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Political Science (M.A., PhD.)

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Online Application: Please submit an online application here AND send a hard copy of your application to the Department of Political Science.

Requirements: These are minimum necessary scores for applying to the Political Science Ph.D. and M.A. program.

CGPA: M.A.: 2.75/4.00
Ph.D.: 3.00/4.00 (for applicants with BA/BS and /or M.A. degrees)

GRE: M.A.: 290 (verbal and quantitative total)
Ph.D.:1000 minumum or 300 for (new score post-summer 2012 GRE) (verbal and quantitative total)

ALES: M.A.: 65 (equally-weighted)
Ph.D.:55 (equally-weighted) (for applicants with master’s degree)
ALES scores are valid for 3 years.

English Proficiency: M.A. and Ph.D.: TOEFL IBT (at least 87), IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent COPE (at least C). Validity period for all exams: 2 years

Proof of Degree: M.A.: undergraduate degree
Ph.D.: graduate degree (if already obtained)

Transcripts: M.A.: undergraduate transcripts
Ph.D.: undergraduate & graduate transcripts (most recent one available at the time of application)

Statement of Purpose: M.A.: 500 words max. (reasons for applying to M.A., research and career interests)
Ph.D.:1000 words max. (reasons for applying to Ph.D., research interests)

Letter of Recommendation: M.A. and Ph.D.: 3

Other: A writing sample

Application Deadline: 2 May 2017

Date of Interview: 01 – 02 June 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered (except for delayed ALES, GRE and English Proficiency scores)At the time of application, if you haven’t received an exam score for ALES, GRE or English proficiency please upload the exam application document.


  • Dr. Esra Çuhadar
    Graduate Student Advisor
    E-mail: polsgrad@bilkent.edu.tr
    Phone: +90 312 290 1339
  • Ms. Gül Ekren
    POLS Admin. Assistant
    E-mail: polsgrad@bilkent.edu.tr
    Phone: +90 312 290 1339

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