The objective of the Philosophy Graduate Program, which has started education by the 2002-2003 Academic Year, is to provide the students with the possibility of specialising in one of the core areas of philosophy along with broadening their intellectual horizons through the courses they select outside their area of specialisation, and to enable them understand and analyse philosophical texts in their original language. The Department seeks to provide the students with best tools in terms of ancient, classical and modern languages, to be able to study history of philosophy and related areas as well as Continental Philosophy and the middle ground between Continental and Analytic Philosophy which tends to dominate current discussions in contemporary philosophy.
We aim to provide our graduate students with the best possible learning environment in which to pursue philosophical study and research. For that aim we are working in colloboration with the university library to make a wide range of philosophy books (translations and original copies), journals and online-databases available for our staff members and students for their research. Students are encouraged to attend the Philosophy Department Seminars (16.30 pm on Wednesdays during term), which provides an occasion to hear both external visiting speakers and internal speakers from the faculty. Yeditepe’de Felsefe: Philosophy at Yeditepe is our refeered annual year-book registered in the International Philosopher’s Index which is prepared by the faculty facilitates a communication with researchers in the field and offers our graduate students a valuable chance to partake themselves.
The Graduate Program is open to all students who have a BA degree either in Philosophy or in another discipline and who qualify in the written and oral examinations given by the Department of Philosophy. Students who do not possess a minimum score in one of the national and/or international English language examinations such as ÜDS (organised by ÖSYM, Turkey), TOEFL, or IELTS, or who fail in the examination given by the Preparation School of Yeditepe University have to attend the Preparatory School at Yeditepe University, in accordance with their English language levels for one to four semesters. The Remedial Program, which lasts a year, and which is not included in the official deadline for completing the Graduate Program, is compulsory for all students who have a BA degree in another discipline than Philosophy. To be able to get the M.A. degree in Philosophy, the students must take courses which add up at least to 21 credits (the courses taken in the Remedial year are not included) and must write a thesis dissertation which satisfies the requirements given in the regulations of Yeditepe University; and finally, must be successful in defending their dissertations.
The students are required to take four courses each semester two of which will be elected from at least one of the three areas of specialization:,
- Metaphysics/Epistemology/History of Philosophy;
- Logic/Philosophy of Science/ Philosophy of Language;
- Ethics/Aesthetics/Political Philosophy.
The graduate courses are bilingual (in both English and Turkish) and each course includes intensive seminar studies. Course evaluations are through research papers and/or written examinations.