International Master and Doctorate in Economic Analysis - IDEA


The Department of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UFAE), together with the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE), jointly organize IDEA, an international graduate program in Economics comprised of a Master's program and a PhD program. Both programs provide students with a solid training in Economics which emphasizes rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Some Master's students take on careers in the private sector and in governmental and non-governmental institutions, while others, after two years of training (120 ECTS) go on to pursue a doctoral degree either with us or abroad.

Our students find in IDEA an active research environment that promotes the interaction between students and faculty. The IDEA PhD Program is jointly organized with the Barcelona GSE.

International Master and Doctorate in Economic Analysis - IDEA


Carlos Grau , MA 2014, Deloitte (Spain)

"The secret to IDEA's success is merely the people behind the program. A group of prestigious yet accessible researchers, supportive classmates from around the world, and a very efficient administration staff guarantee a rewarding and unforgettable experience in the most lovely city in the world. In my opinion, IDEA is the optimal choice if interested in gaining a foothold as a top academic economist."


We also offer a master program in Economics co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics - QEM program is designed by a Consortium of four Partner Universities from 4 European cities (Barcelona, Bielefeld, Paris, and Venice).

Additionally, some of our faculty is also involved with the following Graduate Programmes:

Master in the Economics of Public Policy (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Health Economics and Policy (Barcelona GSE)

Master in Economics and Business Administration MEBA (UAB)