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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #551 (QS) Ankara, Turkey
The Ph.D. program in Economics from Bilkent University 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. 
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All students of the Economics programme from Bilkent University 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 Ph.D. 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.
  • A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended.
  • Submit and successfully defend a dissertation that represents a contribution to knowledge in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Application Deadline:
    • 4 March – early submission deadline
    • 24 May – regular submission deadline
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ph.D. Pre-Thesis Seminar
  • Ph.D. Pre-Thesis Seminar
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics
  • Academic Practices

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • PhD (with Master’s degree): 298 (verbal and quantitative total)

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Proof of Degree: Yes (if already obtained)
  • Transcripts: Yes (most recent one available at the time of application)
  • Statement of Purpose: 1-2 pages
  • Letter of Recommendation: 3
  • Other: Solid math background is recommended. Candidates with a strong analytical background from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6617 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6617 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • National: 37,120 TL.

Living costs for Ankara

  • 1600 - 2350 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships for International Students

  • Prospective students who apply for financial assistance are evaluated according to their high school grades, their national and/or international exam scores, their program choices, and other relevant academic criteria.
  • Qualified applicants are offered partial or full tuition waiver scholarships. Tuition waiver scholarships are awarded at five levels, ranging from 20% to 100% in increments of 20%. Accommodation scholarships may be available for a limited number of top students who are on full tuition waiver scholarship.

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