A comparative analysis of the first cycle degree programmes in business in Turkey in terms of the number of course units and the student workloads

  • Haşmet Sarıgül Istanbul Esenyurt University, Turkey
  • Hakan Eren Şengelen Istanbul Esenyurt University, Turkey
Keywords: higher education, business schools, curriculum, degree programme profile, MANOVA


This comparative study aims to determine the differences between the curricula of the first cycle degree programmes in business in Turkey in terms of the number of course units and the student workloads. In this context, (1) the courses included in the Bologna course information packages of business schools on their web sites have been examined; (2) course units have been gathered together in content–related groups, (3) the numbers of course units in each content–related group have been determined, (4) total student workload of each content–related group has been determined by means of the institutionally allocated ECTS credits, (5) the differences between public and foundation business schools have been tested for each content–related group in terms of total number of course units and total student workload, and (6) the differences between the business schools using Turkish and those using a foreign language as the medium of instruction have been tested for each content–related group in terms of total number of courses and total student workload. The methods used in the research are document review and multivariate analysis. The data of 147 business schools has been used in the study and the outputs of the research reveal that there are significant differences in most of the content–related groups between both the business school groupings described above at points (5) and (6) in terms of the number of course units and student workload.

Received: 9 October 2020
Accepted: 22 April 2022


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Author Biographies

Haşmet Sarıgül, Istanbul Esenyurt University, Turkey

PhD in Business, is Professor of Finance at the Istanbul Esenyurt University Faculty of Business and Management Sciences. (Turkey). Main areas of research: Business finance and banking education, financial literacy, financial inclusion, financial management.

Hakan Eren Şengelen, Istanbul Esenyurt University, Turkey

Master’s in Qantitative Methods, is Research Assistant at the Istanbul Arel University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Turkey). Main areas of research: Statistical analysis and applications, time-series analysis, operational studies.


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How to Cite
Sarıgül, Haşmet, and Hakan Eren Şengelen. 2022. “A Comparative Analysis of the First Cycle Degree Programmes in Business in Turkey in Terms of the Number of Course Units and the Student Workloads”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 9 (2), 121-50. https://doi.org/10.18543/tjhe.1889.