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Executive MBA


Why Sabancı Executive MBA?

The design and the implementation of the Executive MBA take the part-time nature of the Program as an asset and consider participants’ engagement with the Executive MBA and their daily work responsibilities as complementary learning opportunities. Fundamentally, the Program aims to create an environment where formal input through readings and lectures are integrated with platforms in which participants can learn from their own practices and those of other fellow participants. Hence, there is a heavy emphasis on teamwork and students are expected to be active in class discussions and exercises. Most courses use case-studies to bring real-life issues in to the classroom, require students to apply their knowledge in novel situations, facilitate learning through team-work, and improve communication skills through presenting and supporting their analyses. Case-studies are selected from leading case publishers of the world, such as Harvard, Ivey and IMD, as well as some cases written by our own professors.

The building of the Sabancı School of Management is equipped with state-of-the art facilities to serve degree programs as well as executive development activities. These include lecture halls, teamwork cubicles and residential facilities. All lecture halls are equipped with the latest audio-visual facilities and Internet connection.

The Executive MBA participants also have access to a state-of-the-art Information Center, with its collections of books, multimedia, and periodicals as well as extensive database resources. Please click for the resources

Learning from Practitioners

One of Sabancı University’s underlying tenets is to be “practice oriented” and no where is this principle taken more seriously than in the Sabancı School of Management.  We have a number of programs in the Executive MBA program to allow participants to learn from successful executives.

The Executive Insights series provides a forum where successful executives share their life and work experiences together with our students and alumni.  These events are held mid-week, downtown and thus also provide a great venue for our alumni and current students to network.

Executive-to-Executives conference series are held several times every term and they feature in depth presentations by visiting executives. Our goal is to invite not just successful executives to these sessions, but those whom we call reflective practitioners, managers who have taken time to reflect on their successes and failures, and have derived lessons from their experiences.

Click here to see list of Executive Insights.

  • Improving the Ability to Diagnose Global & Local Problems and Opportunities: Identify and diagnose business problems and opportunities accurately and effectively across a wide range of business domains (accounting, financial management, operations, marketing, strategy, and organizational design), in global and local contexts.
  • Incorporate Cultural Context and Complexities in Their Managerial practice.
  • Improving Performance Evaluation & Management Skills: Assess the performance of an organization in a wide range of business domains, using a range of performance criteria.
  • Growing Awareness of Social & Ethical Responsibilities: Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge, judgments and decision making in various business contexts and in relation to business actions, policies, and proposals.
  • Enhancing Leadership Skills: Take leadership in collaborating with others in situations characterized by differing interests, diverse perspectives and skills, in order to create working environments characterized by a sense of mission, shared values, and high levels of commitment and motivation.
  • Enhancing Communication Skills: Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written business communications in English.
  • Enhancing Interpersonal Influence & Persuasion Abilities: Listen, present, discuss, negotiate, and interview effectively in a managerial role; communicate ideas, analyses and recommended actions persuasively - using appropriate technology where necessary.
  • Improving Analytical Thinking Decision Making Skills: Be analytical decision makers and pursue open minded inquiry; appreciate the importance of research as an input into managerial practice; be discerning consumers of practitioner oriented research; and be able to access, analyze, and interpret information by using current technologies.
  • Enhancing Strategical Thinking & Planning Skills : Identify, select, and justify strategies and courses of action at the divisional, business, and corporate levels of analysis and to develop effective plans for the implementation of selected strategies across a wide range of business domains and levels. 

Sabancı Executive MBA is an 12 months intensive program organized in two six-month long semesters.

The first semester concentrate on the development of the academic foundation. Moderately theoretical courses that are designed to develop analytical and business skills and knowledge are provided. In the second term, the students take Organizational Behavior & Leadership, Ethics in Business and Business Simulation courses as well as electives to gain knowledge and skills necessary to lead and run an entire organization. During the second term the students will visit Columbia Business School & will take courses on Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Sabancı EMBA program is an intensive and demanding program. Students are expected to do group work and participate in the discussions held in class. This necessitates studying outside class hours in order to get prepared for the classes and do assignments. Since discussions in class are critical for learning and bringing in the experiences of students, most professors grade students on their in-class participation.  Therefore, students are expected to study about 15 hours per week outside the class hours, about 6 hours would be group work in a typical week.

Degree Requirements

For the Executive MBA degree, participants take a total of 17 courses, completing 30 credits. As in all Master’s degree programs, in order to graduate a student needs to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

1st Term - Fall

ACC 901 Financial Accounting and Reporting 2
MGMT 900 Business Research & Statistics 2
MGMT 910 Strategic Management 3
MGMT 914 Economics 1.5
MKTG 901 Marketing Management 3
OPIM 902 Operations Management 3

2nd Term-Spring

FIN 902 Managerial Finance 3
MGMT 901 Global & Local Business Context 1.5
MGMT 905 Ethics in Business 1.5
MGMT 911 Business Simulation 1.5
ORG 902 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 2
FIN XXX Elective 1 1.5
MGMT XXX Elective 2 1.5
MKTG XXX Elective 3 1.5
MKTG XXX Elective 4 1.5
ORG XXX Elective 5 1.5

Summary of Degree Requirements

  Credits Number of Courses
Required Courses 24 11
Elective Courses 6 4
Project 0 1
Total 30 16

2017-2018 Program Calendar

Orientation  September 11-15 2017 (5 full days)
  Semester 1 Semester 2  
Start 22 September 2017 09 February 2018  
End 20 January 2018 11 August 2018  
Semester Break 02-03 February 2018    
Official Breaks 29-30 December 2017 15-16 June 2018  
Study Trips   TBA (Columbia Business School) September 2018 (EMBA Consortium)


           Semester 1 and 2
Friday  17:00-18:00 Dinner & Refreshments
   18:00-22:00 Class 
Saturday  08:30-09:30 Refreshments
   09:30-13:30 Class
   13:30-14:30 Lunch & Refreshments
   14:30-17:00 Class


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