Admission Requirements

Application periods can be found in the Academic Calendar of Sabanci University website. Applicants who submitted their application documents (see below) are invited to a pre-assessment exam which will be conducted in Tuzla campus. The objective of the exam is to assess the applicants’ backgrounds on topics such as elementary Linear Algebra/Calculus, Probability, and introductory Statistics and to evaluate their overall interest in the area of Data Science. Basic concepts considered for the scope of the exam (but not limited to) can be summarized as follows:

Linear Algebra
  • Vector operations
  • System of linear equations
  • Matrix operations

  • Partial differentiation and the chain rule
  • Maxima, minima, and constraints

  • Basic and conditional probability concepts
  • Random variables and probability distribution functions

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Inferential Statistics (point estimates and confidenceintervals, hypothesis tests)

Based on applicants’ credentials in the application documents and their exam performance, suitable candidates are invited to a personal interview. Admissions are finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and are announced to the applicants. 

1 Online Application A print-out of the completed Application Form
2 Program Application Form DA Program Application Form
3 Official Transcript Must be issued and sealed by the Student Resources/Affairs of the applicant's university indicating the courses and grades taken.
4 Statement of Purpose Document explaining your objectives and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in the field of DA.
5 Curriculum Vitae (CV) Candidates must submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (resume).
6 Photograph One recently taken photograph 
7 Two Letters of Recomendation

The letters of recommendation could be submitted by the referencers online or mailed by the applicant in a sealed envelope.

8 Degree Requirements

An undergraduate degree is required in order to apply for a graduate program. The applicant should have an undergraduate or a graduate diploma in order to be admitted to a graduate program.

Applicants must have completed their previous degree programs by the enrollment date for the Fall Term at sabanci University.

9 English Proficiency Exam Result  TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): Min. score 78 
PTE Min. score 48
CAE  Min. score B
CPE  Min. score C
YDS Min. score 65

Candidates must obtain a satisfactory score in the Sabancı University English Language Assessment Examination (SU-ELAE).

*ELAE exam is composed of 3 parts: Grammar, Vocabulary and Writing. The grammar and vocabulary sections make up 50% and the writing section makes up the remaining 50% of the overall grade. The exam is free. When your application has been accepted by the institute, you are automatically registered for this exam. You will be informed of the date, time and location of the exam and its result at a later date by the institute.   

English Proficiency Exam Result

As the instruction language at Sabancı University is English,  any of the above English Proficiency Exam results with a score equal to or above the minimum will be sufficient for application. Scanned copies are acceptable for the application period, but the originals should be submitted during the admission process. 

Test dates must be within:

  • 2 years for TOEFL, PTE
  • 3 years for CAE, CPE 
  • 5 years for e-YDS, YDS and YÖKDİL

of the candidates's official application date to the degree program.

According to the updated YOK (Turkish Higher Education Council) Legislation;

Equivalency of IELTS, TOEFL-PBT and TOEFL-CBT exams is not accepted by YOK (Turkish Higher Education Council) any more; and these exams will not be valid for Graduate Program registrations.

If the international exams, of which equivalency is accepted by YOK and which are accepted for Graduate Program registrations by Sabancı University, are taken in Turkey; these exams have to be taken in a State University building

Applicants who do not submit a valid English Proficiency Exam score (fulfilling all other requirements) can only be admitted to a graduate study on the condition of obtaining a satisfactory score from the Sabancı University English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) which will be run right after the final application deadline (see Academic Calendar for dates).

Graduates of Sabanci University are exempt from submitting an English Proficiency Exam score provided that they apply within two years following their graduation.


ALES (Graduate Admission Test for Turkish Universities), GRE or GMAT Score is not required for Non-thesis Master’s Degree programs. 

Your registration will be completed upon the approval of Turkish Higher Education Council regarding the equivalence of the last graduated higher instution and the course of study. 

Application Address:

Applicants need to upload scanned copies of their documents to the online system. Following the online application, candidates must submit an application package which includes the originals of the documents which are uploaded to the online system. This package could be submitted in person or sent via mail to the Department of Student Resources. Please note that print-out of the completed application form should also be added to the application package. The packages sent via mail must arrive at the department by the application deadline. Applications sent via e-mail will not be accepted.

  Adres Sabancı Üniversitesi Öğrenci Kaynakları Birimi, Orta Mahalle, Üniversite Cd. No:27, Tuzla, 34956 Istanbul 

  Telefon 0 (216) 483 90 93 

  Faks 0 (216) 483 90 73