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The PhD program at the Sabancı Graduate Business School (SBS) is primarily intended for candidates who aspire to a career in academia. Some graduates may also take positions in public or private sector organizations involved in research, management training, or consultancy. The goal is to have graduates who can perform and contribute at an international level in any of these possible career paths.

The PhD program is open to candidates with a background in business, economics, social sciences, as well as engineering or natural sciences. If the applicants have not been exposed to core business subjects during undergraduate or graduate studies, they may be required to enroll for an additional one or two term preparatory period. Such a period may require students to take master's level courses specified by the SBS's PhD Committee. Currently the PhD program offers specializations in Management and Organization, Business Analytics and Operations Management and Finance.

The program has a strong research orientation where participants are expected to be closely involved with ongoing research in SBS and to develop their own research agenda. The doctoral program draws upon not only the core faculty of SBS but also the faculty of and courses offered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Normally the doctoral program takes four to five years to complete. The maximum time allowed is six years. All stages of the program require full-time involvement and commitment on part of the participants.

The PhD program at the Sabancı University's Graduate Business School is primarily intended for candidates who aspire to develop a career in academia. Some graduates may also be taking up positions in public or private sector organizations involved in research. The goal is to have graduates who can perform and contribute at the international level in any of these possible career paths. Currently, the program offers specializations in the areas of Management and Organization, Business Analytics and Operations Management and Finance.  

  • Demonstrate a through appreciation and knowledge of extant theory and research in their  chosen field of specialization
  • Develop the capacity to place the accumulated knowledge in the field into a historical and contextual perspective
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of methodologies for conducting research within their field
  • Develop skills pertaining to scholarly writing and presentation
  • Demonstrate the capacity to conduct independent research that contributes to and advances extant knowledge within the field
  • Develop and uphold the scholarly values of independent and critical inquiry, advancement of knowledge, and academic and professional integrity
  • The Ph.D. program consists of three main components, namely, coursework - usually lasting two academic years, a qualifying examination and a dissertation.
  • Altogether the completion of program requirements should be expected to take four to five years,
  • You can reach the regulations concerning each of the components are accessible through the link of University's website.
  • Ph.D. students majoring in one of the four main areas of specialization can complete their coursework in two years by fulfilling the course requirements indicated below.
WITH MS DEGREE
 Course NumberSU CreditECTS
Required Courses6341
Core Area Courses41240
Elective Courses51530
Total1530111

 

WITH BS DEGREE
 Course NumberSU CreditECTS
Required Courses6341
Core Area Courses61854
Elective Courses82455
Total2045150

Students are expected to take the qualifying examination after they complete course requirements and before the end of their fifth term in the program. The qualifying requirement consists of both written and oral assessments. Following successful completion, the student develops a research idea and a dissertation proposal with the assistance of his or her supervisor and thesis proposal committee. Within six months after the qualifying examinations, the student orally presents his or her proposal in front of the committee. Upon their approval, the Ph.D. candidate can proceed with working on the dissertation, which is monitored by the five-person dissertation committee. At the end of the process, the final approval is given by the student's committee after an oral defense of the dissertation.

Ph.D. students must have an accepted/forthcoming paper in an SSCI journal or must have presented their papers in internationally recognized conferences before graduation.

Year 1 Semester 1Core and Area Core CoursesResearch Assistantship
Year 1 Semester 2Core and Area Core CoursesResearch Assistantship
Year 2 Semester 1Area Core CoursesResearch Assistantship
Year 2 Semester 2Elective Courses and Comprehensive ExaminationResearch Assistantship
Year 3 Semester 1Dissertation proposal preparation & defenseResearch Assistantship
Year 3 Semester 2Dissertation ResearchResearch Assistantship
Year 4 Semester 1Dissertation ResearchResearch Assistantship
Year 4 Semester 2Dissertation DefenseResearch Assistantship

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