M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics

General

Program Description

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Bilkent University offers undergraduate and graduate courses that lead to B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for all departments of the university.

The department emphasizes both pure and applied mathematics. Research in the department covers algebra, algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, complex analysis, functional analysis, number theory, financial mathematics, differential equations, and dynamical systems, mathematical physics, and applied mathematics.

Graduate Programs

The Graduate Program of the Department of Mathematics at Bilkent University is among the leading mathematics research programs in Turkey. The normal duration of the program is two years for the M.S. degree and four years for the Ph.D. degree.

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs produce leading research mathematicians. Throughout both programs, there is a strong emphasis on supervised research towards a thesis. To provide a solid foundation for subsequent professional work, each program includes 7 courses based on lectures to small elite classes.

The aim of the programs is to develop students into mathematicians who can pursue original and creative research. The program emphasizes research in pure and applied mathematics. At present, research in the graduate program is focused on algebra, algebraic number theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, analytic number theory, complex analysis, functional analysis, non-linear differential equations, and general relativity.

Master of Science in Mathematics

Admission: All applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in mathematics, or in a related field of science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in areas other than mathematics may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in the field to acquire the necessary background. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. The expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

MATH Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level MATH coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Restricted Graduate Elective Courses: MATH 502, MATH 504, MATH 524, MATH 544

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

Admission: All applicants are required to have an M.S. degree with a thesis in mathematics, or in a related field of science or engineering. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters. The maximum duration is 12 semesters.

Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

MATH Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level MATH coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Restricted Graduate Elective Courses: MATH 502, MATH 504, MATH 524, MATH 544

International Students

The language of education is exclusively English. For life on campus, and to some extent beyond, English is entirely adequate. Introductory classes in Turkish are available but optional.

Scholarships

The Department provides comprehensive financial support for all graduate students throughout their studies, subject to satisfactory standing. The support includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, health insurance, office space, and on-campus accommodation. Additional merit scholarships are available for qualified students.

Housing

All students on the graduate program, whose home address is not in Ankara, are offered free accommodation, in two-person dormitory rooms for those on the M.S. program and single-person dormitory rooms for those on the Ph.D. program. Larger apartments and apartments for married students are available at an additional cost.

Health Insurance

The university covers the cost of private health insurance.

Location

Bilkent University is located on a pleasant campus outside of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Ankara, being in the center of Anatolia, is well-situated for coach visits to many locations of historic or cultural interest.

Application Process

  • Online Application Form
  • The deadline for Spring 2019 - 2020 Semester
    • International:15 November 2019
    • Turkish citizens: 13 December 2019
  • Interviews:
    • Interviews will be conducted;
    • International: 27-29 November 2019
    • Turkish citizens:25-27 December 2019
  • Submitted documentation must include: statement of purpose, university transcript, at least two recommendation letters, GRE or ALES scores, proof of English proficiency. Turkish nationals must supply ALES scores. International applicants are to supply GRE scores.
  • Visas for International Students: The duration of the visa application process varies from country to country. In some cases, the process may take up to 8 weeks.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and resear ... Read More

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and research institution has been developing and cultivating leaders since 1986. The Graduate School is comprised of motivated and dynamic academicians. The School provides up to date educational programs which equip students with valuable abilities and promote further study in transdisciplinary fields. The students are exposed to real-life projects and conceptual problem-solving techniques, as well as receiving traditional training in classrooms. Programs are designed to help students understand real-world circumstances, augment their cultural accumulation and contribute to the interaction between technology, science, and society. Read less