Application to Graduate Programs

Registration To Graduate Programs

Application to Graduate Programs

Research subjects

In principle, a master and a doctoral thesis can be conducted in all research at METU-IMS. More information on specific fields, research themes and projects can be found here.

Finance

M.Sc. and Ph.D. Fellowships are offered to suitably qualified candidates in all departments at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), Middle East Technical University. National and overseas students have a high prospect of receiving a monthly fellowship through the IMS participation in national and international projects. An additional support option for overseas students is the TUBITAK Foreign Students fellowship (http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en/scholarship/undergraduatesgraduates/interna...).

Application

Potential candidates should apply following the specifications outlined on the IMS website (http://www.ims.metu.edu.tr/Sayfa.php?icerik=Makale&mid=32).

You can contact with following names for further questions:
 Dr Ekin Akoğlu ekin@ims.metu.edu.tr
Dr Baris Salihoglu baris@ims.metu.edu.tr  

Application Criteria for the PhD Program

Programmes

Masters Application Criteria

Doctorate Application Criteria

Marine Biology and Fisheries

o METU EPE = 65/100

o ALES = 70 (Equally weighted or Quantitative)

o B.S. GPA=65/100 or 2.00/4.00

o Reference letters

o Letter of intent

o METU EPE = 65/100

o ALES = 70 (Equally weighted or Quantitative)

o B.S. GPA = 2.00/4.00

o M.Sc. GPA =70/100 or 3.00/4.00

o Reference letters

o Letter of intent

Marine Geology and Geophysics

 

o METU EPE = 65/100

o ALES = 70 (Equally weighted or Quantitative)

o B.S. GPA = 2.00/4.00

o M.Sc. GPA = 3.00/4.00

o Those who apply with an undergraduate degree:

      >   METU EPE = 65/100

      >   ALES = 75 (quantitative)

      >   B.S. GPA = 3.00/4.00

o Reference letters

o Letter of intent

Oceanography

o METU EPE = 65/100

o ALES = 70 (Equally weighted or Quantitative)

o B.S. GPA = 65/100 or 2.00/4.00

o Reference letters

o Letter of intent

o METU EPE = 65/100

o ALES = 70 (Equally weighted or Quantitative)

o B.S. GPA =70/100 or 2.00/4.00

o M.Sc. GPA = 3.00/4.00

o Those who apply with an undergraduate degree:

      >   METU EPE = 65/100

      >   ALES = 75 (quantitative)

      >   B.S. GPA = 3.00/4.00

o Reference letters

o Letter of intent

METU EPE: METU English Proficiency Examination. (For further details please see Equivalence Table)

ALES: Turkish post-graduate examination (GRE scores are also valid in case of international students)

GPA: Grade point average. (Please visit Equivalence Table for GPA conversions for 100 and 4 system)

Required Documents in Application

In the application file,

1- Application Form

After filling out the application form online, “Freeze” it. A “Working Copy” is not valid. No hard copies should be provided. Filling out the online form and uploading copies of required documents to the application system is sufficient for the application.

2- ALES or GRE

A valid and acceptable GRE/ALES score is required. An applicant should have the minimum acceptable score from the exam to complete the application. It is not possible to apply by using any other exam.

 

ALES

Given in Turkey by ÖSYM. Dates of applications may vary. To find out exact dates and where to apply for this exam please contact ÖSYM. Website: http://www.osym.gov.tr/ Phone: +90 312 298 80 00

GRE

Given worldwide by Educational Testing Services based in USA. To find out exact dates and where to apply for this exam please link http://www.ets.org/ in Ankara, contact Turkish American Association Cinnah Cad. No 20 Phone: +90 312 426 26 44

The equivalence table for ALES-GRE results, prepared by METU Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences according to the Turkish Council of Higher Education is given below:

ALES

GRE-Old (Quantitative) 

GRE-Revised (Quantitative) 

55

610

149

60

648

151

65

685

153

70

708

155

75

713

156

80

731

157

These scores are showing the approximate values. ALES and GRE weighted scores (averages and standard deviations) may vary by small amounts from year to year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are a masters or a doctorate student in METU and accepted for the same program or a different programme, your past ALES/GRE scores are still valid for the application for a new programme. If you were a METU student and interrupted your graduate studies no longer than one semester, your past ALES/GRE scores are considered valid even though the official validity of the scores have expired.

