


The academic performance of each student is reviewed regularly. Attention is given to the maintenance of normal academic progress, through a combination of formal written examinations and coursework. Core courses will award grades. Some optional courses may be evaluated on a pass/fail or pass with honors/pass/fail basis.


The Finance Program is located at the Ciutadella campus at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in central Barcelona. The campus is within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural and governmental centers. Students can take advantage of a wide array of services and activities offered by the UPF.

Visit the Finance page on the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics website for more details!

Student Profiles

Barcelona GSE Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE can consist of:- Full or partial tuition waivers
- Scholarships
- Teaching Assistantships (TA)A small number of teaching assistantships are available only to students in the Economics and Finance programs. These positions are competitive and available to a limited number of top students. TA's are responsible for 30 or 60 contact hours of teaching (to be distributed any way throughout the year) plus other duties.

Value of Scholarship(s)



In an effort to attract outstanding students, the Barcelona GSE offers several types of financial aid. Financial aid is awarded based solely on academic merit. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application process for scholarships. When you submit a complete master program application, you will be automatically considered for all available financial awards.Further information: Please contact the Barcelona GSE Admissions Office at [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic preparation, English language requirement, quantitative skills (GRE/GMAT) and reference letters View Website

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