Program Overview

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 Türkiye and abroad.

Recently, the department has been ranked number 1 in Türkiye 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.

Qualification Awarded

PhD in Economics

Admission Requirements

Degree from Economics BA/MA or a related program.

A minimum GPA of 3,00/4,00 for applicants with undergraduate degree.

A minimum GPA of 3,25/4,00 for applicants with graduate degree.

ALES(For native applicants): Minimum 70 from EW (Equally Weighted) for students applying with a MA/MS degree

Minimum 85 from EW (Equally Weighted) for students applying with a BA/BS degree

GRE: Minimum 158 (quantitative)

For other application documents please visit online application web site.
Statement of Purpose

Required for all applicants. It should not exceed 2,000 words focusing on the following questions:

  • Why do you apply to Koç University?
  • Why do you apply to the particular program?
  • What are your career objectives?
  • For applicants of PhD programs what are your research interests and who do you want to work with?


We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations. Once translated, the original transcript and the certified translations are to be sent to the Graduate School admission office.

Letters of Recommendation
The Graduate School requires three letters of recommendation for Ph.D. applications. These should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant’s potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online.

Applicants to MA programs must have their results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-for foreign applicants) or ALES (Akademik Lisansüstü Eğitim Sınavı-for native applicants)General Test sent to the Graduate School. You need to also upload available scores during online application. You will be able to leave these spaces empty if your scores are not available at the time of application. We do accept applications without ALES and/or TOEFL scores. You must submit these scores as soon as they are announced.

All native applicants and international applicants whose native language is not English must ensure that the Graduate School receives their official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Exchange Opportunities

The number of exchange program partners has increased rapidly over the years and the number of partner institutions has exceeded 100.

+ Click here for the full list of the institution that have a partnership agreement with Koç University.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Examinations Letter Grade Number Grade Equivalents

A+ 4.00
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

Occupational Profiles and Access to Further Studies

Graduates of the PhD in Economics have the opportunity to work in many domestic and international academic positions, both in the private sector and in the public sector if they provide the necessary competencies. They can work in many fields such as expertise, auditor, foreign trade, marketing, management, economic management. Marketing and finance departments are suitable places for graduates of economics.

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