An undergraduate degree in history is NOT a prerequisite for entering the M.A. program. Graduates of departments of social sciences, humanities, management, engineering, and science may apply. All students entering the graduate program in history must take one year of preparatory courses before they begin Master’s level course work.

To enter the Ph.D. program candidates are required to have completed an M.A. degree in History or a related field.

If you are interested in applying, please go to the website of Graduate Programs at Bilkent University to download the necessary documents:


CGPA 2.50/4.00
GRE Obligatory for foreign students:
(Verbal + Quantitative Combined for MA 288, for PhD 298; Analytical Writing 3.5) 

Turkish citizens who are residents of foreign countries and those applicants who are not Turkish citizens may provide GRE scores instead of ALES. ALES scores are valid for 3 years. GRE scores are for 5 years.

55 (equally-weighted)
*ALES is required for all resident Turkish citizens who are applying for the MA and PhD programs.  
English Proficiency For MA and PhD Programs – TOEFL IBT at least (87) or IELTS (6.5 overall and 5.5 from each section), or PAE (at least C) (Validity period for all exams: 2 years). Students applying for PhD with IELTS or PAE score must, in addition, take a YDS exam in English or another language (these can be taken every month) and require a score of 55 or higher. Also, native English-speaking applicants for PhD must take a YDS exam in a language other than English and again require a score of 55 or higher.
Proof of Degree Yes (if already obtained)
Transcripts Yes
Statement of Purpose 1-2 pages
Letter of Recommendation 2
Other A sample essay written in English, CV
Application Deadline 01 June 2020
Date of Interview 11 June 2020



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