Master of Science in Management

The Master of Science in Management focuses on the pillars of business management while providing a solid understanding of organizations as a whole. Students will have the possibility of specializing in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management.

  • Business Management
  • International Management
  • MSc Programs
Next edition
Classes start
20 September, 2021
Classes end
30 June, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
15 September, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Schedule
From Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 8 pm. Class times may vary according to the electives chosen.
Language
English
Modality
On-campus
Price
18500 €

The MSc in Management from the UPF Barcelona School of Management is academically rigorous and highly practical. This MSc is a full-time program for students with strong quantitative and analytical skills seeking a career in international business management. The master's courses focus on the pillars of business management, strategic management, innovation, and consulting, building a sound basis to understand business organizations as a whole. 

Students can tailor the master's curriculum according to their preferences, or they can take a specialization, by choosing from among a diverse offer of elective courses.

The MSc in Management benefits from the outstanding 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.

In addition, this program is recognized by Eduniversal Ranking as one the best master's degrees in General Management. In 2019, the program was the 43rd best in Europe and is among the Top 5 Best Masters in General Management in Spain.

Why choose this program

01

Excellent teaching staff

You will learn from the faculty of the UPF's Department of Economics and Business, and from experienced professionals in the areas of business management, commerce, operations, project management, and marketing, among others. UPF is the number one Spanish University in Economics and Business (Times Higher Education Ranking 2020) and the 10th best university among those under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Under 50 Ranking).

02

Customization: taylor the program according to your needs

The program offers you the possibility to create your own itinerary for the master with more than 30 different elective courses. You can also take one of the specializations available by choosing a number of specific electives.

03

Analytical focus

You will master and put into practice the latest analytical tools and business management techniques, combined with the skills you need to be successful in your professional development.

04

Professionalization

The MSc includes the option to do a curricular internship, which provides relevant work experience in the fields of strategic management, business management, consulting, business analytics, marketing, project management, and business development, among others.

05

QTEM Program

You will have the opportunity to extend your master with the QTEM program. This is an optional study abroad program in an international network bringing together outstanding students, and over 20 Academic Partners renowned in the fields of Management, Economics, and Finance.

Specializations

During the first term of the master all students take a set of five core courses. In the second and third term of the master students make a personal selection of elective courses for their specialization, and can complement them with elective courses from the other specializations on offer.

  • Business Analytics

    By providing an advanced understanding of quantitative and analytical techniques applied to the business management of organizations, the Business Analytics specialization provides future managers and consultants with a toolbox of decision-making skills required to translate strategic plans into tangible international business performance.

    It combines cutting-edge theory and practical applications to provide students with in-depth data analysis tools and strategies in order to achieve today's greatest managerial challenge: solving business complexity.

  • Entrepreneurship

    Practically oriented and internationally minded, the Entrepreneurship specialization is aimed at creative spirits and future entrepreneurs in all sectors who want to create and develop innovative international business ideas.

    It helps students to cultivate an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindset, and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to draft an appropriate business plan to undertake business ventures, renew existing businesses, or become part of a new growing business.

  • Marketing

    The Marketing specialization combines an applied mindset with academic rigour in understanding the market and the consumer. It allows students to develop both technical and creative skills needed to satisfy customer needs from a strategic, managerial, and operational perspective.

    It will provide students with a full understanding of the important processes involved in creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers while strengthening their ability to face and solve complex challenges in an increasingly globalized marketing environment.

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

    The Operations and Supply Chain Management specialization provides a theoretical and practical illustration of the factors that are necessary for effective operations and supply management in today’s global markets. It demonstrates how successful operations performance can shape and influence sales, and create an advantage for a business.

    Students will obtain a profound understanding of the processes and techniques necessary to develop strategies, and become a management expert specialized in the area of operations and supply chain.

  • General Management

    Students who prefer to obtain a general overview accross management can combine the different elective courses of all the specializations available.

    The General Management option allows students to gain in-depth knowledge in strategic, analytical and innovative management.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Management is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals with previous analytical studies such as Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, among others. Applicants with a different academic background may be asked to provide proof of sufficient quantitative and analytical training (GMAT) before applying for the master.

Admission and enrolment

Accreditations

his is an official master and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya) has institutionally accredited the UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official university master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).


The MSc in Management has obtained the AMBA accreditation by the Association of Masters in Business Administration (AMBA & BGA), that recognizes the academic quality and reputation of UPF-BSM.

 

AMBA logoAQU-10193-ENQtem

Curriculum

The MSc in Management is organized over three terms.

During the first term of the master all students take a set of five core courses. In the second and third term of the master students make a personal selection of elective courses for their specialization, and can complement them with elective courses from the other specializations. 

Students have the option to do curricular internships in companies (the internship will earn study credits equivalent to two elective courses). Career development sessions will be offered to aid students in finding the placement and prepare them for their professional future.

