Application Requirements for ARHA Ph.D. & M.A. programs

For the ARHA Ph.D. program, we are looking for students with a strong academic record, enthusiasm for learning, and high potential for scholarly research and teaching in the fields of archaeology, history of art, or cultural heritage management and museum studies.

An undergraduate or Masters degree in archaeology, history of art, classics, history, architecture or a related field is preferred. Both Turkish students and foreign students are encouraged to apply and both are eligible for our scholarship and fellowship packages.

Highly qualified candidates for the PhD program who need additional training in English may be eligible for English language preparatory studies included in their fellowship. A standard applicant should have the following components:

1.Transcripts (B.A. and M.A. when applicable)

You must have a 3.00 GPA for MA Applications.

2.GRE or the results of the Turkish ALES (equally weighted scores given preference)

The results of the GRE and ALES should be submitted at the time of application. Applications will be considered as incomplete until GRE and ALES scores are provided.

3.English proficiency exam

Non-native speakers of English should submit scores from one of the following exams: TOEFL, YDS/eYDS, or YÖKDİL.

4.Statement of Purpose

In addition to telling us about your academic background, tell us in detail which topics you would like to study and research while at Koç University. This should be a professional statement focused on the academic aspects of your interests.

5.Writing Sample

The writing sample should be at least eight pages. Common submissions are a research paper, a chapter from your M.A. thesis, or an article. Because all coursework in ARHA is in English, this document must also be in English.

6.Recommendation letters

Three recommendation letters are required for Ph.D. applications. Two letters are required for M.A. applications. These must be submitted by the deadline.


A short list of candidates will be invited for an interview, either in person or online. There will be short readings given prior to the interviews. Applicants will be asked to discuss one or two of these readings during the interview.

Applicants also need to complete the graduate school form. All applications must be submitted online.