General Information




About The Program

Maltepe University, Institute of Social Sciences PhD Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is unique with its syllabus and educational staff in Turkey. Our PhD program is the best alternative education program to programs abroad.

Students are expected to complete the program in three to four years. After one year course period students who successfully passed proficiency exam will choose areas of specialization. Students will study at least for two years with their thesis advisors.

Applicants who are admitted eligible to the Ph.D. program, but not have adequate scientific preparation in Logistics and Supply Chain will be included in the scientific preparatory program.

The number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Logistics and Supply Chain is increasing rapidly in Turkey. If we consider the need  for PhD faculty members to take part in these programs, opening one more doctoral program in this field has been considered to be necessary and useful.

On the other hand, to reach a contemporary structure and modus operandi of modern for private sector firms depends on the competent cadres who have advanced and deep theoretical and practical knowledge. Our Phd program will also give graduates for the private sector who meet the needs of multi-faceted profile by the ability of transfering modeling to applications as well as having theoretical formation


Our PhD program has two missions;

-          Our academic mission is to train scientists who are able to research in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, set up and able to manage research teams, write articles and can transfer knowledge to students in undergraduate / graduate-level courses, and illuminates the public about logistics and supply chain issues.

-          Our mission to private sector is to train Chief Supply Chain Officers. Chief Supply Chain Officers are the expert generalist staff in a Supply Chain Design and Management -as multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary- who can be able to determine companies’ supply and demand network strategies and also design and manage the network according to firms’ strategy.


Vision of our program is, "Turkey as a country that understands Supply-Demand Networks Management is much more important than Company Management".

Qualification Awarded

Students, who successfully complete the program, are entitled to PhD degree in Economics.


Level of Qualification

It is a program that provides graduate education at Third Cycle level.

Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Program at Maltepe University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School of Social Sciences. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Graduates from other disciplines are accepted to the program provided they take undergraduate courses to make them ready to take graduate courses.   

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Learners studying in a PhD program are required:

•     Students holding a master program diploma are to be registered for at least 8 courses (with 24 credits) and seminar course, a PhD qualifying exam exam and registered for a PhD thesis and to complete 240 ECTS credits. (Courses which are in the curriculum but do not have local credit and PhD thesis are assessed with a pass or fail).

•     Students holding an undergraduate diploma are required to be registered for at least 16 courses (with 48 local credits) and seminar course, and PhD qualifying exam and registered for a PhD thesis and to complete 300 ECTS credits. (Courses which are in the curriculum but do not have local credit, and PhD thesis are assessed with a pass or fail).

•     To get at least a score of DD in order to be successful in each course of the program,

•     To get a score of at least 3.00 out of 4.00 in all of the core subjects and to be successful in all courses with no local credits and in the Ph.D. thesis defense.


Profile of the Programme

The aim of the Phd Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Managementis to provide the comprehensive knowledge about the most basis areas of logistics and the possibilities of writing independent researches. Graduates, who have a successful career in academia, the public and private sectors, who gains new professions, who can apply advanced empirical quantitative methods,

Occupational Profile of Graduates

Our graduates find placement in logistics businesses, international trade and/or logistics departments of businesses, various government offices, in education sector and in both national and international organizations.


Access to Further Studies

The students who graduated from Phd program in Logistics and Supply Chain Managementmay apply to study in Post-doctoral programs in the same field or other fields.


Course Structure Diagram with Credits

For students with master degree the Graduate School of Social Sciences Phd Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, has 8 courses, 4 of which are compulsory and 4 elective totally 24 local credits and 120 ECTS credits; plus  a seminar course and PhD qualifying exam, and a Ph.D. Thesis with 120 ECTS credits, totally 240 ECTS credits.


For students with bachelors degree, the programme has in addition to above requirements, 8 more elective courses adding up to 48 local credits 300 ECTS credits in total.   


