StudyQA — PhD: Economics — Bilkent University



Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)  
601–800 place StudyQA ranking:3349 Duration:48 months

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The Ph.D. program in economics is a program requiring the attainment of scientific competence in conformity with international scientific standards. Admission to the doctoral program is by written application and an evaluation by the department. It is expected that admitted students will be adequately prepared in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. (Also refer to the ``Graduate Admissions'' section in the introduction of this catalog for the general graduate admission requirements.)

All students take a common core curriculum at the outset and later branch out in the desired fields of specialization. The fields may be chosen from fiscal economics, international economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, monetary economics, and econometrics. Well-prepared students should anticipate spending approximately two years in course work and another two years in seminars, independent study, and dissertation research. While exceptional progress may make a three-year program feasible, some types of research programs will require at least five years to complete.

A candidate for the doctorate degree must:

* Successfully complete the core curriculum for Ph.D. degree in Economics. The courses in the core curriculum for Ph.D. degree in Economics include the graduate level Mathematics Review course (ECON 500), Microeconomic Theory (ECON 503-504), Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 505-506), Mathematics for Economists (ECON 515-516), Probability and Statistics (ECON 509-510) sequences, two elective sequences, and Pro-Thesis Seminar (ECON 590) and the Ph.D. Dissertation (ECON 699) courses.
* Successfully complete the course requirements for Ph.D. degree by earning at least 24 credits from the courses listed under ``Graduate Electives''. (Some graduate courses offered by other departments may be counted towards this requirement.)
* Show competence in two comprehensive examinations in macroeconomics and microeconomics within the first three semesters after being admitted to the Ph.D. program.
* Submit a detailed thesis proposal while taking the ECON 699 course and give a seminar on this work.
* Submit and successfully defend a dissertation that represents a contribution to knowledge in the field.

Candidates must be in residence for a minimum of three years including the period spent on the Master of Arts program.



Course Name

* Ph.D. Pre-Thesis Seminar I
* Ph.D. Pre-Thesis Seminar II
* Research Methods in Economics I
* Research Methods in Economics II
* Ph.D. Dissertation
* Academic Practices
* Electives (6)

During each semester of the second year at least three credit units of electives must be taken. The Ph.D. candidate may also take elective courses for credit in the third and fourth years of study. These electives may include courses from other departments or institutions as well as courses offered by the Department. There is no upper or lower limit on the number of such courses.



2.50/4.00 or 65%


700 (quantitative)


PhD: 55 (with Masters degree), 80 (with undergraduate degree) (YÖK requirement) (equally weighted)

English Proficiency

TOEFL (213 CBT / 82 iBT / 550 PBT and TWE 4.00) or IELTS (6.5) or FCE (C) or KPDS (87) or ÜDS (87).
Applicants for MA programs may provide a COPE score of at least C, instead.

Proof of Degree

Yes (if already obtained)


Yes (most recent one available at the time of application)

Statement of Purpose

1-2 pages

Letter of Recommendation



Solid math background is recommended. Candidates with a strong analytical background from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 82



Currently about 80% of the graduate students receive financial support. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a tuition waiver or a tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend. The amount of the stipend is adjusted annually to cover changes in the cost of living.

Both admission and financial assistance are based on academic accomplishment and scholarly promise alone, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin or physical disabilities.

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