Agricultural Economics


Application and Acceptance Principle

(1) Candidates who apply for admission to a master programme should hold a valid bachelor’s degree and, except the applicants to the Department of Music, a minimum score of 55 from the Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) administered by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM). Instead of ALES score, candidates may choose to submit the scores of other internationally accepted examinations whose validity and equivalency are determined by the University Senate. (2) The final admission score is determined as the total sum of %10 of the undergraduate GPA, %50 of ALES score and %40 of the grade received in the entrance examination which is conducted by a jury determined by and representing the Department. The final admission score should be at least 65. The number of accepted students is decided prior to the admission and the successful applicants are shortlisted according to the scores starting with the highest ones.   

The Recognition of Prior Education

A student who has successfully completed at least one semester in a comparable master programme at another accredited institution is eligible as a lateral transfer. Lateral transfers are generally admitted after being evaluated on a case by case basis and upon the decision of the administration of the Department and the Graduate School. 

Duration of Study

Full time

The Profile of The Programme

Agricultural Economics is an applied social science and aims efficient use of scarce resources such as land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship and best utilization of the products. In this context, it deals with application of the principles and methods used in economics and management to the agriculture, food and agricultural input sectors. Agricultural Economics is also concerned with cause and result relations as in Economics and tries to solve the problems of agriculture, food and agricultural input sectors by using scientific methods and economic theory. The objective of graduate study program of Agricultural Economics Department is to teach to the students basic principles and concepts of agricultural and resource economics and management. There are many successful agricultural economists and managers employed in agro-industrial enterprises such as food industry, fertilizer factories. In addition, Agricultural Economists who have taken rural sociology and extension courses are effective in giving extension services to the farmers and in the formation of successful relations between the industrial enterprises and farmers.

Education and Training Methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods are determined so as to improve skills, such as teaching-learning strategies, self-discipline, life-long learning, observation, sharing knowledge, presentation, critical thinking, teamwork, effective use of informatics.

Moreover, the choice of teaching methods pays heed to supporting students with different skills. The teaching methods used in the program are listed below*:

TEACHING METHODS*

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

MEANS

Course

Listening and interpretation

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Discussion Course

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Special Support / Structural Examples

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Playing a Role / Drama

Special skills planned beforehand

Standard classroom technologies, special equipment

Problem Solving

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Case Study

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Brainstorming

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Small Group Discussion

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Presentation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Simulation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, informatics skills

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Seminar

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, listening and interpretation, management skills

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Group Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, critical thinking, question development, management skills, team work

 

Field / Land Study

Observation / situation handling, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

 

  

Homework

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, Informatics

Internet database, library database, e-mail

Oral Exam

 

 

Survey and Questionnaire Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Panel

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Guest Speaker

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Student Club Activity / Projects

Observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, management skills, special skills planned beforehand

 

 

*One or more of the listed methods can be used depending on the specificity of the course. 

 

Vertical Transfer to Higher Level Programmes

Upon successful completion of their master programme, the students are encouraged to embark on further academic studies on the graduate level (doctoral programme) on condition of having received the required score in ALES exam, possessing sufficient knowledge of English or another foreign language, and being successful in the entrance examination.

Assessment and Evaluation

For a student to have successfully completed the master programme, the GPA should be at least 65.

Grades

The grading system to evaluate the student performance is signified by the values in the chart below. For each course students are graded by letters. Letter grades, coefficients and ratios are as follows:

 

 

Grade

Letter Grade

Local Grade

Status

90-100

AA

4.00

Pass

85-89

BA

3.50

Pass

80-84

BB

3.00

Pass

75-79

CB

2.50

Pass

65-74

CC

2.00

Pass

0-64

FF

0

Fail

The Level of Degree

Graduate (Master’s Degree).

Rules to Earn The Degree:

(1) The aim of the master programme with thesis is to form specialists able to access, evaluate and develop knowledge in order to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice. Students should complete 21 to 27 credits representing 7 to 9 courses, one seminar, and the preparation of a thesis. The seminar and the preparation of a thesis are without credits, their evaluation being done on a Pass/Fail basis. The preparation of a thesis starts no later than in the third semester of study. (2) The duration of study is four semesters. 

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Many of the graduates from The Department of Agricultural Economics are employed in The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Livestock, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization managers, applicators and researchers. In negotiation process with European Union and within the concept of compatibility to EU Common Agricultural Policy, rural development agencies are established where agricultural economists can be employed. As a result of The Law of Agricultural Insurance passed from The Parliament, agricultural economists will be employed in the agricultural departments of insurance companies. Besides, as the consequence of the decline in agricultural credit funds of Turkish Agricultural Bank and decrease of interests in credit market agricultural credit departments are opened in commercial banks and agricultural economists are employed in these banks as “customer service representatives of those banks”. Some organizations that graduates can work are as the following: • The departments of related Ministries • All Commercial and Investment Banks • Sugar Factories Inc. • Agricultural Sales Cooperatives and Their Unions • Sugarbeet Cooperatives • Agricultural Credit Cooperatives and their regional unions • Producer Unions • Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services • State Planning Organization • Turkish Institution of Statistics • Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade • National Productivity Center • Export Promotion Center • Chambers of Commerce • Commodity Exchanges • Chambers of Industry • Exporters´ Unions • Pesticide, fertilizer, feed and seed production and marketing firms • Companies engaged in foreign trade of agricultural products • Professional Organizations (The Chamber of Agricultural Engineers, The Union of Agriculture Chambers )

Graduation Conditions

Requirements for graduation are as stated in “Principles Regarding the Post graduate Degree” part.