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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. Requried processes regarding recognition is to be started and followed by the student; and official document confirming the recognition is to be submitted to the University by the student.
  • Turkish candidates graduated from a higher institution abroad should submit a certificate of equivalence by the Turkish Higher Education Council.
  • 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. Candidates can apply more than one program through the online form. In such cases, candidates should select all the programs which they would like to apply and seperate application packages should be prepared for each program applied.

 Application requirements and required documents:

 
1

Online Application Form 

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

2

Official Transcript

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

3

Statement of Purpose

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

4

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.

5

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. Recommenders can click the link to write the recommendation letters or give letters in a closed envelope signed and stamped.

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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 158

Quantitative min. 153

GAT

Accumulative Percentile  %60 (for international student, held by Pakistan HEC)

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

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English Proficiency Exam Result(*)

TOEFL

Internet-based test (IBT): Min. score 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. ( 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

ÜDS

Min. score 67

KPDS

YDS,e-YDS

YÖKDİL

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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, KPDS and ÜDS 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.

 

(*) 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

PTE

Min. score 69

CAE

Min. B
CPE Min. C

ÜDS / KPDS / 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, KPDS and ÜDS scores are valid for 5 years.

(**)Candidates are required to submit their English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL IBT, YÖKDİL, e-YDS, YDS, KPDS, ÜDS, 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.

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)

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... scores, and apply with the copies of those test scores; but transcript must be original for application. Please note that the originals of other documents and an up to date transcript must be submitted at the time of registration to Sabancı University.

 

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