Master Economics of Public Policy

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics | Barcelona, Spain
The Economics of Public Policy Program aims to provide students with the tools of economic and quantitative analysis used in public policy design and evaluation.

Description of Economics of Public Policy

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In 2009, OECD countries used more than 20% of their national incomes for public social spending (pensions, health system, income support and other social programs). Another 5% was spent on public education. These numbers are much larger in some developed countries and fast growing in many developing ones. These are big numbers, and successful public policies can make a difference for the lives of millions.

How and why do particular public policies get implemented? How are they designed? How do we know if they work? Why are some policies more successful than others? The Master Program in Economics of Public Policy provides students with theoretical and empirical tools to answer these questions. Our graduates will be prepared to work in leading international organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, consulting companies, research institutions or to pursue a further academic career.

Skills acquired in this master program

  • A rigorous understanding of economic theory behind the design and evaluation of public policies.
  • Ability to apply state-of-the-art empirical tools to evaluate public policies.
  • An understanding of institutional frameworks in which public policies are designed and implemented.
  • Ability to write technical and non-technical reports on public policy.

Who will benefit from this program?

  • Graduates from business administration, economics and other social sciences (demography, political sciences, sociology) with a quantitative background.
  • Professionals from governmental and nongovernmental institutions who want to upgrade their skills.
  • Aspiring PhD students who want to build a solid foundation.

Potential employers of program graduates include:

  • Public Institutions
  • Non-government Organizations (NGOs)
  • International Organizations
  • Consulting Firms

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non EU: June 25th
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 14500 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS

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).

Duration full-time 9 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Structure

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.

Students are strongly advised to take the Math and Statistics review course offered in September.

Credits

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).

Grades

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. All courses will award grades.

Campus

The Economics of Public Policy Program is located on two campuses. Master courses in the fall and spring terms are taught at the Ciutadella campus of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (UPF) and the Bellaterra Campus of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). All courses in the winter term are held at the Bellaterra (UAB) campus location.

Both campus locations are connected to Barcelona's city center through public transportation (35 minutes from UAB station in Bellaterra Campus to the heart of the city at Plaza Catalunya, 12 minutes from Ciutadella campus to Plaza Catalunya). Students can take advantage of a wide array of services and activities offered by both the UPF and the UAB.

Requirements for Economics of Public Policy

There are two main application requirements for master programs at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics:

  1. Undergraduate/bachelor/grado/laurea, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university (for Bologna degrees, a minimum of 180 ECTS are required)
  2. Advanced level of English language skills

However, possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission.

There are four main areas considered for admission:

  • Academic preparation
  • English language requirement
  • Quantitative skills (GRE/GMAT)
  • Reference letters

Academic Preparation:

Applicants must have:

  • Undergraduate/bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university **
  • Outstanding academic record
  • Most common undergraduate degrees: Economics, Finance, Engineering, Sciences, Mathematics.

English Language Requirement:

All Barcelona GSE master programs are taught entirely in English. Applicants must have an advanced level of English to follow the program.

Quantitative Skills:

All Barcelona GSE programs require good or advanced quantitative skills.

OPTIONAL

Applicants have the option to provide GRE/GMAT test scores to demonstrate proficient quantitative skills.

Applicants who have taken the GMAT are welcome to submit their exam scores, but should note that the GRE is preferred by the admissions committee. Normally, scores in the 80th percentile or above in the quantitative section are considered to be good scores.

While it is not compulsory to include scores with the application, good scores will be positively valued by the admissions committee and could be a decisive factor in those cases in which the application does not contain enough information to determine the candidate's potential for academic success in the master program.

  • GRE code: 2531
  • GMAT code: Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management(the same code used by Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

You are responsible for uploading GRE or GMAT scores to your application. You can enter the application form at any stage of the application process and upload scores to the system. You may also update your scores by uploading new scores to replace the document you uploaded previously.

Letters of Reference:

The two letters of reference are an extremely important element in the application package. The Admissions Committees normally prefer letters from Faculty members. If you cannot provide two faculty referees, you may include a professional referee instead.

Your referees will upload their letters directly to the online system on your behalf. You will include email contact information for your referees when you submit your application. Once you submit your application, your referees will receive an email containing instructions and a link for submitting letters via the online system.

Please note that your application will not be reviewed until the Barcelona GSE has received your letters of reference from your referees.

Work Experience for Economics of Public Policy

No work experience is required.

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Spain

Spain The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE) is an institution for scientific cooperation for research and graduate education in economics and the social sciences. It was founded in July 2006 by four academic institutions: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (UAB), CSIC and the Center for Research in International Economics (CREI), whose reputations, faculty, and resources underpin the School and its activities.