Application Documents for Graduate Programs

Documentation of English proficiency

Graduate exam scores (ALES/GRE/GMAT)

For PhD applicants (KPDS/UDS/YDS)

Diploma or certificate of graduation

Student disciplinary record

Official transcript

Reference letter

Statement of Purpose

Curriculum Vitae

Application fee

 

Documentation of English Proficiency

The language of instruction at Boğaziçi University is English.

Applicants must prove their competence in the English language via a language exam recognized by the University Senate.


English Proficiency Test (BUEPT)

The English Proficiency Test (BUEPT) is administered by the School of Foreign Languages (YADYOK).

Applicants who plan to take the BUEPT must apply to YADYOK prior to the date of the exam.

Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL®/IELTS and received a sufficient overall score but failed to achieve a sufficient score in the writing section must present their TOEFL®/IELTS score report to YADYOK and apply to take the TWE. Those who achieve a sufficient score on the TWE will be considered proficient in English.

Information on the BUEPT and the TWE may be found on the YADYOK website. (yadyok.boun.edu.tr)

Scores are valid for two years after the test date.


TOEFL®

TOEFL® (PBT) 550, TWE 4.5

TOEFL® (IBT) 79, TWE 22

Scores are valid for two years after the test date.


International English Language Testing System (UK IELTS)

IELTS Academic: 6.5, Academic Writing: 6.5

Scores are valid for two years after the test date.

 

Exemption from the English Proficiency Test

Click here for exemption from the English Proficieny Test.

 

English Preparatory Classes

Candidates applying for quotas reserved for graduate students in the English preparatory division must take placement test administered by the School of Foreign Languages (YADYOK).

Candidates must have an intermediate level of English if applying for the Fall term and have an advanced level of English if applying for the Spring term. Candidates must have an advanced level of English if applying to certain programs for the Fall term.

Applicants who score below the required level on the placement test will not have the right to register in the programs they were admitted to.

Information on the placement test may be found on the YADYOK website. (yadyok.boun.edu.tr)


Standardized Graduate Education Exams (ALES/GRE/GMAT)

The Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam (ALES)

Applicants must have taken the Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies Exam (ALES) centrally administered bythe Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM), and achieved a sufficient score in the test types required for admission into the relevant graduate program.

The ALES is not required for certain Non-thesis Master Programs.

Students who have completed a Master's Degree Program at Boğaziçi University and apply to a Doctoral Program in the same program are not required to submit ALES scores, provided that their application is made no later than one semester after their graduation from the Master's Program.

ALES scores are valid for three (3) years.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) / Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)

Instead of ALES scores, scores from the internationally-recognized Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) are also accepted. Some programs may require GRE or GMAT scores in addition to ALES score.

When submitted instead of ALES scores, GRE and GMAT scores are valid for three years. In cases where GRE and GMAT scores are evaluated in addition to the ALES, the duration of their validity are determined by the relevant departments, but may not exceed five years.

Official GRE and/or GMAT scores must be sent directly to Boğaziçi University. (Boğaziçi University’s GRE code is 3205, and GMAT code is 0796).

 

Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (KPDS/UDS/YDS)

According to Council of Higher Education’s (YOK) Regulations on Graduate Education and Instruction, applicants to PhD programs must obtain a minimum score of 55 on the KPDS/UDS/YDS or an equivalent score on an exam recognized by the Interuniversity Council, and students of foreign citizenship must have obtained a minimum score of 55 on the language section of the KPDS/UDS/YDS other than their mother tongue (languages stated in the Regulation) or an equivalent score on an exam recognized by the Interuniversity Council in addition to the English proficiency tests recognized by the University Senate.

Note: As BUEPT / IELTS / two year exemption rule due to being our own graduate are not accepted by YÖK, they will not satisfy the YDS/ÜDS/KPDS requirement.

For equivalent test scores determined by the Council of Higher Education (YOK) see:

http://dokuman.osym.gov.tr/pdfdokuman/2016/GENEL/EsdegerlikTablosu26022016.pdf

 

Diploma or Certificate of Graduation

To apply for admission to a Master program, applicants must have graduated or be eligible to graduate from an undergraduate program.

To apply with an undergraduate degree for admission to a PhD program, applicants must have graduated or be eligible to graduate from an undergraduate program.

To apply with a Master’s degree for admission to a PhD program, applicants must have graduated or be eligible to graduate from a Master program.*

*(Article 2, Paragraph 1b of the Higher Education Council Regulations for Graduate Study, which states, “to be eligible for a PhD program, candidates must have earned either a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree with a thesis,” shall not be applicable to students registered in non-thesis master’s programs prior to February 6, 2013.)

Applicants who have graduated must submit their diploma and certificate of graduation at the time of application; those who have not yet graduated must submit an official document from their university showing they are eligible to graduate. (Except students of Boğaziçi University)

Citizens of the Republic of Turkey who received their undergraduate or graduate degree abroad must submit a document of equivalence in order to be registered to a graduate program. The university equivalence of applicants who lack this document will be assessed by the Institute they are applying to.

 

Student Disciplinary Record

Applicants from universities in Turkey must obtain a document showing their disciplinary record from the school they graduated or will graduate from, and submit it at time of application. (Except students and graduates of Boğaziçi University)

Applicants whose disciplinary record is shown on their transcript do not need to obtain such a document.

 

Official Transcript

The original transcript that shows the courses taken and the grades achieved must be submitted. PhD program applicants must submit both their graduate transcript and their undergraduate transcript.

 

References

At least two reference letters are required for applying to all graduate programs.
On the Application Form, the names, last names, and email addresses of at least two people who will be asked for a reference letter must be provided. Once the application is submitted, an email will be sent to the contact information provided, explaining how to submit the reference letter.  A confirmation email will be sent to the applicant, when reference letter is submitted electronically by the referee. If the program applied requires a specific form of recommendation to be filled, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide the form to the referee.

 

Statement of Purpose/Research Proposal/Curriculum Vitae

Applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose, written in English, explaining why they wish to be admitted to the program. Applicants for English Preparatory Division may submit Statement of Purpose written in Turkish.

Some programs require that applicants submit a research proposal.

Some programs require the submission of a Curriculum Vita.

 

Application Fees

Program application fees are 65 Turkish Lira. For overseas payments, it is €50 or $50.

A separate application fee must be paid for each program application.

The application fee must be paid only if the relevant program has an opening and applicants fulfill the necessary requirements. Otherwise, the application fee is non-refundable.

Applicants who are registered Boğaziçi University students at the time of application are exempted from paying the application fee.

Applicants who are unregistered Boğaziçi University students at the time of application, Boğaziçi University graduates, or not from Boğaziçi University are required to pay the application fee.

Refer to the Electronic Application System Guide on how application fee should be paid.

 

Admission Decision   

The relevant Institutes will post admission decisions concerning Graduate Program applicants on the Boğaziçi University website under Announcements.

 

Click here for information regarding tuition and fees.