Online MBA

Bilkent University is introducing an Online MBA Program that is delivered synchronously with our classes on campus for those who do not reside in Ankara. Thus, we are broadening our horizons and reaching out to successful candidates everywhere.

You have been a very competitive and ambitious student throughout your academic life. You graduated from a top engineering, law, social science, or medical school. During your first job or traineeship, it dawned upon you that you need to develop a critical set of managerial skills and business knowledge to eventually resume leadership positions. You might be working in the defense industry writing code for a highly-classified project, but you increasingly find yourself drawn to a consulting role about effective implementation of technology in business environments. If you are ready to get out of your comfort zone, and handle the challenges of being in a constant learning and development cycle, then you are an ideal candidate for the Bilkent MBA!

Integrative Learning Experience

We employ a combination of teaching methods such as experiential learning through real life applications, simulations, projects, case studies and lectures with an integrative perspective. Throughout the program, our emphasis is on fostering managerial decision making and problem solving skills in a complex global world of new business models, where innovation and continuous change are essential prerequisites for value creation.

Fast Facts

MBA Program is offered since 1986
The First AACSB accredited program in Turkey
Program Duration: 3 semesters
Medium of instruction: English
Tuition fees are paid per credit
Broad range of financial support options
At least one-third of the entering class receives “Graduate Study Tuition Scholarship”
Assistantships are available for successful students
Average work experience of current students: 2 years
Almost 70% of the students work in full-time jobs
Exchange programs with 50 universities in 22 countries
Culturally diverse student population with international students from Europe, North America and Australia

Online MBA Program

Welcome to Bilkent MBA program!

Bilkent MBA program invites applicants with successful academic and professional careers. Our program offers the following career tracks:

  • Innovation and Technology Start Up Career Track

This track has been especially designed to suit the career aspirations of those applicants who have technical backgrounds (such as engineering, molecular biology, nanotechnology) and wish either to pursue a managerial career in hi-tech firms and/or to embark on a technology start up. Although the program particularly suits entrepreneurs, our graduates will also find their skills and knowledge valuable in technology firms.

Applicants with degrees in high technologies who have strong academic records are encouraged to apply for this option even if they may have very little or no professional work experience.

Students who choose this track will follow a tailored program as a cohort. MBA fundamentals in the core curriculum are supplemented with courses and practice opportunities in new product market assessment, new product development and design, financing and marketing of new products, innovation management, change management, supplier and customer relations management.

Students planning to pursue this career track are requested to clearly state their interest in this track in their applications. We have reserved attractive scholarship categories (75% and more) specially for those enrolled in this track – please contact Associate Dean Emre Berk for information on the special Innovation and Technology Start Up Scholarships and Early Scholarship Assessment opportunities at eberk@bilkent.edu.tr.

  • Corporate Career Track

This option is most suitable for young professionals who wish to prepare for a managerial career. The program consists of the core curriculum of MBA fundamentals and six elective courses that students may choose according to their professional goals and aspirations.

Students who opt for this track are eligible for scholarships at different levels (25%, 50%, 75% and 100%.)

  • International Career Track

This option is for those applicants who plan to jump-start their international careers.

Based on the longstanding and highly valued academic cooperation between the Faculty of Business Administration at Bilkent University in Turkey and the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) at  Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Bilkent MBA students can apply for the Dual Master’s MBA/MSc Degree Program in Business. After successful completion of the Master’s Programs in Turkey and in the Netherlands, you are awarded an MBA degree from Bilkent University and a Master of Science (MSc) degree from Tilburg University.

You may choose from the following one-year Master’s Programs offered by TiSEM:

The application is administered by the Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration. The applicants with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 at Bilkent MBA, are interviewed by the faculty members of Bilkent and Tilburg Universities for acceptance into the program. You may choose this option any time within the program.

The tuition fee for the MS degree at Tilburg University is the regular fee for non-European Economic Area students determined annually. Accepted students will be considered for the TiSEM Partner Scholarship worth €10.000 (comes as a tuition fee waiver).

Regardless of the career option that you choose to pursue, the Bilkent MBA Program will enable you to develop skills and abilities to assume entrepreneurial, managerial and leadership roles in your chosen fields of professional endeavor.

Application Period

For more information about the application procedures please visit the admissions page.

Join us for Bilkent MBA Information Sessions!

If you would like to visit us at our campus and learn more about what the Bilkent MBA Program offers you, let us meet in one of our MBA Program Information Sessions.

Contact Program Coordinator Ms. Zeliha Beydogan Baran (zelihab@bilkent.edu.tr) or Program Director Assoc. Prof. Emre Berk (eberk@bilkent.edu.tr) for further details.

Information Sessions

We invite you all to our Q&A sessions to learn more about Bilkent MBA.

MBA Program Overview

The structure of the program allows both full-time and working students to interact during the classes and form a cohort.

The Online MBA Curriculum consists of 10 compulsory courses. All MBA coded courses are offered in one of the two time slots of 15:40-18:30 and 18:40-21:30 during week days. The Online program follows the schedule for the courses offered on campus via Z

Curriculum

Course Code Course Name
MBA 511 Accounting
MBA 561 Managing People and Organizations
MBA 503 Business Economics
MBA 522 Corporate Finance
MBA 532 Marketing Management
MBA 542 Production and Operations Management
MBA 553 Data Models and Decisions
MBA 591 Business Strategy
MBA 592 Business Practice Project
MBA 602 MBA Project
MBA 600 Independent Field Study

Online MBA Admissions

 The Bilkent MBA application period for 2020/2021 AY: Apil 15- June 12 , 2020

 Eligibility

After you submit all necessary information with the online application form, including contact information of two references, and if your application meets our admission criteria, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews with applicants living outside of Turkey will be held over the skype. Within two weeks of the interview, you will be contacted via telephone or e-mail informing you of the status of your application.

MBA Information Sessions

Session I : April 17, 2020
Session II : May 09, 2020

Information Sessions are held at the Faculty of Business Administration Building, MA 202 The sessions start at 15:00 hours.

Application Documents

The applicants are to submit :

  1. Official transcript of the undergraduate degree and proof of graduation at time of registration.
  2. ALES or GRE or GMAT test scores. (*)

Please arrange for your official GRE or GMAT score report to be sent directly to Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration (Bilkent GRE Institution Code is 0620. GMAT Institution Code is JGP-KR-05 MBA for Full Time and JGP-KR-21 MBA for Part Time). In the meantime, you can complete your application with the Unofficial Score Report.

(*) Standardized test scores are used as part of the assessment of candidates for scholarships. The 2016 MBA cohort has an average GMAT (or equivalent) score of 610. Different career tracks may have different scholarship opportunities; all interested applicants are recommended to contact Program Coordinator Ms. Zeliha Beydogan Baran (zelihab@bilkent.edu.tr) or Program Director Assoc. Prof. Emre Berk (eberk@bilkent.edu.tr) for detailed information.

  1. Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL (87 iBT) or IELTS (6.5 av/5.5 each section) or PAE (C).
  2. Contact information of two references for recommendation letters (Online Application Form).
  3. Two essays of your choice in English on two of the themes given below:
  • Drones are good or bad on SMEs?
  • An ‘Income Tax’ on robots does good or harm?
  • Developments in AI are increasing or decreasing the impact of HRM?
  • Businesses should avoid or embrace operations in Fragile Economies?
  • Big Data Analytics: Friend or foe of CRM?
  1. An updated CV.
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Online application

MBA Students

Our students come from different parts of Turkey and overseas. They hold undergraduate degrees in engineering, business, economics, and science. They have diverse of work and cultural experiences. During the course of study, our students benefit from and contribute to the dynamic educational environment and gain management skills from faculty members as well as from each other.

Facts For MBA Class of 2015

Number of Students:  17

Average GMAT Score: 600

Average GMAT Score of Scholarship Students: 610

Average Age: 26

Average Work Experience in Months: 28

Partial/Full Scholarship Students: 58 %

Females: 35 %

Males: 65 %

Engineers: 88 %

International Students: 3

Here’s what some of our students, past and present say about the program:

Ali Fuat Erbil, ’94, MBA (Executive Vice President, Garanti Bank) 

“The Bilkent MBA program certainly lived up to all my expectations. The MBA program gave me a strong knowledge base in practices across a wide variety of business disciplines. The quality of the courses, high standards of professors and my classmates made the program challenging and enjoyable. Getting a Bilkent MBA was one of the best decisions I have made throughout my entire career.”

Suat Dolu, ’00, MBA (PWC; MBA 552 Management Information Systems Instructor)

“I have made the transition from student to part-time instructor on the Bilkent MBA program and I know from experience that, no matter which side of the desk you are on, the program is inspiring, challenging and dynamic. Most importantly of all, it is enjoyable. During the course I not only improved my knowledge and experience, but also built strong and long-lasting relationships with my peers. I’m proud to have been part of this program and I know that choosing Bilkent was absolutely the right decision for me. As a lecturer, I look forward to helping each and every one of my students excel and share in the same invaluable experience I had.”

