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Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Admission Requirements for Doctorate Programs

  • Applications for doctorate programs are evaluated by the respective Admission Jury along with individual program entries. Admission is finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and announced to the applicants.
  • Applicants may be called for written exams and interviews. All written exams and interviews are held in English.
  • Periods for application are announced in Academic Calendar.
  • Applications by international applicants studying abroad are valid only after the approval and recognition of the last graduated higher education institution and the course of study by the Turkish Higher Education Council. Verification will be done by the Candidate.
  • Turkish candidates graduated from a higher institution abroad should submit a certificate of equivalence by the Turkish Higher Education Council.



Online Application Form 

Print-out of Completed Application Form should be added to the Application Package.


Official Transcript

Sealed and taken from Student Resources/Affairs of the applicant's university indicating the courses and grades taken.


Statement of Purpose

A summary of the candidate's reason for applying to the program, their program and career objectives, motives and expectations.


One Photograph

One passport-sized photo is required. If you have already added one photograph to your online application, you do not need to send it.


Two Letters of Recomendation

These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope.Sample letter

After you complete your online application, an email will be send automatically to your recommenders which you enter to Recommenders part. Recomenders can click the link to write the recommendation letters or give letters in a closed envelope signed ans stamped.


Graduate Program Entrance Exam Result

PhD for holders Undergraduate Degree

PhD for holders Graduate Degree


Numerical Min. Score 80

Numerical Min. Score 65


Quantitative min. score 158

Quantitative min. 153


Accumulative Percentile  %60 (for international student)

Graduate Program Entrance Exam Results must have been taken no more than: ALES 3 years, GRE 5 years and GAT 2 years.


English Proficiency Exam Result


Internet-based test (IBT): En az 80 puan

Regarding admission to Doctorate Programs, it is required to have a valid score from an international exam in another language rather than the applicants' native language, accepted as equivalent to Central Foreign Language Exams by Turkish Higher Education Council; or from an international exam which is accepted as equivalent to International Foreign Language Exams by OSYM.



Min. score 69


Min. score B


Min. score C


Min. score 67





Degree Requirements

After the test date, TOEFL, PTE scores are valid for 2 years, CAE,CPE score are valid for 3 years and e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS scores are valid for 5 years.

- Candidates applying for the PhD programs may apply with a BA or MA degree.

- Candidates are required to have completed their previous studies by the time of enrollment at Sabancı University.

PhD for holders Undergraduate Degree

PhD for holders Graduate Degree

Candidates applying for the PhD Programs with a BA degree must hold a 3.00/4.00 GPA. The candidates graduated from institutions which apply a scale other than “X out of 4.00” system must provide a conversion table or an official letter of evidence from their institutions.

- Candidates applying for the PhD Programs with an Master's degree must hold an “Master with Thesis” degree. Candidates whose diplomas or transcripts do not contain such information must provide an official letter of evidence from their institutions.

- Holders of “Non-thesis Master degree” may apply to PhD programs only upon submission of an official document from their institutions, certifying that they have already been enrolled to the “Non-thesis” program before February 6th, 2013.


 Applicants who provide a “Foreign Language Proficiency Certificate” in one of the languages listed above other than English are also required to fulfill the English proficiency criteria stated below:

Candidates are required to submit their English proficiency exam scores like TOEFL, e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS during the application. Applicants who are unable to provide a valid English Proficiency Exam score can only be admitted to graduate study upon obtaining a satisfactory grade in Sabancı University English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE). Those candidates who fail to attend or get a satisfactory grade in ELAE exam are obliged to attend and successfully complete English Language Preparation course(s) in order to enroll in a graduate program. Scholarships do not apply to the English Language Preparation courses.

*According to the latest instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students in order for an exam to be accepted as equivalent, it must have taken place in a building owned by a state university.

Furthermore, according to an announcement on February 26th 2016, by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students, certificates from exams which took place before the date of the announcement (February 26th, 2016) will be considered as meeting requirements. If the application was made before the date of the announcement (February 26th, 2016) and the exam took place within 30 days of the announcement, the certificate will also be considered as meeting requirements.

English Proficiency Exam Result 


IBT: Min.score 80


Min. score 69


Min. B
CPE Min. C


Min. score 67

Application Adress:

Applicants need to upload their documents on the online system. They are also required to submit their application packages either in person or post them by mail to the Department of Student Resources. Please note that print-out of the completed application form should also be added to the application package. The packages sent via mail must arrive at the department by the application deadline. Applications sent via e-mail are not   accepted.

All the application documents become property of Sabancı University. It is suggested to keep the original reports of TOEFL, GRE and ALES scores, and apply with the copies of those test scores. But please note that the originals must be produced at the time of registration to Sabancı University.

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