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School of Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Is there any application fee?

There is no application fee for graduate programs.

How can I apply to graduate programs?

You can apply by visiting apply.ihu.edu.tr

How many programs can I apply for?

You are allowed to apply for a maximum of 3 programs.

What kind of documents do I need to prepare for the application?

Each program has different application requirements. For all international applicants, language proficiency documents, a letter of intent, and 2 reference letters are compulsory. You can get more information from the Requirements page.

I haven’t graduated from a bachelor's degree program yet. Can I apply for a graduate program?

Yes, you can. If you are accepted to the program, it is compulsory to submit your diploma or interim certificate of graduation.

When is the online application period?

Calls for applications are announced on our websites and/or social media accounts.

What is the language of education in graduate programs?

There are English and Turkish programs.

I haven’t graduated yet, so I don’t have a grade point average (GPA). Which grade average will be taken into account during the evaluation process?

The latest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) will be taken into account which the applicant submitted during the application process. For the applicants who are not graduated from a bachelor's program during the application, the cumulative grade point average of the first 7 semesters in universities having semester-based education and the cumulative grade point of the first 3 years in universities having yearly-based education, are taken into consideration.

I graduated from an open university program. Can I apply?

Yes, you can.

Is there evening or distance education in graduate programs?

There is no evening or distance learning program at our university.

Can I apply with a lacking document?

No, you can not. You have to upload all of the required documents into the online application system.

Is a foreign language a prerequisite to applying for graduate programs?

Each program requires a different level of language proficiency. You should visit the program page.

Is there compulsory attendance in the program course? 

There is 70 % compulsory attendance in the course and in-semester works.

How should I prepare a reference letter? 

Reference letters must be sent by an academician. Your reference letter request will be sent to your professor via the online application system by email. S/he will open this email, click the link in this email and see a document upload area. S/he will upload the letter in this area. Letters that are directly sent to the university or submitted by hand will not be accepted.

In which language CV and letter of intent be written?

They should be written in English or in Turkish.

I am a senior student and I don’t have my last term transcript. Is it a problem with the application?

You can send your current transcript, but you have to submit your transcript of the last term during registration.

EXAM AND INTERVIEW

How do I get information about written exams and interview dates?

Exam and interview dates will be announced and students will be informed by the graduate school.

How do you make interviews?

The interview takes place with the participation of 3 professors from the program which the candidate has applied for.

How will the application be evaluated? 

An evaluation committee consisting of at least three academics from the relevant program is formed by the Graduate School Board. The committee ranks the candidates with valid applications and proposes the names of the most successful applicants to the Graduate School Management Board.

Should I make any other application for a scholarship?

No. Your application is evaluated according to the available scholarship. You will be informed by the acceptance letter about the kind of scholarship that is offered.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Is there any English program at your university?

Yes, there are graduate programs in English. For more information, please visit the Programs page.

Which language proficiency tests are accepted for graduate programs?

YDS / E-YDS, PTE Academic,  and TOEFL will be accepted for English proficiency. YDS Arabic will be accepted for Arabic proficiency. TÖMER will be accepted for Turkish proficiency. IELTS is not accepted. Ibn Haldun Language tests are only accepted for master's program applications, not for Ph.D. applications.

I don’t have the proficiency documents above. Can I apply? 

If you don’t have the language documents above, you can take Ibn Haldun University English, Arabic, and Turkish tests for master's program applications, not for Ph.D. applications.

Is there a fee for Ibn Haldun University language test?

You can get information from the Language Exam page.

I graduated from an English program. Can I be exempt from language proficiency? 

No, you have to provide language proficiency documents of the tests above.

I have an IELTS document. Can I be exempt from language proficiency?

No, the Council of Higher Education of Turkey no more recognizes this exam.

How long YDS / E-YDS test results are valid?

The results are valid for  5 years starting from the exam date.

SCHOLARSHIP STATUS

What kind of scholarship does Ibn Haldun University offer? 

You can get information from the Scholarships page.

What are the criteria for receiving a scholarship or discount? 

Scholarships and discounts are awarded according to the results of the written exam and/or the interview and the evaluation of the documents which the applicant provided during the application process.

How long the scholarship and the discount are valid?

The scholarships or discounts that the candidate is awarded will be valid during the education process. The period of a graduate program with a thesis is 4 terms.

Does the scholarship student have to work in the university?

Students awarded with Merit-Based Scholarship (UBB) and Full Scholarship (TAB) have to work at Ibn Haldun University. University expects these students to support teaching, research, and administrative work according to their academic tendencies.

As a scholarship student, can I work outside Ibn Haldun University?

Students awarded with Merit-Based Scholarship (UBB) or Full Scholarship (TAB) are not allowed to work outside the university.

If I fail in the courses, does the scholarship continue?

You can get information from Ibn Haldun University’s Graduate Scholarship Directive page.

In which situations are students dismissed from the university?

If the scientific preparation programs are not completed at the end of the two semesters, the student is dismissed from the university.

If the foreign language preparatory programs are not completed at the end of the two semesters, the student is dismissed from the university.

The student who cannot complete the non-thesis program within the maximum period is dismissed from the university.

Students who fail to complete the credited courses and seminar course in the curriculum at the end of four semesters or fail to fulfill the other requirements within this period, fail in the thesis or do not participate in the thesis defense within the maximum period in with thesis program dismissed from the university.

Students who fail the Defense exam for the second time in Thesis / Ph.D. programs are dismissed from the university.

The credit courses required for the Ph.D. program are four and six semesters for those who are accepted with a master’s and undergraduate degree respectively. The student who cannot complete the credit courses beyond this period or cannot achieve the minimum GPA determined by the University is dismissed.

Students who fail the Qualifying exam twice in the Ph.D. programs are dismissed from the university.

Students who defend their thesis proposal for the second time in the Ph.D. programs are dismissed from the university if their Thesis Proposal is rejected.

In Ph.D. programs, a student who fails twice in a row or three times intermittently by the Thesis Monitoring Committee is dismissed from the university.

Students in Thesis / Ph.D. programs submit a hard copy of their thesis within one month at the latest from the date of defense (an additional month may be permitted if requested). Until the student fulfills these conditions, he/she cannot receive his / her diploma, cannot benefit from the student rights, and is dismissed from the university if the maximum period expires.