Application Requirements

Application Criteria

Application Criteria for Informatics Institute

Required Documents

Detailed information about required Documents which will be uploaded to the online application system: 

1. Application Fee Receipt: 

Applicants, who are still enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program, does not have to pay for application fee.

The application fee is 100 TL for the nationals of Turkey. For foreign nationals, the application fee is 55$. 

Bank Account Numbers can be found at Bank Account Numbers.

For the international transfer of the application fee:

Beneficiary: ODTÜ Strateji Geliştirme Dairesi Başkanlığı

Bank: Türkiye İş Bankası

Bank Address: T.C. İş Bankası ODTÜ Şubesi Üniversiteler Mahallesi,

Dumlupınar Bulvarı, No:1, 06800 Ankara Turkey

Branch: ODTÜ

Account no: 4229-3123036

Swift code: ISBKTRIS

IBAN No: TR100006400000242293123036

You can upload jpeg versions of online banking receipts to the online application form.

Applicants who file more than one application must pay the application fee for each program.
The applicants whose application is not evaluated due to a missing criteria or document and the applicants who want to withdraw their application within the application period can get their application fee back. Those applicants should apply to Graduate School of Informatics Institute with “Ödeme İadesi Başvuru Formu”.  (You can reach the form from the link Student Forms.)

 2. English Proficiency Exams:

For the graduate applications, applicants must have an English language proficiency score.

Accepted exams are:

METU English Proficiency Exam (ODTÜ-İYS), provided by METU

TOEFL IBT , provided by ETS

IELTS, provided by British Council.

Native speakers (who are the citizens of a country where English is among native or official languages) who  received their bachelor's degree from an university in which the language of instruction is English are exempt from submitting a valid English language score. The applicants who satisfy these both conditions can check the " I am a native speaker" box in the online application form.

For METU-EPE and other English proficiency exam equivalence chart please click here.

KPDS,ÜDS and YDS exams are not accepted.
For the application, the photocopy or the Internet print of the exam scores can be uploaded to the online application system.
 METU- EPE : The necessary information about the exam can be found at English Proficiency.

 3. Graduate Exams:

All programs require Graduate Exam scores. To apply for graduate programs, the applicants must have ALES or GRE General exam results that meet the minimum criteria of the programs. Click Program Requirements to check the exam types and minimum scores of the graduate exams designated by departments.

ALES certificates are valid for 5 years from the date of announcement of exam results.

GRE certificate are valid for 5 years.

Therefore, the exam results must be valid as of the date of application. Applicants who were registered in a graduate program at any university with no more than one semester break can apply to the PhD programs with ALES/LES scores that they submitted before. This exception is only valid if the old ALES/LES score of the applicant meet the minimum criteria of the program requirements. Those applicants do not need to take the ALES/LES exams again.

For the application, the photocopy or the Internet print of the exam scores can be uploaded to the online application system.

Click here to reach GRE old-new conversion chart

 4. Reference Letters:

For the application, if required by the department, two references must be submitted. We recommend you to take references as follows; if you are a senior bachelor student or a graduate planning to apply for Master of Science/Arts, consider taking the references 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 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. For the prerequisite about the reference letters, please visit Program Requirements.

If you are exempt for submitting reference letters, you can check the "not necessary" box in the online application form.

Applicants should enter the information regarding to the referees in online application form. The link for submitting reference letter will be sent to the e-mail addres of referee's. The link will be active for 24 hours, if the time limit passed the link will be expired. Applicants can check the status of references from the online application form.

5. Transcript:

Obtain transcript(s) (in English), notarized or attested, concerning your undergraduate and graduate study (in progress or completed, if any) you have undertaken.

Replicated by copying transcripts are not accepted.

Copy of  Student Affairs (Oibs 32 program )of transcripts are accepted for graduates of METU students.

To apply PhD, both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

You can upload jpeg and pdf versions of your transcripts to the online application system.

6. 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 upload pdf version of their intention letter to the online application system.

 7. Other:

Letter of Intent (LOI) is required for all COGS program applications. Additionally, COGS PhD applicants are required  abstract of  homework, project, publication, thesis related to Cognitive Science Department.(max 4 pages)

For Cyber Security Department, Applicants shoul send their CV/Portfolio via email.

Undergraduate Equivalence Certificate from HEC(YÖK) ( Required only for foreign students)

The documents requested in this section will be uploaded to the letter of intent in the application system.