Doctorate

Graduate Programs and Exams

The Application to the programs in the Graduate School of Social Sciences will be made online in the link provided (https://oibs2.metu.edu.tr/Ms_Phd_Applications)

Applicants DO NOT need to deliver the required documents (hard-copies) to the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

 

You can get information about application to graduate programs from the web page of the Graduate School of Social Sciences under the "APPLICATION" menu.

 

Students applying for admission to our M.A. or Ph.D. program are required to take a written exam and an interview.  We have several versions of the interview: the interview given to the applicants of the M.A. program is different from the one given to the Ph.D. program applicants, and for each degree program we make up different interview for those students who have had formal training in philosophy and for those have not. Furthermore, the applicant in any category has the option to take the interview in English or Turkish. The interview designed for applicants without any formal background in philosophy does not contain questions on highly specific philosophical issues requiring a lot of knowledge of philosophy. On the other hand, the interview given to applicants who have majored in philosophy previously will be a little more demanding in terms of "philosophical knowledge"; nevertheless, they will be asked questions of a general nature, about issues which any philosophy graduate should know about.  Through the interview, the interview committee will try to sense if the applicant has any real interest in and serious intent to study philosophy, and of course, has the ability to finish the degree.  If you satisfy these basic requirements, you really don’t need to worry about getting admitted to the program. There is no scheme of preparation, no reading list or any "key to success" for the interview that the department recommends to applicants. We want you to come as you are...

Since English is the medium of instruction at the Middle East Technical University, applicants to any graduate program of the university are required to pass the English Proficiency Exam administered by the university. Applicants with adequate TOEFL or similar test scores don't have to take the English Proficiency Exam, and applicants who carry the passport of an English-speaking country are exempt from any such proof of proficiency in English.

In order to be admitted to any graduate program in a university in Turkey, students have to take the ALES. ALES is administered by a government organization twice a year. It is similar in nature to the GRE Aptitude Test, and it is in Turkish. Non-Turkish citizens are normally expected to take the GRE in place of ALES.


Required Documents for Application

Detailed information about required Documents which will be uploaded to the online application system:

 Application Fee Receipt

 English Proficiency Exams

 Graduate Exams

 Reference Letters

 Transcript

 Letter of Intention

 

Application Criteria

 

Degrees

 

Graduate Exams

 

English Proficiency Exams

 

Letter of

 

Intention

 

Reference Letters

 

cGPA

ALES

GRE

ODTÜ-İYS

TOEFL-IBT

IELTS

MA

(with Thesis)

EA 65

Quantitative

 685

 

69.5

 86

7.0

English

or

Turkish

 

2*

-

PhD

EA 70

Quantitative 708

 

75

 92

7.0

English

or

Turkish

 

2*

-

*Except from METU Philosophy graduates should submit.

All applicants are invited for an interview without a pre-evaluation.

Ph.D. Program in Philosopy

Compulsory Courses

PHIL 600 Ph.D. Seminar (3-0)3
PHIL 655 Research Problems in Philosophy of Science (3-0)3
PHIL 604 Prothesis Seminar NC
PHIL 699 Ph.D. Dissertion NC
PHIL 900-999 Special Topics NC

 

Elective Courses

PHIL 601 Special Issues in Epistemology I (3-0)3
PHIL 602 Special Issues in Epistemology II (3-0)3
PHIL 603 Special Issues in Philosophical Logic I (3-0)3
PHIL 610 Issues in the History of Turkish-Islamic Philosophy (3-0)3
PHIL 611 Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Knowledge and Value  (3-0)3
PHIL 612 Ethics and Political Philosophy in the Enlightenment (3-0)3
PHIL 621 Ontology and Philosophy of Mind I (3-0)3
PHIL 622 Ontology and Philosophy of Mind II (3-0)3
PHIL 623 Discourse Analysis of Philosophical Text I (3-0)3
PHIL 624 Discourse Analysis of Philosophical Text II (3-0)3
PHIL 627 Special Issues in Ontology I (3-0)3
PHIL 628 Special Issues in Ontology II (3-0)3
PHIL 630 Special Topics in History of Science (3-0)3
PHIL 631 Axiomatization of Scientific Theories (3-0)3
PHIL 632 Dynamics of Scientific Theories (3-0)3
PHIL 633 Foundations of Logic I (3-0)3
PHIL 634 Foundations of Logic II (3-0)3
PHIL 635 Studies in Ethics (3-0)3
PHIL 636 Studies in Political Philosophy (3-0)3
PHIL 637 Studies in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein I (3-0)3
PHIL 638 Studies in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein II (3-0)3
PHIL 640 Logical Foundations of Statistical Inference (3-0)3
PHIL 643 Basic Issues in Philosophy (3-0)3
PHIL 644 Current Problems in Philosophy (3-0)3
PHIL 647 Studies in the History of Philosophy I (3-0)3
PHIL 648 Studies in the History of Philosophy II (3-0)3
PHIL 650 Great Philosophers (3-0)3
PHIL 651 Studies in Metaphilosophy (3-0)3
PHIL 652 Historiography and Metahistory of Science (3-0)3
PHIL 653 Theories of Scientific Method (3-0)3
PHIL 654 Philosophy of Nature (3-0)3
PHIL 711 Special Assignments in Philosophy I (3-0)3
PHIL 712 Special Assignments in Philosophy II (3-0)3

