Q1. Is work experience required for the MBA program?
Work experience is highly desirable for admission to the MBA program; however it is not a formal requirement. Relevant work experience can compensate for a lower CGPA or ALES or GMAT or GRE scores.

Q2. Is a GMAT score required for application to the MBA program?
No. You can also apply with ALES or GRE scores.

Q3. Can I work while participating in the MBA program?
Yes. A large portion of our students chooses to work while they are in the Bilkent MBA program.

Q4. Is there a minimum cumulative grade point average to apply for the MBA program?
We invite applications from all candidates holding B.S. or B.A. degrees from various fields and there is no minimum GPA requirement. However, a low GPA must be compensated for by a high ALES or GMAT of GRE score or work experience to qualify for admission.

Q5. What is the minimum score to apply for the MBA program?
The minimum ALES score for applications is 55 EA or equivalent GMAT or GRE scores. Admission to the program is highly competitive. The average GMAT equivalent score for the entering class of 2016 was 610.

Q6: If I retake my standardized test (e.g., GMAT, GRE, ALES), will you take the latest or the highest score?
We accept the highest score that you have achieved on the test, so if you wish to try and improve upon your existing score before you apply, there is no reason not to do so.

Q7. What is the interview about?
The goal of the interview is to assess the applicant’s suitability for an MBA program and potential to be an executive. The interview lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and it is conducted in English. Normally interviews are conducted on campus. However, we may schedule interviews via skype for international applicants.

Q8. What scores do I need to receive a tuition scholarship?
There is no fixed number of scholarships and there are no minimum requirements for a scholarship. We emphasize that scholarships are competitive and depend on the entire applicant pool. On average, at least a third of an incoming class receives scholarship. Tuition scholarships are available at four different levels: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%.

For the Innovation and Technology Start Up Career Track, we have a special portfolio of scholarships starting from 75%. For detailed information and Early Assesment opportunities, please contact Associate Dean Emre Berk, eberk@bilkent.edu.tr.

Q9. When will I know whether I am admitted?
We process applications as they arrive. You can expect a phone call or an e-mail within two weeks of your application advising you on the next step.

Q10. Is it possible to apply for student dormitories?
Yes, MBA students can apply for dormitories. Foreign students are guaranteed a dormitory slot. For dormitory fees click here.

Q11. What are the rules/regulations?
All MBA, MSc and PhD students are subject to the rules and regulations of Bilkent University, Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (ESBE).