This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008

This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008


This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008.


11.0 Implementation


This policy is implemented by the This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 Rector of Işık University.



^ GUIDELINES FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION

These guidelines are an abridged version of the Regulations for Graduate Education published in the Official Gazette on 30.11.2005 and the accompanying Senate Rules.

These This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 rules and regulations apply to students entering the graduate programs in Fall 2005 or later. Earlier students are subject to the rule and regulations prepared by the Interuniversity Council

Graduate Education includes the following This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 programs: Thesis and non-Thesis Master’s Programs and Doctoral Programs.

Graduate education at Işık University is conducted in English.

Admissions

Applications for graduate study can be submitted twice a year This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 to the Registrar’s Office for programs beginning in the fall and spring semesters. Calls for application and application deadlines are announced before the beginning of each semester.

Candidates for This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 graduate degree programs must have completed an undergraduate degree or be registered as a fourth year student in a recognized institution of higher learning. Students who do not yet have an undergraduate diploma This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 may be accepted conditionally to a graduate program (The student’s official acceptance to a graduate program is contingent on the submission of a graduation document or diploma and original transcripts to This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 the Registrar’s Office by the application deadline). Applicants to doctoral programs must have a graduate or undergraduate diploma. Undergraduate degree holders applying for doctoral programs must have a minimum Grade Point This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 Average (GPA) of 3.25/4.00.

Applicants for graduate degrees may simultaneously apply to more than one graduate program, but must pay a separate application fee for each application.

Students applying to graduate This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 programs must demonstrate proficiency in English. The minimum acceptable scores for English proficiency are: 70 for ÜDS, 550 for TOEFL (old) 213 for TOEFL (new), 7.0 for IELTS (all parts). Students without these proficiency documents must successfully pass This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 the Işık University English Proficiency Exam.

Applicants to graduate programs must score a minimum of 45 standard points on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES, ^ Lisansüstü Eğitime Giri This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008ş Sınavı) administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), or 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or 610 on the quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Işık University charges tuition for its graduate This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 programs but students who have been awarded a Graduate Scholarship may qualify for a partial or full tuition waiver.

Applicants to master’s programs must provide the following documents:

Applicants will be notified This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 during the admissions process whether they have been admitted to the thesis or non-thesis master program.

The following documents must be submitted for admission to doctoral programs.

Admission to the Academic Preparatory Program

Students who have degrees in a different area of study than the graduate degree to This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 which they are applying can enroll in the Academic Preparatory Program. The required courses in the Academic Preparatory Program cannot replace any of the courses of the graduate program involved. Students spend a This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 maximum of one calendar year in the Academic Preparatory Program.

Continuation of graduate studies after completion of the Academic Preparatory Program is contingent on a minimum GPA of 2.50/4.00.

Admission of Special This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 Students

Graduates or students of an institution of higher education who wish to expand their knowledge of a given subject can, with the approval of the relevant department, be admitted as special students This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008. Special students do not enjoy the rights and privileges granted to regular students.

Like regular students, special students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency but are not permitted to register in thesis. Of This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 the courses taken by special students a maximum of two may be transferred with credits if the students are accepted as regular graduate students.

Transfer Students

A student who has successfully This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 completed at least one semester in any graduate program at Işık University or at another institution of higher learning may be admitted as a transfer student. Transfer students must demonstrate proficiency in This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 English.

Transfer students must bring at least six credits from the institution where they started and must have a GPA of 3.0/4.00. Transferred credits, however, may not exceed half of the This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 total credits of a graduate program in Işık University.

Assessment

Instructors in each course will evaluate graduate students with one of the letter grades below:

Degree of success Grade Weight

Outstanding AA This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 4.00

Outstanding-Good BA 3.50

Good BB 3.00

Satisfactory-Good CB 2.50

Satisfactory CC 2.00

Fail F 0.00

Pass P

Thesis in progress TP

Incomplete I

Not present in the final exam NP

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 2.50/4.00 for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from Işık University.

Students who fail a core required course in the graduate program twice in a row will be dismissed from Işık This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 University. Students receiving a grade of “F” twice in a row, or a total of three times will be dismissed from Işık University.

Master’s Programs

Transfer between Thesis and non-Thesis Master Programs This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008

Transfer between thesis and non-thesis programs at Işık University will be at the discretion of the relevant department and must be officially decided on by the Executive Board This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008. Students admitted on full scholarship to thesis programs may not transfer to non-thesis programs. A student in a non-thesis graduate program who wishes to transfer to a graduate thesis program must apply This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 in the first three semesters of study, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00, and a faculty member must agree to be his/her thesis advisor.

^ Thesis Programs

During their thesis program, graduate students This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 are permitted to take at the most two undergraduate courses, as long as these courses were not part of an undergraduate degree. Thesis programs are to be completed in four This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 semesters. Additional two semesters may be granted under special conditions. A student may complete a thesis program in three semesters at the earliest, as long as one of these semesters includes registration in thesis This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008.

Students who are unable to complete their courses successfully in four semesters with a cumulative GPA 3.00/4.00 will be dismissed from Işık University.

Non-Thesis Programs

During their non-thesis program, graduate This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 students are permitted to a maximum of three undergraduate courses, as long as these courses were not part of an undergraduate degree. Non-thesis programs must be completed in six This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 semesters, with a cumulative GPA 3.00/4.00, at least. A non-thesis program can be completed at the earliest in two semesters, provided the student has registered one semester for the term project.