3- Language Requirement

A valid and acceptable English qualifying exam score is required (TOEFL, METU-EPE, and IELTS).  Photocopy of the official exam result should be presented. The original copy is needed during the registration. No photocopy is necessary if you applied with METU-EPE (English Proficiency Examination). In such a case, application candidate number should be provided.

For further details, please see Equivalence Table

Score reports are valid for two years by the date you are applying.

English Proficiency Exams:

TOEFL

Given worldwide by Educational Testing Services based in USA. Computerized test is given within first week of application and the result normally requires a month, please link to http://www.ets.org/ (in Ankara, Turkish American Association Cinnah Cad. No 20 phone: + 90 312 426 26 44).

METU-EPE

Given at METU Ankara by METU School of Foreign Languages. It takes place prior to beginning of each semester. Applications are generally in June, September, and January. Please link to METU Registrar's office

(academic calendar) to find out exact dates for application.

IELTS

Organized worldwide by 'British Council'. The find out details concerning when and how to take this exam, please contact British Council (in Ankara , Karum İş Merkezi 1. Kat Kavaklıdere, phone: + 90 312 4553600 British Council Turkey.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Application without acceptable METU-EPE/IELTS/TOEFL score is not possible.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are a masters or a doctorate student in METU and accepted for the same program or a different programme, your past English scores are still valid for the application for a new programme. If you were a METU student and interrupted your graduate studies no longer than four semesters, your past English scores are considered valid even though the official validity of the score has expired.

4-      Transcript(s) (authorized by the university or notary)

Obtain transcript(s) (in English), notarized or attested, concerning your undergraduate and graduate study (in progress or completed, if any) you have undertaken. If you have completed your study, you should obtain one hard copy of transcript(s). It is required during registration when you are accepted to the program.

METU students are not required to submit a METU transcript, but they should indicate their student ID numbers on their application form.

Cumulative GPA(s) is required. If you are currently attending a program, specify your cumulative GPA on the basis of the last semester you have completed.

Visit the equivalence table for 4 or 100 base-value.

5-      Two reference letters

For the application, two reference letters are required. The METU-IMS recommends you to take referees as follows; if you are a senior bachelor student or a graduate planning to apply for M.Sc. in Marine Sciences, consider taking the reference letters from two faculty members who best know your academic skills and experiences; if you are planning to apply for PhD program, consider taking one from your thesis advisor and the other from one of your thesis committee members or a faculty member who knows your academic skills and experiences. If you are working in any sector, you may consider taking reference letters from your boss or managers.

A standard reference letter format can be found in the "References" link. Letters should be provided by the referees through the online application system. To prevent the delays, please inform the referees about the application deadlines. IMS is not responsible for possible delays.

6-      Bank Receipt of Application Fee:

Application fee should be paid to the bank account or transferred and the bank receipt should be presented along with the other documents. Money order, cashier's check, cash money or any other payment type cannot be accepted. Application fee sent by such payment types are not accepted and these applications are considered incomplete.

For each program applied a separate application fee should be submitted.

Visit the Payment link for the application in the Registrar's Office page.

Note: BSc. or M.Sc. students who are still registered in state and foundation universities are exempted from application fees.

The Bank offices and account numbers that the application fee can be deposited are given below;

BANK

TL ACCOUNT

USD ACCOUNT

İş Bankası

4229-431564

4229-3123036

IBAN: TR480006400000142293123036

Yapı Kredi Bankası

747-6-4187

724-17034

TR520006701000000072417034

Vakıflar Bankası

971-2000102

971-4000165

IBAN: TR920001500158048000861797

Akbank

656-24689

656-39754

IBAN: TR020004600656001000039754

Garanti Bankası

114-6201891

114-9004288

TR260006200048300009004288

Ziraat Bankası

1537-32423

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Incomplete documents in application is not acceptable.


