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 and foremost condition for joining the Koç MSc in Finance Program is to be a highly motivated and dedicated individual. In addition, applicants must possess the following qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (*studies abroad should be recognized by Turkish Higher Education Council)
- Minimum two years of full-time professional work experience
- Proficiency in English
In order to apply to the MSc in Finance Program, the applicants must complete the online application (https://apply.ku.edu.tr/gradapp) and upload the following;
- An official academic transcript from every university attended
- Three essays as specified
- Application fee payment slip
- A written statement of corporate support
- Two reference letters
Two Reference Letters should be submitted for the application. The candidate should provide the contact information of those who will fill in the reference letters in the online application. The references will be provided with the web link of the reference letter form via e-mail.
Selected applicants will be called for an interview by the Graduate School of Business. The candidates will be given a short article to read and study before the interview and will be asked to answer questions related to the article as a part of the interview process. Standardized tests such as TOEFL and GMAT may also be required.
- All the international students’ undergrad diplomas from the Universities abroad should be recognized by Higher Education Council of Turkey. If they are not recognized by YOK, the students’ applications will not be valid to any Turkish University. This process will be conducted on behalf of the student by KU Registrar’s Office.
Turkish students whose undergrad degrees’ are from Universities located outside of Turkey, are expected to supply equivalency document by applying YOK individually.