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Regulations on graduate education

REGULATIONS ON GRADUATE EDUCATION

 

Aim and Scope

ARTICLE 1

a) These regulations, prepared by the Interuniversity Council in accordance with Article 65 of Law No. 2547 govern graduate education at institutions of higher education.

b) Graduate education comprises the following programs: Master’s, Doctorate, and Competency in the Arts (in the relevant area of art).

 

Admission of Students

ARTICLE 2

a) Students are admitted to master’s programs taking into account their undergraduate level of achievement. Regulations passed by the senate of each university will stipulate: the manner in which scores on subject-specific entrance examinations and on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) centrally administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) as well as undergraduate grades will be evaluated; whether a foreign language examination will be required, and, if so, the required level of foreign language proficiency. In the overall evaluation of candidates, scores on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) will be alloted a minimum weight of 20 %.

b) In order to apply for a doctorate program, candidates must hold a master’s degree, or be graduates of a faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science, after having completed a program comprising a minimum of ten semesters, excluding preparatory classes, or, in the case of graduates of Faculties of Pharmacy or Science, hold a master’s degree or a certificate of specialization in a laboratory field issued in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Health. Students are admitted to doctorate programs taking into account their achievement at the undergraduate and master’s level. Regulations passed by the senate of each university will stipulate: the manner in which scores on subject-specific entrance examinations and on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) centrally administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) as well as grades obtained in undergraduate and master’s programs will be evaluated; whether a foreign language examination will be required, and, if so, the required level of foreign language proficiency. In the overall evaluation of candidates, scores on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) will be alloted a minimum weight of 20 %. Provisions concerning the admission to doctorate programs of students who have obtained master’s degree from a non-thesis master’s program will be determined by the senate of each university.

c) Students are admitted to Competency in the Arts programs taking into account their achievement at the undergraduate and master’s level. Regulations passed by the senate of each university will stipulate: the manner in which scores on subject-specific entrance examinations and on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) centrally administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) as well as grades obtained in undergraduate and master’s programs will be evaluated; whether a foreign language examination will be required, and, if so, the required level of foreign language proficiency. In the overall evaluation of candidates, scores on the Graduate Education Entrance Examination (LES) will be alloted a minimum weight of 20 %.

d) Procedures concerning the admission to graduate programs of foreign students and Turkish applicants residing abroad will be determined by the senate of each university or higher institute of technology.

e) Institutions of higher education will announce the names of the graduate programs to which students will be admitted, the documents required for application, the application deadline, etc. by means of newspaper advertisements. Students may be admitted, and such advertisements placed, prior to the beginning of each semester.

f) The Council of Higher Education, in consultation with the Ministry of National Education and the Interuniversity Council, will stipulate the common subjects to be included in the curricula with regard to graduate programs in the various areas of teacher training as well as the procedures to be followed with regard to admission, examinations, evaluation, and the degrees to be granted.

g) Research assistants who have been appointed by newly-established or developing universities or higher institutes of technology with the aim of studying for a graduate degree may, upon the proposal of the university or higher institute concerned, and the recommendation of the Board for the Training of Academic Staff and Researchers, be assigned by the Council of Higher Education to carry out their studies in the graduate program of a different university or higher institute of technology without being required to take an additional examination. The thesis projects of such research assistants will be supported by the Research Funds of their own university or higher institute of technology, on a priority basis.

 

Admission of Students to Academic Preparation Programs

ARTICLE 3

a) Academic Preparation Programs for master’s and doctorate programs may be opened to compensate for the deficiencies of the following categories of applicants:

Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than that of the master’s or doctorate program applied to,

  1. Applicants for a master’s program who hold a bachelor’s degree granted by an institution other than the institution applied to,
  2. Applicants for a doctorate program who hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree granted by an institution other than the institution applied to,
  3. Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a field other than that of the doctorate program applied to,

a) Students are admitted to Academic Preparation Programs in accordance with the conditions stipulated in Articles 2-a and 2-b.

b) Compulsory courses in Academic Preparation Programs will not be counted in place of courses required for completion of graduate programs. However, upon the recommendation of the department and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board, a student enrolled in an Academic Preparation Program may be permitted to take graduate courses alongside academic preparation program courses.

c)Each university senate will enact academic preparation program regulations concerning attendance, examinations, grades, requirements for passing courses, repeating courses, withdrawal, etc.

d) A student may be enrolled in an Academic Preparation Program for a maximum of one calendar year. This period cannot be extended, unless semester leave has been granted. The time spent by a student in such a program will not be included in the periods specified for master’s and doctorate programs in these Regulations.

