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ESADE MSc BA Introduction

The data revolution is underway. As AI, big data, and machine learning transform the business landscape, employers need a new kind of professional. They need next-generation managers who truly understand data – how to analyze it, harness its potential, and turn it into actionable business strategy. With ESADE’S Master in Business Analytics, students acquire the technical skills and business vision that employers are looking for. Students will gain insights directly from pioneering experts and visit companies in high-tech innovative cities. And graduate ready to take your career as far as you want it to go. Scroll down for further information on ESADE MSc BA Average GMAT, ESADE MSc BA Class Profile, ESADE MSc BA Application process, employment report, ESADE MSc BA fees, and more.

The ESADE MSc in Business Analytics programme is where those managers are forged. ESADE MSc BA Class Profile brings together diverse students with different goals in its portfolio. Students will join a pioneering programme, ranked #5 in the Word (QS, 2018), in one of the world’s hottest fields, at one of the world’s leading business schools. Students will learn from leading international experts in a hands-on, action-learning environment.


ESADE MSc in Business Analytics is for people who see the possibilities and the power of using data to support decision making. Detailed, precise thinkers who know that good business depends on getting – and understanding – reliable information.


ESADE MSc in Business Analytics develop the ability to identify, collect, analyze, interpret, and transform data to drive value and innovation. You’ll use Python and R, as well as standard data science libraries and tools. And you’ll work in multidisciplinary groups in collaboration with world-leading companies.


Common new graduate roles for the ESADE MSc BA class profile include:
Data Scientists, Analytics Consultants, Business Intelligence Consultants, Big Data Analytics Officers, Data Solutions Architects

ESADE MSc BA Program


Program StartsSeptember 2020
DurationOne Academic year
Location Barcelona Sant Cugat Campus
Intake 20202 Section
45 students per section
QS World Global MSc BA 2020 Ranking#7
ESADE MSc BA Fees€29,100
ESADE MSc BA Application Deadlines1 October to 30 June (For intermediate deadlines see application deadline section)
ESADE MSc BA Application Process· GMAT/GRE,

· One-page resume

· 2 Letter of recommendation

· English language proficiency test report (IELTS/TOEFL)

. Interview (For more details see application process section)

ESADE MSc BA Program & Curriculam

24th August – 10th September 2020

Depending on their academic background, students in the MSc in Business Analytics will be required to complete one of two Pre-Programmes:

1. Business Integration Path (BIP). For students with a non-business academic background. This course starts 3 weeks before the beginning of the regular Master's programme classes and includes an online module which normally starts around the beginning of July.

It consists of:

> 4 self learning online courses that start in the beginning of July and have to be completed before the beginning of the in class courses which take place on Sant Cugat Campus.

> 3 weeks starting on August (before the Welcome Week) held in class on the Sant Cugat campus:

Business Policy
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Marketing
IT for Managers
Managing People
Operations and Logistics

2. Pre-Programme in Data Science. For students with an academic background in business. It comprises the following subjects:

Intro to SQL and non-SQL Databases: If you want to analyse data, find patterns, or build big data applications, then you must first understand data and databases and know how to query and retrieve data. In this course, you will learn SQL and the main offers in relational databases, including non-SQL databases.

Python for Data Science: If you want to work in data science and business analytics you need to know programming. This is a basic skill. Two main languages dominate the scene: Python and R (with newcomers such as Julia). In this course, you will learn the basics of Python programming with a focus on data science and scientific programming.

Computer Science 101: This course teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. In this course participants will play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers.

Intro to R: This course uses R for exploring statistics and analytics. We will approach inferences and causality relationships – together with the most common fallacies and basic elements of hypothesis testing, distributions, and descriptive statistics in R.

  • Business in the era of A.I. & Cloud
  • I&B Models in Digital Companies
  • Artificial Intelligence I
  • Cloud Computing
  • Business in Society
  • Data-Driven Transformation
  • Data Analytics with R
  • Artificial Intelligence II
  • Cloud Platforms – AWS
  • Thinking with Data
  • Capstone Project (Feb - June)
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Business
  • Digital business models, digital transformation and innovation ecosystems
  • Recommender Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics
  • Strategic Management of Disruption
  • Innovation and Exponential Technologies
  • Big Data in Finance
  • Fintech: Technology Innovation in Financial

Combine two Esade MSc programmes to accelerate you toward your career goals.

