Profile of The Programme

The Master of Science in Finance program at Koç University provides a thorough foundation in finance and enhances the applied financial analysis and research skills needed by finance professionals.

The program is non-thesis program with 6 core courses and 5 electives. It is designed to be completed in a 12-month period organized in 3 semesters. Classes are held on two evenings in weekdays (Monday and Wednesday) from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout the year. Classes are held at the Koç University İstinye Campus.

Students are first introduced to the general framework of financial theories and concepts in Financial Statements & Reporting, Financial Econometrics, Corporate Finance and Investments. Knowledge and skills acquired in the initial courses allow for advanced discussions in Financial Markets and Institutions, Financial Derivatives, Corporate Strategy and Risk Management and Advanced Corporate Finance. Finally, students apply their cumulative knowledge in case-oriented courses such as Bank Financial Management, Valuation and Corporate Restructuring or Portfolio Management.

Qualification Awarded

Master of Science in Finance

Admission Requirements

The first and foremost condition for joining the Koç MSc in Finance Program is to be a highly motivated and dedicated individual. In addition, applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum two years of full-time professional work experience
  • Completed military service (if applicable) or proof of deferment
  • Proficiency in English

In order to apply to the MSc in Finance Program, the applicants must complete the online application (gradapp.ku.edu.tr) and upload the following;

  • An official academic transcript from every university attended
  • Three essays as specified
  • Application fee payment slip
  • A written statement of corporate support

Two Reference Letters should be submitted for the application. The candidate should provide the contact information of those who will fill in the reference letters in the online application. They will be provided with the web link of the reference letter form via e-mail.

Selected applicants will be called for an interview by the Graduate School of Business. The candidates will be given a short article to read and study before the interview and will be asked to answer questions related to the article as a part of the interview process. Standardized tests such as TOEFL and GMAT may also be required.

For your inquiries, please contact Graduate School of Business at gsb@ku.edu.tr

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Examinations Letter Grade Number Grade Equivalent

A+ 4.3
A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D+ 1.30
D 1.00
F 0.00

Graduation Requirements and Curriculum

Students need to have completed all courses on their curriculum with a passing letter grade and have a minimum of 3.00/4.00 GPA by the end of the programme.

  • Rigorous theoretical and analytical perspective
  • International focus
  • Strong Return on Investing in Education
  • Each student needs to complete 31 credits to earn the MSc in Finance Degree
  • 6 core(4 courses of 3 credits and 2 courses of 1,5 credits) and 5 or more elective courses- to be selected from 12 elective course alternatives
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Courses Elective Courses Elective Courses

Course descriptions are available at https://gsb.ku.edu.tr/en/programs/part-time-programs/msc-in-finance/course-descriptions/

Graduation Project

In accordance with the regulations and requirements of the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK), the Koç MSc in Finance degree does not require a graduation thesis. Each student carries out a number of research projects throughout the program. Any individual project can be submitted to fulfill this requirement.

Occupational Profiles and Access to Further Studies

The Career Resources Corner at the library and the on-line Koç University Company- Employer Database, covering over 1500 companies, are two other services designated for the career guidance. Please visit https://gsb.ku.edu.tr/en/industry-profiles-career-pathways for different industries where MBA graduates pursue their careers in.

Career Development Center, supports all Koç University students and graduates in career Development and Planning, in preparing graduate education plans, and in professional life decisions. For more information about the Career Development Center, please visit https://career.ku.edu.tr/en/