Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the minimum GPA

We don’t announce a minimum GPA.  Since GPA is not the only indicator of academic achievement, evaluations are based on other issues as well. However, high GPA increases your chances of acceptance.

2. What is the required minimum TOEFL score?

Internet based 80, Paper based 550, Computer based  213.

3.  Do you accept other exam results such as IELTS, UDS etc?

Yes, we accept IELTS (min. 6,5), UDS & KPDS & YDS (min. 87).

4. Does Koç University make an institutional language exam?

Yes, it does.   We accept our English Language Center’s (ELC) paper based TOEFL exam results.

5. What are the dates and fee for ELC’s TOEFL exam?

Please visit ELC’s Web page ( for this information.

6. I have graduated from a university  abroad, do you stil request a TOEFL score?

We require TOEFL score from all non-native english speakers.

7. My undergraduate degree program was in English, do you still request a TOEFL score?

Yes, you still need to bring a TOEFL score if your native language is not English.

8. May I apply without my TOEFL result?

Yes, you may.  You need to write on your application form the dates you are going to sit for the exam and you need to send us the score as soon as you receive it.

9. What is the deadline for handing in the TOEFL score?

You need to send it to us as soon as possible. If you get a conditional acceptence, then you need to present your score untill the registration term.

10. Do I have to send original TOEFL and ALES/GRE scores when I apply?

You can upload the photocopies of these results when you apply.  However, the original scores should be given during registration.

11.  What is the required minimum ALES or GRE scores?

We don’t announce a minimum ALES or GRE scores.  However, higher scores increase your chances of acceptance.

12. Can I apply with ALES or GRE scores?

ALES scores are valid for three years.  If you have a valid score by the date of the registration, you can apply.  GRE’s validity is 5 years and it is required from non-Turkish nationals.

13. I haven’t taken an ALES exam yet,  may I still apply?

Yes, you may.  You need to write on your application form the dates you are going to sit for the exam and you need to send us the score as soon as you receive it.

14. I am senior student and I don’t have my last semester’s transcript at the time of application, would it be a problem?

You can upload your transcripts including the semester that you in. You can submit your graduation transcript when you register.

15. What is the difference between  early and late applications dates?

The program will start to evaluate all applications recieved by the early application date.  When the evaluations are going on we continue to accept the late applications as well. After the late application deadline, all the applications are evaluated for final decisions. All the application deadlines can be found at:

16.What is the advantages for applying early?

Because your chances of acceptance are higher since the quotas are not filled yet.

17. What are the quotas for each program?

They differ and we do not announce them.

18. Where can I get the statistics on ALES and GPA scores of prior years applicants?

We do not announce this type of information.

19. When will the application process start and when will the results be announced?

We will let you know whether your application is successfull or not by at most four weeks after the early and late application deadlines.

20. What is the criteria you are looking for?

We evaulate students based on their academic success and potential.

21. Do you invite every applicant to an interview?

No, only short- listed candidates are invited to the interview.

22. How do you announce the application results?

You will receive an e-mail which will be sent to your e-mail address given on the application form.

23. May I apply to an MS program which is different than my undergraduate major?

Yes, you may.  If the program accepts your application, then you may be asked to take some remedial courses.

24. What are the application dates?

Application deadlines are announced on the Graduate School of Health Sciences Web page. All the relevant  information can be found at:

25. Can I submit my application online?

We accept only online application. Please visit Gradapp for online application to our programs:

26. Can you send me more information regarding a particular program?

Please visit the program’s own Web page for courses and curriculum.  You can also learn more about faculty members and their research areas.

27. Do you accept applications for the spring term?

No, we do not accept applications for the spring term.

28. Do you make an exam?

No, we invite short-listed candidates to an interview.

29. What is the criteria to get a scholarship?

Scholarships are granted based on academic success and potential.

30. What is the annual tution fee?

Annual tution fee is 44,000 TL.

31. How can I see the course schedules?

Course schedules may change every semester. However, you can visit the program’s own Web page to see which courses they offer.

32. Are there any classes in the evenings?

No, all classes are during day time.

33. Is attendance required?

Yes, it is.

34. How can I reach the academic calender?

You can get it from the Web page of the Registrar.

35. Can I study for an MS degree without a thesis option?

No we do not have MS programs without the thesis option.

36.  If I am accepted, does that mean I am also going to be an assistant?

Yes. Students who are accepted to the programs are required to do teaching and research assistantships.

37. How many hours a week do I have to work as an assistant?

10 hours a week.

38. Can I work somewhere else while I am an MS or PhD student at Koç University?

This is not possible for the students who receive scholarship. For the students who receive waiver of tution fees and don’t receive monthly stipend can work during his/her graduate study.

39. In which language should I use to write the statement of purpose letter and my CV?

You should write both of them in English.