FAQ for Informatics Online MS Program

ION Non-Thesis Master of Science Program


Who can apply:

Graduates of any discipline (engineering, management, basic sciences, etc.) who are willing to acquire expertise in the field of information technology and systems are candidates for this program. Admission to the program will be based on the Academic Rules and Regulations for Graduate Programs of Middle East Technical University. Acceptance of the students to the program will be based on TOEFL/ IELTS / METU English Proficiency Exam scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, and recommendation letters. ALES exam is not required from the applicants of ION Program according to current regulations.


When to apply:L

ION program accept applications each year both for spring and fall semester. Fall and spring semester applications are accepted in the preceding semester. Deadlines are announced at the academic schedule on the METU Registrar's Office web page.


Click here to access academic calendar.

Click here to access application info.



At the beginning of each term, students will pay a tuition fee based on the number of credit hours they register in that term. The tuition fee rate per credit hour is 400 TL (it is determined by the university at the beginning of every semester with minimal increase rates and announced from the following link:


How often should students appear on METU campus:

Personal appearance of students on campus will be required two times every term (one is review/midterm meeting on-campus during a scheduled mid-semester weekend, and the second one is at the end of the term for final exams and seminars). Details of these meetings are announced in advance.


M.Sc. Degree Requirements:

Students are expected to complete the program in 6 terms (at most). Course requirements are as follows:

(*) 5 core courses (3 credits each)

(*) 5 elective courses (3 credits each)

(**) Term Project (1 term, non-credits)

(**) Graduate Seminar (1 term, non-credit)

(*) Courses will cover fundamental and current concepts of information technology and systems in depth.

(**) Each students is required to complete a Term-Project and present it in seminar on campus.



Graduate students are dismissed from their programs for the following reasons:

  • If a student's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the first semester is less than 1.50.
  • If a student's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the second and following semesters is less than 2.00.
  • If student has a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) less than 3.00 at the end of 6 semesters.
  • If the graduate student does not complete the program within the period.


Academic Rules and Regulations Concerning Graduate Period of Study, Examinations and Assessment

Directive for the Secondary Master's Non-Thesis Program:



ION Special Student Program


What is Special Studentship:

The University offers a special students program for students who want to take a limited number of courses to improve their knowledge. (It is possible to include such courses for the program, if you are planning to apply for the program in the future.)


Who can be a Special Student:

Special students may be admitted to the University under the following condition: Applicants must contact the instructor and chairperson of the related department in order to be admitted to the course.

Applications will be made to the Registrar who will refer the matter to the chairperson of the related department.

Special students are not accorded any of the rights recognized to regular full time students of the University, nor are they awarded any degree or diploma. The number of courses for which they can register is determined by the chairperson of the related department.

Foreign students must hold a valid student visa and residence permit to be registered as a special student.


How to Apply as a Special Student:

All correspondence concerning admission as special student should be addressed to:

Middle East Technical University Registrar's Office 06531


For further information:


Special Student Fees:

The same fee policy based on credit hours is also for special students (as described above for regular students).