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Students take at least one quiz, one mid-term exam (or a project) and a final exam. Students are informed beforehand about the mid-term exam dates and the subjects that the students will be responsible for. The numbers and dates of mid-term exams are announced by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Mid-terms are given during the pre-determined hours for that course. Excuses of those students who have not taken the mid-term exam or taken part in field studies are evaluated by the instructor, and the procedure is determined by the board of management of the graduate school. 

In final exams, student’s knowledge and performance in that semester is evaluated. To what extent this exam affects the student’s success is determined by the instructor and is announced at the beginning of the semester. Starting and finishing dates of final exams are determined by senate and can be seen in academic calendar published at the beginning of each semester.

Evaluation and Grading

Instructors evaluate each registered student by taking quiz, mid-term exam and final exam results, and the field studies that substitute exams into consideration. As a result of the evaluation, s/he gives one of the grades below as the student's final grade.

 Point Equivalent


Numerical Equivalent






















49 and below






Student has succeeded in a course without credit or in one that is not included in the average




Student has been unsuccessful in a course without credit or in one that is not included in the average



(Successfully continued)

Student registered for Master Thesis (I) or Ph.D. Thesis (I, II, III) is given this grade if s/he carried out that term’s work successfully.  When Master’s Thesis II or Ph.D. Thesis IV is completed Scl grade is given. *


EK   (Incomplete)

In a condition of incompleteness resulting from the student, the instructor takes valid excuses into consideration and asks the student to compensate those imperfections. Providing that the imperfections are not compensated maximum in two weeks after passing grades are announced, the mark of incomplete, changes to an F grade.                       


CK  (Dropped)

Student has dropped the course


DZ  (Unattended)

Student has not fulfilled attendance requirements. (Absenteeism is regarded as an F grade while the averages are calculated)


MU (exempt)

Student has been exempted according to the regulations


TK (retaken)

The course has been repeated due to failure


IZ  (permitted)

Student is on leave according to the regulations


TF (transfer)

Equivalent courses which the student took and succeeded in other higher education institutions, in another institute or in the previous programme and which have been recognized in the current undergraduate transfer programme.



Student has the status of special student



































AA, BA, BB, CB and CC mean that the course has been completed successfully. DC and DD grades show that the course has been completed successfully providing that the student has fulfilled the cumulative grade point average requirement which is 2,50 for Master students and 3,00 for Ph.D. students. Grade F shows that the student has been unsuccessful; so the course should be retaken.

Final grades are given on the basis of normal distribution of scores in the class. However, the letter grades are considered to correspond to the point equivalences given in the table above.


Successful Students

Students are regarded as successful according to their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). In order to be graduated as successful in Ph.D. programme, students have to have at least 3.00 CGPA.

Students who graduate from their departments or complete their programmes with 3.50-3.74 CGPA are qualified as honour students (onur ogrencisi) and with 3.75-4.00 as high honour students (yuksek onur ogrencisi).


Graduation Requirements

Learners registered in a PhD program,

•     and those who hold a Master program diploma are to take at least 8 courses (24 local credits) and seminar course and PhD Qualifying Examination and PhD thesis, and complete 240 ECTS. (Courses which are in the curriculum but do not have local credit, and PhD thesis are assessed with a pass or fail).

•     and those who hold a Bachelor’s diploma are to take at least 16 courses (48 local credits) and seminar course and PhD Qualifying Examination and PhD dissertation, and complete 300 ECTS. (Some of the courses in the curriculum and PhD dissertation do not have local credit and they are assessed with a pass or fail).

•     are to get at least a DD grade in order to be successful in a course in their program.

are to have 3.00 general average grade out of 4.00 on the core subjects, and are to be successful in non-credit courses, Preliminary Examination and PhD dissertation defense.


Mode of Study

Education in Maltepe University is carried out on a full-time basis.


Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Mehmet TANYAŞ



Maltepe University, Marmara Eğitim Köyü 34857- Maltepe/ISTANBUL/TURKEY



+90 216 626 10 50 / 2413


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