PhD in Business Administration

Doctoral program aims at providing theoretical knowledge about specific areas of business management and train individuals who will carry out active research in this field. Lectures in finance, marketing, management and organization are supported with courses such as research methods and statistical and quantitative techniques. The program mainly consists of three phases: 8 courses (21 credits + Scientific Research, Ethics and Seminar course), then proficiency exam and finally doctoral thesis.

The main goal of the doctoral program is to provide students with a deep theoretical knowledge of business management and enable them to conduct academic research that contributes to identify and solve problems faced in business organizations. We aim at training specialized researchers who develop and diffuse knowledge and ideas while assuming responsibility in key academic and managerial positions worldwide.

The program expects to graduate students who

- have solid theoretical background in finance, marketing or management and organization as well as other areas related to business environment,
- apprehend contemporary and advanced research techniques and are able to apply them
- follow recent developments in the field and incorporate these in their research
- contribute to the theoretical knowledge in their specialized area
- suggest novel and innovative solutions to the business problems
- are sensitive to social problems, respect ethical values, and assume social and professional responsibility.

Research Areas
Financial management
Financial market microstructure
Behavioral finance
Portfolio analysis and management
Financial assets and valuation methods
Financial risks
Organization theory
Strategic management
Organizational behavior
Human resources management
Innovation management
Entrepreneurship and leadership
Marketing strategies
Brand management
Integrated marketing communication
International marketing
Corporate identity and corporate marketing
Consumer behavior


Target Audience
The program accepts candidates who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in business, economic and administrative sciences, social sciences or engineering.


Admission Requirements
The following documents are needed for submission.

  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • A valid exam score in ALES-EA or ALES-SAY or GMAT or GRE
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A valid exam score showing English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A formal thesis proposal
  • A pre-approval by a faculty member (highly recommended)
  • Any academic work (such as thesis, publication etc)


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Program Outcomes

  • To develop expertise by integrating current and advanced level knowledge in the field of Management with new ideas and/or research; and construct original definitions that would bring innovation into the field; assess the interactions among the sub dimensions of Management field, such as finance, marketing, and management and organization, and find solutions by using this expertise through analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating new and complex knowledge. (ITU i, ii, v) 
  • To be able to evaluate new knowledge in the field of Management through a systematic approach; study an original topic, and to develop an innovative idea, method, design or application or to apply a conventional idea, method, design or application into a different field. (ITU iii, iv)
  • To gain advanced skills in using research methods necessary for studies in the field. (ITU vi)
  • To be competent in expanding the boundaries of the knowledge in the field through doing independent research and being able to publish at least one scientific journal article in peer reviewed journals. (ITU vii, viii)
  • To be competent in being a leader in situations where there is a need for finding solutions to interdisciplinary problems. (ITU ix)
  • To develop field-related innovative ideas and methods by making use of advanced intellectual processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. (ITU x)
  • To be competent in defending his/her ideas on topics in the field of Management in national and international platforms and being competent in transferring his/her knowledge and experience to others in the field, and to those from other areas, in written, oral and visual forms. (ITU xii, xiii)
  • To contribute to the transformation of his/her society into information society by announcing and promoting the scientific, economic, technological, social and cultural advances in the field of Management and contributing to the solution of social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems, as well as extending these values, by using strategic decision making processes. (ITU xi, xiv, xv, xvi)


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Doctoral Courses
ISS 601-601E Finansta Ileri Konular ((Advanced Topics in Finance)
ISS 602-602E Financial Econometrics
ISS 603-603E Financial Market Microstructure
ISS 604-604E MarketingTheory
ISS 605-605E Directed Readings in Consumer Behavior
ISS 606-606E Organization Theory
ISS 607-607E Special Topics in Organizational Behavior
ISS 608-608E Special Topics in Human Resource Management
ISS 610-610E Special Topics in Strategic Management
ISS 611-611E Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ISS 696-696E Bilimsel Araştırma Etik ve Seminer (Scientific Research, Ethic and Seminar)


Available Courses in Finance Track
ISL 601E Research Methods I
ISL 602E Research Methods II
ISS 601-601E Finansta İleri Konular (Advanced Topics in Finance)
ISS 602-602E Financial Econometrics
ISS 603-603E Financial Market Microstructure
ISL 511 Yatırım Analizi (Investment Analysis)
ISS 503-503E Financial Accounting
ISS 504-504E Corporate Finance
ISS 531-531E International Finance
ISS 533-533E Sermaye Piyasasi Hukuku (Capital Market Law)

Available Course in Marketing Track
ISL 601E Research Methods I
ISL 602E Research Methods II
ISS 604-604E MarketingTheory
ISS 605E Directed Readings in Consumer Behavior
ISL 502 İleri Pazarlama Araştırması (Advanced Marketing Research)
ISL 503E Strategic Marketing Management
ISL 518 Örgütler Arası Pazarlama (B2B Marketing)
ISS 509-509E Marketing Management
ISS 524-524E Pazarlama Arastirması (Marketing Research)
ISS 523-523E Global Marketing
ISS 532-532E Integrated Marketing Communication
ISS 555-555E Elektronik Ticaret Stratejileri (Electronic Commerce Strategies)