 

Description of Courses in Ph.D. Program

PHIL 600 Ph. D. Seminar
PHIL 601 Special Issues in Epistemology I:
Study of the main issues connected with truth, belief, knowledge, skepticism, justification, reliability, coherence.
PHIL 602 Special Issues in Epistemology II:
A continuation of PHIL 601.
PHIL 603 Special Issues in Philosophical Logic I:
Application of Modal and Intentional Logics and the possible world semantics to the main issues of philosophy.
 PHIL 604 Prothesis Seminar:
A seminar to be given by each Ph. D. degree candidate related to his/her dissertation topic.
PHIL 610 Issues in the History of Turkish-Islamic Philosophy:
Special topics in Turkish and Islamic philosophy, and solutions offered by immanent philosophers.
PHIL 611 Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Knowledge and Value:
PHIL 612 Ethics and Political Philosophy in thr Enlightenment:
PHIL 621 Ontology and Philosophy of Mind I:
Logical analysis of ontological problems and main issues in the philosophy of mind.
PHIL 622 Ontology and Philosophy of Mind II:
A continuation of PHIL 621.
PHIL 623 Discourse Analysis of Philosophical Texts I:
Logical analysis of discourse, speech, acts, illocutionary logic, analysis of philosophical texts.
PHIL 624 Discourse Analysis of Philosophical Texts II:
A continuation of PHIL 623.
PHIL 627 Special Issues in Ontology I:
Ontological aspects of modal logic and possible world semantics.
PHIL 628 Special Issues in Ontology II:
A continuation of PHIL 627.
PHIL 630 Special Topics in History of Science:
Discussion of a particular topic or the works of a particular scientist in the history of science.
PHIL 631 Axiomatization of Scientific Theories:
Axiomatization of and logical reconstruction of the structure of physical theories.
PHIL 632 Dynamics of Scientific Theories:
Logical analysis of the evolution of physical theories.
PHIL 633 Foundations of Logic I:
Studies in the foundations of logical theories.
PHIL 634 Foundations of Logic II:
A continuation of PHIL 633. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
PHIL 635 Studies in Ethics:
In depth study of ethical concepts and theories.
PHIL 636 Studies in Political Philosophy:
Study of major problems in political philosophy.
PHIL 637 Studies in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein I:
Studies in Wittgenstein's later philosophy.
PHIL 638 Studies in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein II:
A continuation of PHIL 637.
PHIL 640 Logical Foundations of Statistical Inference:
The logical interpretation, the frequency interpretation and the subjective interpretation of probability calculus. Inductive logic and logical structure of statistical inference: a) The Bayesian approach and the logic of decision, b) The likelihood approach and the logic of support.
PHIL 643 Basic Issues in Philosophy:
Intensive discussion of the basic epistemological and ontological doctrines which have influenced the development of contemporary philosophy.
PHIL 644 Current Problems in Philosophy:
A continuation of PHIL 643.
PHIL 647 Studies in the History of Philosophy I:
Guided reading of basic texts, chosen from various ages of philosophical inquiry, primarily connected with each student's proposed area of specialization.
PHIL 648 Studies in the History of Philosophy II:
A continuation of PHIL 647.
PHIL 650 Great Philosophers:
In-depth study of the major work of a great philosopher.
PHIL 651 Studies in Metaphilosophy:
Investigation of the main problems concerning the end, subject matter and methods of philosophy.
PHIL 652 Historiography and Metahistory of Science:
Examination of the philosophies, methods and sources in the history of science, and their relations to the current state of scholar-ship.
PHIL 653 Theories of Scientific Method:
Views on the methods of mathematical and empirical sciences in the ancient wolrd; theories of scientific method since Renaissance.
PHIL 654 Philosophy of Nature:
Greek cosmology; the Renaissance view of nature; the modern view of nature.
PHIL 655 Research Problems in Philosophy of Science:
Identifying and examining the main problems at the frontier of philosophy of science.
Phil 711 Special Assignments in Philosophy I:
This course is designed as a remedial course for students who are divided to pass departmental Ph.D. Qualifying Examination under the condition that they complete two or more papers or other assignments on topics to be determined by the Qualifying Examination Committee. There will normally be no lectures or examinations in this course.
Phil 712 Special Assignments in Philosophy II:
This course is designed as a remedial course for students who are divided to pass departmental Ph.D. Qualifying Examination under the condition that they complete two or more papers or other assignments on topics to be determined by the Qualifying Examination Committee. There will normally be no lectures or examinations in this course.
PHIL 699 Ph. D. Dissertation:
PHIL 900-999 Special Topics: