APPLICATION / REGISTRATION

  • Application to Graduate Programs
    • Application Criteria for the Graduate Programs
    • Required Documents in Application 
    • When to apply and the important dates 
    • How to apply 
    • Starting on-line application 
    • What to do afterwards and for follow-up? 
  • Registration to Graduate Programs 
    • Important Dates
    • Registration of Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs
    • Registration of International Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs 
    • How to Register 
  • Post-docs 
  • Summer practice/Internship 
    • Application 
    • Campus facilitie

    Application to Graduate Programs

     

    Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) offers graduate (MSc. and PhD) degrees in the following fields: Marine Biology and Fisheries, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography and Marine Geology and Geophysics. These graduate programs invite students with the backgrounds in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, statistics, or in any related engineering department.

    Students having bacheolar degree can apply to a masters degree and studens who have masters degree can apply to doctorate degree.

    The Institute has four Graduate Programs in the fields of:
    Physical Oceanography

    • Meteorology & Development of ocean monitoring and forecasting network, data assimilation
    • Modelling of hydrodynamics and optical properties of the Turkish Seas
    • Coupled lower and higher trophic level ecosystem models
    • Climate variability and the likely impacts of climate variability on marine ecosystems
    • Investigation of causes of variability of the regional seas by remote sensing techniques

    Chemical Oceanography

    • Eutrophication monitoring, evaluation and modelling of the regional seas
    • Determination of particulate organic matter elemental composition and nutrient (N, P) distribution in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea
    • Impact of climate change on the carbon cycling of Mediterranean &   
    •  the Black Sea
    • Monitoring of organic and inrganic pollutants in terrestrial sources and coastal waters (water, sediment, biota)
    • Properties of eastern Mediterranean aerosols, source determination and environmental impacts

    Marine Biology and Fisheries

    • Fisheries and ecosystem relationships
    • The effects of climate change on sustainable living marine resources
    • Marine-protected areas, species under protection, conservation biology
    • Phytoplankton, zooplankton and ichthyoplankton dynamics, ecology and physiology
    • Primary production
    • Monitoring of the opportunistic species (esp. jellyfish, ctenophore)

    Marine Geology and Geophysics*

    • Morphological structure of the sea floor
    • Identification of late-Quaternary sea level changes in the eastern Mediterranean Sea
    • Determination of the active faults with acoustic methods

    *The thesis in Marine Geology and Geophysics programme will be conducted together with the co-supervising of the METU Geological Engineering Department.

    Application Criteria for the Graduate Programs

    Programmes

    Masters Application Criteria

    Doctorate Application Criteria

    Marine Biology and Fisheries

    • METU EPE = 65
    • ALES = 60 (equal weight)
    • B.S. GPA= 65/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)
    • METU EPE = 65
    • ALES = 65 (equal weight)
    • B.S. GPA = 70/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)

    Chemical Oceanography

    • METU EPE = 65
    • ALES = 60 (quantitative)
    • B.S. GPA = 65/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)
    • METU EPE = 65
    • Those who apply with a masters degree:
      • ALES = 65 (quantitative)
      • GPA
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)

    Marine Geology and Geophysics

    • METU EPE = 65
    • ALES = 60 (quantitative)
    • B.S. GPA = 65/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)

     

    • METU EPE = 65
    • Those who apply with a masters degree: 
      • ALES = 65 (quantitative)
      • B.S. GPA = 3.20/4.00 OR 82/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form) 

    Physical Oceanogaphy

    • METU EPE = 65
    • ALES = 60 (quantitative)
    • B.S. GPA = 65/100
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form)
    • METU EPE = 65
    • Those who apply with a masters degree:
      • ALES = 65 (quantitative)
      • GPA
    • Those who apply with an undergraduate degree:
      • ALES = 70 (quantitative)
      • GPA = 3.00
    • Reference letters
    • Letter of intent (to be placed inside the online appl. form) 
    • Written examination and oral interview

    METU EPE: METU English Proficiency Examination
     (For further details please see Equivalence Table)
    ALES: Turkish post-graduate examination (GRE scores are also valid in case of international students)
    GPA: Grade point average
    (Please visit Equivalence Table for GPA conversions for 100 and 4 system)

    Required Documents in Application

    In the application file,
    1- Application Form
    After filling out the application form  online, “Freeze” it and print it out as “Final Copy”. The print out should be signed as a photograph appended on. A “Working Copy” is not valid.  The print out of the application form will be submitted together with the other required documents in a closed envelope. Therefore, filling out the online form does not mean that you completed the application.

