She graduated from Marmara University, Department of International Relations in 1994. After completing her International Business education at London City Collage in 1995, she gave the ICM (Institute of Chartered Management) professional exams in the same field. She earned an MBA from the University of Leicester in 2000. In 2013, she completed her doctorate in the field of Contemporary History at Marmara University, Institute of Turkic Studies. Nurcan Özkaplan Yurdakul, who worked as a senior manager in private and public institutions at home and abroad between 1995-2018, is married and has two children.