Master Program

Required Courses

In graduate program, 9 credits of a total of 21 credits consist of required courses. Regardless of the area they want to specialize in, all students registered for graduate program have to take them.


Elective Courses

Apart from the required courses, students registered for Department of Turkish Language and Literature graduate program complete their credits with departmental electives or electives. Departmental electives are opened by Department of Turkish Language and Literature for graduate students and they aim at in depth study. Students choose one of these courses according to the areas they want to specialize in. Other electives are the graduate courses opened by the social sciences departments of the university. Every student registered for graduate program is expected to take some of these courses besides the departmental electives. 

 Remedial Courses

Apart from the students from Department of Turkish Language and Literature, students who have completed other departments are accepted for Turkish Language and Literature graduate program. However, such students have to take preliminary preparation courses for one year. Remedial courses are determined by a graduate advisor who checks if the students have taken literature/culture courses and finds out which courses they are. Remedial courses are chosen among Department of Turkish Language and Literature undergraduate courses. Students can take graduate courses once they have successfully completed their preliminary preparation courses.



Thesis Proposal Presentation 
Graduate thesis process begins with the presentation of the dissertation proposal at the beginning of the third semester to the dissertation commission and itsapproval. Thesis commission can request the change of dissertation proposal and its being rewritten. In such cases, thesis proposal has to be presented within 1month.  Dissertation proposal should be submitted to thesis commission one week prior to the thesis commission meeting in print-out form. 

Students will be informed about thesis proposal writing techniques via sample texts. Thesis proposal text should be prepared in this form: 1500-2000 words, New Times Roman Font, 12 font size, aligned to left, including page numbers and headers, footnotes and bibliography written according to Chicago Manual 15th edition.

Thesis Duration 
The second year of graduate program is allocated for thesis. As of the beginning of the third semester, students have to register for thesis. (If courses are completed at the end of the first year, one or two courses can be taken along with thesis in the third semester. However, this does not affect thesis writing duration.) Excluding preliminary preparation yearstudents have to defend their dissertations at the end of two years. If considered necessary, additional time is given for corrections. There will not be any available additional time for students who have not begun their dissertations or written at least half of it. 







Courses + Dissertation



Thesis advisor

Thesis proposal (beginning of the semester)

Thesis seminar x 3



Thesis seminar x 3

Thesis submission (end
of semester)


Thesis Advisor and Thesis Jury 
Students have to choose their thesis advisors at the end of the second semester at the latest. Thesis jury will be determined by the department at the same time. Thesis is a process run in collaboration with the advisors. During their thesis writing periods, students have to meet their thesis advisors periodically, present the written parts to their advisors and apply the suggested changes and corrections.

Thesis Follow Up Meeting 
As of the third semester when students start their dissertations, they have to attend "thesis follow up seminars" within the scope of TKL 579 three times in a semester (October-November-December / March-April-May). Thesis follow up seminars will be supervised by two lecturers; one from old literature and the other from new literature. Students are expected to make a presentation explaining the stage they have achieved for their dissertations.

Thesis Format 
In the last stage of dissertations, students will organize their dissertations in accordance with Social Sciences Institute thesis spelling guide and the thesis format on the web page of Social Sciences Institute graduate thesis office (editing office). You can use the link below for more information.

Submission of Thesis 
After editing office check, thesis should be submitted to thesis jury three weeks prior to the defense date. Thesis defense dates are determined in accordance with the date range for each semester indicated on the academic calendar by Social Sciences Institute.


Short Guide for Those Who Have Been Accepted For Graduate Program

Short Guide for Those Who Have Been Accepted For Graduate Program (PDF)