1. May I take fewer or more than 5 courses during a semester?

No. The MBA program is a full-time program. In order for you to maintain your full-time student status, you have to take all the courses that are scheduled in the curriculum for a given semester. If you are an irregular student with some failed courses from previous semesters, then you will still take the total number of courses scheduled in the curriculum for that semester but priority will be given to the courses that you have failed in the past. Also, you are not allowed to take more than 5 courses during a semester.
 

2. I am in the MBA with Thesis program. May I transfer to the MBA without Thesis program?

Yes. You need to write a petition and present it to your academic advisor. Your advisor will fill out a form that will state the courses you have already taken in the MBA with Thesis program and the additional courses you will have to take after transferring to the MBA without Thesis program. This procedure must be completed at the beginning of your 3rd semester in the program and it must be completed by the end of the Add/Drop week.
 

3. I am in the MBA without Thesis program. May I transfer to the MBA with Thesis program?

Yes. You need to write a petition and present it to your academic advisor. Your advisor will fill out a form that will state the courses you have already taken in the MBA without Thesis program and the additional courses you will have to take after transferring to the MBA with Thesis program. This procedure must be completed at the beginning of your 3rd semester in the program and it must be completed by the end of the Add/Drop week.
 

4. I am in the MBA with Thesis program. When do I need to choose my thesis supervisor?

You need to choose your thesis supervisor and complete the online procedure before you begin your 3rd semester in the program. The last day you may complete the online procedure is the first Friday in September before you begin your 3rd semester in the program. For choosing your thesis supervisor, please first talk to the faculty member with whom you want to work and after s/he agrees to be your supervisor, please go to the following address to complete the online advisor assignment procedure: https://oibs.metu.edu.tr/Ms_Phd_Advisor_Assignment_yetmish1/

Please note that this is a four-step process. After you choose your supervisor and enter your thesis title and abstract, your supervisor, the Department of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Social Sciences also will need to approve your supervisor assignment.
 

5. I am in the MBA with Thesis program and I already have a thesis supervisor. May I change my supervisor?

Yes. If your first supervisor agrees, the four-step procedure explained in the previous question will need to be reversed in order for you to change your supervisor. This means that first the Graduate School of Social Sciences, then the Department of Business Administration and then your first supervisor will have to “lift the approval” through the online system before you are allowed to choose a new supervisor. Please note that once you choose a new supervisor, the four-step procedure explained in the previous question will have to be completed again.
 

6. May I choose my courses such that I come to school only two (or any other small number) days per week?

No. The MBA program is a full-time program. The required and elective course schedules are arranged such that courses are usually spread over five days during the week. Even if you are working full-time while you are enrolled in the program, class attendance is mandatory for all METU graduate programs.
 

7. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. I will be out of town during the registration week. How can I complete my registration?

Your academic advisor needs to approve your registration in order for your registration to be completed. You need to provide your advisor with your password during the approval process. If you are going to be out of town during the registration week, the only way you can complete your registration is to meet with your academic advisor before leaving town, discuss with her/him the courses that you will take and then arrange a way for your advisor to have your password. Please note that your advisor does not have to agree to approve your registration unless you are present. Please also note that you must get your registration approved by your advisor each and every semester and you are allowed to “register late” only once during the entire time you are enrolled in the program.
 

8. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. May I take courses during the Summer School?

No. The Department of Business Administration does not offer required or elective courses for the MBA program during the Summer School.
 

9. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. May I take courses at another university or another department of METU during the summer and transfer them to my MBA degree?

No. The Department of Business Administration does not allow MBA students to transfer courses from another school or another graduate program at METU.
 

10. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. May I take some of my elective courses from another department at METU or another university and transfer them to my degree at METU?

No. The Department of Business Administration does not allow MBA students to transfer courses from another school or another graduate program at METU.
 

11. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. May I take any undergraduate courses and transfer them to my degree at METU?

Yes. Only after the approval of your academic advisor, you may take a maximum of two undergraduate courses and they will be counted towards your MBA degree and included in your cumulative grade point average.
 

12. My undergraduate/graduate degree is in Business Administration/Industrial Engineering/any other related discipline. May I be exempt from some or all of the required courses of the MBA program?

Course exemptions are not granted automatically even if you have taken similar courses in your undergraduate or another graduate program. While you are enrolled in the MBA with/without Thesis program, you are allowed to ask for exemption from a maximum of two courses. For exemptions, you are required to take an exemption examination and receive a passing grade (BB or higher) from this examination. If you are exempted from a course, regardless of the grade you receive from the examination, this course will appear on your transcript with a letter grade of EX (stands for Exempted) and even though you will not have to take that course, it will not be counted towards your cumulative grade point average. Please note that exemption examinations need to be completed by the end of the Add/Drop week of the related semester. Please see your academic advisor and the faculty member who teaches the course to arrange for the exemption examination.
 

13. I am in the MBA with/without Thesis program. I got accepted to another graduate program abroad, or, I am having health problems, or, I decided to fulfill my military service, etc. May I obtain a leave of absence?

Yes. The Graduate School of Social Sciences may allow you to receive a leave of absence if you can document your reason in the following five areas: education, military service, health problems, financial need, and exchange with another university (such as the Erasmus program). You need to write a petition and present it to your academic advisor along with the necessary documentation. Your petition to obtain a leave of absence will need to be approved by the Department of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Social Sciences. You may be allowed to receive a leave of absence for up to two semesters.
 

14. Please know your rights and your responsibilities by reading the university regulations at the following link:

TURKISH: http://oidb.metu.edu.tr/orta-dogu-teknik-universitesi-lisansustu-egitim-ogretim-yonetmeligi
ENGLISH: http://oidb.metu.edu.tr/en/middle-east-technical-university-rules-and-regulations-governing-graduate-studies
 

15. Please note the important dates by referring to the academic calendar at the following link:
TURKISH: http://oidb.metu.edu.tr/akademik-takvim
ENGLISH: http://oidb.metu.edu.tr/en/academic-calendar


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