M.Sc. Management

Barcelona School of Management | Barcelona , Spain
The Master of Science in Management at UPF Barcelona School of Management is a one-year, full time program entirely taught in English targeted at students with strong quantitative and analytical skills who wish to gain in-depth knowledge in strategic management, innovation management and consulting.
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The Master of Science in Management at UPF Barcelona School of Management is a one-year, full time program entirely taught in English targeted at students with strong quantitative and analytical skills who wish to gain in-depth knowledge in strategic management, innovation management and consulting. It can be studied as a general management program or in three different specializations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Academically rigorous and highly practical, the Master of Science in Management is designed for students seeking a career in international management. Its courses focus on the pillars of business management and build a sound basis to understand business organizations as a whole. As a unique feature of this Master of Science students can tailor the program's curriculum according to their career plans by choosing their preferred elective courses.

The Master of Science in Management benefits from the outstanding, hand-picked faculty of the UPF's world ranked Department of Economics and Business, known for its scientific approach, its constant contribution to creating knowledge and its high-level ability to stimulate and convey knowledge.

Why this program?

It will help you develop your knowledge of management in one of Europe's most important business education hubs: Barcelona.

You will master and put into practice the latest tools and techniques used in different areas of management: operations, marketing, analytics for management and new business creation.

You will be able to customize your learning from a broad list of elective classes, which comprise different functional areas and topics such as leadership, negotiations and ethics.

It will connect you to the best trained teaching staff, who will guide you through the learning process of how to manage a company.

You will be equipped with the tools and skills needed for a successful career in Strategic Consulting, Business Analysis, Strategic Management and Business Development.


  • To obtain a cross-functional approach to management.
  • To provide in-depth knowledge of analytical tools applied to management.
  • To learn the required technical and managerial skills for key decision-making processes.

Who is it for?

The Master of Science in Management is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals with the following academic backgrounds:

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 25 Nov 15;16 Dec 15;20 Jan 16;24 Feb 16;22 Mar 16;27 Apr 16;25 May 16;15 Jun 16;11 Jul 16
Tuition fee
  • EUR 17500 Year (EEA)

Application fee: 120.00 This quota will always depend on the total registration fee and will only be returned if you are not admitted to the programme.

Start date 19 September 2016 (to be confirmed)
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 9 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Management is spaced along three terms (September to December, January to March and April to June). Additionally, students choosing the elective course called "Experiencing the World of Management" have the possibility of taking a corporate internship, thus possibly extending their stay for one extra term (July to September).

During the 1st term students of the Master of Science in Management and those of all specialisations sit together in class to learn the program's core courses.

On the 2nd and 3rd term students of the general management program customise their learning options by choosing 8 elective courses in topics such as Strategic Decision Making, Operations Management, Marketing and Rationality and Ethical Values. Also during these terms, students start working on their Master of Science final project.

By the 4th term students who choose the elective course called "Experiencing the World of Management" have the possibility to undertake a corporate internship.

Upon completing the Master of Science in Management students who wish to take on PhD studies are encouraged to do so in any of UPF research groups in Economics, Finance and Management.

Core Courses

  1. Analytical Tools
    • Applied Statistics
    • Managerial Accounting and Finance
    • Corporate Finance
  2. Management Theory
    • Marketing Management
    • Organizational Behaviour
  3. Final Project Advising I-II

Elective Courses

There will be a presentation of elective courses at the end of the first term so that students can get a better understanding of their choices. Students may choose one of the following formulas:

  • 8 elective courses from the following list.
  • 6 elective courses from the following list plus the Internship: Experiencing the World of Management.

Note : students can take more than 8 elective courses. Any extra elective course can be taken without additional cost. Additional elective courses will have no credit value.

