Entrance Requirements for Graduate Programs


Application Criteria for
M.Sc. Program*

Application Criteria for Ph.D. Program (Ph.D. on M.Sc. with Thesis)**

English Proficiency Exam

≥ 65


ALES (Quantitative)

≥ 70

≥ 70

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

≥ 2.40

Undergrad. CGPA ≥ 2.40

M.Sc. CGPA ≥ 3.20

  Ph.D. on B.Sc.**
English Proficiency Exam ≥ 70
ALES (Quantitative) ≥ 80
Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ≥ 3.00

*: There may be an interview following the decision of Accepting Committee.

**: There will be an interview.


Those who hold a Bachelors degree from a four-year institution may apply to Master's programs. Applicants for doctoral programs should hold a Master's degree. Students who are in their final semester may also apply to graduate programs.

The decision to admit an applicant to a graduate program is made by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Department Chairperson concerned. Applicants must therefore obtain an application form from the Graduate Admission Office. The form and the related information can also be downloaded from websites of the Graduate Schools of Natural and Applied Sciences.

The form should be filled and submitted/sent together with other required documents to Graduate Admission Office.

Required documents are:


  1. Official transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate level coursework completed up to the time of application, notarized or attested. (For application purposes an official transcript is defined as a record, which bears the signature of the registrar and the seal of the institution)
  2. Letter of intent prepared by the applicant describing his/her background and goals in graduate study, and
  3. Two letters of reference.
  4. The applicants are also required to submit their graduate examination score and
  5. English Proficiency Test result.

Graduate examinations accepted by METU are ALES (graduate education examination) given in Turkey by ÖSYM and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) given worldwide by Educational Testing Services (ETS). The applicant therefore should apply either to ALES or GRE.

English Proficiency Tests accepted by METU are METU-EPE (English Proficiency Examination) given by METU School of Foreign Languages, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) given worldwide by ETS and other examinations given worldwide; IELTS, FCE, CAE and CPE.

Applications to Graduate School will not be considered complete without the official graduate examination and English proficiency scores. Therefore the applicants must make sure that their scores are forwarded to METU (The institution code numbers are GRE: 0692-4 TOEFL: 0692-189).

Deadlines for applications could be found in official website of GSNAS (Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences). All correspondence concerning the admission should be addressed to:

Graduate Admission Office MM Building No 122

Middle East Technical University 06531 Ankara / Turkey

Foreign students eligible for admission should obtain a student visa from the nearest Turkish Consulate; an official letter of acceptance, indicating the category of admission, will be provided to them for this purpose. New foreign student is expected to contact the Foreign Student Advisor in the Office of the Registrar upon arrival.

For  more information, please visit  Application page of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences.