Prospective Student-Department of Computer Science

The focus of Computer Science is the creation of computing processes that involve the storage, processing, transformation, representation in various electronic environments, transmission, and access to electronic information and data in computers. This discipline examines the efficient implementation, automation, and computational limits of algorithms and solution methods developed for these computations, addressing them through both theoretical and practical approaches.


While the theoretical aspect of the field encompasses areas such as Computing Theory, Algorithms and Data Structures, Computational and Coding Theory, Programming Languages, its practical side includes Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture and Engineering, Computer Graphics, Scientific Computing, Computer Networks, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Computer Security and Cryptography, and Software Engineering.


Recent technological advancements have brought fields like natural language processing, data mining, optimization, modeling and simulation, big data analytics, intelligent decision support systems, and bioinformatics into the forefront, constituting other significant areas of study within Computer Science.


Department of Computer Science


Established with the aim of providing education in specific theoretical and practical areas of computer science, our department was named Computer Science. The first Computer Science Department established under the Faculty of Science in Turkey is located at Dokuz Eylül University.


Distinct from traditional computer engineering education with a hardware-focused curriculum, the undergraduate program in Computer Science provides a 4-year education with a focus on software and applications to meet the increasing demand for specialists in both public and private sectors. Following the model of many Computer Science departments in the United States, Canada, and Europe, our program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in priority areas and topics such as Information Systems, Software Development, Statistical Analysis, Flexible Computing, Data Mining, Fuzzy Logic, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Smart Systems, and Operations Research, building upon the foundation in disciplines like Mathematics, Statistics, and Software Engineering acquired in the early years.


In addition to their coursework, students engage in various activities coordinated independently or with the guidance of faculty members through the Computer Science Student Community established under the umbrella of the Faculty of Science in 2012, working on projects related to Game and Modeling, Robotics and Embedded Systems, Programming Competition Teams, Web and Mobile Application Technologies, among others.


Why Computer Science?


The scope of Computer Science, unlike Software and Computer Engineering and similar disciplines, can be defined by three fundamental categories:


– Developing effective and efficient computing methods for solving complex problems and difficult tasks.

– Designing and adapting algorithms and software solutions most suitable for contemporary issues.

– Developing new methods and approaches in the use of computer and information technologies.


Computer Science graduates predominantly work in software systems-related fields, focusing more on software systems than electronic and computer engineers, who are more hardware-oriented. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics in 2015, the number of graduate students in Computer Science exceeded 6,000, while during the same period, fewer than 2,000 students received master’s degrees in Computer Engineering.



Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Computer Science @ Wikipedia

The State University of New York at Buffalo

National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education


What is the score type and how many students are admitted to the department?


A total of 62 students are admitted through the YKS exam’s SAY score type, with two of them reserved for the School’s First Place quota.


What score is sufficient to enter the department?


The minimum score and ranking for the department have increased every year, reaching 100% capacity in all admission years. In previous years, students have been admitted to the department with a ceiling score of 428. Before making your decision, you can review the guide published on ÖSYM’s website.


Is the language of instruction Turkish?


Yes, all courses in our department are taught 100% in Turkish. However, since the majority of the literature reflecting the resources used in the courses and the current developments in our field are in English, it would be more beneficial for our students to have a sufficient level of English for their education levels, to reinforce their education, and for their career goals.


Is it mandatory to attend a preparatory class or take an English proficiency exam?


No, neither is mandatory. However, students who wish to do so may take optional English preparatory training. However, according to Article 17 of the Foreign Languages School Application Principles changed in 2021, all students who want to take optional foreign language preparatory education must take exemption and/or proficiency exams. Based on the exemption and/or proficiency exam results of the students applying for the optional foreign language preparatory class, a ranking is made, and 50% of the applicants with the highest scores are accepted.


Where can graduates of Computer Science find employment?


With the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained during their education, graduates of our department can work as experts and managers in various sectors, especially in the fields of information technology, software development, information processing, research and development, and project management in both public and private organizations.


Furthermore, it is aimed that our graduates, in line with their specific interests, will have the infrastructure to continue independent scientific research in various academic institutions and establish pioneering and innovative companies that respond to changing societal needs.


Are there student dormitories near the campus?


Yes. Buca Girls’ Student Dormitory is located within the Buca Faculty of Education and has a capacity of 504 beds for female students; DEÜ Student Dormitory is located in Buca Şirinkapı Neighborhood and has a capacity of 760 beds for male students. Additionally, there are state dormitories belonging to the Credit and Dormitories Institution (KYK) and private dormitories operated by other institutions in Buca, where our campus is located, and other districts of Izmir.


How is transportation to the campus provided?


Public transportation provides direct or indirect access to the Tınaztepe Campus from various points of the city. There are direct bus lines to the campus from Bornova, Karşıyaka, and Fahrettin Altay Square, and Buca Şirinyer via the ring road (usually except during the summer). In addition, there are transfer bus services from various points of Izmir, especially starting from the transfer center at the North Entrance of the Tınaztepe Campus, including İZBAN Şirinyer station. Please refer to the ESHOT website for up-to-date information.


What opportunities do you offer for education abroad?


Within the framework of ERASMUS, MEVLANA, and FARABI student exchange programs, our department students can study for 1 or 2 semesters at foreign and national universities with which agreements have been made. Depending on the number of universities we have agreements with and the students’ requests, education and internship opportunities in Europe are increasing every year. You can find detailed information about our students or faculty members who have been in Spain, Germany, and Portugal from the Education/Exchange Programs page.


Do you have Master’s and Ph.D. programs?


Since the 2014-15 academic year, Master’s education has been provided in the Computer Science Department under the Fen Bilimleri Institute, with 30% of the courses being taught in English. Simultaneously, the Computer Science Ph.D. Program started in the academic year 2019-2020, entirely in English, under the University’s Fen Bilimleri Institute.