  1. Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    • Analytical Tools for Strategic Decision-Making
    • Behavioural Economics
    • Business Strategy and the Management of Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
    • Financing for Start-Ups
    • Business Plan: How To Set Up a New Company
  2. Business Analytics
    • Operations Management
    • Quantitative Methods in Management
    • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
    • Benchmarking and Business Analytics
    • Forecasting, Revenue Management and Pricing
  3. Marketing
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Marketing Research
    • Marketing Strategy
    • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
    • Integrated Communications
  4. Management Skills and Ethical Value
    • Rationality and Ethical Values in Management
    • Managing Teams and Negotiations

Internship: Experiencing the World of Management

Note: Elective courses may change according to the student's demand and the availability of the faculty.

Additional Off-program Activities

Further to the program's regular classes, the UPF Barcelona School of Management offers all Master of Science students the possibility of attending free complementary training parallel to the running of their programs. The following activities are optional and are included in the program's tuition fees:

  • Brush-up Courses: preparatory crash courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Spanish or Catalan Courses: one-year, 3-hour/week courses at the UPF's language school.
  • Career Development Program: career sessions and workshops during which students obtain specific training on how to improve their CV, approach potential employers and develop professional soft skills (read more about the school's Career Service).

Final Degree

Once students have completed the programme they will receive the official Master's Degree Máster Universitario en Ciencias Empresariales (Master of Science in Management) awarded by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Students will also receive an additional Master of Science in Management completion certificate awarded by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.


The Master of Science in Management is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals with the academic backgrounds listed below. Students coming from other educational backgrounds must check the program's admission requirements.

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


  • Maria Galli
  • Anna Torres
  • Albert Banal-Estañol
  • Alexandre Grasas León
  • Ana Valenzuela
  • Antonio Ladrón de Guevara
  • Carlos Serrano
  • Daniel Navarro Martínez
  • Daniel Serra
  • Gaël Le Mens
  • Gert Cornelissen
  • Inga Hoever
  • Josep-Maria Fàbregas i Torrens
  • Kalyan Talluri
  • Luz Parrondo
  • Marc Le Menestrel
  • Michael John Greenacre
  • Oriol Amat Salas
  • Susana Domingo Pérez
  • Walter Alfredo Garcia Fontes Badanian
  • Xavier Cuadras Morato


In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Management, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. To have finished or be in the last year of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, students should come from any of the following fields of study: Economics, Business Administration or Engineering.

  • Applicants with a different academic background will be asked to provide proof of sufficient quantitative and analytical training by presenting one of the following tests: > 600 GMAT score or above the avarage GRE score
  • Applicants who are currently studying the last year of their Bachelor's Degrees will need to have finished their university studies and obtained their final diploma before the beginning of the programme.
  • Applicants who finished their Bachelor's Degrees some time ago should preferably not exceed 3 years of working experience in a position relevant to the programme's contents.

2. To present an official English Certificate with the following minimum scores: TOEFL CBT: > 235 · TOEFL PBT: > 575 · TOEFL IBT: > 100 · CAE: C1 · IELTS: > 6.5

  • Official results must be sent directly by the examining institution to the UPF Barcelona School of Management Admissions Department (Balmes 132-134, 08008, Barcelona, Spain) before 1 September 2014. Failure to provide sufficient proof of English might result in denial of participation in the programme.
  • Applicants who, at the time of the application, still do not possess an official English certificate or who are in the process of obtaining it must include this information in their admission applications.
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to present the aforementioned certificate.
  • Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor's Degree at an English-speaking university in a non-English speaking country must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English.
  • No knowledge of Spanish is required for Master of Science candidates.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


The Barcelona School of Management was founded in 2011 as the new business school of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It was launched as a response to the current global need of capacitating state-of-the-art professionals in business management and public administration.

Founded in 1990, the Pompeu Fabra University is the Spanish public university with the highest ratio of international students and faculty (2012, QS ranking). It is recognised for the scientific mentality of its faculty and its leading positions in international rankings:

  • 2013 Times Higher Education ranking: 25th highest ranked university in the world among those under 50 years of age
  • 2013 QS ranking: 25th highest ranked university in the world among those under 50 years of age
  • 2012 Shanghai University ranking: among the 150 top universities in the world.

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