 When to apply and important dates

Application dates are scheduled on the Academic Calendar. In general, the application periods are as follows:

For fall term (1st semester), during May

For spring term (2nd semester), during December

How to Apply?

The application should be done online. An e-mail address is required for application. If you do not have an e-mail address already, apply to e-mail address providers on the internet. Make sure that the address you obtain remains valid for at least 6 months.

If it is the first time you apply for a graduate program, you have to obtain an 'application number' and an 'entry code' to proceed to on-line application. You can follow-up the progress of your application at the on-line application pages using your application number and entry code.

It is highly recommended that you use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox while filling out the form. When you click on the link of the Online Application Program, it is possible that you will receive a warning message. You can proceed by clicking on the “proceed anyway” icon.

Online application form consists of 7 parts. Each part can be reached by clicking on the link provided. When you finish application process, you should FREEZE the application after checking that all is correct and there is no omitted item.

When your materials (if there is any missing document or procedure) are received by the Institute of Marine Sciences you will be notified about the receipt of your application. If you do not receive such an e-mail, after 15 days following the last date of your application, you should contact the METU-IMS by either of two means;

Fax: +90 324 521 23 27

e-mail: admin@ims.metu.edu.tr   

Starting on-line application

By clicking the online application, the application can be started. To obtain 'entry code' and 'application number' "obtain entry code" button must be clicked and the required information must be filled in. The personal entry code and application number provided for you will be sent by e-mail to you. Those numbers and e-mail should be kept confidentially for your security.

1- Personal Information

On the first page all personal information asked should be filled in the format shown. Unless designated otherwise, foreign applicants are needed to type their passport numbers to file named "TC Kimlik No". This information should be the same as given in Identification card/passport. If there is any change in personal information (i.e. surname change) it should be notified. A permanent address should be given, since the results are sent to applicants by mail. (You can follow-up your application success via e-mailing to admin@ims.metu.edu.tr address).

Middle section refers to Turkish citizens and therefore should be left blank by foreigners.

2- Academic Information

Enter the necessary information concerning the universities, institutes, and colleges etc. that were previously attended and are currently attending. Enter in chronological order starting with the most recent one. Specify dates of entrance and completion with degrees (B.S., M.Sc., certificates). If the program is not finished yet, give the intended date of completion.

Cumulative GPA(s) for the programs should be entered, specifying the base-value (e.g., 3.70/4.00 or 73/100). If you are currently attending a program, specify your cumulative GPA on the basis of the last semester you have completed.

Visit the equivalence table for 4 or 100 base-value

 3-Graduate Examinations

A valid and acceptable photocopy of GRE/ALES score is required.

4- English Examinations

A valid and acceptable English qualifying exam score is required (TOEFL, METU-EPE, and IELTS).

5- Employment Information

Any working-experience including Military Service will be indicated in the relevant field in the format shown on the pages.

6- Program to be applied

The desired program or department to be applied should be selected. The specific area of interest under the major fields of research (oceanography, marine biology and fisheries, marine geology and geophysics) can be added in detail if necessary.

7- Reference Letters

Two reference letters are required for the application.

8- Letter of Intention

The letter of intention should include a short CV and the background related to the applied department, the awards, the scholarships, meetings, publications. The letter of intention should be in on-line application form. If the given space is not sufficient the applicants can use extra pages.

9- Source of Support

Indicate the source of financial support for the duration of your program. If you have a scholarship or supported by an institution, attach a letter indicating the amount and duration of the support. The cost including tuition fee and other expenses ranges from $6,000-10,000 per annum, so the support whether in the form of scholarship or otherwise should be sufficient to cover these expenses for the duration of the program.

10- Checking the Information

Having finished the session(s), use "CHECK" button to see that all the information is correct and no item is omitted/missing. If the form is in its final form, "FREEZE" the form. Please note that no further input/editing is possible once the FREEZE button is used.

For each program applied a separate file should be submitted.

 

What to do afterwards and for follow-up?

The application results are announced (accepted/rejected) at the www.ims.metu.edu.tr website under ‘Announcements’ page within the respective dates. In addition, the applicants will be informed via e-mail about the results of their applications.

The education and individual support of PhD students is part of the major concerns of promoting young scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI).