Available Courses in Management and Organisations Track
ISL 601E Research Methods I
ISL 602E Research Methods II
ISS 606E Organization Theory
ISS 607E Special Topics in Organizational Behavior
ISS 608-608E Special Topics in Human Resource Management
ISS 610-610E Special Topics in Strategic Management
ISS 611-611E Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ISL 501 İleri Yönetim Yaklaşımları (Advanced Approaches to Management)
ISL 517E Management of Technology
ISS 505-505E Management and Organization
ISS 508-508E Organizational Behavior
ISS 510-510E Stratejik Planlama ve Yonetim (Strategic Planning and Management) 
ISS 511-511E Insan Kaynaklari Yonetimi (Human Resources Management)

Program Committee

Assoc. Prof. Cumhur EKİNCİ (Program Coordinator)
Assoc. Prof. Mehmet ERÇEK 

Program Chair
Prof. Dr. Hatice CAMGÖZ AKDAĞ

Erasmus Coordinator
Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Atıl AŞICI
Assoc Prof. Ayşe Aylin BAYAR

Academic Members

Name Specialization
Prof. Dr. Lütfihak ALPKAN Management and Organization / Entrepreneurship / Strategic Management
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin ALTAŞ Civil Law / Law of Obligations / Telecommunications Law
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Atıl AŞICI Civil Law / Law of Obligations / Telecommunications Law
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşe Aylin BAYAR Macroeconomics / Income Distribution and Poverty / Development Economics
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ulaş BAYSAL Business Law
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hür Bersam BOLAT Supply Chain Management / Project Management / Production Planning
Prof. Dr. Huriye Şebnem BURNAZ Marketing Management / Retail Marketing Strategies / Consumer Behavior
Prof. Dr. Hatice CAMGÖZ AKDAĞ Total Quality Management / Quality in Health and Education / QFD Applications / Continuous Improvement Techniques
Prof. Dr. Ferhan ÇEBİ Production Managaement / Operations Research
Prof . Dr. Dilay ÇELEBİ GONİDİS Transportation Systems / Inventory Management / Logistics / Optimization and Modelling / Supply Chaing and Logistic Management
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cumhur EKİNCİ Financial Markets and Instruments / Market Microstructure / Behavioral Finance / Portfolio Management / Investment / Financial Management
Prof. Dr. Ayşe Banu ELMADAĞ BAŞ Marketing / Services Marketing / Consumer Behavior
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet ERÇEK Management and Organization / Engineering Ethics / Strategic Management
Dr. Zeynep Erden BAYAZIT Organization Theory / Entrepreneurship / Business Ethics
Dr. Çiçek ERSOY KEKEVİ IT Law / Data Protection / Competition Law / Contract Law
Dr. İdil Vedia Evcimen Leadership / Intercultural Management / Organizational Behavior / Human Resources Management
Prof. Dr. Öner GÜNÇAVDI Macroeconomics / Money and Banking / International Finance / International Trade / Development Economics
Prof. Dr. İpek İLKKARACAN AJAS Macroeconomics / Development Economics / Political Economy / Labor Economics / Gender Economics
Prof. Dr. Mahmut KABAKÇI Occupational Health and Safety Law / Employment Law / Social Security Law
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Derya KARAKAŞ Global Economy / Banking in Turkey / Holding Corporations
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif KARAOSMANOĞLU Marketing Management / Integrated Marketing Communication / Consumer Behavior / Marketing Research
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasan KARSLIOĞLU Commercial Law / Competition Law
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga KAYA Reserach Methods / Management Decision Making / Econometrics / Statistics
Prof. Dr. Özgür KAYALICA Microeconomics / Environmental Economics / Turkish Economy / Game Theory / Energy Economics
Prof. Dr. Suat KÜÇÜKÇİFÇİ Input-Output Analysis / Prediction / Regional Income Distribution / Applied Statistics
Prof. Dr. Fatma KÜSKÜ AKDOĞAN Human Resources Management / Social and Environmental Responsibilities of Corporations / Career Development / Management and Organization
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tuncay ÖZCAN Data Mining / Big Data Analytics / Optimization / Metaheuristic algorithms / Forecasting
Prof. Dr. Lerzan ÖZKALE International Trade / International Economics / Economic Integration and EU
Dr. Özgür ÖZTÜRK Business Law / Commercial Law / Employment Law / IP Law
Dr. Gizem Sarıbay Öztürk Employment Law / Occupational Health and Safety Law
Prof. Dr. Raziye SELİM Income Distribution and Poverty / Economic Liberalization and Growth
Prof. Dr. Aslı SÜDER Management and Organization / Human Resources Management / Organizational Behavior / Organization Theory / Behavioral Sciences
Prof. Dr. Oktay TAŞ Accounting for Derivatives / Financial Analysis and Audit / Corporate Finance / Behavioral Finance
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kaya TOKMAKÇIOĞLU Emeging Financial Markets / Financial Crises / Financial Time Series
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz TUNÇALP Management and Organization / Organization Theory / Technology Management / Engineering Design / Entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. Burç ÜLENGİN Financial Econometrics / Time Series Analysis / Marketing Research
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nihan YILDIRIM Technology Management / Management Information Systems / Project Management / Process Management