    2- ALES or GRE
    The copy of the exam result  should be presented. An applicant should have the minimum acceptable score from the exam to complete the application. It is not possible to apply by using any other exam. 

    3- Language Requirement
    A valid and acceptable English qualifying exam score is required.  Photocopy of the official exam result should be presented. The original copy is needed during the registration. No photocopy is necessary if you applied with METU-EPE (English Proficiency Examination). In such a case, application candidate number  should be provided.
    For further details please see Equivalence Table

    4- Transcript(s) (authorized by the university or notary)
    Obtain transcript(s) (in English), notarized or attested, concerning your undergraduate and graduate study (in progress or completed, if any) you have undertaken. If you have completed your study, you should obtain two copies of transcript(s). One copy is sufficient for application; the other copy is required during registration when you are accepted to the program.
    . METU students are not required to submit a METU transcript, but they should indicate their student ID numbers on their application form.

    5- Two reference letters
    For the application, two reference letters are required. The METU-IMS recommends you to take referees as follows; if you are a senior bachelor student or a graduate planning to apply for Master of Marine Sciences, consider taking the reference letters from two faculty members who best know your academic skills and experiences; if you are planning to apply for PhD program, consider taking one from your thesis advisor and the other from your thesis committee members or a faculty member who knows your academic skills and experiences. If you are working in any sector, you may consider taking reference letters from your boss or managers.

    A standard reference letter format can be found in the "References" link. Letters should be offered to the referees in two closed small envelopes. After filled out by the referees, the two envelopes must be sealed and signed on the adhesion line. The referee may request to send the letter directly to IMS. To prevent the delays, please inform the referees about the application deadlines. IMS is not responsible for possible delays.

     

    6- Bank Receipt of Application Fee :
    Application fee should be paid to the bank account or transferred and the bank receipt should be presented along with the other documents. Money order, cashier's check, cash money or any other payment type cannot be accepted. Application fee sent by such payment types are not accepted and these applications are considered incomplete.

    For each program applied a separate application fee should be submitted.
    Visit the Payment link for fees, tution and for bank accounts.
     
    Please visit Registar's Office for the problems you have with the application fee payment.

    NOT: Incomplete documents in application is not acceptable.
    When applying via mailing, all the documents should be sent to below post address inside an A4 sized or a larger sized envelope with your name, the name of the programme(s) you are applying for and the list of the documents you are sending written on it.
    Mailing adress:
    MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
    INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES
    P.O.Box:28, ERDEMLI
    33731 MERSIN / TURKIYE

    When to apply and important dates

    Application dates are scheduled on the Academic Calendar. In general, the application follow:

    • For Fall period (1st semester), during May
    • For Spring period (2nd semester), during December

    How to Apply

    The application should be done online.
    An e-mail address is required for application. If you do not have an e-mail address already, apply to e-mail address providers on the internet. Make sure that the address you obtain remains valid for at least 6 months.
    If it is the first time you apply for a graduate program, you have to obtain an 'application number' and an 'entry code' to proceed to on-line application. You can follow-up the progress of your application at the on-line application pages using your application number and entry code.
    It is highly recommended that you use Internet Explorer or Mozilla while filling out the form. When you click on the link of the Online Application Program, it is possible that you will receive a warning message. You can proceed by clicking on the “proceed anyway” icon.
    Online application form consists of 7 parts. Each part can be reached by clicking on the link provided. The print out of the application form will be submitted together with the other required documents in a closed envelope. Therefore, filling out the online form does not mean that you completed the application.When you finish application process, you should FREEZE the application after checking that all is correct and there is no omitted item, you should take a print out and stick your own photograph on it, after all you should bring/send it with other documents required so that they will be brought/sent before the last day of the application to the below address;
    ODTÜ DENİZ BİLİMLERİ ENSTİTÜSÜ, P.K.: 28, ERDEMLİ 33731 MERSİN, TÜRKİYE
    When your materials (if there is any missing document or procedure) are received by the Institute of Marine Sciences you will be notified about the receipt of your application within 7-10 days via e-mail. If you do not receive such an e-mail, after 15 days following the last date of your application, you should contact the METU-IMS by either of two means;
    Fax: +90 324 521 23 27

    e-mail: admin@ims.metu.edu.tr   

     

    Starting On-line Application

    By clicking the online application the application can be started. To obtain 'entry code' and 'application number' "obtain entry code" button must be clicked and the required information must be filled in. The personal entry code and application number provided for you will be sent by e-mail to you. Those numbers and e-mail should be kept confidentially for your security.

