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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. We consider students with an MA or equivalent degree for our Ph.D. program.

CGPA:  2.50/4.00 or 65%

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

English / Foreign Language 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: TOEFL IBT (at least 87) or IELTS (6.5 overall and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent PAE (at least C).

Validity period for all exams: 2 years

If you submit IELTS or Bilkent English Proficiency Exam (PAE) results and you are applying for a PhD program, you also need to satisfy the foreign language requirement as imposed by the Inter-Universities Board (ÜAK) of Turkey. In that case, a minimum of 55 from YDS or its equivalents as listed by the Board, in a language other than the mother tongue must be submitted.

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:

01 March 2024 – early submission deadline
15 May 2024 – regular submission deadline

Date of Interview:

25 March 2024 – early submission
10 June 2024 – regular submission


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