Student Guidelines

GSSSH PH.D. Student Guidelines
Please read this general overview of tasks you will need to do to complete your Ph.D. Program:

Thesis Advisor
Appointed latest by 3rd Semester. Documentation for GSSSH:

Please use Form # 1 (see GSSSH Road Map). You can also use the same form if you need to change your thesis advisor or add a second advisor. You must bring the signed form to GSSSH once your Thesis Advisor appointment is signed by your advisor or if there are any changes.

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam
After you complete all your course requirements you will take the Ph.D. Qualifying exam.

  • –  Students with MA degree no later than 5th semester
  • –  Students with BA degree no later than 7th semesterPlease consult with your advisor and/or your program coordinators for the date and other details relating to the exam. All Qualifying exams are conducted in two parts ; written and verbal by Doktora Yeterlik Komitesi (DYK) / PhD Qualifying Exam Committee. This steering committee is appointed by the Department every three years and consist of five members (all from KU). If necessary DYK can delegate their right to conduct the exam to a Jury which can be minimum of three maximum of five members.Documentation for GSSSH:
  • –  Please use Form # 3 after your PhD Qualifying Exam (see GSSSH Road Map) You must also add your written exam copies and verbal exam report.
  • –  Please use Form # 2 if you need to form a jury (see GSSSH Road Map).
    You must bring all signed forms to GSSSH once your Qualifying Exam is completed.

Thesis Monitoring CommiteeThesis Monitoring Committee (Tez İzleme Komitesi) must be formed one month after your Ph.D. Qualifying exam and should consist of minimum three members (all members must be affiliated with a university or an academic institution and must at least hold an “Assistant Professor” tittle).

  1. 1-  Your thesis advisor
  2. 2-  Member from your department (From KU)
  3. 3-  Member from another University or another department at KU

In the case that you have co-advisors then your Thesis Monitoring Committee should have five members;

  1. 1-  Your thesis advisor 1
  2. 2-  Your thesis advisor 2
  3. 3-  Member from your department (From KU)
  4. 4-  Member from your department (From KU)
  5. 5-  Member from another University or another department at KU

Documentation for GSSSH:

– Please use Form # 4 (see GSSSH Road Map)
*You can also use the same form if you need to change a member in your Committee

You must bring the signed form to GSSSH once your Thesis Monitoring Committee is formed.

Thesis Proposal Defense
Must be defended to the Thesis Monitoring Committee within 6 months after passing the Ph.D.

Qualifying Exam

Documentation for GSSSH:

– Please use Form # 5 (see GSSSH Road Map) and attach the abstract of your proposal.

You must bring the signed form to GSSSH.

Thesis Monitoring Meetings

After the student’s thesis proposal is accepted, the Thesis Monitoring Committee meets twice a year, between January-June and July-December, to evaluate the thesis.

Documentation for GSSSH:

– Please use Form # 6 (see GSSSH Road Map) and attach the progress report of your thesis. You must bring the signed form to GSSSH.

Thesis Defense
Please see Graduation Checklist and Thesis Submission and Publication Form