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Management, Ph.D.

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Founded in 1999, Sabancı University has already established a reputation as one of the best universities in Turkey, especially due to its strong academic faculty, focus on research and close relationships with industry. The Sabancı School of Management provides an intellectually and professionally stimulating environment for doctoral candidates to become internationally renowned scholars.


Our faculty members, committed to the quality of the PhD program, allocate considerable time for the development of their doctoral students. The curriculum is designed so that the students become exposed to alternative research methodologies and topics, yet have the flexibility to explore their own interests. Doctoral students also benefit from the experience of visiting international scholars on campus as well as close collaboration with other SU faculties in terms of teaching and advising research.

In addition, through research seminars at the university, doctoral students become familiarized with the rewards and responsibilities of academic life in terms of teaching, conducting and disseminating state of the art research. With the guidance of the faculty members, students are actively involved in research and given opportunities to participate in ongoing industry projects. Students are financially supported to present their work in national as well as international meetings. Each doctoral student is expected to publish at least one article in an international journal before graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

he PhD program at the Sabancı School of  Management (Sabancı SOM) 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 Sabancı SOM's PhD Committee. Upon successful completion of this period, the student is admitted to the PhD program. 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 Sabancı SOM and to develop their own research agenda. The doctoral program draws upon not only the core faculty of Sabancı SOM 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • You need the following GMAT score:

    Required score: 600

    The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GMAT score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers.

General Requirements

1. Online Application Form

2. Official Transcript

3. GPA

4. Two Letters of Recomendation

5. One Photograph

6.  Official GMAT/GRE/GAT and ALES scores

7-a. “English Proficiency Certificate” for PhD Programs:

Photocopies of the documents mentioned below are accepted for application; however originals will be requested upon registration in the case of admission.

For PhD admissions, the applicant needs to achieve the minimum required points from a central foreign language exam recognized by the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) or the equivalent in an international language proficiency exam recognized by ÖSYM Board. The native language of the applicant is not considered a foreign language. (Please click for language exam list which are accepted as equivalent by ÖSYM)

The minimum scores required are given in the table below for Foreign Language Proficiency Certificates for proficiency in English.

SU graduates also should submit language certificate as well.

ELAE exam is not substituted for language exam in PhD applications.

7. b) English Proficiency Exam Result: As the language of instruction at Sabanci University is English, the applicant is required to submit the score of one of the English proficiency assessment exams. Recognized exams, the minimum score required and period of validity are given in the table below. Photocopies of the documents mentioned below are accepted for application; however originals will be requested upon registration in the case of admission.

8. Statement of personal and professional purpose

9. Curriculum Vitae

10. Online affidavit for all School of Managements graduate program applications.

11. An applicant should have an undergraduate or graduate diploma

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 USD/year
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  • National

    18000 USD/year
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Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


PhD is a full-time program and all doctoral students are accepted on scholarship basis. Various scholarship and financial support opportunities for students are available. For more information, please contact Ms. Isil Inoglu at

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