About 180 postgraduates from more than 30 different countries are currently part of our institute's staff. They are working towards their doctoral degree under the supervision and scientific guidance of AWI colleagues in the various research departments. Our PhD students find excellent technical and administrative facilities, and through their close involvement in numerous national as well as international research projects they significantly contribute to the institute's scientific output.

Registration To Graduate Programs

Important Dates

Registration dates are scheduled on the Academic Calendar. In general, the registration follow:

For Fall period (1st semester), during September

For Spring period (2nd semester), during February

Registration of Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs

Registration Place: Registrar's Office

Required Documents for Registration:

  • Tuition fee receipt
  • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma
  • Original and copy of transcript (except for METU graduates)
  • Original and copy of ALES/GRE/GMAT
  • Original and copy of English Proficiency Result. Those who took METU English Proficiency Exam can get their scores from: https://oibs2.metu.edu.tr/~oibs/Epe_Results/
  • ID Card Fee (smart card) (15 YTL) receipt (The fee can be paid any of the banks in the campus)
  • 6 photos (Male students should appear beardless and female students should appear without headscarf, without any cover on head and neck, in their photos). Photocopies are not accepted.

Registration of International Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs

Registration Place:

International Students’ Office President's Office, Entrance Floor, Z18

Tel: 0 (312) 210 34 14/ 4181.

e-mail: oidb@metu.edu.tr

Required Documents for Registration:

  • Tuition fee receipt (http://www.oidb.metu.edu.tr/english/payment.html)
  • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma
  • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma translations (if they are not in English).
  • Original and copy of transcript (except for METU graduates)
  • Original and copy of transcript translation (if they are not in English)
  • Original and copy of ALES/GRE/GMAT
  • Original and copy of English Proficiency Result. Those who took METU English Proficiency Exam can get their scores from :https://oibs2.metu.edu.tr/~oibs/Epe_Results/
  • Copy of Passport identification page and student visa page. Passports should be with you during registration. Students who live in Turkey should give the photocopies of the first seven pages of Student Residence Permit (instead of Student Visa). It is not possible to register without a student visa or a valid Residence Permit.
  • ID Card Fee (smart card) (15 YTL) receipt (The fee can be paid any of the banks in the campus)
  • 6 photos (Male students should appear beardless and female students should appear without headscarf, without any cover on head and neck, in their photos). Photocopies are not accepted.
  • Information about health insurance: All international students (except for the scholarship students) will be insured by the Republic of Turkey, Social Security Institution (SSI). Students should pay about 100 TL monthly to SSI after the completion of their registration.

How to Register?

Students Who Will Register to Their Program for the First Time

After submitting the required documents, students should decide which scientist to study with. Student and the scientist (which then will be the advisor of the student) should reach an agreement to work together in the future. Then, the student with his/her adviser decide the courses he/she must take. After this, they should make interactive registration. Interactive registrations will be done by using http://register.metu.edu.tr URL address. During registration, please do not open more than one screen at one time. Doing so may cause to loss of information or the program may fail to register the courses.

Students Continuing Their Program: Students are supposed to renew their registration each semester within the registration period announced in the Academic Calendar. Registration renewal is composed of during the processes below:

  • Tuition fee payment
  • Interactive registration
  • Advisor approval

Note: Registration program will be open to access out of the campus only after 14:00 on the first day of registration.

Important Note: In case of one of the processes (Tuition fee payment, Interactive registration, Advisor approval) is incomplete, the student will stay in “not-registered” status. The students who have not completed their registration in the Registration period will not be able to register in the Add-drop period. These not-registered students can apply to the Administrative Committee of the relevant unit until the last day of the Add-drop period (they should also indicate and prove their excuse) for a registration renewal. Those whose excuses are accepted by the Administrative Committee allowed to renew their registration; and others, whose excuses are not accepted, will stay not-registered and lose their student status. The ones who have lost their student status due to incomplete registration may be allowed to register for the next semester by the decision of the Administrative Committee of the relevant unit, for only once, with the condition of the payment of tuition fee of the not-registered semester with fine. In such a case, the lost period in the not-registered semester is counted for the education period.”