NON-THESIS MASTER PROGRAM FAQ
- What is the content of the non-thesis master program ?
The non-thesis master program consists of at least ten courses and a term project. At least one course including scientific research techniques and research and publication ethics must be taken during graduate studies. The student is obliged to register for the term project course in the relevant semester and submit a written project and/or report at the end of the semester. The term project course is non-credit and is evaluated as successful or unsuccessful. (YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 8 (2))
- Can courses be taken from the undergraduate program?
A maximum of two courses can be selected from undergraduate courses provided that they are not taken during undergraduate studies. (YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 8 (3))
- What is the success requirement for the courses?
To be able to pass any course, a postgraduate (MA/doctoral/proficiency in art degree programs) student shall be required to score at least (B-). (YU Regulation on Postgraduate Education Article 24 (2))
- What is the maximum duration of the program?
The period of completion of the non-thesis master program is at least two semesters and at most three semesters, starting from the semester in which the student is enrolled to the program, regardless of whether or not s/he has registered for each semester. At the end of this period, students who fail or unable to complete the program are dismissed by the decision of the administrative board of directors. (YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 10 (1))
- When should my project advisor be appointed? How is the appointment process?
In the non-thesis master’s program,, the head of the department determines a faculty member or an instructor with a doctorate degree to advice in the selection of courses and the implementation of the term project, by the end of the first semester at the latest. When appointing instructors with PhD degrees as the project advisor, a direct relation between their PhD the project subject or at least two years of work experience in the program-related field is required. (YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 11 (1-2))
- Can the project subject and the project advisor be changed?
Upon the request of the student, the approval of the project advisor, the opinion of the head of the department and the decision of the administrative board of directors of the graduate school, the project title or subject may be revised. Upon the application of the student or the project advisor, the project advisor may be changed with the opinion of the head of the department and the decision of the administrative board of directors of the graduate school. (YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 11 (3))
- Who evaluates the project? What is the evaluation process?
Project work is carried out under the guidance and supervision of the advisor. At the end of the semester at which the student registers the term project course, the student has to submit a written project and/or report to the project advisor. The advisor evaluates the success of the term project course; marks it with either acceptance (S), rejection (U) or correction (I). The student, who gets (U) grade, registers the term project course in the following semester if s/he has not completed the maximum duration. The student, whose project is given correction grade (I), submits the revised project to his/her advisor within one month at the latest. The advisor gives the decision of acceptance or rejection for the revised project and forwards the result to the directorate of the graduate school. If the student, whose project is found to be unsuccessful and is rejected, has completed the maximum duration, s/he is dismissed from the program with the decision of the board of directors.
Students who successfully complete their courses with credits and term project are awarded a non-thesis master’s degree.
(YU Graduate Programs Procedures and Principles Article 12 (1))
- Is there a GPA requirement for graduation?
For students to graduate from any postgraduate degree program, their overall grade point average should be at least 3,00 out of 4,00. (YU Regulation on Postgraduate Education Article 24 (4))