How to Apply for PhD Programs

Bahçeşehir University Gradute Schools offer Phd programs in a variety of different fields. To get information on our programs please visit our website:

For the application you must fill in the online application form and upload all of the required documents.

NOTE: Documents marked with a (*) must be translated and notarized in English or Turkish.

  • Online Application Form (
  • Copy of Undergraduate Diploma*
  • Copy of official transcript of Undergraduate Records*
  • Copy of Master’s Degree Diploma*
  • Copy of official transcript of Master’s Degree Records*
  • Copy of the Passport
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current CV of the applicant
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL (min score: IBT 79)
  • GRE (min score: (quantitative) 685, new:154), GMAT (min score: 500)
  • Turkish Proficiency Exam Score for the programs in Turkish (BAU TURKMER / TOMER min B2)
  • For Ph.D Programs, copy of Master Thesis/Project

*English Proficiency Exam score is obligatory for the applicants applying for the programs in Turkish.

Ph.D. Admission Procedure

Ph.D. applicants have to sit in a Ph.D Academic Admission Written Exam, conducted at Bahcesehir University Campus in Istanbul, on the date announced on the official web site. Successful candidates will then be invited for the oral Academic Exam, conducted at Bahçeşehir University Campus in İstanbul. Written and oral exams are evaluated by a jury of three to five academics, chaired by the program coordinator. In addition to the written and oral academic exam scores, the jury will take the GRE/GMAT (ALES) score,   English Proficiency Exam Score, Cumulative Grade Point Avarege, Letter of Purpose, References and submitted thesis/project into consideration.

Successful applicants are announced on the web site.

Tuition Fee:

The fee of the whole PhD program is 40.000$ which covers a 2 year course period and 2 years dissertation. The tuition fee can be paid in a few installments.

*The applications with missing documents are not evaluated.


Turkish Higher Education Board (YOK) requires all international students’ diplomas to be approved by them. If your university diploma is not recognized by YOK, your application will not be valid to any Turkish university.

You should get your diploma with which you are applying recognized by YOK by personally applying to them. You can apply to YOK either by going to Ankara in person or by posting your application file.

The required documents for you application are: copies of your graduation diplomas, transcripts, contact information(the full postal address, email, phone number)

Once you apply to any Turkish university, you should also start the recognition process for your diploma through YOK. More detailed information can be found at their website:

Once you get a response from YOK regarding the recognition of your diploma, please upload it to our application system and inform us immediately via email.

If you will not make this application and inquire about the recognition of your university to YOK, then; the University will ask about it to YOK on behalf of you.

If the response is negative and your diploma is not recognized, then your application will not be valid and it will be cancelled.

If the negative response of YOK is informed after the end of the registrations, you will be fully refunded your paid money. However, no official document regarding your status as a student will be provided.  

Please pay utmost attention to this .

YOK(Turkish Higher Education Board) Postal address:

Recognition Office(TANINIRLIK BİRİMİ)

Üniversiteler Mh., 06800 Bilkent/Çankaya/Ankara, Türkiye

(Sample of petition)

To whom it may concern,

I would like to start a master’s/phd program in Turkey. I would like to know if my previous university from which I graduated is recognized by YOK. Attached are the copies of my graduation certificate(s), transcript(s)

Best regards,



Name –Surname

Contact info

Posta Address:

e-mail Address:

Cell phone:


Best Regards