Mission

The principle mission of the Graduate School of Business is to conduct research that contributes to scientific development on an international scale and cultivate Turkey’s most competent graduates, well-rounded adults who are internationally qualified; who can think creatively, independently and objectively; and who are confident leaders. Concurrently, research conducted at Koç University contributes to scientific development on an international scale and bolsters technological, economic and social development. Koç University consistently strives to advance knowledge through its efforts and to serve progress in Turkey as well as sustainable development globally by becoming an institutional model of excellence.

Our Core Values

are Excellence, Integrity, Fairness, Civility, Creativity and Globalism / Cosmopolitanism.

Vision

The vision of the Graduate School of Business is to provide a world-class education, achieve academic excellence in research, and benefit society locally and globally. Our graduates take leadership in economic and social progress as critical thinkers and creative individuals. They are dedicated to the highest ethical standards, social inclusion and values of participatory democracy.

The Koç University Graduate School of Business (GSB) is proud to raise the leaders for the 21st century. Its graduates are trained to be visionary and responsible leaders. Visionary, in that they develop a critical and constructive mindset, open-mindedness, creativity, and long-term orientation. Responsible, as they raise the ethical standards bar, embrace integrity and honesty as core values in business, and consider the sustainability dimension of long-term strategy. And leaders, who take initiative, mobilize others, and realize change for the benefit of their firm and society at large. The fact that many of our Alumni are today’s leaders illustrates the success of our programs. Our Alumni are part of a global network which enables far-reaching and ongoing interactions with peers from various cohorts, which has proven very valuable to tackle challenges of complex global markets.

We offer a select set of master programs: Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of International Management. In each of these programs, we blend academia with business application in order to prepare our students to make informed decisions in real-life situations in uncertain and turbulent environments. We prepare our students to align their decisions with the interests of various stakeholders, such as shareholders, customers, and society. In addition to the master-level programs, we also offer a PhD in Business Administration program (with specializations in Finance, Management & Strategy, Marketing, Operations and Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods) which prepares students for an academic career. Graduates from this program have taken on positions at top academic institutions in India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

An important quality of GSB is that we incessantly question and improve our curricula. We invite external feedback (International Board of Advisors, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation teams, Alumni) to adapt to global dynamics, ensure a solid academic approach grounded in fundamental management theories, and bridge potential gaps between theory and managerial practice. While contributing to the academic and personal development of our students we also aim to learn from them and from their business experiences. All of our programs are highly interactive, using both technology and teaching practices that stimulate knowledge sharing. We are proud to have faculty members who are excellent teachers and renowned researchers, and also that we can work with various professors from the business world who share their experiences and lessons learned.

Another key factor that sets Koç University Graduate School of Business apart as the number one business school in Turkey and its immediate environment, and as one of the leading schools in Europe, is connectivity. First, we maintain unique and productive linkages with other colleges to address the specialized interdisciplinary requirements of the modern business environment. Second, our unique connections with the world of business practice –via the Koç Holding, our Alumni, and our expanding activities in Executive Education – ensure that we keep our programs at the edge of business progress. Third, unique global connections via an unprecedented set of international networks (AMBA; CEMS; CFA; CIPS; EQUIS; GNAM; PIM; PROSCI) provide our students with a truly global experience.

Milestones of Koç University Graduate School of Business

1993: Launched MBA Program
1994: Launched EMBA Program
2009: Launced MSc in Finance Program
2009: Launched KOÇ MIM & CEMS MIM
2009: Received EQUIS Accreditation
2009: Koç EMBA program listed in the Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings
2012: Joined Global Network of Advanced Management
2013: Launched Modular MBA Programme
2014: Joined Partnership in International Management (PIM)
2014: Joined Executive MBA Council
2015: Launched Technology and Innovation Management Track (TECH MBA)
2016: Received AMBA Accreditation for five years
2017: Renewed EQUIS Accreditation for five years