 

Admission of Special Students

ARTICLE 4

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 department concerned, be admitted as special students.

Special students will not enjoy the rights and privileges granted to regular students. The admission of special students and other matters concerning such students will be covered by regulations to be enacted by the senate of each university.

 

Transfer

ARTICLE 5

The senate of each institution will enact regulations including provisions governing the transfer between programs in the same graduate school and the transfer from a graduate program at a different institution of students who have successfully completed at least one semester of graduate study.

 

 

Registration

ARTICLE 6

The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will stipulate the conditions under which a student admitted to a graduate program will be considered to have formally registered.

 

Course Examinations and Evaluation

ARTICLE 7

a) The credits assigned per semester to a given course are equal to the weekly lecture hours plus one-half of the weekly laboratory or practicum hours.

b) The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will stipulate matters concerning attendance, examinations, grading, requirements for passing courses, repeating courses, etc.

c) An institution of higher education may specify a minimum semester average or cumulative grade point average at the end of a particular semester as a precondition for continuing in the program enrolled in. A student failing to meet this condition will be dismissed.

 

Master’s Degree

ARTICLE 8

a) Master’s program may be of two types: those requiring a thesis, and those not requiring one. The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will specify the programs carried out by each graduate school department and whether each program requires a thesis.

b) Each institution of higher education has the authority to permit a student to transfer between a program requiring a thesis and one not having such a requirement in accordance with the provisions of the relevant regulations.

MASTER’S PROGRAMS REQUIRING A THESIS

 

Aim and Scope

ARTICLE 9

a) The aim of such programs is to enable students to acquire the ability to conduct academic research leading to the acquisition, evaluation and interpretation of information. Such programs consist of a minimum of seven courses, one seminar course, and a thesis, for a minimum of 21 credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must register for the thesis from their third semester onward, at the latest.

b) Students may register for a maximum of two undergraduate courses which they did not take as undergraduate students. Students may also take courses from other institutions of higher education, upon the recommendation of the department and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board.

 

Period of Study

ARTICLE 10

a) The period alloted to such programs is four semesters. The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will specify the procedures to be followed in the case of students who can graduate in a shorter period of time. A student whose performance is considered to be unsatisfactory as determined by the regulations can be dismissed prior to the completion of this period.

b) Students who have not passed all credit courses and the seminar course by the end of their fourth semester or whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum requirement will be dismissed from the institution concerned.

c) Students who receive failing grades from their thesis study in two consecutive semesters or three non-consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the institution.

d) Students who have passed all of their credit courses and their seminar course, but have not submitted their thesis by the end of their fourth semester, as stipulated by Article 10-a, and hence, have been unable to apply for their thesis defense, may, upon the recommendation of the department and the approval of the Graduate School Adminstrative Board, be granted an extension of a maximum of two semesters for the thesis defense.

 

Appointment of Thesis Supervisor

ARTICLE 11

a) By the end of the second semester of each student’s program, the department will propose a thesis topic and supervisor to the Graduate School, for each student enrolled in a master’s program requiring a thesis. The appointment of a thesis supervisor requires the formal approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board. When the nature of the thesis topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed.

b) A thesis supervisor must either hold a minimum rank of assistant professor, or be an instructor having the qualifications stipulated by the university senate concerned.

 

Submission and Defense of the Thesis

ARTICLE 12

a) A student enrolled in a master’s program requiring a thesis is required to submit his/her thesis in the format specified by the university senate and to defend his/her thesis orally before an examining committee.

b) Members of the examining committee are appointed by the Graduate School Administrative Board upon the recommendation of the department. The examining committee will consist of either 3 or 5 members, including the thesis supervisor and at least one member from a different department in the same institution or from a different institution. In the event of a three-member examining committee, the second joint-supervisor will not to be permitted to serve.

c) The student will defend the thesis one month after it has been submitted to the committee members, at the latest. The thesis defense consists of an oral presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

d) Following the thesis defense, the examining committee decides by absolute majority to accept, reject, or require revision of the thesis. Within three days after the thesis defense, the decision is submitted by the department to the Graduate School, in written form. A student whose thesis is rejected by the examining committee is dismissed by the institution. If the committee has required the student to revise the thesis, the student, after having made the necessary changes, will defend the thesis again before the same committee, within three months at the latest. If the committee does not accept the thesis after the second defense, the student is dismissed from the institution.

