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The mission of the Bilkent MS/PhD Program in Business Administration is to prepare individuals for research and teaching careers. A high faculty-to-student ratio and active involvement in research throughout the program foster close interaction between students and faculty and accelerate the transition from students to academic.
Programs of study designed for the particular needs and research interests of each individual enable the students to master the behavioral, social, economic and mathematical sciences through courses from various departments in Bilkent University. An active exchange program with universities abroad provides additional opportunities for coursework and collaborative research. Visiting scholars and graduate students from abroad add to the diversity of our community.
The research conducted by our faculty covers a broad range of areas of expertise and we welcome graduate students with degrees in a wide range of fields (anthropology, business administration, computing science, economics, engineering, ethnography, mathematics, physics, psychology, statistics etc.).
The Ph.D. program consists of a course work of at least 27 credit hours, a qualifying examination, preparation, proposal, and defense of a dissertation based on original research. The student should maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 throughout the period of study.
Course work is tailored according to the field chosen and the specific research needs of the student. The expected duration for Ph.D study is eight semesters for students with MS degree and ten semesters for students with BS degree.
Applicants must be fluent in written and oral English, and possess strong quantitative and qualitative skills. Candidates should submit GMAT or GRE scores and provide recommendation letters.
ALES scores are needed for Turkish applicants. Proficiency in written and oral English must be documented. (Also refer to the "Graduate Admissions" section in the introduction of this catalog for the general graduate admission requirements and for the particular requirements of the Ph.D. program in business administration.)
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 87
Currently about 80% of the graduate students receive financial support. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a tuition waiver or a tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend. The amount of the stipend is adjusted annually to cover changes in the cost of living.
Both admission and financial assistance are based on academic accomplishment and scholarly promise alone, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin or physical disabilities.