Course Grades

ARTICLE 21 - (1) The principles regarding the letter notes are as follows:

a) The final grade for a credit course is determined by the lecturer of the course by evaluating

midterms and/or other assigned projects/homework during the semester, final examinations

and/or term projects.

b) The students will be given one of the letter grades listed below as their final score by their

instructor as the end of term course grade.

Score Course Grade Coefficient




























49 -0




c) For evaluations excluding the letter grades stated in the chart in article (b) above the below

given letter grades are used:





Satisfactory Completion




Successful Progress in Thesiis






for students who do not enter the exam


(2) To pass any course in a Master’s programme the student must receive at least a CC and at

least CB for doctoral programme.

(3) The grade (NA) is given to students who have failed to regularly attend courses or who

have not fulfilled the requirements of the course and this is processed as an (FF). The grade

(S) or (U) is given to students who are successful or unsuccessful in thesis, term project and

other non-credit courses. 'S' and 'U' grades are not taken into account in the calculation of

grade point averages. (G) is given to students who do not enter the exams and is processed as


Excuse and Leave

ARTICLE 22- (1) For the students' to be excused their medical reports taken from state or

private medical institution must be accepted by the Administrative Board of Graduate School.

Moreover, the Administrative Board of Graduate School decides the student to be excused in

case of natural disaster; death of parents, siblings, spouse and child or in case they have a

serious diseases and there is no one else to take care of if these conditions are proved with

documents. The students inform their excuses to the Graduate School and on condition that

they have medical reports they submit the reports to the Graduate School within three days at

the latest. The reports that are not submitted within the specified period are not accepted. In

excuses that exceed the period of 30% attendance the student should abide by the rules of

attendance. (2) The students can take a leave maximum for two semesters only under the condition that they have their excuse report notified by the Administrative Board of Graduate School. The

students cannot benefit the rights of students during the period they are excused.

(3) The students whose excuses or medical reports have been accepted by the Administrative

Board of Graduate School or students who have taken a leave cannot attend the courses or

take the exams or take the thesis defense exam during the period they are excused. If the

student attends courses and or takes examinations together with thesis defense they are


(4) During the time of the leave the rest of the leave may be canceled upon the acceptable

request of the student. However, if it is found that the request is not acceptable the Directorate

of Graduate School cancels the leave given and the period spent is counted as the programme


Disciplinary Actions

ARTICLE 23 - (1) Disciplinary status of the students is monitored in accordance with the

principles within the framework of Instruction Letter of Disciplinary Actions for Students

published on January 1, 1985 in the Official Gazette numbered 18634

Doctoral Programme - Duration of study

ARTICLE 45 - (1) Doctoral programme must be completed within eight semesters.

(2) The student who fails to complete all credit courses within four semesters is

dismissed from the programme.

(3) If a student who has completed the required course work, passed the doctoral

qualifying examination and whose thesis proposal has been accepted is unable to complete the

thesis work and take the thesis examination by the end of the eighth semester, he/she may be

given an extension of a maximum of four semesters for the thesis defence upon the

recommendation of the Department Chairperson and approval of the Graduate School

Administrative Board.

(4) In case of an advisor or thesis subject change, the elapsed time will not be added to

the student’s period of study.

Repeating Courses

ARTICLE 47 - (1) The student repeats the failed courses on the third or fourth

semesters of the programme. The student can take a maximum of four courses each repeated


(2) The student who fails credit courses must take them again the first semester they

opened. If the failed course is not offered the student must take a substitute credit course.

(3) The student failing the elective courses could either repeat the same elective or take

another elective course instead.

Course Examinations and Evaluation

ARTICLE 48 – (1) Students take at least one midterm examination for every credit

course they receive. Evaluation of homework in compliance with thesis writing guidelines

could also be graded as midterm examination. In order to be able to take the final

examinations, students need to get at least 60% on the midterm examination. Weighted

average value is calculated if there are more than one midterm examination. Students who do

not get at least 60% marks are not admitted to final examination and they repeat the course.

Midterm dates are set and announced by the instructors of the respective course within the

limits specified by academic schedule.

(2) Evaluation of homework written in compliance with thesis guidelines could also be

graded as final examination.

(3) Students need to get no less than 60% from the midterm examinations.

(4) Final grade is calculated as the weighted average of midterm and final examination

results. Final examination mark cannot be less than 75% of overall marks. Re-sit examination

will not be offered for the students who fail at the final examination.