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Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Application 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 University.
  • Turkish candidates graduated from a higher institution abroad should submit a certificate of equivalence by the Turkish Higher Education Council.

Application requirements and required documents:

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.

3

Statement of Purpose

A summary of the candidate's reason for applying to the program, their program and career objectives, motives and expectations. It should be uploaded under "Documents" in the online application system.

4

Cirriculum (CV)

It should be uploaded under "Documents" in the online application system..

5

Two Letters of Recomendation

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.

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Graduate Program Entrance Exam Result

PhD for Undergraduate Degree holders

PhD for Graduate Degree holders

ALES, e-ALES

Numerical Min. Score 80

Numerical Min. Score 65

GRE

Quantitative min. score 160

Quantitative min. 153

GAT

Accumulative Test Score (Subject Test) Min. 80

Accumulative Test Score (Subject Test) En az 65 (Pakistan NTS)

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

7

English Proficiency Exam Result(*)

TOEFL

Internet-based test (IBT): Min. score 80 (Best Score is not accepted)

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. ( Please click for language exam list which are accepted as equivalent by ÖSYM)

PTE

Min. score 69

CAE

Min. score B

CPE

Min. score C

e-YDS

Min. score 67

Min. score 67

Min. score 67

YÖKDİL

YDS,e-YDS

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Degree Requirements

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

- Candidates applying for the PhD programs may apply with a BA or MA degree. There is no requirement about the undergraduate or master program type for application.

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

PhD for Undergraduate Degree holders

PhD for Graduate Degree holders

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.

(*)7.A- 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:

English Proficiency Exam Result

TOEFL

IBT: Min.score 80 (Best Score is not accepted)

PTE

Min. score 69

CAE

Min. B
CPE Min. C

YDS / e-YDS / YÖKDİL

Min. score 67

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

7.A.1. Candidates are required to submit their English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL IBT, YÖKDİL, e-YDS, YDS, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE) during the application. It is required for the applicants, who meet all application requirements but are unable to provide a valid English Proficiency Exam score, to take Sabancı University English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE ), following the application deadline and to obtain a satisfactory grade.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.

7.A.2. Graduates of Sabancı University are exempt from submitting an English Proficiency Exam score provided that they apply within two 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)

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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