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Application Process

Completed applications for admission are reviewed first by the PhD Program Committee and then by the faculty members in the applicant’s chosen field of studies. The PhD Committee ensures the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies have been met and that an appropriate advisor is available in the student’s declared field of research. Designated faculty members interview the strongest applicants in person or if infeasible, by phone before making a final selection. Admission is finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Ph.D. Committee and announced to the applicant.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline
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Those interested in the doctoral program are expected to have an excellent academic performance record in their previous graduate as well as undergraduate studies, and exceptionally high GMAT/GRE and TOEFL scores. Students admitted to the program from backgrounds other than management or business may be required to take courses from the masters programs. All stages of the program require participants’ full-time involvement and commitment.

* Candidates with an MA degree applying for PhD Programs must hold an “MA with Thesis” degree. Candidates whose diplomas or transcripts do not contain such information must provide an official letter of evidence from their institutions.  

A complete application includes the following documents:

1. Online Application Form: Candidates can apply more than one program via internet. For each program applied, separate application is formed.

Print-out of Completed Application Form should be added to the Application Package.

Applicants either can submit their application documents, stated in the other required items, in person or can send via post. For each program applied, separate application is formed.

All the application documents become property of Sabancı University. It is suggested to keep the original reports of TOEFL, GRE and GMAT scores for you, and apply with the copies of those exams.

For online application please click here

2. Official Transcript: An official transcript, preferably sealed, issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate all the courses taken and the grades received by the applicant.

3. GPA: Candidates applying for the PhD Programs with a BA degree must hold a 3.00/4.00 GPA. The candidates graduated from institutions which apply a scale other than “X out of 4.00” system must provide a conversion table or an official letter of evidence from their institutions.

Candidates applying for the PhD Programs with an Master degree must hold an “Master with Thesis” degree. Candidates whose diplomas or transcripts do not contain such information must provide an official letter of evidence from their institutions.  

Holders of “Non-thesis Master degree” may apply to PhD programs only upon submission of an official document from their institutions, certifying that they have already been enrolled to the “Non-thesis” program before February 6th, 2013.

4. Two Letters of Recomendation: Two sealed letters of recommendation, written by individuals who can assess the applicant's professional potential, motivation and commitment to attend and successfully complete this demanding program are required.Click here to download the Recommendation Letter Form. 

5. One Photograph: One photo is needed. If a photo has already been attached to the online application, this is not necessary.

6.  Official GMAT/GRE/GAT and ALES scores: Any of the following science test results baring the minimum scores and which are within the validity period as indicated below. Photocopies are acceptable for application, but original copies should be submitted during admission.

Applicants should request that test scores be sent to institution number 7100. For detailed information, please visit the web site, www.mba.com

One of the following exam results is required to submit:

GMAT: Min. score 600

Other accepted exams

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.

 

TOEFL*

KPDS, ÜDS, YDS,   e-YDS- YÖKDİL

 

 

 

IBT

CPE*

CAE*

PTE*

88

73

C

B

74

After the test date, TOEFL and PTE scores are valid for two years; CPE and CAE scores are valid for three years;  e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS scores are valid for five  years.

*If you submit TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE scores and take these exams in Turkey, the exam center must be a state university building. ( According to Article 6.3.d of Instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students)

Applicants who provide a “Foreign Language Proficiency Certificate” in one of the languages listed above other than English are also required to fulfill the English proficiency criteria stated below at 7.b.

7. b) English Proficiency Exam Result: As the language of instruction at Sabancı 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.

UDS,KPDS, YDS, e-YDS, YÖKDİL

CPE*

CAE*

PTE*

73 

C

B

74

After the test date, TOEFL and PTE scores are valid for two years; CPE and CAE scores are valid for three years;  e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS scores are valid for five  years.

Applicants who do not submit a valid English Proficiency Exam score, if they are accepted to a program (fulfilling all other requirements) can only be admitted to graduate study on the condition of obtaining a satisfactory grade in Sabancı University’s own English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE). Those candidates who fail to attend or get a satisfactory score in the exam are obliged to attend and successfully complete a full course of English Language Preparation in order to continue with graduate courses. Failure to complete this course successfully will result in termination of enrollment in a graduate program at Sabancı University.

Graduates of Sabancı University are exempt from submitting an English Proficiency Exam score provided that they apply within two years of their graduation.

*If you submit TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE scores and take these exams in Turkey, the exam center must be a state university building. ( According to Article 6.3.d of Instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students)

 8. Statement of personal and professional purpose

Applicants should provide a maximum 3-page essay describing their reasons for deciding to pursue doctoral studies in their chosen area, their research interests, and their goals and plans for the future.

9. Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should include their education and work experience, awards and distinctions and any other information they feel would support their application. The applicant's mailing and e-mail addresses and phone and fax numbers should be provided on the first page.

If applicable, copy of undergraduate diploma if the candidate is already graduated from undergraduate institution or graduation certificate if the candidate is still pursuing undergraduate degree.

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

11. Other Requirements:

  • An applicant should have an undergraduate or graduate diploma in order to be admitted to a graduate program and a graduate diploma for a doctorate program.
  • Applicants must complete their previous degree programs by the registration period at the latest.
  • Ph.D. in Management is open to candidates with an undergraduate or graduate degree in the areas of management, economics, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

The candidates can submit their application packages in person or can send via mail to the address below address. The date on which the documents are reached to SU will be taken into consideration. Applications sent by email could not be accepted.

All applicants should send the hard copy documents in order to complete the application process.

Address: 

Ekin BASAT

Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi

Sabancı Üniversitesi

Orta Mah. Üniversite Cad. No:27

Orhanli, Tuzla 34956 Istanbul

E-mail: ekinbasat@sabanciuniv.edu

Telefon: +90 216 483 96 71