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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 Political Science Ph.D. program.


CGPA: 3.00/4.00 (for applicants with BA/BS degrees)


GRE: 1000 minumum or 300 for (new score post-summer 2012 GRE) (verbal and quantitative total)
GRE score requirement is for international applicants only


ALES: 55 (equally-weighted) (for applicants with master’s degree)
80 (equally-weighted) (for applicants with undergraduate degree)
ALES is required for all resident Turkish citizens who are applying for PhD programs. Turkish citizens who are residents of foreign countries and those applicants who are not Turkish citizens may provide GRE scores instead of ALES. ALES scores are valid for 3 years.


English Proficiency: 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: Yes


Transcripts: Yes


Statement of Purpose: 1-2 pages


Letter of Recommendation: 2


Other: A sample paper written by the student


Application Deadline: 26 May 2016


Date of Interview: 06 – 08 June 2016


Contact Persons

  • Meral Uğur Çınar
    Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies
    E-mail: polsgrad@bilkent.edu.tr
    Phone: +90 312 290 2266
  • Gül Ekren
    POLS Admin. Assistant
    E-mail: polsgrad@bilkent.edu.tr
    Phone: +90 312 290 1339

Fax +90 312 290 2742