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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Agricultural Economics - Agricultural Management - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
Department of Agricultural Economics, was established in 1977 as a part of Faculty of Agriculture. There are two major fields under the name of Agricultural Policy and Extension and Farm Management in the department. The department is consisted of 13 professors, 7 associate professors, 1 assistant professors, 9 research assistants, 2 experts, 2 secretaries and 2 retainers.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics (second cycle in Agricultural Economics) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The aim of the Programme is to provide students to comprehend economic problems of agriculture and developed project based solutions for these problems, data collection at micro and macro levels, use advanced modern techniques to analyse the data, interpretation and transfer research results into practice. Under the programme students are provided the opportunity to developed to integrate resource allocation and productivity with environment, food safety and sustainability objectives, monitor national and international agricultural markets, understand the behaviors of market actors and ability of decision making. Besides, the activities in the graduate training programme, encourages students to advanced management skills, work independently in the major, participate to disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, inquisitive and analytical thinking, have professional, moral values and social responsibility, dynamic, innovative, express ideas verbally and written and communicate effectively.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates take a role in establishment of many public and private sector. Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, Forestry, Ministry of Forest and Water Management, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of EU Affairs, Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology General Directorate of Productivity, Undersecretariat of Treasury, Export Development and Study Center, Public and Private Banks, Agro-Industry Enterprises, Agricultural Cooperatives, Control and Certification Bodies, Consulting Firms in agriculture and agro-industry
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Prof. Dr. Murat YERCAN (Head of Department) Assit. Prof. Dr. Özlem KARAHAN UYSAL (ECTS Coordinator of Dept.) ADDRESS: Ege University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Agricultural Economics 35100 Bornova / İzmir TEL: (232) 388 40 00 / 2911 - (232) 388 18 62 FAX: (232) 388 18 62 E-mail: web:
The department has within two floors; 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate classrooms, 2 meeting rooms, a seminar room, library and a computer lab.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Have dynamic, innovative, analytical thinking and social identity by understanding the necessity of lifelong learning.
2Use institutional and practical information in the major
3Develop methods for problem solving, implement and interpret the results obtained in the major
4Evaluate information critically, conduct advanced studies independently in agricultural economics major
5Understand and solve the economic problems of agriculture by using basic principles of agriculture and economics.
6Comprehends of economic problems of agriculture, data collection at micro and macro levels, analysis, interpretation, to developed project based solutions.
7Use modern techniques for economic applications, to interpret and transfer the results to practice
8Relates resource allocation and productivity with environment, food safety and sustainability objectives
9Monitor national and international agricultural markets, understand the behaviors of market actors and ability of decision making
10Have management skill such as leadership, organization, time and risk management, quality conscious, efficiency
11Find creative and unique solutions, to develop alternatives appropriate to the conditions of contemporary life and work
12Have professional, moral values and social responsibility
13Participate to disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and create a team spirit skill
14Work independently in the major, make judgements, express ideas verbally and written and communicate effectively

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 TEK-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 30
2 9102065572018 Research Methods in Agricultural Economics Compulsory 2 2 0 6
Total 2 2 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 TEK-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 16
2 9102065082003 Farm Analysis Methods Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 FENYLSEM Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 3 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ591 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102065071998 Special Subjects on Agricultural Cooperatives Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9102065132017 Agricultural Marketing Research Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9102065152016 Appraisal and Analysis of Investment Projects Elective 2 2 0 8
4 9102065212013 Relations of Forestry and Agriculture in Turkey Elective 3 0 0 8
5 9102065292004 Economics and Marketing of Organic Agricultural Products Elective 2 0 0 7
6 9102065312005 Turkish Tax System and Tax Practices in Agriculture Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9102065412013 Analysis of Consumer Behaviour Elective 3 0 0 8
8 9102065432014 Rural and Urban Property Economics Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9102065472014 Statistical Analysis Elective 3 0 0 8
10 9102065492015 Productivity and Efficiency Analysis Elective 3 0 0 8
11 9102065512014 Econometric Analysis of Cross Sectional Data Elective 3 0 0 8
12 9102065532015 Direct Marketing Practices Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102065552016 Mentorship in Agricultural Sector Elective 2 0 0 7
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102065062003 Accounting Practices in Computer Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9102065102010 Econometric Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9102065121998 The Analysis of Turkish Economy Elective 3 0 0 8
4 9102065282001 The Organization and Management of Cooperative Enterprises Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9102065362002 Agricultural Production Functions Elective 3 0 0 8
6 9102065382012 Agricultural Entrepreneurship Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9102065422008 Practises and Methods for Determining the Value of Agricultural Real Estates Elective 2 2 0 8
8 9102065522015 Measurement and Scales in Social Research Elective 3 0 0 8
Ege University, Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY • Phone: +90 232 311 10 10 • e-mail: