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Frequently Asked Questions

İstanbul Kültür University

Institute of Social Sciences


Master of Business Administration  Program (eMBA)

(With / Witout Thesis)


1. What is distance education and how is it carried out?

Distance education is a form of education which is carried out remotely by using electronic communication. Using the internet, students can study, research and take part in discussions in their own time, at the place of their choice and without face-to-face contact with a teacher.

Exploiting the merits of information and communications technology, distance education is carried out in various forms.

  • Through virtual classes students and instructors can have synchronous and interactive lectures,

  • Students have access to the course resources uploaded by the instructor whenever they like. In this form of distance learning the teacher and the students interact in different places and during different times and this form is called as asynchronous distance learning.

  • Depending on the course content and technology utilized synchronous and asynchronous forms are used in combination.

Asynchronous distance education is a form of education enabling the learners to reach the preloaded course content, assignments, and take exams whenever and wherever they like.

Synchronous distance education is a form of education carried out in accordance with a preset schedule and attending virtual classes students have the opportunity to interact with the instructors. The synchronous courses are live and students are exposed to both visual and audial course content.


2. What is the use of distance education?

  • Offering learning settings independent of time and place, distance education is an approach promising equality of opportunity in education.

  • Freeing the learners from the burden of attending school and transportation costs, distance education is cost effective.

  • Utilizing advanced information and communications technology, distance education is a student centered and contemporary approach to education.


3. What are the computer requirements -hardware and software- for distance education?

In order to attend virtual classes and take part in distance education the following is required of student computers.

For Windows Users:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or daha higher operating system.

·       Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

·       32 bit browser

·       Minimum 1GB RAM (If Windows Vista is used, 2GB RAM is recommended.)

·       Minimum Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1


4. What is the duration of distance education? What is the number of courses/credit hours for earning the degree?

Student work load for e-MBA program is as follows:

- Courses : 60 ECTS

- Thesis : 60 ECTS

- Total : 120 ECTS

In this respect in order to graduate the e-MBA program:

  • Students’ work load (classes, video conferences, assignments, exams, study hours) = 60 ECTS

  • Students’ Thesis = 60 ECTS

  • Overall program workload = 120 ECTS

Duration of the program (Courses and thesis)*= 4 semesters (2 semesters for courses+2 semesters for thesis)

* Students of this program are expected to spend minimum 4 maximum 6 semesters.


5. How can I get admitted to the program? What is the program tuition?

In order to be admitted to the program the criteria set by The Council of Higher Education and Institute of Social Sciences should be fulfilled. For getting current info:

 Institute of Social Sciences: +90 212 4984665

IKU/UZEMER: +90 212 4984400


2013-2014 Academic Year Tuition Fee is 10.500 TL (VAT included)*. This fee can be paid :

  • Via credit cards in 12 equal installments at 30-day intervals.

  • Via IKU İş Bank account -25% of the fee on the admission day and therest of the payment in 11 equal installments at 30-day intervals.

*Those students completing the program in six semesters are obliged to pay the additional fee determined by the institution.

The students are exempt from compulsory military service upon the the completion of the registration process.


6. How is the program -courses and exams- delivered in distance education?

The program lasts for four semesters each of which is 14 weeks of courses and thesis

During the first two semesters students take 5 courses each semester and 10 courses in two semesters. For each course students are to take exams at the end of the term.

Students spend 3 class hours for each course - 2 class hours for asynchronous sessions and 1 class hour for synchronous session.

During asynchronous sessions, students visiting the web page have the opportunity to access the course content uploaded by the instructor. Asynchronous sessions take place whenever and wherever students like.

During synchronous sessions, students attend virtual classes once a week for one class hour. In these sessions students and the instructors go over and discuss the previously shared course content in asynchronous sessions. Synchronous sessions also provide the students with the opportunity to ask questions to the instructors.

Midterm exams are given in various forms such as electronic exams, take home exams, assignments or a combination of these. The midterm exam scheduled and the form of the exam are determined and announced by the instructors.

Final exams are paper and pencil exams. Those exams are given at the 3rd or 4th weekend after the completion of the courses. Students are required to visit the campus (or another specified location) for final exams.

Students required to write a thesis in order to graduate the MBA program spend the last two semesters to write their thesis under the supervision of their advisors.


7. How is the distance education courses delivered?

Courses are delivered via technologies such as the Internet or webcasting. IKU distance education center makes use of CATS (Computer Aided Training & Educational Services) to enable the students to have access to the courses offered each semester. Via distance education web page students have access to:

  • Course content/Syllabus

  • Academic calendar

  • Announcements
  • Course resources (PP; WORD; JPG; EXCELL;SSR; etc.)

  • Assignments

  • Messages

  • Chat

  • Participant profiles

  • Virtual classes

Instructors upload the announcements, resources, assignments pertaining to the course on a weekly basis. Students may access these courses from their homes or other locations. This is the asynchronous form of distance learning, which means that students do not have to access the course at specified times.

On the other hand in the synchronous form of distance learning, students are supposed to participate virtual classes which are pre-scheduled and announced by the instructors.


8. Is attendance to classes/exams mandatory?

Since the students do not have to access the asynchronous sessions at specified times, mandatory attendance to those sessions is out of question.

Students are not required to attend virtual classes i.e. synchronous sessions but virtual class attendance is highly recommended because of the sessions’ great contribution to the learning process.

 Attendance measures to midterm exams and assignments are directly  determined and announced by the instructors.

Students are required to take the final exams at preset time and location.


9. How about writing the thesis and earning the degree/getting the diploma?

Upon the successful completion of the courses i.e. 60 ECTS, all MBA students candidates must write a Master’s thesis under the guidance of an advisor. The thesis should be written in two semesters. The advisors mentor the students via synchronous, asynchronous and face-to-face sessions. Being approved by the advisor the theses are submitted to the thesis committee. MBA candidates getting the final approval from the thesis committee earn 60 ECTS.  Thus those candidates having successfully  obtained 120 ECTS earn a master’s degree and diploma.


10. How can I get further information about distance learning?

For more information contact us:

IKU Institute of Social Sciences Tel: +90 212 4984665

IKU Distance Education Center Tel: +90 212 4984400



11. Can I apply to a PhD program after this MBA degree?

You have all the rights and privileges of a MBA degree. If you have written a master’s thesis earning your degree you can apply to a PhD program.