Research course

Business Administration

Koç University · Graduate School of Business

Entry requirements

  • Graduate proficiency test scores: GRE or GMAT are accepted.
    English proficiency test scores: TOEFL is the only exam accepted.
    Please send your test scores to:
    TOEFL (ETS): institution code 0163
    GRE (ETS): institution code 0163
    GMAT (GMAC): institution code 0668

Minimum scores for the tests are: GMAT 600 / GRE 150

  • An official Academic Transcript from every university attended (You can send it by post to the Graduate School of Business, Koç University, Rumeli Feneri yolu, Sariyer, Istanbul, 34450, Turkey.)
  • A Statement of Purpose describing your proposed area of study and why you are prepared for this program.
  • Three (or more) Letters of Recommendation. The candidate should provide the contact information of those who will fill in the reference letters in the online application. They will be provided with the web link of the reference letter form via e-mail.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.

Months of entry


Course content

Koç PhD program’s main focus is to train students to become influential research scholars in their field of study at top universities worldwide. 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.

Three aspects of the program stand out to help achieve its primary goal of training high-quality researchers:

The Quality of the Faculty

Koç GSB Faculty members have PhDs from reputable PhD programs worldwide, are research-active and publish in top journals in their area of expertise. Additionally, a number of faculty are represented in editorial review boards of top journals.

Program Structure

Koç University PhD in Business Administration program has a flexible structure to accommodate students with unique goals and backgrounds. For example, PhD candidates in marketing can focus on consumer behavior, strategy, or modeling, and customize their course work accordingly. This customization may involve taking courses from related disciplines, including economics, and psychology. Typical curricula can be found on our . Note that our program requirements focus on developing conceptual and methodological skills, which are essential to producing quality academic research.

Student Support

Koç GSB Faculty is dedicated to the training of Phd students, and collaborate with them on joint projects. Published papers that resulted from such collaborations attest to the success of this approach. PhD students have very limited teaching responsibilities so that they can focus on their research program and develop their research skills without much distraction on their time.

For students interested in experimental methods, there is a dedicated marketing lab with twenty one lab stations. Data collection is simplified thanks to specialized software that handles study announcements, participant sign-ups, and extra credit assignments.

We emphasize a supportive culture among our PhD students, and focus on the collective success of the group rather than individual students. Resulting supportive social environment enables students to establish valuable relationships with their colleagues in the program.

Information for international students

There is no separate application process for the full scholarship. You apply to the program and if admitted will be offered the full scholarship. The program is taught in English and there are a full range of student support services for our international students.

Fees and funding

KU Graduate Fellowship

KU Graduate Fellowship is a unique and highly competitive PhD scholarship opportunity for outstanding applicants. Candidates having outstanding academic record and/or having high impact scientific publications are considered for KU Graduate Fellowship.

The KU Graduate Fellowship for both MA and PhD admitted international candidates includes:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Full tuition waiver
  • Free furnished housing nearby campus or housing aid
  • Private health insurance
  • Travel awards
  • Other benefits

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team