Application Requirements for PhD Program

Ph.D. Studies in City and Regional Planning (Turkish)/ Ph.D. Studies in City and Regional Planning (English)

The City & Regional Planning Ph.D programs are applied, comprehensive, and professionally-based. It They are open to students with high standards of academic achievement who wish to pursue careers in city and regional planning.

The curriculum is a 240-credit program. The curriculum requirements include eight core (compulsory and elective) courses including a compulsory course on Methods in Scientific Research and Ethics and a seminar, proficiency exam, thesis preparation course, thesis writing course, a thesis and a scientific publication derived from the thesis study.


Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning program are expected to:

  1. Have earned a master's degree from an accredited university.
  2. Demonstrated academic excellence by earning at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average in master’s degree work.
  3. Show evidence of motivation, maturity, work ethic, academic excellence, and intellectual ability through references (2 letters required).
  4. Submit an self-authored intention letter of 2-3 pages to demonstrate understanding of, and areas of interest in, city and regional planning from the perspective of their career and educational objectives, through the statement of purpose.
  5. CV/Resume
  6. We require an ALES exam score of at least 55 points and foreign language proficiency score of 60 from a valid exam (KPDS, ÜDS, YDS, e-YDS, YÖKDİL or other exams that ÖSYM accepts).

Applicants from other background requirements for classified standing requirements may be admitted on a conditionally classified basis, depending on the results of an individual analysis of their applications.

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