Gönül Kızılelma, ’05, MBA (Systems Manager, Procter&Gamble)

“Bilkent MBA is the right address to gain in depth business knowledge, as it equips you with the fundamentals of different business subjects and then enriches your learning with a large number of various elective courses, regardless of your background. My business experience so far proved the value of taking courses from a faculty of experienced academicians and real business experts, working on real cases. If I now had a second chance, I would still be going for Bilkent MBA, especially upon my experience in Proctor&Gamble.”

Eric Bastin, MBA ’07

“Bilkent MBA was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in the different aspects of management, but also to experience the Turkish culture. This later aspect was very important for me because I wanted to remain in Turkey after the master. The facilities of the University are wonderful and the teachers are very professional and knowledgeable. The contents of the courses were very good and challenging. I particularly enjoyed the case studies and the business simulations. The group assignments were also a good experience where the cultural differences could be lived to the full. Today, I work in Oracle Turkey where three of my colleagues are also Bilkent MBA graduates (from different years).”

Can Ozdemir, ’08, MBA (Morgan Stanley, Investment Banker)

“Bilkent MBA does not only give you a high-quality, comprehensive academic training, but also helps you acquire a wider perspective, which is critical for success in today’s business world. The programme combines the strong background of the faculty and the links with prominent business leaders, while offering outstanding international opportunities at the same time. As a result, Bilkent MBA successfully positions its graduate into top positions in different industries and provides them the skillset they need as a prospective global leader.”

Hasan Basri Çiçek, MBA Candidate ’10, ILS Engineer

“Three years ago, I was just a good engineer, but I feel that I am supported by some clear insights about the business and become more conscious about my career and my expectations from life. MBA is not just a master for me. I take it in a professional manner. I have to say some facts that Bilkent MBA Program is really dedicated providing high quality education to possess a Frontier Spirit and a global perspective and the ability to contribute positively to the business community. I strongly suggest the employees to dothis master in order to be a qualified manager. Thanks to all Professors, all staff of both Bilkent University and NUCB in order to help broadening my vision.”

MBA Beyond Classroom

What do our former students say about the EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE?

Fall Semester of the second year in the MBA program is the recommended time to go on an exchange program. The international exchange is exciting way to enhance your qualifications and broaden your vision by taking courses in different study environments, enhancing language skills, learning about different cultures, making new friends, and traveling.

Koray Argun, MBA ’10

“Though being apart from home and your loved ones, exchange is the most wonderful journey a student can take to see the big picture. By studying a semester in University of Alberta, I have had opportunity to meet exceptional people from all around the world. With the people I met, I traveled to amazingly beautiful spots of Northern America and collected lifetime memories. Experiences that I had, deepened my understanding and perceptions of how things work on a global scale. Additionally, courses that I took related to global business environment helped me to link those experiences with business decisions made by international firms. Overall, I believe I widened my perspective and enhanced my competences in terms of global thinking. ”

Gizem Gümüş, MBA ’10

“My exchange semester at WU Wien in Austria turned out to be one of the greatest experiences in my life. I had the chance to meet with so many students from all over the world and had trips around Europe full of amazing memories. Also living in one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Europe, Vienna, and taking courses in an Austrian university were the great plusses of my exchange semester. Spending one semester abroad as an exchange student has definitely changed my point of view about other cultures, countries and above all about myself.”

What do our business partners say about the BUSINESS PRACTICE EXPERIENCE?

Our students work on a management consulting project side by side with managers from such companies as Credit Suisse, Havelsan, Beymen, Eczacıbaşı, THY, Türk Telekom, IBM, Turkcell, Diesel and TTNet.

Sinan Köksoy, Strategy and Business Development Director, Eczacıbaşı Holding

“We worked together with Bilkent MBA students in 2008-2009 Academic Year. We were highly satisfied with that project and therefore decided to repeat it in 2009-2010 Academic Year. Multiple parameters led us to establish this relation with Bilkent MBA Program: motivated and well-trained student teams, faculty members who are committed to establish solid links with business community and the Business Practice Program that provides the platform to combine all these parties. All in all, it has been a pleasure to participate in this program.”

MBA Tuition and Scholarships

Bilkent MBA tuition fee is determined as a per credit fee. Each semester the tuition is the total amount of credits you will take in that semester. Please follow the link for detailed tuition fee information.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Awards range from partial tuition to full tuition and fees. All applicants (domestic and international) are considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarship decisions are made at the time of admission and are included in your official mailed admission letter. All scholarship decisions are final. Work experience, ALES or GRE or GMAT scores, previous academic performance, reference letter and interview performance are all factors when making scholarship awards.

