The M.S. in Finance program is designed to meet the varied needs of finance professionals in public and private sectors who wish to continue in their careers while pursuing an advanced study specializing in the area of financial economics. The main objective of the program is providing a thorough foundation in financial economics and enhancing the applied financial analysis and research skills by delivering state-of-the-art techniques and approaches. In addition, the program is an ideal preparation for participants who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in finance.
Students are first introduced to the general framework of financial theories and concepts in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Macroeconomics. Knowledge and skills acquired in the initial courses allow for advanced discussions in Investments, Financial Derivatives, Advanced Corporate Finance and Fixed Income. Finally, students apply their cumulative knowledge in case-oriented courses such as Bank Financial Management, Risk Management or Valuation and Corporate Restructuring.
Structure of the Program
The program is a 30-credit non-thesis program with 5 core courses and 5 electives. It is designed to be completed in a 12-month period organized mainly in 4 semesters, with two mini semesters at the end of the first and third quarters. Classes meet three times a week; twice on weekdays (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm) and once on Saturdays (half day or full day, depending on the semester). Classes are held at Koç University Istinye Campus.
The first requirement of Koç Master of Science in Finance Program is to be a highly motivated and dedicated individual. In addition, applicants must have the following qualifications and apply to the office of Koç Graduate School of Business with the related documents:
All candidates are required to have:
- an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
- completed their military service (if applicable) or have a valid deferment
- indications of quantitative achievement (transcripts, job duties, TOEFL and GMAT scores if available)
- requisite level of English language competence
Candidates must submit a package that contains the application form with essays, at least two reference letters, transcripts from all institutions attended and ALES score. They should preferably have a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience.
Candidates may apply as early as the month of January. Personal interviews are used to assess potential candidates’ success in a highly demanding program. Standardized tests such as TOEFL and GMAT may be required. All Turkish nationals are required to take the ALES admission test administered by the Higher Education Council (YÖK). Candidates who have taken the GMAT test and have obtained a score of 550 or more are exempted from ALES. All international students are required to take the GMAT test and achieve a minimum of 550.
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Last updated February 24, 2016