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The master’s program with thesis consists of at least eight courses, including a seminar, with a total of 21 credits and not less than 120 ECTS, and a thesis study. In the master’s program with thesis, a maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be taken in an academic semester.
Doctoral program, at least seven courses, including scientific research techniques, research and publication ethics, with a total of twenty-one credits for students who have been accepted with a master’s degree with thesis and not less than 60 ECTS in an academic year, doctoral seminar . The course consists of at least 240 ECTS credits, including the proficiency exam, thesis proposal, and the field of specialization and thesis work. For students who have been accepted with a bachelor’s degree, it consists of at least 300 ECTS credits, including fourteen courses with at least forty-two credits, seminar and doctoral seminar course, proficiency exam, thesis proposal, specialization course and thesis work.
Regardless of the success in the courses in the master’s program with thesis, the student who completes the second semester must enter the thesis topic determined with his/her advisor to the Higher Education Council Thesis Data Entry System and have his/her advisor sign the output form obtained from the system. The form received from YÖK and the Graduate Education Institute Thesis Subject Proposal Form must be submitted to the institute directorate by the beginning of the third semester at the latest. Students who do not declare their thesis topic cannot enroll in the thesis management course.
The master’s thesis jury consists of three or five faculty members, one of whom is the thesis advisor of the student, and at least one of them is from outside the University. If the jury consists of three people, the second thesis advisor cannot be a jury member.
The thesis jury members meet within one month at the latest from the date the thesis is delivered to them and take the student to the thesis exam. The exam is held on the day, place and time determined by the head of the department. Jury meetings are not held with missing members. For the jury meeting that cannot be held on the announced day, the situation is determined in a minute and notified to the institute directorate, and a second meeting day is determined within fifteen days at the latest.
The Qualification exam is the measurement of whether the student who has completed the courses and the doctoral seminar has the basic topics and concepts in the field and the depth of scientific research related to the doctoral study. A student can take the Qualification exam a maximum of two times. The examination jury consists of five members, at least two of whom are outside the University, including the advisor. The proficiency exam is given in two parts, written and oral. A student who does not register for Doctorate Qualification and Thesis Proposal or Doctorate Qualification courses cannot take the exam to be held in the relevant semester and is deemed unsuccessful with the decision of the institute board of directors. A student who fails the proficiency exam registers for the Ph.D. Qualification and Thesis Proposal or Ph.D. Qualification course in the next semester from the department(s) in which he/she has failed, and is taken to the exam again in front of the same jury. The student who fails the second time is dismissed from the institute.
Thesis Monitoring Committee
For the student who is successful in the Qualification exam, a thesis monitoring committee (TMK) is formed within a month with the opinion of the advisor, the recommendation of the relevant department and the approval of the institute board of directors.
TMK consists of three faculty members. Apart from the thesis advisor, the committee includes 1 (one) member from within department and 1 (one) member from outside of department or from another higher education institution.
The student who is successful in the doctoral qualifying examination orally defends the thesis proposal, which includes the purpose, method and study plan of the research to be carried out, in front of the thesis monitoring committee, within six months at the latest.
The student submits a written report on the thesis proposal to the committee members at least fifteen days before the oral defense.
The student whose thesis proposal is accepted has to enter the thesis topic in the “Higher Education Council Thesis Data Entry System”, have the output form and the Graduate Education Institute Thesis Subject Suggestion Form signed by the advisor and submit it to the institute directorate by the beginning of the next semester at the latest.
A student who does not enter the thesis proposal defense for the second time or fails to do so is dismissed from the institute.
For the student whose thesis proposal is accepted, the thesis monitoring committee meets at least twice a year, until the end of the fall semester for the fall semester and until the end of the spring semester for the spring semester.
The student submits a written report in four copies to the institute, attached to a written petition, to be sent to the members of TİKA at least one month before the meeting date. If this report is not submitted, the student’s thesis study grade is given a fail grade by the decision of the institute board of directors.
A student who is found to be unsuccessful two times in a row or three times intermittently by TIK is dismissed from the institute.
At least three TIC reports must be submitted for the student’s thesis to be finalized.
A student in the doctoral program writes the results in accordance with the thesis writing rules and defends his thesis orally in front of the jury. The PhD thesis jury consists of five permanent faculty members, three of whom are faculty members in the thesis monitoring committee of the student, and at least two of them from outside their higher education institution, including the advisor, and at least three substitute faculty members, at least two from outside the university. In addition, the second thesis advisor can take part in the jury without voting rights. The members of the jury meet within one month at the latest from the date the thesis is delivered to them and take the student to the thesis defense. Students whose thesis is accepted are considered successful. This decision is reported to the institute by the EABDB within three days following the thesis exam.
The student, whose thesis is decided to be corrected, defends his thesis again in front of the same jury by making the necessary corrections within six months at the latest. A student who is found unsuccessful in this defense or does not submit his/her thesis is dismissed from the institute.