    1- Personal Information
    On the first page all personal information asked should be filled in the format shown. Unless designated otherwise, foreign applicants are needed to type their passport numbers to file named "TC Kimlik No". These information should be the same as given in Identification card/passport. If there is any change in personal information (i.e surname change) it should be notified. A permanent address should be given, since the results are sent to applicants by mail. (You can follow-up your application success via e-mailing to admin@ims.metu.edu.tr address).
    Middle section refers to Turkish citizens and therefore should be left blank by foreigners.
    2- Academic Information
    Enter the necessary information concerning the universities, institutes, and colleges etc. that were previously attended and are currently attending. Enter in chronological order starting with the most recent one. Specify dates of entrance and completion with degrees (B.S., M.S., certificates). If the program is not finished yet, give the intended date of completion.
    Cumulative GPA(s) for the programs should be entered, specifying the base-value (e.g., 3.70/4.00 or 73/100). If you are currently attending a program, specify your cumulative GPA on the basis of the last semester you have completed.
    Visit the equivalence table for 4 or 100 base-value:

     

     3-Graduate Examinations
    Applicants are required to submit score reports for the Graduate Exam(s): ALES (in Turkish) or GRE-General.
    The applicants who have applied for GRE-General have to make sure that their scores are forwarded to METU before the indicated last date of application (see section D). The Institution code for METU is GRE 0692-4. GRE score reports are valid for five years. ALES score repots are valid for three years.


    ALES

    Given in Turkey twice a year by ÖSYM. Dates of applications may vary, though generally it is within first half of October and first half of March. The exams take place in November and May respectively. To find out exact dates and where to apply for this exam contact ÖSYM http://www.osym.gov.tr/ phone:+90 312 298 80 00

    GRE

    Given world wide by Educational Testing Services based in USA. Computerized test is given within first week of application and the result generally requires a month, please link to http://www.ets.org/ (in Ankara,contact Turkish American Association Cinnah Cad. No 20 phone: +90 312 426 26 44)

    The equivalence table for ALES-GRE results, prepared by METU Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences according to the Turkish Council of Higher Education is given below:

    ALES

    GRE

    ALES

    GRE

    55

    610

    69

    694

    56

    618

    71

    699

    57

    625

    72

    703

    58

    633

    73

    708

    59

    640

    75

    713

    60

    648

    76

    717

    61

    655

    77

    722

    63

    663

    79

    726

    64

    670

    80

    731

    65

    678

    81

    736

    67

    685

    83

    740

    68

    690

    84

    745

    These scores are showing the approximate values. ALES and GRE weighted scores (averages and standard deviations) may vary by small amounts from year to year.

     


    4- English Examinations
    Applicants are also required to submit score report for an English proficiency exam approved by METU (TOEFL, METU-EPE, and IELTS). Applicants who have applied for TOEFL have to make sure that their scores should be forwarded to METU before the indicated last date of application (see section D). The Institution Code for METU is TOEFL: 0692-189. Score reports are valid for two years by the date you are applying.

    English Proficiency Exams

     

    TOEFL

     

    'Given worldwide by Educational Testing Services based in USA. Computerized test is given within first week of application and the result normally requires a month, please link to http://www.ets.org/ (in Ankara, Turkish American Association Cinnah Cad. No 20 phone: + 90 312 426 26 44).

     

    METU-EPE

     

    Given at METU Ankara by METU School of Foreign Languages. It takes place prior to beginning of each semester. Applications are generally in June, September, and EPE(İYS) January. Please link to METU Registrar's office
    (academic calendar ) to find out exact dates for application.

     

    IELTS

     

    Organized worldwide by 'British Council'. The find out details concerning when and how to take this exam, please contact British Council( in Ankara , Karum İş Merkezi 1. Kat Kavaklıdere, phone: + 90 312 4553600 British Council Turkey .

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Application without acceptable METU-EPE/IELTS/TOEFL score is not possible.

    NOT: If you are a masters or a doctorate student in METU and accepted for the same program or a different programme within the last four semesters, your past English scores are still valid for the application for a new programme.

