Application Regulations for Graduate Programs

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

 

-The applications are submitted online.

-Master’s degree candidates can apply to two programs; whereas, doctoral degree candidates can apply to only one program.

 

DIPLOMA

-For Master's applications, the original Bachelor’s degree diploma is required. 

-In order for doctoral program applications to be evaluated as in-field application, the original Bachelor’s and Master’s degree diplomas are required (if the Master’s degree program that has been graduated from is in the same field as the doctoral program that the candidate would like to apply to, they do not have to submit the Bachelor’s degree diploma. Although the Master's degree is of another department, if the Bachelor's degree is the same as the PhD department that is being applied to, then the application is considered as in-field and the original Bachelor's degree diploma must be submitted).

-Candidates who are registered to another university can apply with an approved copy of their Bachelor’s diploma, which will be given by that university.

-Candidates who have graduated from a university abroad must have their diploma equivalence by the Council of Higher Education. Click here for the required documents announced by YÖK.

 

TRANSCRIPT

-The original transcript.

-If the 4 point system is used by the university you have graduated from (if letters are used instead of numerals), you must your GPA out of 4. The conversion of the 4 point system to 100 point system of your university is not accepted. YOK (Higher Education Council) conversion system will be used to convert the 100 point system GPA to 4 point system GPA .

           

ALES (or GRE)

-Candidates who will apply to Master’s and Doctoral degree programs with thesis must have a minimum 55 of the related score type; or they must have an equivalent to the score of an exam which is accepted by the Senate.

-Candidates who will apply to non-thesis programs must have an ALES document.

-An ALES or its equivalence exam score is valid for three years starting from the date the exam was taken.

 

ALES (Quantitative)

GRE (Quantitative)

55

149

 

-Any graduate program applications of candidates who do not have the minimum ALES (or an equivalence) score will not be accepted.

           

 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

 

                  Doctoral Degree Applications:

 

-In order for a candidate to prove their English proficiency for a Turkish-medium (or 30% English-medium) program, they must have a minimum 55 of central YDS (Foreign Language Exam) or an international equivalence which is accepted by ÖSYM. For fully English programs, candidates must have minimum 60 YDS.

 

 

Turkish-Medium (or 30% English-Medium) Programs:

 

YDS YÖKDİL TOEFL-IBT CAE CPE PEARSON PTE Academic
55 55 66 C C 50

 

 

English-Medium Programs:

 

YDS YÖKDİL TOEFL-IBT CAE CPE PEARSON PTE Academic
60 60 72 C C 55
 

 

- Yildiz-SEM's proficiency test is not accepted for PhD applications.

 

 

 

 

 

                  Master's Degree Applications:

 

In order for a candidate to prove their English proficiency one of the conditions below must be met:

 

 

Turkish-Medium (or 30% English-Medium) Programs:

 

YDS YÖKDİL TOEFL-IBT CAE CPE PEARSON PTE Academic YTU-SEM English Proficiency 
50 50 60 C C 45 60

 

 

English-Medium Programs:

 

YDS YÖKDİL TOEFL-IBT CAE CPE PEARSON PTE Academic
55 55 66 C C 50

 

 

-for Turkish non-thesis Master’s degree programs, English proficiency is not required;

 

-for English non-thesis Master’s degree programs,  they must have a minimum 50 of central YDS (Foreign Language Exam), or an equivalence which is accepted by Interuniversity Council, or a minimum 50 of YDS equivalence which is determined by the ÖSYM and approved by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK).

 

-for English-medium Master's degree programs, Yıldız-SEM English Proficiency certificate is not valid.

 

 

TURKISH PROFICIENCY

 

- International students are required to submit a Turkish proficiency certificate when applying to graduate programs. The level of the certificate must be minimum C1 and be given by a language center of one of the state universities in Turkey or by a Yunus Emre Institute.

 

- International students who will be accepted to an English-medium program are required to submit a minimum (B1) level Turkish proficiency certificate during their study. 

 
 
 
 
 

Period of validity of the scores:

 

-Yildiz Sem Certificate is valid for 3 (three) years. 

 

-KPDS, ÜDS, YDS, e-YDS test scores are valid for 5 years starting from the test date.

 

-According to the announcement of the OSYM on February 14, 2014, an IELTS score taken after March 14, 2014 is not accepted. 

 

-Validity of other tests whose equivalence is accepted by the ÖSYM is based on the period given by the related institute. However, validity of other tests can be maximum three years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTRANCE EXAM

         

-The candidates whose applications have been approved must take the entrance exam (oral, written or both), which is related to the field of the program, in the department on the date and time to be announced.

-The general success score of all of the candidates that apply to Master’s degree programs with thesis and doctoral programs is evaluated by the candidate evaluation committee regarding 50% of the ALES (GRE) score, 25% of the GPA of Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree and 25% of the result of the entrance exam.

-As for Master’s degree programs without thesis, the general success score is evaluated with 70% of the ALES (GRE) score and 30% of the GPA of Bachelor’s degree.

-A candidate who does not take the entrance exam will be considered unsuccessful.