Master’s Degree

ARTICLE 13

a) A student who has passed the thesis defense, met all other requirements, and submitted at least three bound copies of the thesis to the Graduate School within one month will be granted the master’s degree, on condition that the Graduate School determines that the thesis is acceptable in terms of format.

b) The Master’s Degree Diploma will bear the official name of the master’s program completed and the title awarded, where relevant.

 

NON-THESIS MASTER’S PROGRAMS

 

Aim and Scope

ARTICLE 14

a) The aim of such programs is to enable the student to acquire in-depth knowledge in a professional field and to expand his/her awareness of how such knowledge can be used in practical applications. Such programs may also be carried out within the framework of Secondary Graduate Education. Such programs consist of a minimum of 10 courses and a non-credit semester project, for a minimum of 30 credits. The semester project will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must complete the semester project by the end of the semester in which they have registered for it, and submit the project in written form. Students enrolled in non-thesis master’s programs may be required to take a comprehensive examination at the end of the program, in accordance with the provisions of the regulations enacted by each university senate.

b) Students may register for a maximum of three undergraduate courses which they did not take as undergraduate students.

c) Members of the teaching staff are not permitted to enrol in non-thesis master’s programs.

 

Appointment of Adviser

ARTICLE 15

The department will appoint an adviser for each student to assist in the selection of courses and supervise the semester project. The adviser must either hold the minimum rank of assistant professor, or be an instructor having the qualifications stipulated by the university senate. Advisers will be appointed by the end of the first semester, at the latest.

Period of Study

ARTICLE 16

The maximum period of study alloted to such programs is six semesters. Students whose performance is considered to be unsatisfactory as determined by the regulations can be dismissed prior to the completion of this period.

 

Master’s Degree

ARTICLE 17

a) A student who has completed all credit courses and the semester project will be granted the Master’s Degree.

b) The Master’s Degree Diploma will bear the official name of the master’s degree completed and the title awarded, where relevant.

DOCTORATE PROGRAMS

Aim and Scope

ARTICLE 18

a) The aim of doctorate programs is to enable students to acquire the ability to conduct independent scholarly research, to interpret phenomena from a broad perspective, in an in-depth manner, and to determine the necessary procedures for arriving at original syntheses.

The dissertation to be prepared at the end of the doctorate program of study must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Introducing an innovation in a scientific/scholarly field
  2. Developing a new scientific/scholarly method
  3. Applying an already-known method in a new area.

a) Doctorate programs consist of a minimum of seven courses, for a minimum of 21 credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation.

b) Graduate courses may also be chosen from those offered at other institutions of higher education upon the recommendation of the department concerned, and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board.

c) Undergraduate courses will not to be taken into consideration in calculating the course load or the total credits for the doctorate.

d) Doctorate programs may also be designed in a manner which integrates components in Turkey and abroad. The procedures governing such programs will be enacted by the Council of Higher Education upon the proposal of the individual universities or higher institutes of technology and the approval of the Board for the Training of Academic Staff and Researchers.

 

Period of Study

ARTICLE 19

a) The period alloted for the completion of such programs is eight semesters. The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will specify the procedures to be followed in the case of students who can graduate in a shorter period of time. A student whose performance is considered to be unsatisfactory as determined by the regulations can be dismissed prior to the completion of this period.

b) Students who have not passed all credit courses by the end of the fourth semester or whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum requirement of the institution will be dismissed from the institution concerned.

c) Students who have passed all of their credit courses and whose dissertation proposal has been accepted, but who have not submitted their dissertation by the end of their eighth semester, as stipulated by Article 19-a, and hence, have been unable to apply for their dissertation defense, may, upon the recommendation of the department concerned and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board, be granted an extension of a maximum of four semesters for the dissertation defense.

