Graduate Program

The Turkish Language and Literature graduate program is a two-year long program (excluding the scientific preparation period in which prerequisite courses are taken by some students). The program consists of graduate courses of 21 credits, a non-credit seminar course and a graduate thesis. Along with the courses required by the department, students complete their graduate courses of 21 credits with departmental electives related to the areas they want to specialize in as well as courses on the humanities and social sciences given by other departments of the university. The first year of the graduate program is allocated for the courses; the second year is allocated for the thesis. In the Turkish Language and Literature graduate program, students take common courses from the areas of both old and modern Turkish literature. However, they choose their thesis subjects with a specialization in either old or modern literature.

Required Courses

In graduate program, 9 credits out of a total of 21 credits consist of required courses. Regardless of the area they want to specialize in, all students registered in the 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 other 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 depending on the area they want to specialize in. Other electives are the graduate courses opened by the humanities and social sciences departments of the university. Every student registered in the graduate program is expected to take some of these courses besides the departmental electives.

Remedial Courses

In addition to students from Department of Turkish Language and Literature, students who have completed other departments are accepted into the 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 
The graduate thesis process begins at the beginning of the third semester with the presentation of the dissertation proposal to the dissertation commission and its approval. The thesis commission can request changes to or a rewrite of the dissertation proposal. In such cases, the thesis proposal has to be presented again within one month. The dissertation proposal should be submitted to the thesis commission in printed form one week prior to the thesis commission meeting. 

Students will be informed about thesis proposal writing techniques via sample texts. The thesis proposal text should be 1500–2000 words, in left-aligned 12-point Times New Roman font with page numbers and headers, and the footnotes and bibliography should be written according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

Thesis Duration 
The second year of the graduate program is allocated for the thesis. As of the beginning of their third semester, students have to register for the thesis each semester. (If a student’s courses are not completed by 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 the duration of the thesis writing.) Students must defend their dissertations at the end of two years (excluding the preliminary preparation year). If considered necessary, additional time is given for corrections. There will not be any available additional time for students who have not begun or written at least half of their dissertations.







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 their second semester at the latest. The thesis jury will be determined by the department at the same time. Thesis writing is a process undertaken in collaboration with advisors. During their thesis writing periods, students have to meet their thesis advisors periodically, present the written parts to their advisors, and apply any 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 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 modern literature. In these seminars, students are expected to make a presentation describing the stage they have reached in writing their theses.

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

Submission of Thesis 
After the check by the editing office, the thesis should be submitted to the 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