The program is designed to becompleted in four semesters. We strongly advise that enrolled students shouldnot consider part-time work outside academia, since this may result in notcompleting the program within the time allowed.
Students enrolled in theprogram 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 theprogram all students take the same required courses, and at the end of the yeardecide whether they will continue working toward an MA degree with a thesis ornot. Those who choose the option with thesis take three elective courses andwrite a Master's thesis, while those who choose the option without thesis takesix elective courses and prepare a graduation project. Also, all students arerequired to sit in a seminar course to complete the program.
Master's theses and projectsare written under the supervision of faculty members on a wide range ofeconomic issues, utilizing both theoretical and applied methods. The studentspresent their research at departmental workshops and seminars, and also discusstheir research with faculty members at informal lunches.
Abstracts of recentlycompleted 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 UniversitySummer School. The course covers various topics in mathematics that are used ineconomics through applications from intermediate level microeconomics, macroeconomics,and basic mathematical statistics. The course also aims to cover basic economicconcepts and tools, for the benefit of students who did not study economics asundergraduates.
Students who are not able toattend this course due to a valid excuse (the excuse of the student isevaluated by the graduate committee) will have to take a waiver exam during thefirst week of August to be admitted to the program.
The final decision foracceptance and teaching assistantship positions is made by the graduatecommittee by evaluating the performances of the applicants in this course.