 

Appointment of Dissertation Supervisor

ARTICLE 20

a) The department will propose a dissertation supervisor and a topic to be determined by the supervisor to the Graduate School concerned. The appointment of a dissertation supervisor requires the formal approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board. Regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will specify when supervisors are to be appointed in each program. However, the dissertation supervisor must be appointed by the beginning of the third semester, at the latest. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed.

b) A dissertation supervisor must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree.

Qualifying Examination

ARTICLE 21

a) The aim of this examination is to determine whether the student has in-depth knowledge of fundamental concepts and of concepts related to his study for the doctorate. This examination is held twice a year.

b) The senate of each institution will enact regulations which specify when students are to take this examination. However, it is compulsory for each student to take this examination by the end of the fifth semester, at the latest.

c) These examinations are organized and administered by a five-member standing Doctorate Qualifying Committee, proposed by the department and approved by the Graduate School Administrative Board. This committee can appoint examining committees to prepare, administer, and assess examinations in the various academic fields.

d) A minimum score of 60/100 on the Foreign Language Proficiency Examination for State Employees (KPDS) is a prerequisite for taking the qualifying examination. Non-Turkish candidates who are native speakers of the language required will take an examination in a different foreign language, or in Turkish. Such examinations will be prepared and graded by a three-member examining committee, of which at least one member will hold the minimum rank of assistant professor of the language concerned. The said examining committees will be appointed by the Administrative Board of the university concerned.

Doctoral candidates who fail to pass the aforementioned centrally-administered foreign language examination may be required to register in a preparatory foreign language program as specified by the senate of the institution concerned. Candidates who fail to pass the aforementioned foreign language examination after having completed such a foreign language program, which may be a maximum of one calendar year in length, will be dismissed from the institution. The time spent in such a foreign language program will not be included in the period specified for completion of a doctorate program.

e) The doctorate qualifying examination will consist of two parts: written and oral. The Doctorate Qualifying Committee will determine by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination, taking into account the findings of the examining committee and candidate’s performance on the written and oral sections of the examination. Within three days after the examination, the decision will be submitted by the department concerned to the Graduate School in written form.

f) Students failing to pass the examination will take the examination again in the immediately subsequent semester. If they fail again, they will be dismissed from the doctorate program.

g) The Doctorate Qualifying Committee may require candidates who have completed their courses and passed the qualifying examination to take one or more additional courses after their fourth semester in the program. In this case, the time limit specified in Article 19-b may be extended. Additional courses must be passed by the end of the sixth semester of enrolment in the program. If not, students will be dismissed from the institution.

 

Dissertation Supervision Committees

ARTICLE 22

a) Within one month of passing the qualifying examination, a Dissertation Supervision Committee will be appointed for each doctorate student, upon the recommendation of the department and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board.

b) Such committees will consist of three members holding the minimum rank of assistant professor. In addition to the dissertation supervisor, one member will be appointed from the department concerned and one from a different department. In the event of their being joint supervisors, the second supervisor may attend meetings of the committee.

c) In subsequent semesters, changes in the membership of such committees may be made, upon the recommendation of the department concerned and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board.

 

Defense of the Dissertation Proposal

ARTICLE 23

a) Within six months of having passed the doctorate qualifying examination, the student will orally defend a dissertation proposal before the Dissertation Supervision Committee. The proposal, to be distributed in written form to the committee members, at least fifteen days prior to the oral defense, will specify the aim, method, and plan of research to be conducted.

b) The decision, by absolute majority, as to whether to accept or reject the proposal, will be submitted in written form to the Graduate School by the department concerned within three days.

c) Students whose dissertation proposal has been rejected have the right to select a new supervisor and dissertation topic. In such a case, a new Dissertation Supervision Committee can be appointed. Students who continue with the same supervisor must pass the dissertation proposal defense within the subsequent three months, while those who change their supervisor and dissertation topic will be granted six months. Students, whose dissertation proposal has been rejected once again, will be dismissed from the institution.

d) Dissertation Supervision Committees for students whose dissertation proposal has been accepted will meet twice a year: once between the months of January and June, and once between the months of July and December. At least one month prior to each meeting, the student will submit a written report to the committee members summarizing the work so far completed and containing a plan for the work to be completed in the year ahead. The committee will decide whether the work completed has been satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Students whose work has been judged to be unsatisfactory at the end of two consecutive periods or three non-consecutive periods will be dismissed from the institution.

