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Economics (MA, PhD)

Program Information

Application: Only on-line applications are accepted.

These are minimum necessary scores for applying to Economics MA & Ph.D. programs. Selection is a competitive process, incoming students usually have significantly higher scores.

CGPA:  2.50/4.00 or 65%

MA: 298 (verbal and quantitative total)
PhD (with Master’s degree): 298 (verbal and quantitative total)
PhD (with undergraduate degree): 312 (verbal and quantitative total)


MA: 55 (YÖK requirement) (equally weighted)
PhD (with Master’s degree): 55 (YÖK requirement) (equally weighted)
Citizens of  Turkey should provide ALES score. Applicants who are not citizens of Turkey should take GRE.  ALES scores are valid for 5 years. GRE scores are valid for 5 years

English Proficiency:
MA: TOEFL IBT (at least 87) or IELTS (6.5 overall and 5.5 from each section) or
Bilkent PAE (at least C).
PhD: Please refer to the following web page for foreign language requirements. http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/academic/graduate/intro.html
Validity period for all exams: 2 years

Citizens of Turkey who plan to submit TOEFL IBT scores must take the TOEFL IBT exam at one of the test centers in public universities (YÖK requirement).

Proof of Degree: Yes (if already obtained)

Transcripts: Yes (most recent one available at the time of application)

Statement of Purpose: 1-2 pages

Letter of Recommendation: 3

Other: Solid math background is recommended. Candidates with a strong analytical background from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline:
2 March 2018 – early submission deadline
25 May 2018 – regular submission deadline

Date of Interview: The date will be announced soon


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