We offer a special portfolio of scholarships available to the candidates who wish to pursue the particular tracks in the program. For information and early assessment opportunities, please contact Associate Dean Emre Berkeberk@bilkent.edu.tr.

Online MBA Learning Goals & Objectives

AACSB accreditation expects from a school to list their learning goals for which it will demonstrate assurance of learning. The list of learning goals derives from the school’s mission. The mission and objectives set out the intentions of the school, and the learning goals say how the degree demonstrates the mission. The following learning goals describe the desired educational accomplishment of our MBA program.

Online MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

Upon successful completion of coursework for the traditional MBA, students will be able to:

Goal 1 – Business professional equipped with business knowledge and skills

   Obj 1. demonstrate a solid grasp of the codified body of conceptual knowledge in core business areas

   Obj 2. demonstrate a solid grasp of the quantitative and qualitative analytical tools in core business areas

Goal 2 – Effective decision maker
   Obj 3. think critically – infer, deduce, interpret, recognize assumptions, and evaluate arguments

   Obj 4. solve business problems analytically

   Obj 5. have an integrative perspective on basic business functions and problems

Goal 3 – Ethical business professional
   Obj 6. show awareness of the ethical components of a business decision

   Obj 7. show awareness of and commitment to (i) respect for others’ persons, opinions and beliefs, and (ii) equal treatment of individuals regardless of gender and other characteristics, both for internal and external stakeholders and in business situations and in society at large

Goal 4 – Effective communicator

   Obj 8. produce professional quality written research/analysis reports/projects on a business topic in English suited for a mid- or high-level management audience

   Obj 9. deliver oral presentations that are well organized, engaging, and informative and suited for the business audience

Goal 5 – Effective team player
   Obj 10. function in teams in a business environment effectively

Goal 6 – Leader
   Obj 11. show leadership on business organizations

Goal 7 – Business professional equipped with English language skills for professional and personal development
   Obj 12.  follow the developments in the theory and practice of their profession that occur globally and are communicated in English in order to keep abreast with current business practices in their professional careers and for personal development

Online MBA FAQs

Q1. Is work experience required for the MBA program?
Work experience is highly desirable for admission to the MBA program; however it is not a formal requirement. Relevant work experience can compensate for a lower CGPA or ALES or GMAT or GRE scores.

Q2. Is a GMAT score required for application to the MBA program?
No. You can also apply with ALES or GRE scores.

Q3. Can I work while participating in the MBA program?
Yes. A large portion of our students chooses to work while they are in the Bilkent MBA program.

Q4. Is there a minimum cumulative grade point average to apply for the MBA program?
We invite applications from all candidates holding B.S. or B.A. degrees from various fields and there is no minimum GPA requirement. However, a low GPA must be compensated for by a high ALES or GMAT of GRE score or work experience to qualify for admission.

Q5. What is the minimum score to apply for the MBA program?
The minimum ALES score for applications is 55 EA or equivalent GMAT or GRE scores. Admission to the program is highly competitive. The average GMAT equivalent score for the entering class of 2016 was 610.

Q6: If I retake my standardized test (e.g., GMAT, GRE, ALES), will you take the latest or the highest score?
We accept the highest score that you have achieved on the test, so if you wish to try and improve upon your existing score before you apply, there is no reason not to do so.

Q7. What is the interview about?
The goal of the interview is to assess the applicant’s suitability for an MBA program and potential to be an executive. The interview lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and it is conducted in English. Normally interviews are conducted on campus. However, we may schedule interviews via skype for international applicants.

Q8. What scores do I need to receive a tuition scholarship?
There is no fixed number of scholarships and there are no minimum requirements for a scholarship. We emphasize that scholarships are competitive and depend on the entire applicant pool. On average, at least a third of an incoming class receives scholarship. Tuition scholarships are available at four different levels: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%.

Q9. When will I know whether I am admitted?
We process applications as they arrive. You can expect a phone call or an e-mail within two weeks of your application advising you on the next step.

Q10. Is it possible to apply for student dormitories?
Yes, MBA students can apply for dormitories. Foreign students are guaranteed a dormitory slot. For dormitory fees click here.

Q11. What are the rules/regulations?
All MBA, MSc and PhD students are subject to the rules and regulations of Bilkent University, Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (ESBE).