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English Language and Literature MA Program

The MA program in English Language and Literature is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of literature from theoretical and comparative perspectives.  It is open to candidates who are proficient in English and have taken their BA degree in English Language and Literature, or to graduates of appropriate disciplines who demonstrate the ability for intensive literary study.  Coursework is conducted in seminars, and assessment is based on essays and/or a written examination. 

The core unit of the MA program, required for all students, consists of four courses.  Two are to be taken during the fall semester: Issues in Critical Theory I and Masterpieces of Western Literature, and the other two in the spring semester: Issues in Critical Theory II and Masterpieces of English Literature. Three elective courses and a non-credit seminar are also required.  While elective offerings vary by term, courses in both English Literature and Comparative Literature are offered regularly, including Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism, Shakespearean Drama, and Gothic Studies.  Those whose knowledge of English Literature is not considered adequate will be required to take preparatory courses at undergraduate level on a non-credit basis, usually for a period of up to two terms. The time thus spent will not be deducted from the maximum period for fulfilling the requirements of the MA degree.  Before beginning the thesis, students must complete the MA Seminar in English Literature.  Students must complete a total of 21 credits and submit an original research project of 20,000-30,000 words, usually by the end of the second year.

 

The Benefits of MA in English Language and Literature

For Candidates:

The purpose of our MA program is for our students to gain knowledge of the intellectual and cultural background of English and world literature, and to become equipped with the concepts and terminology used in the analysis of literary texts.  We train literature scholars who are able to communicate effectively, are successful in written and oral presentation, able to carry out interdisciplinary studies, creative, able to learn, self-confident and able to produce original ideas in their field.

For Graduates:

Our graduates can work as consultants in different fields related to Education, International Relations, Culture and Tourism, Banking and Commerce, Publishing and Management, ARGE projects, different consulates, private firms and companies.  They may also choose to follow an academic career, work as translators and copywriters, or train as teachers. Alternatively, due to their extensive and interdisciplinary education, they may proceed to Ph.D. programs in different fields of social sciences, which would enable them to have careers in a wide range of subjects in the private or public sectors.

Vision Mission

Vision and Mission

The mission of  the MA program in English Language and Literature is to provide students with an in-depth study of selected areas from literature, by employing, whenever possible, comparative perspectives. Our  MA program vision consists of training our students to become creative and open minded individuals. Its final objective is to graduate successful people who can get employment in various research and academic institutions, able to carry out valuable research at national and international level, and make overall positive contributions to science and humanity.

Terms Application

STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MA IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Specific Admission Requirements: The degree program is open to candidates who are proficient in English and have taken their BA degree in English language and literature or to graduates of appropriate disciplines, who demonstrate an ability for intensive literary study in a written examination followed by an interview given by the Department. Those, whose knowledge of English literature is not considered adequate, will be required to take preparatory courses at undergraduate level on a non-credit basis, usually for a period of up to two terms. The time thus spent will not be deducted from the maximum period for fulfilling the requirements of the MA degree.

 

Institute of Social Sciences requirements for the acceptance in the MA program:

  •  Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  •  For Research Master’s degree programs (Master’s degree programs with thesis), the minimum required ALES score is 55. (Test results older than five years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted).
  • For English language proficiency, the minimum required YOKDIL,YDS score is 55 and minimum required TOEFL score is 66 (Test results older than five years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted).

 

Specific Arrangement for Recognition of Prior Learning: A successful student who has completed at least half a year in the graduate program of a different higher education institution may be admitted to graduate programs by means of intrafaculty transfer.  Admission quota and conditions by means of intrafaculty transfer are agreed upon by the Senate.

 

Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 30 credits and submit a dissertation of 20.000 – 30.000 words. For students who have completed their M.A. education the grade point average has to be 2.50 for them to be able to graduate. Once the program is successfully completed and the program qualifications attained, graduate degree is achieved in the field of English Literature. 

Students who successfully complete education in the program they are enrolled, are given diplomas. The titles on the diplomas are decided by the Senate. Signatures of the Rector, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences are on the diplomas given at the end of graduate education, and those of the Rector and Head of Vocational College are on the diplomas given at the end of associate degree education. Students who have graduated with High Honours are granted a special document, beside the normal diplomas.

Bologna

Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 - 00:48
Prof. Dr. Martin Vialon from Carl von Ossietzky Oldenburg University Philosophy Department will be giving a webinar titled "Migration and Exile: Perfect to Whom the Entire World is a Foreign Land" with the participation of Prof. Dr. Mediha Göbenli Koç on 22 September 2021 Wednesday at 20:...
Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 12:18
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luminita Frentui from West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Letters, History and Theology will give an online seminar titled "Speech Acts" on 29 September 2021 Wednesday at 10:30. All interested students, academics and guests are kindly invited. Please click to reach the...
Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 - 16:23
2021 - 2022 Academic Year English Language and Literature MA Program's Entrance Exam will be held face to face on 13 September 2021 Monday between 10:00 and 12:00 in the Faculty of Fine Arts 4th Floor Classroom 403. The interviews will be held online on 14 September 2021 Tuesday, and...
Saturday, 22 May, 2021 - 17:06
Prof. Dr. Mediha Göbenli Koç will give a speech titled "Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat Alanında Örnek Bir Çalışma: Erich Auerbach, "Mimesis: Batı Edebiyatında Gerçekliğin Tasviri" in the online workshop that will be held by Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Art & Sciences, Department of...
Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 - 20:40
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barbara Dell'Abate Çelebi from İstanbul University's Department of Italian Language and Literature will be giving a speech titled "Italian Feminist Philosophy: 'The Thought of Sexual Difference'" on 27th May 2021 Thursday at 14:00 All interested students, academics and...
Saturday, 18 September, 2021 - 00:29
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adriana Raducanu's article titled - “The Unspeakable Mother?”: Re-Writing the Canon in Christa Wolf’s “Medea” - was published as a book chapter in Towards a Theory of Whodunits: Murder Rewritten, edited by Dana Percec.
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 16:14
Assoc. Prof. Catherine MacMillan's article titled "The Uncanny and the 'Great Return' from Exile: Unheimlich (Un)homecomings in Milan Kundera's 'Ignorace'" has been published by İstanbul University Press' Litera: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (Vol 31, No. 1...
Sunday, 20 June, 2021 - 17:43
Asst. Prof. Dr. Bahar Karlıdağ's new article titled "Joan Littlewood’s Post-Theatrical Engagements Beyond Theatre Workshop: A Comparison of the Original Fun Palace Project With the 2014 – 2015 Revivals" was published in Journal of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy, İstanbul University Press...
Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 12:47
  Prof. Mediha Göbenli Koç's article named "Representing Reality: Erich Auerbach's Concept of Memory" has been published by the İstanbul University Press. Please click to reach the İstanbul University page on the article. Please click to reach the article.  
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 - 16:09
Assoc. Prof. Adriana Raducanu's work named "The Unbearable Lightness of Memory: From Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to Jorge Luis Borges' Shakespeare's Memory" is published in the book Borges on Shakespeare edited by Grace Tiffany.
May 07

Papers from graduate students and instructors from different universities will be presented in our Conference on...

Apr 15

Assistant Prof. Barry D. Stocker from the Department of Human and Society Sciences in İstanbul Technical University...

Apr 04

Poets coming from different countries will share their poetry in Offline Poetry Festival.

Dec 13

German author Matthias Göritz will read from his latest novel, "Parker."

Gillian Alban from İstanbul Aydın University will give a talk about her new book "The Medusa's Gaze in Contemporary...