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Ph.D. in Economics (English)

About the Program

PhD in Economics is suited for individuals who wish to improve their research skills in economics and to pursue a career in academia.

Our academic staff, having international experience in teaching and research, ensures to give students a comprehensive understanding of economics through various courses and supervision.

This program enables students to specialize in different fields of economics by offering courses in various sub-fields. In addition to core courses such as Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, the program offers courses such as Health Economics, Education Economics, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Energy Economics, Game Theory, Development Economics, and Economics of Innovation.

The aim of PhD in Economics is to train researchers who are able to conduct interdisciplinary studies in cooperation with other fields of social sciences.


Apart from MSc and PhD programs that mainly follow the standard Economics curricula, the Economics Department also designed three different track options for graduate students who wish to pursue expertise in specific research areas.

Track options:

1.         Development Economics

2.         Political Economy

3.         Islamic Economics

Track requirements:

1.         Completion of an additional course (required by the track chosen)

2.         Writing thesis/dissertation in a research area compatible with the track chosen

Track benefits:

1.         Specialization in a research area

2.         Acquiring more in-dept knowledge in a specific research area

3.         Supplement to the graduate diploma that indicates the track followed

Note that tracks are opt-out by default. This means that a graduate student is considered to be in the standard program unless a track option is preferred to be followed by the student.

Moreover, following a track is non-binding. This means that a graduate student who chooses to follow a track can later on decide to graduate without completing the track. Similarly, a graduate student in the standard program can later on decide to complete the requirement of a track.

Admission Requirements


For Turkish Citizens
  • Applicants must hold a master's with a thesis degree in any field.
  • Graduate CGPA must be at least 3.00 over 4.00 (or 76.66 over 100.)
  • Applicants must submit a minimum ALES (Equal Weight) score of 75. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Applicants must submit a minimum English YDS/e-YDS or YÖKDİL score of 80. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Candidates must earn a minimum score of 65 from written science exams and/or interviews.
  • Overall assessment must be 75 or higher.
For International Applicants
  • A commission set up by the relevant department’s directorate and composed of at least 3 faculty members determines the field in which applicants must hold an undergraduate and a master’s degree and the minimum CGPA.
  • Applicants must have 55 or above from a foreign language exam accepted by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) or the equivalent of 55 or above from an international foreign language exam accepted by OSYM in another language than their native language.
  • Candidates must demonstrate their proficiency in English to be able to start their studies. Those who have received their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a university in which the language of instruction is English that is in a country where English is the native or official language or obtained the minimum specified score from one of the following language exams are regarded as proficient in English. Applicants who never submit any of these documents will be required to take the foreign language preparation programs, which will take a maximum of two semesters.


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  • International students must pay the tuition fee of 6.000 TL per year.


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Program Coordinator and Contact Information
Research Assistant Mevza KURTULMUŞLAR

 +90 312 596 48 77




For Turkish Citizens
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.

The application page becomes active in the period when the applications are accepted.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

The applications are generally accepted in the months of June-July-August for fall semesters and November-December for spring semesters. The university website should be followed for  the exact dates.

Applicants are ranked based on an initial evaluation carried out by weighting 50% of ALES score and 50% of GPA. The number of candidates invited to science exams can be up to five times the quota. Three points after comma in decimals are taken into consideration in the ranking of applicants. If more than one candidate rank last with the same score, all these candidates are invited to entrance examination.

After applications are accepted, a science exam is held on the announced date. The application results are determined by weighting 50% of ALES score, 20% of GPA, and 30% of science exam score. Based on this evaluation, candidates who have earned a score of 75 and above are deemed successful. Successful candidates are ranked according to general evaluation scores (in cases of equal general evaluation scores, science exam scores are taken into consideration), and a number of candidates and substitute candidates as specified by quotas are announced in the institute's website.

For International Applicants
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applications are evaluated by taking into account acceptance requirements of the program and international student quotas. The evaluation result is sent to the applicant's e-mail address.

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