Fast Track Double Degree

Instead of taking two years to complete two degrees, you can choose a second programme in a complementary discipline to accelerate the process. Any combination of the MSc in Business Analytics, MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, MSc in International Management or MSc in Marketing Management can be completed more quickly thanks to overlapping subjects between programmes. You’ll graduate with a double degree that instantly distinguishes you in the job market.

The 24-month Double Degree

Pursue two consecutive MSc programmes in different disciplines to broaden and deepen your knowledge base. Students
taking our MSc programmes in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing Management,
Business Analytics, Finance or Global Strategic Management can opt to pursue a second MSc programme in any of the
disciplines that we offer. You graduate in 24 months with a dual degree in management from Esade.

International Study Tours

Experience a different culture during an intensive week abroad at one of the world’s leading universities. 2020 international study tours include:

Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Doing Business in India

Cape Town, Universtity of Cape Town. Doing Business in Africa

Hong Kong, Hong Kong City University. Doing Business in Asia.

London, London School of Economics. Global Topics in Finance

Los Angeles, University of California in LA. Marketing Strategies in a New Digital Era

New York, Columbia University. Global Topics in Data Sciences

Santiago de Chile, Adolfo Ibañez University. Doing Business in Latin America

Shanghai, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance. Finance in Asia

Silicon Valley, University of San Francisco. The Silicon Valley Experience

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University School of Management. Doing Business in Israel

Washington DC, Georgetown University. Public Affairs & International Political Economy

  • 180 Degrees Consulting
  • E-Joventut Consulting Association
  • Empresa i Societat Volunteering and Charity Association
  • Agora Platform Debating Society
  • Comité International de Etudiants de Esade
  • E3 Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • The Esade Alumni Network
  • Esade Students’ Chinese Association
  • The Russian Society
  • Wine and Spirits Club
  • Transpose Fashion Magazine Association

The project is a highlight of the MSc programme. It challenges you to apply what you’ve learned in class to a real organizational situation. The project exposes you to the complexities of real-life business. It broadens your understanding and empowers you to develop new team-building, analytical-thinking, and project management skills.

Few projects done are –

  • Small NGO Project – Tourism Project
  • Social Business Projects
  • Multinational Projects

ESADE MS BA Rankings

QS World
Class Size104
Average Age23

ESADE Students Academic Backgrounds

Undergraduate SectorPercentage
Business & Management69%
Other areas6%

ESADE MSc BA Placements

ESADE MSc BA Placements Facts

  • 96% within three months of graduation
  • 36% found a job outside their home country
  • €39,511 Average starting salary
  • €95,000 Maximum starting salary

ESADE Alumni Info

ESADE Business School has more than 56,000 alumni who are also a fundamental part of our international network. The ESADE Alumni Association is extending the network by developing 32 chapters around the globe.

ESADE Placements by Sector

Industry SectorPercentage
Consulting Services44%
Financial Services6%
Round 11 Oct 201919 Nov 2019
Round 226 Nov 201921 Jan 2020
Round 314 Jan 202025 Feb 2020
Round 411 Feb 202024 Mar 2020
Round 510 Mar 202021 Apr 2020
Round 621 Apr 202026 May 2020
Round 719 May 202016 June 2020
Round 82 June 202030 June 2020

ESADE MSc BA Application Process


Eligibility for ESADE MSc BA Application Process

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Preferably Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Business-related programmes accepted for the MSc in Business Analytics.
  • Proficiency in English (certification).
  • GMAT or GRE
  • No previous work experience or knowledge of Spanish is required.
  • TOEFL: 100+
    IELTS: 7.0+
    PTE Academic: 68+

Documents required for ESADE  MSc BA Application Process

  • Online application form
  • Two recommendation letters (Professional or Academic)
  • CV
  • Picture: Recent passport-sized photograph with white background
  • Application fee
  • Copy of transcripts and degree certificates
  • IELTS, TOEFL score report
  • GMAT/GRE score report


The Esade MSc Business Analytics programme fees: € 29,100.

ESADE Cafeteria€115
Misc. Expenses€300
Monthly Budget €1200
*shared housing may vary from €300-550 depending on locations, room size, etc. This is a general estimate. Like anywhere, living in Barcelona can be as frugal or as costly as individual tastes dictate.

