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Application Requirements For Sabancı Graduate Business School Non-Thesis Master’s Programs

Applications for graduate programs are evaluated by the Admission Jury in line with the specific requirements of the program. Admission is finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Executive Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and announced to the applicant. 

Applicants could 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 of international applicants studying abroad are valid only after the approval and recognition by the Turkish Higher Education Council on the last graduated higher education institution and the course of study . The necessary enquiry is made by the University. 

Turkish candidates graduated from a higher education institution abroad should submit a certificate of equivalence by the Turkish Higher Education Council. Equivalency certificate must be submitted during the enrollment at the University. 

Application Documents and Requirements: 

1. Online Application Form: Application should be completed until the deadline. 

2. Official Transcript: An official document issued by the registrar of the candidate's previous institution showing all courses taken and grades received by the candidate. It should be uploaded under “Documents” in the online application system. The transcript which is obtained from E-government (e-Devlet), Higher Education Council (YÖK) / Transcript Document Inquiry menu is also valid. 

3. Two Letters of Recommendation: The writers of recommendation letters are expected to upload them to the online system. When the application is completed, a link will be emailed to the email addresses indicated in the “Recommenders” section of the online application system for them to upload their recommendation letters. 

PBAN, EMBA, MIM, MiF and PMBA Recommendation Letter sample 

4. One Photograph: Candidates must upload a passport-sized photo to the online system. 

5. ALES or other similar exams are not required for Masters in Finance (MiF), Professional Business Analytics(MSBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Professional MBA (PMBA), Master of Science in Marketing (MIM) and Master of Science in Action Research and Transformation (MSART- NT)program applications 

6. English Proficiency Exam Result: As the language of instruction at Sabancı University is English, the applicant is required to submit the score of one of the English proficiency assessment exams. Recognized exams, the minimum score required and period of validity are given in the table below.

 TOEFL* IBT ( Best score is not accepted)YDS, e-YDS, YÖKDİL, e-YÖKDİLCPE*CAE*PTE*

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

Applicants who could not submit a valid English Proficiency Exam score at application stage, after completing the application, can take Sabancı University’s own *English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) in order to be accepted to the graduate program on the condition of obtaining a satisfactory grade in ELAE. ELAE exam is valid for 2 years (2 years must not have expired from the date of the exam to enroll in the program) Those candidates who fail to attend or get a satisfactory score in ELAE exam are obliged to attend and successfully complete a full course of English Language Preparation in order to continue with graduate courses. Failure to complete this course successfully will result in termination of enrollment in a graduate program at Sabancı University. 

Graduates of Sabancı University are exempt from submitting an English Proficiency Exam score provided that they apply within 2 years of their graduation. Period between graduation date from the previous program and registration date to the new program should be maximum 2 years. 

*If you submit TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE scores and take these exams in Turkey, the exam center must be a state university building. ( According to Article 6.3.d of Instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students). Home edition versions" for external exam documents will not be accepted for English language exemption. 

7. Statement of personal and professional purpose: It should be uploaded under "Documents" in the online application system. 

8. Curriculum Vitae: Candidates must submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (resume). It should be uploaded under "Documents" in the online application system 

9. Other Requirements:

  • Master program applicants should have undergraduate diploma, while doctorate program applicants should have undergraduate diploma.
  • Applicants must complete their previous degree programs by the registration period at the latest.

Applications should be submitted via online application system only. Applications sent via e-mail cannot be evaluated. 

We would like to remind you that if you get admitted, originals of all official documents required to be submitted during university registrations. 

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