Students with a master’s degree may apply to pursue graduate work toward a PhD degree in English. Applicants must take a written entrance exam and the successful candidates are then invited for an interview. The entrance exam tests applicants’ knowledge of critical theory, literary periods and genres. In order to be eligible, candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to engage intelligently with theoretical questions with reference to specific texts from different periods and genres. All students are also required to provide proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL/IELTS score or taking the Boğaziçi University English Proficiency Test (BUEPT).

PhD Requirements

Quota 10 (There is no quota for English preparatory class)
GPA 3.25/4.00
ALES Verbal: 55
GRE / GMAT ALES Verbal 55 or GRE Quantitative score of 149 and GRE Verbal score of 146 is accepted.
English proficiency BUEPT or
TOEFL 550, TWE 4.5 or
TOEFL (CBT) 213, TWE 4.5 or
TOEFL (IBT) 79, TWE 22 or
IELTS Academic Score: 6.5, Academic Writing Score: 6.5
YDS/ÜDS/KPDS Minimum required score of 55 or an equivalent of it accepted by YÖK.
Official Transcript An official undergradute transcript and an official graduate transcript are required.
Diploma A graduate degree diploma or a graduation document.
Those who have not graduated yet, must submit an official letter indicating that they are expected to graduate.
Student disciplinary record Required for applicants holding a degree from a university in Turkey.
Statement of Purpose Required
Reference letter Two letters
Other A sample article, consisting of 4000 words.
Departmental Exams
Contact Person Department Assistants
Phone: 0212-359 66 35
E-mail: asistors@list.boun.edu.tr