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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #521 (QS) ,
Economics MA and PhD programs at Sabanci University are built on a core foundation in a design that facilitates mobility between the two programs. In their common core, these programs equip the student with a solid background in economic theory and application techniques.


Unique in Turkey in its depth and scope, the MA program prepares the academically oriented student for PhD studies and, on the other hand, in conjunction with the Public Policy MA program, provides the students who seek jobs in the public or private sector with the highly demanded skills in economic policy and analysis.

With a quality curriculum and first-class faculty,The PhD program in Economics at Sabanci University aims at producing top-level academicians.

Program objectives

The PhD program at the Sabanc? University's Graduate School of Management is primarily intended for candidates who aspire to develop a career in academia. Some graduates may also be taking up positions in public or private sector organizations involved in research. The goal is to have graduates who can perform and contribute at the international level in any of these possible career paths. Currently, the program offers specializations in the areas of organization studies and operations management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Microeconomics II  
  • Macroeconomics II  
  • Seminar I 
  • Seminar II 
  • Seminar III 
  • Seminar IV 
  • Acad. Practices & Development
  • Acad. Practices & Development2  
  • AcademicWriting forGR Students 
  • Acad. Practices & Development3  
  • PhD Dissertation 

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

                                  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  You need the following GPA score:

                                  Required score: 3

                                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                  Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a minimum required score range.

                                    Minimum required Quantitative Reasoning score:


                                    The score range represents scores typically accepted at this institution.

                                    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

                                  Application Documents and Requirements:

                                  • Online Application Form
                                  • Official Transcript: A sealed official transcript issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate the courses taken and grades received by the applicant
                                  • Two Letters of Recommendation
                                  • One Photograph
                                  • Statement of Purpose
                                  • Writing Sample
                                  • Portfolio
                                  • Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International

                                    18000 USD/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                  Living costs for Istanbul

                                  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
                                    Living Costs

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


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