Doctoral Programs

Students admitted This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 to a doctoral program with a master’s degree have eight semesters to complete their doctoral programs. Students admitted with an undergraduate degree are given ten semesters to complete their doctoral This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 program. The earliest acceptable completion is in five semesters, on the condition that the student has registered for thesis for at least two semesters.

Doctoral students may not get credit for This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 undergraduate courses. Students who are unable to complete their courses successfully in four semesters with a cumulative GPA 3.00/4.00 will be dismissed from Işık University.

The Doctoral Qualifying Examination consists of a This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 written and oral examination to evaluate students' skills and knowledge of research in the field of interest. Qualifying Exams are held twice a year, in the fall and spring semesters.

Students who This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 have completed their courses and have a GPA of at least 3.00 may apply to take the Doctoral Qualifying Exam. Students must take the Qualifying Exam by the end of the fifth semester This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 at the latest.

Taking the Doctoral Qualifying Exam is contingent on a successful performance on the Foreign Language Exam. Foreign nationals are to be tested in languages other than their mother tongue This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008, or in Turkish. If a student fails the Qualifying Exam, he/she can retake the exam the following semester, but a second failure on the Qualifying Exam will result in dismissal This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 from the program.

A Thesis Supervising Committee of three faculty members is appointed after the student’s successful completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Exam. Aside from the thesis advisor, the committee typically includes a This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 departmental faculty member and a non-departmental member. The graduate student must defend his dissertation proposal orally in front of the Thesis Supervising Committee. The dissertation proposal should discuss research goals, methodology This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008, and include a plan of how the research will be conducted. Thesis Supervising Committee continues to meet twice a year to monitor the progress of the graduate student after the proposal has been This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 accepted and evaluates the student’s progress report as “passing” or “failing”. Failure on the dissertation progress reports twice in a row or a total of three times will This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 result in the student’s dismissal from Işık University.

Doctoral students must defend their dissertations orally in front of a Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The Doctoral Dissertation Committee consists of five members, three This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 of which are the members of the student’s Thesis Supervising Committee, and at least one is a faculty member from another higher education institution. Graduation from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 is contingent on the publication or acceptance for publication of at least one article in a journal cited in the Expanded Science Citation Index.



1 Işık literally means “light” in This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 Turkish, which was substituted for “feyziye” which literally means “lux”, and both concepts connote “illumination” or “shedding light”, providing for progress, and modernity. Thus the FMV and its Işık schools claim This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 solid ties with modernization and Kemalist perspective of stressing science or the “1ight of science” in the human progress of Turkey.

i The scholarships of students who cannot complete their Preparatory School programs This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 will be withheld. When these students complete the Preparatory School program and start their majors, their scholarships will be restored.

Admission scholarships and rates for the Faculty of Fine Arts are This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 determined based on the aptitude test.

In order for scholarships to continue, a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) should be above 2.0. Therefore scholarship students whose GPA fall below 2.0 at the This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 end of a semester are warned and given a semester to raise their GPA above 2.0. At the end of that semester the scholarships of the students who have raised their GPA to above 2.0 will continue This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008. If the GPA of the student is still below 2.0, then the scholarship will be abolished. If those students whose scholarships have been abolished raise their GPA’s to above 2.0 in This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 following semesters, their scholarships will be restored. The duration of the scholarship cannot exceed a total of five years, including the English Preparatory program. (one year for English Preparatory School program, four years for This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 Faculties.) . The duration of the scholarship for students of Dual Major Programs (DMP) is six years including English Preparatory School Program. Non-educational leaves of absence are not taken into account This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 for the maximum duration of scholarships. Summer school fees are reduced for scholarship students in proportion to their scholarships.


ii Should students fail to complete the Preparatory School program their tuition This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 fee reductions will be abolished. Those students whose reductions have been abolished are re-granted the reductions if they achieve to complete the Preparatory School program and start their majors.

In This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 order for reductions to continue, a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) should be above 2.0. Therefore scholarship students whose GPA fall below 2.0 at the end of a semester are warned and given This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 a semester to raise their GPA above 2.0. At the end of that semester the reductions of the students who have raised their GPA to above 2.0 will continue. If the GPA of the student is This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 still below 2.0, then the scholarship will be abolished. If those students whose reductions have been abolished raise their GPA’s to above 2.0 in following semesters, their reductions will be restored This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008. The duration of the scholarship cannot exceed a total of five years, including the English Preparatory program. (one year for English Preparatory School program, four years for Faculties.) . The duration of the This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 scholarship for students of Dual Major Programs (DMP) is six years including English Preparatory School Program. Non-educational leaves of absence are not taken into account for the maximum duration of reductions. Summer school This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 fees are reduced for scholarship students in proportion to their reductions.


iii The duration of the scholarship cannot exceed two academic years for graduate programs and four years for Ph.D. programs This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008. For scholarship students attending the Scientific Preparatory program, these time limits do not apply until they begin their graduate program. The GPA should be 3.0 or more for the scholarship to continue This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008; the GPA is allowed to drop to 2.75 for one semester. In case of failure at thesis stage, the scholarship may be abolished by the Executive Board of the Institute, after consulting the This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 student’s thesis advisor and the Head of the Department. For students with full scholarships there is an obligation to work for four hours a week for duties assigned by the Head This policy was amended and finalized at the Senate meeting 2008-99, dated 15.08.2008 and approved at the Board of Trustees meeting no.12, dated 27.08.2008 and comes into effect as of 01 October 2008 of the Department. In order for the scholarship to continue, these duties must be fully carried out.


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