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– LL.M. in Private Law and Public Law
– Ph.D. in Private Law and Public Law

Program Information: Please follow the link

Only on-line applications are accepted.


All applicants are expected to have excellent command of Turkish as all of the graduate programs include compulsory courses in Turkish.
Admission interviews will be held in Turkish.


ALES (EA): (For resident Turkish citizens)
LL.M.: 55 (equally weighted) (YÖK requirement)
Ph.D.: (equally weighted) (YÖK requirement)

ALES is required for all resident Turkish citizens. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens may provide GRE or GMAT scores instead of ALES.
ALES, GRE and GMAT scores are valid for 5 years.

GRE: (For foreign students)
LL.M. and Ph.D.: Verbal + Quantitative Combined 298 and 4 in the analytical writing part.

GMAT: (For foreign students)
LL.M. and Ph.D.: Total score of 600.

English Proficiency:
LL.M. and Ph.D.: TOEFL IBT (at least 87), or IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent PAE (at least C). Period of validity: 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).

Turkish Proficiency for foreign students

Applicants who are not Turkish citizens should provide a language certificate in Turkish (at least C1 level), unless they have earned their undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a Turkish university.

Proof of Degree:
LL.M.: Bachelor’s Degree in Law
Ph.D. Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees in Law.

Applicants holding Bachelor’s Degree  and/or LL.M. degrees in Law obtained from Universities abroad are required to submit diploma equivalence provided from the Turkish Council of Higher Education

Transcripts: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: 2

Statement of Purpose:

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

Application Deadline: 15 May 2024

Date of Interview:

LL.M.: 6-7 June 2024

Ph.D.: 6-7 June 2024

Contact Person:
E-mail: hukuk@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 312 290 3300

Fax +90 312 266 4001