 

Submission and Defense of the Dissertation

ARTICLE 24

a) Students enrolled in a doctorate program are required to submit their dissertation in the format specified by the university senate and defend the dissertation orally before an examining committee.

b) Members of the examining committee are appointed by the Graduate School Administrative Board upon the recommendation of the department concerned. The committee will consist of five members, three of which will be the members of the student’s dissertation supervision committee, and at least one of which will be a staff member of a different university, holding a minimum rank of assistant professor.

c) The student will defend the dissertation, one month after it has been submitted to the committee members, at the latest. The dissertation defense consists of an oral presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

d) Following the dissertation defense, the examining committee decides by absolute majority whether to accept, reject, or require revision of the dissertation. Within three days after the dissertation defense, the decision is to be submitted by the department concerned to the Graduate School, in written form. A student whose dissertation is rejected by the examining committee will be dismissed from the institution. If the committee has required the student to revise the dissertation, the student, having made the necessary changes, will defend the thesis again, before the same committee, within six months at the latest. If the committee does not accept the dissertation after the second defense, the student will be dismissed from the institution.

 

Doctorate Degree

ARTICLE 25

a) A student who has passed the dissertation defense, met all other requirements, and submitted at least three bound copies of the dissertation to the Graduate School within one month will be granted the doctorate degree, on condition that the Graduate School determines that the thesis is acceptable in terms of format.

b) The Doctorate Degree Diploma will bear the official name of the doctorate program completed.

COMPETENCY IN THE ARTS PROGRAMS

 

Aim and Scope

ARTICLE 26

a) The aim of such programs is the creation of an original work of art, or, in the case of the performing arts (music, drama, dance), a superior creative production or performance. The areas in which competency in the arts programs can be opened will be determined by the Council of Higher Education upon the recommendation of the Interuniversity Council.

b) Competency in the arts programs consist of a minimum of seven courses and practicums, for a minimum of 21 credits, in addition to a thesis, exhibition, project, recital, concert, or stage performance.

c) Graduate courses may also be selected from those offered at other institutions of higher education, upon the recommendation of the department concerned and approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board.

 

Period of Study

ARTICLE 27

a) The period alloted for the completion of such programs is eight semesters. The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will specify the procedures to be followed in the case of students who can graduate in a shorter period of time. A student whose performance is considered unsatisfactory as determined by the regulations can be dismissed prior to the completion of this period.

b) Students who have not passed all credit courses and practicums by the end of the fourth semester or whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum requirement of the institution will be dismissed from the institution concerned.

c)Students who have passed all of their credit courses and practicums but have been unable to present their thesis, exhibition, or project by the end of their eight semester, as stipulated by Article 27-a, may, upon the recommendation of the department and the approval of the Graduate School Administrative Board be granted an extension of a maximum of four semesters for the defense.

Appointment of Supervisor

ARTICLE 28

a) The department concerned will propose to the Graduate School the appointment of supervisor for each student to assist in the selection of courses and practicums and supervise the thesis, exhibition, or project. Such appointments must be approved by the Graduate School Administrative Board. The regulations enacted by the senate of each institution will stipulate when such an appointment is to be made. However, it is compulsory that the appointment be made by the end of the fourth semester at the latest.

b) The supervisor is to be appointed from among academic staff members holding a minimum rank of assistant professor, or from among instructors having the qualifications stipulated by the senate concerned.

 

Submission and Defense of the Thesis, Exhibition, or Project

ARTICLE 29

a) A minimum score of 60/100 on the Foreign Language Proficiency Examination for State Employees (KPDS) is a prerequisite for completing the program. Candidates who are native speakers of the language required may be exempted from this examination. Candidates who fail to pass the aforementioned centrally-administered foreign language examination may be required to register in a preparatory foreign language program as specified by the senate of the institution concerned. Candidates who fail to pass this examination after having completed such a foreign language program, which may last a maximum of one calendar year, will be dismissed from the institution. The time spent in such a program will not be included in the period specified for the completion of the competency in the arts program.

