Frequently Asked Questions

Contact and Requesting Information

MA Applicants: Please do not contact individual faculty members for personal evaluations and recommendations or ask for individual visits. We are unable to meet such requests due to the volume of applicants and also to ensure fairness among all applicants. You can find the relevant information about our programs on the GSSSH web site. You can also visit us during the information sessions as scheduled by the GSSSH or email gsss@ku.edu.tr

PhD Applicants: if you want to get more information about the program, please contact / (if possible) meet with only potential faculty members you would want to work with. Please do not send general emails to all faculty members.

General Information

Q: Why Koc University graduate programs in social sciences?

A: World-class education, opportunity to work closely with world-class professors on ambitious research projects, financial aid package including benefits to all students, opportunity to publish your research as articles or book chapters, availability to study or work abroad during the program, opportunity to be employed in the best organizations and admitted by the best Ph.D. programs (see career development of our graduates)

Q: Should I not apply if I don’t have high GPA and ALES/GRE?

A: PhD students do not pay tuition and a high percentage of our admitted MA students also receive full tuition waiver based on academic merit . To maintain high quality student profiles in our programs we wish to recruit students with high GPA and ALES/GRE scores.

Q: How can I receive monthly stipend?

A selected group of students receive stipend (monthly payment) in addition to tuition waiver (see, financial aid package). Scholarships will be allocated on competitive basis. Students who have higher GPA and ALES scores stand a better chance to receive scholarship than those with lower GPA or ALES.

A limited number of students with lower GPA or ALES may be admitted to the programs without scholarship.

Q: Can I apply without a ALES/ GRE/TOEFL (We also accept YDS/e-YDS/YÖKDİL)?

A: Yes, you can submit your application to the system without your Graduate Record Examination (GRE-for foreign applicants) or ALES (Akademik Lisansüstü Eğitim Sınavı-for native applicants) and  language scores. You will be able to leave these spaces empty if your scores are not available at the time of application but please do indicate the date you are scheduled to take the exam. You must make sure to register to the earliest exam available.You need to upload  your scores to the online application system as soon as they are announced. 

In exceptional cases, PhD programs may offer conditional admissions to applicants who are not able to submit their GRE scores by the application deadline but provide a strong application package (with high GPA, strong letters of recommendation, being graduated from a highly-regarded institution, publication record or other academic merits).

All candidates will be required to present their GRE scores in order to receive full admission to their respective program.

Q: May I apply to a program if my undergraduate degree is from a different discipline? 

A: Yes, you may if you are prepared to demonstrate your interest in the discipline you are applying for. Please note that it would not be possible to state that you have an interest in the program; you need to demonstrate it through the courses taken, seminars or trainings attended, etc. Please note that you may have to take remedial courses at the undergraduate level.

Q: May I start the program in the Spring term?

A:  Some Programs may admit  PhD/MA/ LL.M. students in the Spring term.

Q: For applicants to the MA Program in Economics: What is the difference between  early and late applications dates?

A: The program will start evaluating all applications received by the early application deadline. If the program hasn’t filled its quotas, then they will evaluate the applications received after the early application and before the regular application deadline. In order to be considered for the early application, the application package must be fully completed by the early application deadline, including the reference letters and test scores.

Online Applications

Q: Can I apply on paper?

A: No – Koç University uses an online application.

Q: Can I apply for more than one program?

A:Candidates can apply to more than one program via the online system. A separate application form should be filled out for each program to which a candidate wishes to apply.

Recommendation Letters

Q: How many recommendations do I need and who should I ask to be my recommenders?

A: Applicants need 2 (two) for MA; 3 (three) for PhD recommendations from faculty or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. At least one evaluation and letter should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.

Q: How are  letters of recommendation submitted?

A: Recommenders are to submit the letters online – not by mail, fax or e-mail. When you enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders in the online application, they will receive a message with instructions on how to submit their recommendations directly to Koç University.

If you have any questions, contact Graduate Admissions at gsss@ku.edu.tr 

Q: My recommender cannot log in to the site.

A: Please note that older web browsers are not supported by this e-application platform and could prevent access. The following browsers are supported:

    For Windows, Chrome, Firefox v3.6+, Internet Explorer v6+,Opera v9+,Safari v2+

    For Mac OSX: Chrome, Firefox v3.6+, Safari v2+

Q: My recommender did not get a confirmation that the letter was successfully submitted.

A: All recommenders do receive confirmation mail if the forms are successfully submitted.

Q: I submitted my application in time but the recommender will not finish before the deadline. Is this okay?

A: The recommender can submit the recommendation one or two days after the deadline. What has to be submitted by the program deadline is your application.

GRE/ALES/Language Scores

Q: I have an ALES score lower than 55, GRE Score lower than 149 may I still apply?

A: Due to Turkish Higher Education (YÖK) regulations, one can not apply with an ALES score lower that 55 (GRE lower than 149) for MA Applications and ALES score lower than 70 (GRE lower than 153) for PhD Applications. * Students applying directly to PhD with only a BA degree should have minimum ALES 85 / GRE 158

Q: My ALES/GRE/TOEFL scores are not recent. Will you accept them?

A: GRE scores are valid for approximately five years from the date taken. ALES is valid for three years. TOEFL scores submitted to Koç must be from a test taken within the last 24 months.

Q: I can’t see if my official tests scores were received.

A: Unfortunately, this information can’t be checked through application status. We receive tests scores from ETS via mail. If you requested that scores be sent to Koç University, we should have it. The school code for Koç University is 0163.

Q: What is YÖKDİL and YDS?

A.  YÖKDİL and YDS are national “English Proficiency Exams”.

Transcripts

Q:If I uploaded my transcript do I also need to mail the official copy?

A: No, not at this time. We do not require an official transcript unless you are admitted to a program. If all required materials were uploaded at the time of application, there are no materials required by mail at this time.

Q: I have a GPA lower than 2.5 out of 4.00 (or 70 out of 100), may I still apply to an MA Program?

A. No, if your GPA is lower than 2.5 (or 70), your application will not be processed.

Q: My undergraduate GPA is lower than 2.5, but I completed a Master’s program elsewhere with a higher GPA; may I apply?

A: Yes, if your undergraduate degree is from a discipline different than the program you are applying for.

Q: My school’s grading system does not use a 1-4 scale. How do I enter my grade point average in the online application?

A: If your school has not converted your GPA for you, enter 0.00 in the GPA fields of the online application. Your GPA will be calculated from your transcripts.

Missing Documents:

Q: What will happen if I apply with missing documents?

A: Students may apply with missing documents such as ; ALES/GRE/ Language Score however, applications not completed by the time of the review date will not be competitive for admission and/or funding.  Making sure that the application is complete is the responsibility of the applicant and should be done in a timely manner.

International Applicants

Q: Where can I find information on how to apply as an international student?

A: The process is the same as it is for native  students.

Q: I am an international student. Will I be eligible for Koç scholarship and benefits?

A: Yes, you are.

Final Admission Announcement

Q: When should I expect to hear about my application?

A:Applicants will be notified of final admission decisions within 2-6 weeks after the application deadline.Some notifications may take longer due to the processing of written exams and/or interviews.

Application Deadline

Q: Can I apply after the application deadline?

A: We offer rolling admissions for Ph.D. candidates only.  However, applicants should also note that priority consideration will be given to applications received by the announced by application deadline. Please email gsss@ku.edu.tr for details.