The Economics Doctoral Program is designed for students who want to specialize in traditional economic analysis, such as international economics, public finance, monetary economics, financial economics. The aim of the program is to provide students with analytical and technical skills to ensure that students who are thinking to work in the public or private sector can make the right decisions when they come to decision-making positions. The students who will participate in the program may have received their undergraduate and / or graduate degrees in economics, or they may have obtained undergraduate and / or postgraduate degrees in a non-economic field, provided that they prepare themselves for a doctorate program by taking some additional courses. After the students take the first and second parts of the Advanced Microeconomic, Macroeconomic and Econometric Analysis courses in the first year; In the third semester, they complete three additional elective courses in the fields they are interested in or want to specialize in. After completing the courses, students successfully complete the written and oral proficiency exams and proceed to the thesis writing phase. The aim of the thesis is to create an original work that has the potential to contribute to the science of economics and / or to the solution of economic problems. Students who successfully complete and defend their dissertation graduate by having the title of 'phd in economics'.
Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Program in General Economics
Students considering applying for the program must have completed their M.A. by writing a masters thesis at an institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), be successful in the Academic Personnel and Graduate Education (ALES) Entrance Exam, and since the courses will be conducted and the Ph.D. dissertation will be written in English, students should have a good command of English.
For the application to be processed, a completed application package should include the following:
a) A ‘letter of intent’ specifying the reasons why the applicant would like to receive a Ph.D.
b) Two reference letters written, preferably, by former professors of the applicant.
c) Official transcripts provided by the higher education institutions that the applicant has graduated from.
d) A resume outlining the applicant’s academic background and work experience.
g) A score of 55 or above from the Academic Personnel and Graduate Education (ALES) Entrance Exam, taken within the last five years.
h) Demonstration of proficiency in English.
- receiving 66 or above from TOEFL, or
- receiving 55 or above from the Foreign Language Level Determination Exam (YDS) or YOKDIL, both administered by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM).
Applicants satisfying the above requirements will then be invited for an oral interview. Based on the application package and the interview, the Admissions Committee may find it necessary to administer a proficiency exam to determine the level of economic understanding of the candidates.
Ph.D. level credits received from other universities accredited by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) may be transferred, provided that a similar course is offered by the Ph.D. in Economics program of Yeditepe University. For consideration, the grade to be transferred should not be lower than a BB (80/100) and the course must not be taken more than five calendar years before the admission to the Ph.D. program. Such transfers cannot be more than three courses.
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