    English Proficiency Scores Equivalence Table

    METU-EPE

    TOEFL İBT

    IELTS

    65

    79

    6,5

    70

    86

    7,0

    75

    92

    7,0

    80

    102

    7,5

    85

    106

    8,0

    90

    110

    8,5

    95

    119-120

    9,0

    * The scores for the exams in the table are valid for two years.
    5- Employment Information
    Any working-experience including Military Service will be indicated in the relevant field in the format shown on the pages.
    6- Program to be applied
    The desired program or department to be applied should be selected. The specific area of interest under the major fields of research (physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, marine biology and fisheries, marine geology and geophysics) can be added in detail if necessary.
    7- Reference Letters
    Two reference letters are required for the application  If the applicants are being undergraduate students, reference letters can be taken from the lecturers who know them well

    • If the application is for doctorate, one of the reference letters must be taken from the master's supervisor, the others must be taken from head of MS jury or one of the jury members
    • If the candidate is working in a period of time the reference letter can be taken from the boss or head

    NOT: Please click for a reference letter example.
    8- Letter of Intention
    The letter of intention should include a short CV and the background related to the applied department, the awards, the scholarships, meetings, publications. The letter of intention should be in on-line application form. If the given space is not sufficient the applicants can use extra pages.
    9- Source of Support
    Indicate the source of financial support for the duration of your program. If you have a scholarship or supported by an institution, attach a letter indicating the amount and duration of the support. The cost including tuition fee and other expenses ranges from $6,000-10,000 per annum, so the support whether in the form of scholarship or otherwise should be sufficient to cover these expenses for the duration of the program.
    METU at the current time can not provide research assistantship or other financial assistance to foreign students due to legal rules related to foreigners. However Ph.D. students might be entitled to tuition waiver for their assistance in teaching.
    10- Checking the Information
    Having finished the session(s), use "CHECK" button to see that all the information is correct and no item is omitted/missing. If the form is in its final form, "FREEZE" the form. Please note that no further input/editing is possible once the FREEZE button is used.
    After 'Freeze' the application by using 'Print' button (or using internet browser; file-print), a clear print-out of 'Final Copy' must be taken. A photograph must be affixed on it and the last page must be signed. This signature on the Final Copy means that the information both on the print-out and on the online version on the computer are the same and accurate. The information on the print-out and on the online version must be exactly the same. For this reason, no changes must be made on the print-out.

    For each program applied a separate file should be submitted.

    What to do Afterwards and for Follow-up

    The application results are announced (accepted/rejected) at the www.ims.metu.edu.tr website under ‘Announcements’ page within the respective dates.

    Registration to Graduate Programs

    Important Dates

    For fall semester 2012-2013;


    September 12-18, 2012

    The period to submit the required documents for registration for the students newly accepted to graduate programs

    September 19-21, 2012

    Interactive Registration and Advisor Approvals

    September 21, 2012

    Last day to pay tuition fee without fine

    October 1-5, 2012

    Add-Drop, and advisor approvals

    For spring semester 2012-2013;


    February 4-8, 2013

    The period to submit the required documents for registration for the students newly accepted to graduate programs

    February 11-13, 2013

    Interactive Registration and Advisor Approvals

    February 13, 2013

    Last day to pay tuition fee without fine

    February 25-March 01, 2013

    Add-Drop, and advisor approvals

    Check the dates in the link Academic Calendar.

     

    Registration of Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs

     

    Registration Place :Registrar's Office
    Required Documents For Registration:

    • Tuition fee receipt
    • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma
    • Original and copy of transcript (except for METU graduates)
    • Original and copy of ALES/GRE/GMAT
    • Original and copy of English Proficiency Result. Those who took METU English Proficiency Exam can get their scores from : https://oibs2.metu.edu.tr/~oibs/Epe_Results/
    • ID Card Fee (smart card) (15 YTL) receipt (The fee can be paid any of the banks in the campus)
    • 6 photos (Male students should appear beardless and female students should appear without headscarf, without any cover on head and neck, in their photos). Photocopies are not accepted.

    Registration of International Students Newly Accepted to Graduate Programs

    Registration Place:
    International Students’ Office President's Office, Entrance Floor, Z18
    Tel: 0 (312) 210 34 14/ 4181.
    e-mail: oidb@metu.edu.tr

    Required Documents For Registration:

    • Tuition fee receipt (http://www.oidb.metu.edu.tr/english/payment.html)
    • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma
    • Original and copy of Bachelor's/ Master's Diploma translations (if they are not in English).
    • Original and copy of transcript (except for METU graduates)
    • Original and copy of transcript translation (if they are not in English)
    • Original and copy of ALES/GRE/GMAT
    • Original and copy of English Proficiency Result. Those who took METU English Proficiency Exam can get their scores from : https://oibs2.metu.edu.tr/~oibs/Epe_Results/
    • Copy of Passport identification page and student visa page. Passports should be with you during registration. Students who live in Turkey should give the photocopies of the first seven pages of Student Residence Permit (instead of Student Visa). It is not possible to register without a student visa or a valid Residence Permit.
    • ID Card Fee (smart card) (15 YTL) receipt (The fee can be paid any of the banks in the campus)
    • 6 photos (Male students should appear beardless and female students should appear without headscarf, without any cover on head and neck, in their photos). Photocopies are not accepted.
    • Information about health insurance: All international students (except for the scholarship students) will be insured by the Republic of Turkey, Social Security Instituition (SSI). Students should pay about 100 TL monthly to SSI after the completion of their registration.

