What is the primary goal of the PhD program in Business?

The main goal of the program is to train students to become influential research scholars in their field of study at top universities worldwide.

Who should apply to the program?

Interested students should desire an academic position at a top university, and possess the motivation and ability to attain this goal. For this reason, our program is not an appropriate option for people planning to work in industry. Also, applicants have high GPAs and test scores, undergraduate degrees in business administration or a related field (e.g., psychology, economics, statistics), and research experience.

How long is the program?

Most students complete the program in four to five years.

Do students receive financial support?

All admitted students receive tuition waiver (73.500 TL/year) and a monthly stipend (2,200 TL or 1,800 TL, depending on whether the student opts for school housing).

Is teaching required?

Teaching requirements are minimized to allow more time for developing research skills. Because it is important to demonstrate teaching effectiveness on the academic job market, students may be asked to teach one undergraduate course before they graduate.

What is a typical curriculum?

Our Ph.D. in Business Administration program has a flexible and interdisciplinary structure. Students can specialize in one of the following areas: Marketing, Operations and Information Systems, Quantitative Methods, Finance and Management & Strategy. The first two years include course work. See the curriculum page for more information on the typical courses taken.

Students with a thesis master's degree are expected to take a minimum of 7 courses (21 credits) and students without a master's degree are expected to take 14 courses (42 credits). Most students complete the program in four to five years.

What are the program requirements?

Students are required to complete a first year summer paper, and write a conceptual paper or pass a qualifying exam according to their specialization, upon the successful completion of the course work. The student then advances to candidacy. A dissertation thesis must be submitted and succesfully defended to graduate.

Can I transfer credits from another program?

The Koc GSB will determine on a case by case basis whether to accept a given course for a transfer. The student must have received at least a B grade in the course for it to be considered for transfer.


How do I apply?

You must complete the online application at www.gradapp.ku.edu.tr.

What is the application deadline?

  • PhD Program in Business Administration-Marketing: May 4, 2018 
  • PhD Program in Management and Strategy: May 4, 2018
  • PhD Program in Business Administration-Operations and Information Systems and Quantitative Methods: May 4, 2018
  • PhD Program in Business Administration-Finance: May 4, 2018

Do you admit students in the spring?

No, we only have admissions for Fall each year.

How many students are accepted each year?

Two to four students are accepted each year.

Do I need a Master’s degree?

No, post-baccalaureate degrees are not necessary. Applications must have completed a Bachelor’s degree.

What test scores are needed for admission?

Both GMAT and GRE are acceptable: at least a 600 GMAT or a 150 GRE. Students with lower test scores may be admitted, but only if they are outstanding on other admissions criteria.

TOEFL  is also required. 
 - New Internet Based: Minimum Score 80
- Paper Based: Minimum Score 550

What are the codes for sending test scores?

The code is 0163 for GMAT and TOEFL, and 0668 for the GRE.

What materials must I submit to complete my application?

  • GMAT or GRE, TOEFL and ALES test scores
  • An official academic transcript from every university attended
  • A statement of purpose describing your proposed area of study and why you are prepared for this program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vita
  • Samples of past work, if available

When will I hear whether I have been accepted?

You will be notified of our decision by July.