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Ph.D. in Middle East Studies (English)

About the Program

PhD in Middle East Studies is designed to equip students with specialized knowledge regarding the Middle East region. While the program is essentially for those who aim to pursue a career in academia, graduates may also obtain employment in a variety of sectors ranging from civil service to foreign affairs, the media and the private sector.

This program offers courses in major subfields of Middle East Studies, such as modern history of the Middle East, religion and culture in the Middle East, political economy in the Middle East and international politics in Middle East.

This four-year-long program entails intensive coursework, seminar, a comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal, and dissertation study. A candidate for the degree must complete four compulsory and four elective courses and a seminar within two years.  Afterwards, students must pass a comprehensive exam and write a doctoral dissertation.


Admission Requirements


For Turkish Citizens
  • Applicants must hold a master's with a thesis degree in social sciences.
  • Graduate CGPA must be at least 3.00 over 4.00 (or 76.66 over 100.)
  • Applicants must submit a minimum ALES (Equal Weight/Verbal) score of 70. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Applicants must submit a minimum English YDS/e-YDS or YÖKDİL score of 80. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Candidates must earn a minimum score of 70 from written science exams and/or interviews.
  • Overall assessment must be 75 or higher.
For International Applicants
  • A commission set up by the relevant department’s directorate and composed of at least 3 faculty members determines the field in which applicants must hold an undergraduate and a master’s degree and the minimum CGPA.
  • Applicants must have 55 or above from a foreign language exam accepted by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) or the equivalent of 55 or above from an international foreign language exam accepted by OSYM in another language than their native language.
  • Candidates must demonstrate their proficiency in English to be able to start their studies. Those who have received their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a university in which the language of instruction is English that is in a country where English is the native or official language or obtained the minimum specified score from one of the following language exams are regarded as proficient in English. Applicants who never submit any of these documents will be required to take the foreign language preparation programs, which will take a maximum of two semesters.


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  • International students must pay the tuition fee of 6.000 TL per year.


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Program Coordinator and Contact Information
Research Assistant M. Yasir Okumuş


   +90 312 596 46 83

Research Assistant Ömer N.Küçük

   +90 312 596 44 95



For Turkish Citizens 
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.

The application page becomes active in the period when the applications are accepted.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

The applications are generally accepted in the months of June-July-August for fall semesters and November-December for spring semesters. The university website should be followed for the exact dates.

Applicants are ranked based on an initial evaluation carried out by weighting 50% of ALES score and 50% of GPA. The number of candidates invited to science exams can be up to five times the quota. Three points after comma in decimals are taken into consideration in the ranking of applicants. If more than one candidate rank last with the same score, all these candidates are invited to entrance examination.

After applications are accepted, a science exam is held on the announced date. The application results are determined by weighting 50% of ALES score, 20% of GPA, and 30% of science exam score. Based on this evaluation, candidates who have earned a score of 75 and above are deemed successful. Successful candidates are ranked according to general evaluation scores (in cases of equal general evaluation scores, science exam scores are taken into consideration), and a number of candidates and substitute candidates as specified by quotas are announced on the institute's website.

For International Applicants
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applications are evaluated by taking into account acceptance requirements of the program and international student quotas. The evaluation result is sent to the applicant's e-mail address.

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