MA and PhD in Economics, Koc University

Deadline: Early – March, Regular - May
Open to:  Graduates from related fields
Location: Koc University, İstanbul, Turkey



Koç University is one of the best places to obtain a MA or Ph. D. degree in economics. The Economics faculty at Koç University has a solid reputation as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad.

Recently, the department has been ranked number 1 in Turkey and continues to improve its ranking in Europe and the world. Students are supported by research and teaching assistantships. They will have the opportunity to participate in the research projects of faculty members and teach their own classes so that they can develop their teaching skills further.


Research Areas

  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Game Theory
  • Law and Economics
  • Mechanism Design
  • International Trade
  • Financial Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Economics of Information and Contracts
  • The Economics of Institutions


Degree Requirements

MA students need to take a minimum of 7 courses with additional non-credit courses and two electives. The program is designed for students to complete in two years. In addition, students must enroll in Seminar in Economics in Fall and Spring, and the MA Thesis in Spring. These are non-credit courses.

Ph.D. student is required to:

Students with an undergraduate degree will complete at least 14 courses (42 credits), while those with a Master’s degree will complete at least 7 courses (21 credits) and a thesis. Also each PhD Student must fulfill the following requirements:

-Complete their course work successfully,

-Pass their comprehensive examinations, and

-Defend their dissertation proposal.

-Students who have teaching assistantship assignments must take Teaching Experience during the semesters of their assignments. Students must also take Advanced Graduate Writing course.



In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Transcripts – A minimum GPA of 3,00 (for MA), 3,25 (forPhDfromMasters) 3,00 (forPhdfromBachelor)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 for MA, 3 forPhD)
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL IBT (80)
  • GRE: ForPhD - min158 For MA: Min 155
  • Statement of Purpose


Scholarship Availability

The scholarships are available to both our MA andPhD students but are highly competitive. MA scholarship availability is limited and will be awarded based on the academic merit. The scholarship includes: 

  • 100% tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend
  • Possibility of accommodation
  • Meal Card (PhD only)
  • Health Insurance
  • Other benefits



After you submit your online application via GradApp you may be shortlisted and contacted by the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities to schedule a written exam and an interview in person or by Skype.

After the interview, if you are offered admission into the program you will also receive a scholarship offer.

There are no additional procedures or forms to apply to our graduate scholarships.

In order to apply, register HERE.

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