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Application for Admission

Bilkent University graduate programs offer admission to applicants who have the necessary qualifications and show promise of scholarly achievement. Each department establishes its own criteria for admission, and departmental listings include more detailed information about these requirements. The following are some of the admission requirements common to all departments:

  • Submission of ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı/Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) or GRE scores. GMAT scores are required for graduate programs in Business Administration.)
  • Fluency in written and oral English. Please see the websites of each graduate school for the list of accepted tests.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Recommendations from instructors or others qualified to evaluate academic ability.

On-line applications are accepted at https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/gradapp/



The annual tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: International students and Turkish students.


Currently, about 90 percent of graduate students receive financial support. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a tuition waiver or a tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend. The amount of the stipend is adjusted annually to cover changes in the cost of living.

Both admission and financial assistance are based on academic accomplishment and scholarly promise, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, or physical disability.


Students may need a visa, depending on Turkey’s visa regime with their home country. Students must contact the Turkish Embassy/Consulate in their country and submit their acceptance letters in order to find out if they need to obtain a visa.