From October to June, students will work on their MSc Project supervised by a specialized faculty member.

Upon completing the Master, those who wish to pursue a PhD can apply to the program offered by the UPF's Department of Economics and Business.

MSc Final Project

MSc Project Advice I-II

Internship (optional)

Internship
Note on elective courses
Elective courses will be carried out in case of reaching a minimum number of enrolled students. The final offer for each academic year may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Complementary activities

Additional Off-Program Activities

Further to the course's regular classes, all Master of Science students have the possibility of attending free complementary training parallel to the running of their studies. The following activities are optional and are included in the program's tuition fees:

  • Brush-up Courses: online preparatory crash-courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Spanish Course: free of charge during the first term. 3 hours/week course at the UPF's language school.
  • Career Development Program: career sessions and workshops where students obtain specific training on how to improve their professional profile, approach potential employers and develop professional soft skills.

Double Degrees

UPF Barcelona School of Management Master of Science in Management offers a Double Degree option with:

  • EBS Business School (Germany):
    • MSc in Automotive Management
    • MSc in Finance
    • MSc in Real Estate
    • MSc in Management
       
  • HSE Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    • Master in Management and Analytics for Business


For more information on each of the agreements please send an email to international@bsm.upf.edu.

QTEM Program

After successfully completing the Master of Science in Management students have the opportunity to participate in the QTEM Program, an optional and free-of-charge study abroad experience at more than 20 top international universities which are leaders in the field of Economics. 

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the first and only Spanish institution to be part of the QTEM (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management) network.

Find more information about QTEM here.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Máster Universitario en Ciencias Empresariales / Master of Science in Management official Master Degree, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.

Students who choose any of the specializations availabe will also receive an additional completion certificate awarded by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the title. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.        

Note: The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptations of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students enrolled in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Faculty

  • Lluis Ferran Blanch Colino
    Lecturer at the Department of Communication of Pompeu Fabra University
    MBA in Marketing from ESADE. Member of the Board of Judges and Advisors since 1996.
  • Jordi Bosch García
    Director of Digital Strategy in Mediapro
    Master in Prevention and Risk Management in the Community from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is Adjunt professor of the Information and Communication Technologies  Department at Pompeu Fabra University and holds a Degree in Telecommunication Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He has worked as a Technology Manager at General Electric, CIO at the Catalan Government and Secretary of Telecommunications and Information Society at the Catalan Government.
  • Michael John Greenacre
    Full professor, Economics and Business Department, Pompeu Fabra University
    PhD from the University Pierre et Marie Curie. He has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of South Africa and he has a bachelor´s in Mathemathics and Stadistic from the University of South Africa. His areas of research are applied Stadistics, Multivariate Analysis and Correspondence Analysis.
  • Alberto Lempira Guevara
    Marketing Consultant specialized in Business Development and Digital Marketing Strategies
    PhD in Business (Candidate) from Barcelona University. He is also MSc in Marketing from Pompeu Fabra University. Has a Postgraduate in Social Media and Digital Marketing from Tecnocampus, a Posgraduate in Transmedia Storytelling & Branded Content and a Postgraduate in Inbound Marketing, both from INESDI and a BE in Production Engineering from Metropolitana University (Caracas). He has worked with different organizations from corporate to political marketing. He is the host of the NotYourMarketer podcast.
  • Carles Martin Badell
    Adjunt professor, Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions, Pompeu Fabra University
    Engineer in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is also senior consultant at the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) and has worked as Secretary of Information Society at the Catalan Government and he is responsible for the digital magazine Tecnonews.
  • Jorge Salinas Martinez
    Sales Manager at Worldline Mobile Center of Competence in Barcelona
    Engineer in Telecommunications from the University of Zaragoza. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University and postgraduate studies in marketing and sales management from La Salle University (Madrid). He has worked as Solution and Product Manager at Ericsson, as Account Manager at Vodafone and Sales Manager and Business Development Manager at Tempos 21 and Atos.
  • Alberto Santini
    Assistant professor of the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University
    PhD in Operational Research from the University of Bologna, Italy. Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research interest is in combinatorial optimisation.
  • Daniel Stone Del Pozo
    Cofunder and Chief Operations of Smaze
    Bsc Marketing Degree at Lancaster University. Marketing Head of inMOtion Real State Media
  • Ramon Palacio Leon
    Founder and Director at Xponent Triple AQ
    Telecom Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Linda Reichard
    MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Ana María Varela Otero
    MSc in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Elena Yorda
    Investment Director at Astra Capital
    Holds a Master in Business Administration from IESE Business School and a MSc in Engineering and a BA in International Business by Sofia Tech University. She was co-founder of 3 high tech start-ups and a M&A business line within a Management Consulting Group. She has participated in the design of 2 venture capital funds and is currently working on the development of a new venture in the financial services area. She collaborated in the ESADE and UPF master programs, focusing on business plans development, and financing of new ventures.

