What is the content of the oral entrance exam?

Please click for Ph.D Scientific Exam Content

 How many courses are there for each term and is there any attendance obligation for the courses?

Normally, in each term, there are 5 courses with a total of 13 credits.

Attendance is obligatory.

 May I apply to the program before I enter the English proficiency exam?

Yes, you may. However, you have to bring the original result document for the registration.

 May I apply with 3.19 or lower Grade Point Average (GPA)?

Minimum GPA for admission is 3.20/4.00. Admissions with lower GPAs will not be accepted.

 Is there any fee for the program?

No, there is not.

 What is the quota for 2020-2021 academic year?

5 students.

 When is the admission period and where should the admission be made?

Admissions will be made on 23 March - 15 May 2020 using the online registration system of the Registrar’s Office. Please, scan all your documents and upload to the system.

Registrar’s Office Online Application System

 Can I apply for the spring term?

In general, applications are not accepted for spring term. Please visit  http://adaylar.boun.edu.tr/en-EN/Home for any changes.

 Which graduate exam should I take?

The exams you should take are ALES, GMAT, or GRE. The acceptable grades are:

  • ALES EA (Equally Weighted) 77 points
  • GMAT 600 points
  • GRE Quantitative 155

Your score should be valid for the admission period. The exam should be taken in the last 36 months.

Until when must I bring my ALES / GRE / GMAT results?

A university arrangement will be made on how ALES, which will be made in August, will affect the evaluation process. Accordingly, the date to be determined will be announced on the web page of the department. Please follow the web page.

 How many reference letters should I bring?

2 academic reference letters.

For B.U. MIS graduates, there is no need for reference letters.

 How can I find the format for the reference letter?

Reference letters can be in any format. But for a sample reference letter please click  here.

 From which departments will you accept the applications?

In order to apply to the program, applicants must have Master’s degree with thesis (There is no department or university restriction). However, applicants who have a Master’s degree without thesis from MIS or equivalent  department before 06.02.2013 can also apply.

 Should I enter an English proficiency exam?

Yes, you should. You can bring any of the below scores:


TOEFL 550, TWE 4.5 or

TOEFL (CBT) 213, TWE 4.5 or

TOEFL (IBT) 79, TWE 22 or

IELTS Academic 6.5, Academic Writing 6.5

Your exam score has to be approved by the Foreign Languages Department

Your score should be valid for the admission period. You must have entered the exam in the last 24 months.

If you graduated from B.U. in the last two years, you will be exempt from English proficiency exam. Other university graduates should enter the exam even if they have graduated from an English speaking university.

You have to bring your original English exam score to the registration.

YDS/ÜDS/KPDS and YÖKDİL scores are not valid.

For further questions, you can refer to Foreign Languages Department http://yadyok.boun.edu.tr/index-eng.htm

 Is there a prepatory class for the program?

For 2020-2021 academic year, there will be no prepatory class.

What are the selection criteria?

There are 4 criteria:

  • GPA,
  • ALES, GMAT, GRE exam score
  • Entrance Exam score (Written exam score + Interview score)
  • Statement of Purpose

Each criterion has different percentage.

All universities and departments are evaluated equally.

 For 2019-2020 academic year, what were the scores of applicants?

Only one student has been accepted for 2019-2020 academic year.

Maximum3,28ALES 86,3
Minimum3,28ALES 86,3
Average3,28ALES 86,3

 May I get demographic information about past year’s applicants?

 You can find the information about accepted students below.

 Master Universities of Accepted Students:

The University of Nottingham, Boğaziçi University, Bahçeşehir University

 Master Departments of Accepted Students:

Management of Information Technology, Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

 Should I enter the YDS (Inter-Universities Language Exam)?

Yes. You should have a minimum score of 55 from YDS/ÜDS/KPDS or any other language exam score which is accepted by the committee of inter-universities (YÖK).

 If I couldn’t find answers for my questions, what should I do?

Please review the answers again, and if you could not find answers for your questions, you can send an e-mail to  abide.coskun (at) boun.edu.tr with subject “PhD”.