Design, Technology And Society Ma without Thesis

Application Requirements

NOTICE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applying by the appropriate deadlines ensures that your application will be considered for the relevant academic term and current research projects.

Deadline for submission of all application documents please click here.

*DTES program application requires a project proposal and student are strongly advised to contact  a faculty member they would like to work with for project design and proposal. Final date suggested to contact faculty members is provided above.

Application Instructions for the MDes (Non-thesis MA) Program

Please review and follow the instructions carefully. Applicants who do not observe the procedure completely will not be considered.

Please note that the evaluation may take approximately 2 months and start the process as early as possible.

  • ALES scores, or (for non-Turkish citizens) GRE scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation

1.Please carefully review the program website for announcements and information about ongoing projects. See this page for application requirements (e.g. standardized test scores, minimum GPA).

2. Contact the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to study, by specified deadlines.

3. If you are accepted as an applicant by the faculty member(s), please submit the documents listed below, observing the deadline for applications:

  • Document stating the approval of the project coordinator / faculty member (PDF format)
  • Link to online CV (web page or PDF file download)
  • Link to online portfolio (if applicable)
  • Official transcript
  • Proof of English language proficiency – TOEFL, ÜDS, KPDS, or IELTS
  • ALES scores, or (for non-Turkish citizens) GRE scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Application Requirements for MDes Program

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00
  • Proof of English language proficiency:
    • TOEFL: IBT min. 80, CBT min. 213, PBT min. 550
    • ÜDS: min. 87
    • KPDS: min. 87
  • Standardized tests:
    • ALES: min. 70 equally weighted (EA)
    • GRE: min. 685/154 Quantitative (for non-Turkish citizens)

Since graduates from the differing fields of design, engineering and social sciences will be accepted into the program, students are required to take the foundation courses listed below in order to prepare themselves for the interdisciplinary graduate program. Students who have taken these or equivalent courses at the undergraduate level or have obtained the program director’s consent will be exempt from taking these courses and can immediately start the MDes program. The courses listed below are available at Koç University for students who did not take them during their undergraduate education:

  • MAVA 205 Creative Thinking in Design
  • MAVA 337 Introduction to Programming for Design
  • MATH 202 Statistics for Social Sciences
  • SOCI 201 Scientific Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences / MAVA 307 Media Research Methods

The non-thesis MDes Program, with a graduation project, consists of a total of 10 courses, amounting to a minimum of 30 credits.

The length of the MDes program is one year.

Semester 1

  • DTES 501 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 Credits)
  • DTES 590 Seminar (0 credits)

Total: 15 cedits

Semester 2

  • DTES 544 Media and Visual Arts Project (3 credits)
  • Elective 5 (3 credits)
  • Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)
  • Elective 8 (3 credits
  • DTES 500 Diploma Project (0 credits)

Total: 15 credits

General Total: 30 credits