Methodology

The Master of Science in Management is an on-campus program that combines different teaching methodologies in its various courses to offer a rigorous and interactive learning experience, involving both individual and group work.

01.

Lectures

Theoretical concepts and methodologies are introduced by experts in the subject matter.

02.

Practical cases

Learn from the successes and failures of real organizations, and train problem solving skills based on acquired competences.

03.

Group-based activities

Debates, discussions, joint projects, and role-playing allow you to learn how to contribute to and respond to group dynamics.

04.

Company visits

Learn about and from organizations of diverse sectors, and see their business strategies and operations.

05.

Simulations

A platform that reproduces a real market where students can test business management theories and make decisions, and learn from their mistakes and successes.

Evaluation

The assessment criteria for each subject will be explained at the beginning of the term. The evaluation system may vary from subject to subject and will be based on the student's performance on a selection of the following activities:

  • Written exams and multiple choice tests
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual assignments and essays
  • Group projects
  • Class participation and debates
  • Ranking in a simulation

Tools

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The MSc in Management is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals of analytical backgrounds who wish to acquire a realistic, practical, and professional perspective of management and organizations as a whole. Once graduated, students will be able to work in job positions in diverse sectors.

Student profile

Every year the program welcomes junior profiles, coming from analytical backgrounds, to study in Barcelona: a vibrant, dynamic, and international city. The program has a multicultural environment with students from all around the world so that the master becomes the first step to working, communicating, and negotiating in the world of international business.

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Average age

88%

International students

42%

Previous studies in Business/Management

23%

Previous studies in Economics

15%

Previous studies in Engineering

Career opportunities

The MSc in Management has curricular or extracurricular internships depending on the itinerary chosen. Resources and assistance will be provided by UPF-BSM Careers Service to support students in their search for internships and job positions.

 


 

  • Business Analysis
  • Business Development
  • Digital Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Planning
     
  • Specialization in Business Analytics: 
    • Consulting
    • Data Analyst
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Market Research
       
  • Specialization in Entrepreneurship:
    • Business Plan Analyst
    • Consulting
    • Entrepreneur
    • Intrapreneur
    • Marketing departments in every sector
    • Product Development
    • Start-up Jobs
       
  • Specialization in Marketing:
    • Brand Management
    • Communication Management
    • Digital Marketing
    • Internet and Social Marketing
    • Market Research
    • Marketing Consulting
    • Marketing Departments in every sector
    • Retail
  • Specialization in Operations and Supply Chain Management:
    • Supply Chain/Operations Consulting
    • Operations Management
    • Purchasing Management
    • Production Management
    • Inventory Management
    • Logistics and Distribution Management
    • Warehouse Design and Management
    • Supply Chain Executive

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

Bachelor degree

Applicants must have finished or be in the last year of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, students should come from any of the following academic fields of study:

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Life and Health Sciences

Applicants with a different academic background may be asked to provide proof of sufficient quantitative and analytical training by presenting a 650 or higher GMAT score. 

If you are currently studying the last year of your Bachelor Degree, you will need to finish your university studies and obtain your final certificate before the beginning of the program. If you finished your Bachelor Degree some time ago you should preferably not exceed 3 years of work experience in a position relevant to the program's field.

Proficiency in English

In order to be successfully enrolled, an official English certificate is required.

If you do not have your English results at the time of admission, you will be required to provide it two months before the course starts. Admission without an official English certificate will be considered conditional until the certificate is provided.

The English certificate scores are:

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1
  • IELTS: > 6.5
  • Duolingo: > 115 (accepted during the academic years 20/21 and 21/22)

Applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to submit the aforementioned certificate.

Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor Degree at an English-speaking university must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

 

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineResolution deadline
111/11/202026/11/2020
23/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • 2 academic recommendation letters (mandatory) and 1 professional (optional)
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1506.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Partner Talent Scholarship

If you are a graduated from one of the UPF Barcelona School of Management partner universities you can apply to the Partner Universities Scholarships.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Master of Science Scholarships

Specifically awarded to master of Science students who can demonstrate an good academic, professional, and/or personal trajectory.

Beca UPF-BSM

Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Collaborative scholarship in research

This call for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year applies to the scholarships that appear in Annex I of this document.

The Institute of Continuing Education Foundation, a private postgraduate higher education centre which owns Barcelona School of Management, a centre affiliated to Pompeu Fabra University, offering master postgraduate programs under the UPF Barcelona School of Management brand (hereinafter UPF-BSM), has its own scholarship program titled "Scholarships / Collaborative Internships in Research” (hereinafter “Scholarships”).

Grants and discounts

External financial aid

A large number of external entities and institutions offer financial aid options to students who want to enrol on one of our master programs and postgraduate courses.

 

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

UPF Partner Universities Discount

Check if the university where you took your undergraduate studies is a UPF partner university and obtain a 10% discount on your master's tuition fees. 

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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