    How to Register

    Students Who will Register to Their Program for the First Time:
    After submitting the required documents, students should decide which scientist to study with. Student and the scientist (which then will be the advisor of the student) should reach an agreement to work together in the future. Then, the student with his/her adviser decide the courses he/she must take. After this, they should make interactive registration. Interactive registrations will be done by using http://register.metu.edu.tr  URL address. During registration, please do not open more than one screen at one time. Doing so may cause to loss of information or the program may fail to register the courses.

    Students Continuing Their Program: Students are supposed to renew their registration each semester within the registration period announced in the Academic Calendar. Registration renewal is composed of during the processes below:

    • Tuition fee payment
    • Interactive registration
    • Advisor approval

    Note: Registration program will be open to access out of the campus only after 14:00 on the first day of registration.

    Important Note: In case of one of the processes (Tuition fee payment, Interactive registration, Advisor approval) is incomplete, the student will stay in “not-registered” status. The students who have not completed their registration in the Registration period will not be able to register in the Add-drop period. These not-registered students can apply to the Administrative Committee of the relevant unit until the last day of the Add-drop period (they should also indicate and prove their excuse) for a registration renewal. Those whose excuses are accepted by the Administrative Committee allowed to renew their registration; and others, whose excuses are not accepted, will stay not-registered and lose their student status. The ones who have lost their student status due to incomplete registration may be allowed to register for the next semester by the decision of the Administrative Committee of the relevant unit, for only once, with the condition of the payment of tuition fee of the not-registered semester with fine. In such a case, the lost period in the not-registered semester is counted for the education period.”

     

    For more detailed information visit registration page.

    Post-doctoral research

     

    The Institute of Marine Sciences offers opportunities to all scientists around the globe to pursue a post-doctoral research in the field of oceanography. The post-doctoral positions in the Institute of Marine Sciences are competitive and require strong experience and knowledge in the field of marine sciences. Applications for post-doctoral researcher positions are accepted all year round and applicants should contact with the concerning scientists in their respective field of research directly. When available, post-doctoral positions may be announced at the announcements page of the institute’s web site.

    Summer practice/Internship

     

    Institute of Marine Sciences, METU, provides internship opportunities for the enthusiastic undergraduate students who would like to gain some background and experience about marine sciences.

    Institute of Marine Sciences is a graduate school under Middle East Technical University, conducts research under four major areas. In each area of research, IMS-METU studies different properties of the marine environment. The scientific research are supported by national and international project fundings. Reasearch is held through theoretically and practically, both in the laboratory environment and on the scientific research vessel possessed by the institute.

    METU-Institute of Marine Sciences offers internship opportunities twice a year, in the summer and winter periods, to the undergraduate applicants. The successful applicants are welcome to extend their knowledge in the area of their interest.
    The interns can attend their practice in the following major fields;
    Physical Oceanography
    Chemical Oceanography
    Marine Biology and Fisheries
    Marine Geology and Geophysics

    Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences accepts interns twice a year.

     

    Internship periods

    Application dates

    Winter period

    January – February

    15 September - 30 November

    Summer period

    June –  July

    15 February - 30 March

    Following evaluation of internship applications during December (for the winter period), and applications during April  (for the summer period), the applicants are informed about the success of their application.

    Application

    Applications should be done in two ways,
    1. Applicants should write a letter either personally or by the internship commission of their own institution which states their will to attend winter/summer practice. The letters should be sent to IMS-METU mail address as: 
    Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Deniz Bilimleri Enstitüsü, PK.28, 33731 Erdemli – Mersin
    2. Applicants should send a fax to 0 324 5212327 and state their will to attend a summer/winter practice in IMS-METU.

    Campus Facilities

    Housing
    The applicants should supply accommodation by themselves. IMS-METU is not responsible for housing.

    Work hours
    The applicants should respect that, in weekdays, the working hours are from 08:30 to 17:30. Between 12:00 and 13:00 is the lunch break.
    Catering
    In week days, there is lunch service at the institute’s cafeteria. The food is charged.
    Transportation
    Interns can use the institute’s service in the morning (from Mersin to institute) and at night (from institute to Mersin).
    NOT: The internships that the institute offers are free of charge and the institute will not pay any salary in return.