Program Overview

The Master of Science in Finance program at Koç University provides a thorough foundation in finance and enhances the applied financial analysis and research skills needed by finance professionals.

The program is non-thesis program with 6 core courses and 5 electives. It is designed to be completed in a 12-month period organized in 3 semesters. Classes are held on two evenings in weekdays (Monday and Wednesday) from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout the year. Classes are held at the Koç University İstinye Campus.

Students are first introduced to the general framework of financial theories and concepts in Financial Statements & Reporting, Financial Econometrics, Corporate Finance and Investments. Knowledge and skills acquired in the initial courses allow for advanced discussions in Financial Markets and Institutions, Financial Derivatives, Change Management in Finance, Corporate Strategy and Risk Management and Advanced Corporate Finance. Finally, students apply their cumulative knowledge in case-oriented courses such as Bank Financial Management, Valuation and Corporate Restructuring or Portfolio Management.

Program Learning Outcomes Master Programs

Across all master programs, we seek to develop innovative and visionary business professionals, who take leadership in economic and social progress, and who are dedicated to the highest ethical standards. The three values of vision, leadership, and responsibility are common to all master programs. In defining the set of Program Learning Objectives, the three values of vision, leadership, and responsibility are reflected in common PLOs 1 through 3. The only exception is in EMBA where we pursue transformational leadership rather than general leadership skills.

Across programs, we also have a differentiation of PLOs in accordance with program-specific objectives. Of primary importance in the MBA program is to improve strategic collaboration skills in team settings as well as the ability to integrate knowledge across multi-disciplinary fields. The EMBA program is uniquely characterized by its focus on transformational leadership. The MIM program seeks to instill internationalism on all students. Finally, the MFIN program seeks to enhance students’ technical and quantitative skills.

Below is the resulting list of seven PLOs. The last column indicates in which master programs the PLOs are applicable (ALL refers to all programs, namely MBA, EMBA, MIM, and MFIN).

 

Program Learning Objective

Programs where applicable

1

Engage in critical thinking, analysis, and decision-making

ALL

2

Apply leadership skills to various management situations

ALL

3

Develop skills to identify and address ethical and social issues

ALL, except EMBA

4

Develop transformational leadership skills

EMBA

5

Develop strategic collaboration skills in multi-disciplinary teams

MBA

6

Integrate knowledge across functional fields

MBA

7

Become knowledgeable international business practitioners who can function in diverse contexts

MIM

8

Enhance technical skills and apply quantitative tools in the financial context

MFIN


EMBA = Executive MBA Program

MBA = Master in Business Administration

MIM = Master in International Management

MFIN = Master of Science in Finance