The Master of Arts (MA) Programs in Finance and Banking are arranged as two different programs; MA with thesis and MA without thesis. The media of teaching and research in both programs is English. The MA program with thesis is particularly designed for those who want to pursue advanced degree programs and academic career in finance and banking. Whereas, the MA program without thesis is tailored to the needs of professionals in the finance and banking sectors as well as those who are involved with the finance function in the real sector establishments. The competence targets of the program spans the areas of financial economics, financial analysis and planning, financial markets and institutions, banking theory, international financial system, financial management and the latest architecture of the relevant legal regulatory framework.
Like in all programs offered by Kadir Has University’s School of Graduate Studies, MA in Finance and Banking programs treats learning as a holistic process over time and across space. The programs involve major elective and open elective courses delivered in-class and continues with thesis and project works. During the MA studies, students are exposed to meetings with speakers renowned in their fields, seminars, conferences and communication among alumni. It is believed that in this way a strong bridge between theory and practice is well established.
The perspective of programs is to maintain a fine line between theory and implementation which allows participants to gain a good command of technical details as well as a solid grasp of the big picture. The participants are trained to hold upper level managerial positions at both private and public institutions such as banks, financial intermediaries and insurance companies. At the same time, participants with an academic career orientation are provided with a sound knowledge of methodology and toolset to create new knowledge in their own fields.
Problems encountered in professional life are often ill-defined, as compared to the usual textbook problems, and most of those problems require creative solutions against the quite limited amount of preliminary information. This transforms problem solving approaches from being a solely technical procedure to a science and arts approach in finance and banking. In order to provide participants of the programs with such an understanding, Kadir Has University School of Graduate Studies maintains a rapid and effective, socially and environmentally responsible thinking, analysis and application design culture that emphasizes sustainability and ethical norms. As a member of this program, the participants will enhance their technical capabilities for application to the problems of financial and banking sectors and also improve their leadership skills. All participants are expected to document their individual academic/technical achievements by submitting a graduation project, in the MA program without thesis, or a research based master’s thesis in the MA program with thesis.