Feb 2017


The following guidelines are drafted for the purpose of conducting the undergraduate graduation projects.

  1. Topic Choice

 The topic choice should be issued from the field courses available at:

Sectoral Electives

Institutional and Regulations Electives

Decision Making Electives

Other Fields

Energy Economics

Income Distribution & Poverty

Behavioral Economics


Money, Banking and Financial Markets

Transport Economics

European Economics & Institutions

Experimental Economics

International Trade

Environmental Economics

Labor Economics

Economics and Psychology


International Finance

Health Economics


Regulatory Economics & Regulated Markets


Corporate Finance

Economics of Education



Development Economics

Urban Economics



Economics of Growth


2) Project groups and advisor choice

The project group may consist of at most 2 students. The choice of the advisor should be done with respect to the field course and the students’ areas of interest. A faculty member cannot supervise more than four groups.

3) Proposal format and timing

The group should meet their advisor at least once a week. Given the time-scale of the course of 14 weeks, the recommended timing is as follows:

  • 1st to 2rd week: discussion on the topic between the group and the potential advisor; submission of the draft proposal and the statement of ethics to the departmental secretary.
  • 3rd week: appointment of the advisors and exam juries by the Departmental Head.
  • 4th week: writing of the final proposal by the group and validation by the identified advisor; submission to the departmental secretary.
  • 8th week: Mid-term progress report submission to the departmental secretary (failure to submission will get VF)
  • 14th week: Submission of the final project to the advisor
  • 15th week (1st week of the final exams): Validation of the final project by the advisor and its submission to the departmental secretary, together with plagiarism check report. If the advisor does not validate the project, the students can apply for an extension. If the project fails to pass the plagiarism check, the students will directly get FF.
  • 16th week (2nd week of the final exams): Presentations of the final projects to the jury


    4) Progress Report and Timing 

    The final project should be around 20 pages long excluding tables, figures, and appendices. The progress in the project, which can take the form of the development of the term paper, should be evaluated after every appointment between the students and the advisor. Four important aspects ought to be evaluated: (1) quality of synthesis of the literature review, (2) econometric literacy, (3) soundness of the economic analysis, and (4) overall quality of the work.

    5) Formation of committee 

    The jury should be composed of 3 scholars, one of whom would be the advisor. 

    6) Grading

    The grading should be as follows (subject to İTÜ regulations):

  • Progress report (based on the regular development of the term paper): 20% of the grade;
  • Term paper (technical and writing qualities of the paper): 30% of the grade;
  • Final restitution in form of defense before a jury: 50% of the grade. The restitution should last at most 1 hour, with 40 min (or 67% of the time) dedicated to the presentation (25% of the grade) and 20 min (or 33% of the time) dedicated to the questions from the jury (25% of the grade).