Online Application

As you prepare to apply, please read these pages carefully. Applicants also are strongly urged to visit the websites of the departments to which they are applying, as those sites offer detailed information about those departments graduate program requirements.

Requesting Information

Requests for information about the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities may be submitted to

The Application

Use the online application to apply.

In general, applicants are responsible for submitting the following:

Statement of Purpose

Required for all applicants except LL.M Programs.

It should not exceed 2,000 words focusing on the following questions:

• Why do you apply to Koç University?

• Why do you apply to the particular program?

• What are your career objectives?

• What are your research interests? Are there any faculty members you particularly would like to work with? Why?


All applicants are required to submit their undergraduate and graduate transcripts. You must upload your transctipts directly to the system. Please visit Program’s website to see the minimum GPA required. We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations.

*Please visit Program’s website to see the minimum GPA required for application.

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School requires two letters of recommendation for MA applications and three for PhD applications. (LL.M. Program applicants are not required to submit reference letters). Recommendation letters should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant’s potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online* and must be in English.

* recommendation letters from faculty members is not necessary for candidates applying to graduate programs in Psychology if they are the graduates of Koc University Psychology undergraduate program.


All MA and PhD Applicants must have results from the Graduate Record Examination

ALES (Akademik Lisansüstü Eğitim Sınavı-for native applicants).

*Please visit Program’s website to see the minimum scores required

You can upload your scores online and send the original copies to Koç University. Our University code is 0668. If your scores are not available at the time of the application, you will be able to leave these spaces empty. You may submit your application without ALES/GRE and/or TOEFL score, however we strongly urge you to provide your official scores before application deadline.


Applicants whose first or native language is not English must demonstrate an adequate command of both spoken and written English, and they are required to submit English proficiency test scores as part of their application. We recognize the paper or internet-based test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Yabancı Dilbilgisi Tespit Sınavı (YDS).

Language Proficiency Information/Minimum Scores

TOEFL (Paper Based): 550/4

TOEFL (IBT): 80/120

YDS: 80 (For Turkish Applicants)

YÖKDİL: 80 (For Turkish Applicants)