|Nominal duration||3 years (210 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||₺30,250.00 per programme|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
Online Application Form
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Turkish.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
This is an easy procedure where the Provincial Department of Education in Istanbul (and in some cases a Turkish Embassy/Consulate) will provide the ‘Equivalency Letter’ (in Turkish ‘Denklik Belgesi’) certifying that the foreign High-School diploma is equivalent to its counterpart, the Turkish graduate diploma.
You must take verified copies of the entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Applications without a master’s degree are not encouraged.
Applications without a background training in Political Science or International Relations are not encouraged. Most of the applicants from other backgrounds unfortunately failed in the writtten exam.
Both the written exam and the interview are conducted in English. Written exam is aimed at assessing applicants’ knowledge of both theory and actual politics.
Applications without a valid ALES score are not accepted.
Limited amount of merit-based tuition scholarships are offered.
Important: Please make sure that the necessary documents have reached the graduate programs assistant and that the online application form is completed (that you’ve received a green “tick”) by the announced deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be evaluated. You can send your documents via courier or submit them by hand to the following address:
İstanbul Bilgi Üniversity
The Political Science Ph.D. Program at Istanbul Bilgi University is designed to prepare advanced students to academic career. We offer an academic atmosphere of high quality in the subfields of international relations, political theory, comparative politics and Turkish politics. The mark of the program is the variety, breadth and availability of academic staff who are committed to provide a strong academic background to Ph.D. students. The first stage of the program involves compulsory courses on each of the subfields as well as individualized, customized tutorials to enhance students’ expertise on specific subjects. Having finished the coursework and comprehensive exams, students proceed to the dissertation-writing stage. The program pays special attention to provide a rich academic experience to Ph.D. students and part of that effort shows itself in series of seminars and colloquia among Ph.D. students themselves, who are at various stages of the program. Regularly students are expected to graduate in five or six years. Scholarships are available.