Description of the program

The program is designed to be completed in four semesters. We strongly advise that enrolled students should not consider part-time work outside academia, since this may result in not completing the program within the time allowed.

Students enrolled in the program are required to complete 37 credit hours for the "MA Degree withthesis" option, and 46 credit hours for the "MA Degree withoutthesis" option (details of these two options are available here at MA Curriculum page).

In the first year of the program all students take the same required courses, and at the end of the year decide whether they will continue working toward an MA degree with a thesis or not. Those who choose the option with thesis take three elective courses and write a Master's thesis, while those who choose the option without thesis take six elective courses and prepare a graduation project. Also, all students are required to sit in a seminar course to complete the program.

Master's theses and projects are written under the supervision of faculty members on a wide range of economic issues, utilizing both theoretical and applied methods. The students present their research at departmental workshops and seminars, and also discuss their research with faculty members at informal lunches.

Abstracts of recently completed Master's theses are available at the Thesis&Dissertationspage (see also the thesis styleguide of the Institute for Graduate Studies inSocial Sciences of Boğaziçi University forfurther details on writing a Master's thesis).

Mathematics Requirement and the Preparatory Course: Students accepted to the program are required to demonstratesufficient knowledge in mathematics prior to beginning regular course work.

Students are required to takea special preparatory course, EC 489, is offered at the Boğaziçi University Summer School. The course covers various topics in mathematics that are used in economics through applications from intermediate level microeconomics, macroeconomics, and basic mathematical statistics. The course also aims to cover basic economic concepts and tools, for the benefit of students who did not study economics as undergraduates.

Students who are not able to attend this course due to a valid excuse (the excuse of the student is evaluated by the graduate committee) will have to take a waiver exam during the first week of August to be admitted to the program.

The final decision for acceptance and teaching assistantship positions is made by the graduate committee by evaluating the performances of the applicants in this course.