ESADE MSc BA Funding 

ESADE Scholarships

Talent Scholarships

ESADE Business School is committed to recognizing and nurturing talent wherever it may be. A range of talent-based scholarships is open to you based on your nationality, gender, and/or academic background. Scholarship evaluation runs in tandem with the MSc admissions process and will be based on the documents you supply for admission: scholarship essays, university transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, recommendation letters, and interview reports. Students will be personally notified of the scholarship committee’s decision.

To start a Scholarship Application candidates must log in to the Admissions Portal and access the Scholarship Information section. It is important to carefully read the introductory guidance for successful submission. Scholarships are not compatible with other prizes or awards granted by ESADE.

Need-Based Scholarships

ESADE Business School offers a range of need-based scholarships for candidates based on both academic merit and demonstrable financial need. To apply for scholarship students will need to complete the Scholarship Committee application process and deliver an essay outlining your current financial situation.

Financial aid scholarships are open to all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, or background. If you are applying for a need-based scholarship, we urge you to submit your application as soon as you start your admissions process to the programme. For the need-based scholarships, students will be asked to upload some documents to prove your financial need, such as salaries and tax reports of family members, bank statements, and financing plans.


Prodigy Finance Loan Programme for International Students

Prodigy Finance delivers innovative community-funded loans to international students at ESADE Business School. While banks base their loan decisions on historical salaries, Prodigy looks to the future, assessing your future earning potential (based on the past achievements of similar graduates) to determine loan affordability. To know more about prodigy loans for students to visit Prodigy Website.

ESADE Banc Sabadell Student Loan Programme Application Process

ESADE partner, Banc Sabadell, covers up to 100% of the tuition fees, minus the reservation fee. Bank guarantees will be required depending on the amount of the student loan requested. The ESADE MSc loan agreement is available to all admitted candidates and only covers tuition fees; living expenses are the responsibility of the candidate. Banc Sabadell will require the following loan supporting documents to evaluate your loan request. 

ESADE MSc in Business Analytics Sample Essays

How will your background, values, and non-work-related activities enhance the experience of other ESADE MSc BA students and add to the diverse culture we strive for at ESADE?

Following conversations with ESADE Alumni, I realized I could play a significant role in several business clubs at ESADE Business School.

Twelve years ago I joined my parents, sisters, and a few other family members and started working at our family-owned business. My family business, an R&D and manufacturing service provider owning 4 plants in my country, is my greatest passion and I see myself sharing my know-how with the members of the Family Business Club, as well as learn from their experience representing other family-owned businesses from around the world.

Our family supported my father during difficult times of financial uncertainty as he was establishing his business. I grew up in a poor neighborhood with no financial stability, so I am well aware of the hardships of such life. As my father’s business became profitable, our financials improved as well. Knowing the challenges underprivileged people are facing, and being eager to help, I organized and took part in many volunteering events, such as soliciting donations for kids, renovating playgrounds and painting classrooms at schools. I see myself continuing to do the same at the Net Impact Club.

As I advanced in my career, I developed a greater interest in green energy. I enjoyed working on projects that were related to this topic. During my undergrad studies, I wrote essays and presented this topic to the Entrepreneurship Club. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge as part of the Energy & Environment Club.

Throughout my life, my main recreational interests have evolved around sports: I was an amateur tennis player and swimmer, and I love watching football and supporting Barcelona F.C. However while enjoying a variety of sports, I spent most of my time playing basketball. I played for 12 years until I was 18 years old and then chose to pursue academic studies over an offer I received for a professional contract from a number of basketball teams. Therefore, I can’t wait to play an integral part of the Sports Business Club.

ESADE MSc in Business Analytics Interview Questions

ESADE Business School interviews, since they are most often conducted by a representative from the admissions committee, tend to be highly personalized and based on your whole application. During the interview, the interviewer is also trying to gauge how solid your motivations for wanting to pursue an MSc BA are, how interested you seem in the ESADE Business School MSc BA program, and if you are truly a good fit for ESADE’s “Creactivist” culture. Interviewers often ask many standard interview questions, as well as questions designed to test just how collaborative you really are.

Official interviews for the ESADE MSc programmes can be conducted in person either in Barcelona or at one of ESADE international off-campus admissions events. Alternatively, if you cannot attend an admissions event or visit the campus in Barcelona, the interview can be done via Skype. Interview process is of 45-60 minutes.