b) Students are required to submit their thesis, or a written text elaborating upon and documenting their exhibition or project in the format specified by the university senate, and to defend it orally before an examining committee.

c)Members of the examining committee are appointed by the Graduate School Administrative Board upon the recommendation of the department. The examining committee will consist of five members, including the student’s supervisor. At least two of the remaining members will be selected from other institutions of higher education. Members are to be appointed from among academic staff members holding a minimum rank of assistant professor.

d) The student will defend the thesis or text one month after it has been submitted to the committee members, at the latest. The defense consists of an oral presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

e) Following the defense, the committee, in closed session, decides by absolute majority whether to accept, reject, or require revision of the thesis, exhibition, project, recital, concert, or stage performance. Within three days, the decision is to be submitted in written form to the Graduate School by the department concerned. A student who has failed the defense will be dismissed from the institution. If the student has been required to revise his/her work, the student, having made the necessary changes, will defend his/her thesis, exhibition, or project again before the same committee. If the committee does not pass the student after the second defense, the student will be dismissed from the institution.

 

Certificate of Proficiency in the Arts

ARTICLE 30

A student who has successfully completed all of the course requirements and passed the defense will be granted a diploma specifying the title awarded depending upon the particular area of the arts.

ARTICLE 31

Each university or higher institute of technology will enact regulations to govern those matters relegated by these Regulations to the decisions of the senate of each individual institution.

 

Regulations Revoked

ARTICLE 32

With the enactment of these regulations, the Regulations on Graduate Education published in issue no. 17830 of the Official Gazette, dated 6/10/1982, and the amendments thereunto, have been revoked. The rights of students who began graduate programs prior to the 1996-1997 academic year are reserved, with the exception of the foreign language requirement stipulated in these Regulations for the doctorate qualifying examination and the competency in the arts program.

PROVISIONAL ARTICLE 1

Students who were dismissed prior to the end of the 1995-1996 academic year in accordance with provisions of the revoked regulations will not be granted the right to benefit from the provisions of the current Regulations.

PROVISIONAL ARTICLE 2

Students who, on the date that these Regulations go into effect, are registered in a doctorate program and have not yet taken the qualifying examination or have taken it and failed, as well as those student who, on 1/7/1996 have not yet completed their fourth semester in a Proficiency in the Arts program, as well as those students who, at the end of this period, have not passed their credit courses and practicums, are subject to the provisions of these Regulations.

 

Programs for the Training of Secondary School Specialist Area Teachers

AMENDMENT NO. 1

Two types of programs may be organized for the training of secondary school specialist area teachers.

 

a) Combined Bachelors-and-Non-Thesis-Master’s Programs

Combined bachelor’s-and-non-thesis-master’s programs will be organized and carried out jointly by the faculty dealing with the specialist area concerned (specialist area faculty), faculties of education, and the department concerned. Students in the bachelor’s phase of such programs will take the first seven semesters of courses from the area faculty. Those students who pass all of their courses will take methodology courses and practicums from the faculty of education during their eighth semester. Students who pass these courses as well will be awarded a bachelor’s degree diploma specifying a major in the specialist area and a minor in education.

Students completing the bachelor’s stage of such combined programs will proceed directly to the non-thesis master’s degree phase of the program. Students who complete all of the requirements for graduation within a maximum period of two semesters will be awarded a master’s degree in the teaching of the specialist area.

 

b) Non-Thesis Master’s Programs

Programs will be organized for students holding a bachelor’s degree in subjects to be determined by the Council of Higher Education with the aim of training specialist area teachers for secondary schools.

The period of study required for such programs will be a maximum of three semesters. Students will be selected and placed in such programs in accordance with procedures and regulations to be enacted by the Council of Higher Education.

The requirements for admission to and graduation from combined bachelor’s-and-non-thesis-master’s programs as well as non-thesis master’s programs organized for the training of secondary school specialist area teachers and the procedures and regulations governing the functioning of such programs will be determined by the Council of Higher Education in consultation with the Interuniversity Council.

Entry into Force of the Regulations

ARTICLE 33

These Regulations will be implemented at institutions of higher education from the 1996-1997 academic year onward.

 

Implemention of the Regulations

ARTICLE 34

The provisions of these regulations will be implemented by the rectors of universities and higher institutes of technology.

 

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