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Sabancı MBA program is designed upon  a set of design principles which we believe are essential to prepare young talent for managerial positions. These are:

  • Integrating practice and theory through opportunities for learning in action
  • Having a demanding, high-intensity program that builds confidence
  • Building a broad vision of functions within a company and how they integrate
  • Providing opportunities for students to set, work towards and achieve challenging goals
  • Developing essential managerial skills
  • Preparing students for operating in the globalized economy           

Broadly speaking Sabancı MBA Program engages students with practice of management through activities in four categories:

  • Activities in companies:  Company Action Projects, internship
  • Courses: Managerial Skills Workshops course, Practice Sharing course, team-work (projects, presentations, etc.) required in courses, Practice Development course 
  • Meetings with managers: Executive Insights Seminars (CEOs and company owners are the speakers), guest speakers in lectures, career panels (focusing on sectors or management functions)
  • MBA Club activities/projects: Students plan, raise funding for, market and organize events including Marketing Talks, Social Media Summit, Finance Talks, Entrepreneurship Summit, etc.

Through these activities a Sabancı MBA student gets to meet and listen to anywhere between 75 to 100 top managers and they:

  • Have much better information about leading companies in the region (their human resources policies, their challenges, strengths, etc.) which helps them plan their careers better
  • Develop their professional network
  • Develop essential managerial skills (oral and written presentation, negotiation, team building, interviewing, time management, conflict resolution) by practicing them
  • Learn how to manage projects better by actually managing several projects

The Company Action Projects (CAP) is the unique and essential part of the Sabancı MBA program. CAP's distinctive feature is that these are real projects that companies want to undertake. Our "client" companies participate in CAP not only to contribute to our educational mission but also they see real value in the work of our students. Over the years, many projects have been successfully conducted and finalized in a wide range of companies, from small and medium sized local firms to the subsidiaries of multinational corporations. Our experience shows that CAP has been very valuable both for our students and our partner companies.


  • Four-month long real project at a company
  • Students work in teams
  • Students work on-site, three days a week, at their project companies
  • Each team gets a faculty advisor and a company advisor
  • Confidentiality agreement signed to kick off the project

Project Selection

  • Students writing a paper outlining what they envision for their future, career and the project, helping them identify their interests with respect to the type of project and the company in which they would like to do their project.  
  • Consistent with the interests of the students, companies are invited to present their current problems as potential projects (typically, we have twice as many companies offering project opportunities as student teams).
  • In this process, the students visit companies to confirm commitment, and faculty members provide feedback regarding the feasibility of successful completion.
  • Students with similar project interests form teams with at most four students to execute CAP work.
  • If there is more than one team interested in a project, the company chooses the team they would like to work with.

Project Execution

  • For each project one faculty member and one manager from the company are assigned as the project advisors.
  • As the first step, teams prepare a project plan, specifying the project's objectives, its scope and deliverables. 
  • Teams regularly prepare and submit reports to their advisors and meet with them.
  • In the Practice Sharing course students, guided by an experienced faculty member, share project experiences with each other, identify common issues, search for solutions to these problems - and through this process they learn project management through practice and reflection.
  • Each team presents their project results to the company in a final report and an oral presentation.

Recent Company Action Projects: Click here.

Sabanci MBA curriculum has three categories of required courses that serve three distinct objectives.  First, there are background and area courses that provide technical proficiency  (such as Decisions and Uncertainty, Managerial Economics and Marketing). Second, there are courses that are designed to enhance students' understanding of the business environment and increase their contextual awareness (such as Global Business Context, Company Action Projects and Ethics in Business). Finally,  a group of courses are designed to integrate the knowledge gained in other courses into a general management framework (such as Strategic Management and Business Simulation).  In addition to these required courses , electives allow students to specialize in an area of their choice.

Fall Pre-Semester (Two or weeks prior to the first day of classes)
Course Code Course Description Credits
Orientation - -
Civic Involvement project   (2 days) - -
MGMT 504 Decision and Uncertainty 1,5
MGMT 508 Ethics in Business 1,5
MGMT 514 Economics for Managers 1,5
Total                                          4,5


Fall 1 Semester
Course Code Course Description Credits
ACC501 Financial Accounting and Reporting 3
FIN 502 Principles of Finance  3
MGMT 501 Globalization 1,5
MKTG 501 Marketing Management 3
ORG 501 Organizational Behaviour 3
MGMT 596 Managerial SkillsDevelopment 1,5
OPIM 501 Operations Management 3
Total                                  18 


Spring Pre-Semester (One or two weeks prior to the first week of classes)
Course Code Course Description Credits
MGMT 591 Project 1 (CAP presentation and selections) 0
Total                                  0


Spring Semester 
Course Code Course Description Credits
MGMT 510 Strategic Management  3
MGMT 511 Business Simulation 1,5
MGMT 592 Project 2 6
MGMT 593  Practice Sharing 1,5
PROJ 500 Exchange/Internship/CAP 0
  Electives  6
Total   18



Elective Courses*

 You have to take at least 6 credits of elective courses

Summary of Degree Requirements:  
Courses Credits Number of courses
Required Courses 27 12
Elective Courses 6 2-6
Managerial Skills Development 1,5 1
Internship 0 1
Project 6 2
Total 40,5 18-22

Students can tailor the elective courses they take to specialize in one particular area or to learn more about a number of areas. In order to increase variety and flexibility, electives are offered as half-semester (7 week, 1.5 credit) or full-semester (14 week, 3  credit) courses. In addition to the courses offered to MBA and MiF (Master's in Finance) students, MBA students can take up to 2 courses offered in the undergraduate program or any number of courses offered in other graduate programs (subject to the approval of the MBA Director).

The following list of electives is provided here to give candidates some idea about the type of courses offered in the program. Although the actual list of courses may vary every year, the provided list is mostly made up of courses that are offered regularly.

Finance Operations Management Marketing Management
International Finance Supply Chain Management Consumer Behaviour  Entrepreneurship
Portfolio Theory Project Management Brand Management Practice Development & Practicing Management
Financial Modeling  Decision Models Digital Marketing Strategy Execution
Derivatives Revenue Management Marketing Strategy Negotiation Skills
Corporate Finance Programming in VBA International Marketing New Venture Creation
Fixed Income Analysis Advanced Excel for Managers Pricing in Marketing  
Financial Risk Management Information Systems Sales Management   
Mergers & Acquisitions CRM Management Using Loc.Intelligence Marketing Research Methods  
Money and Banking Simulation-based Analytics  "Big Picture" Marketing Strategy   



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