Master Program in Philosophy


Programme Profile

The main goal of the program is to provide the students with the main skills about preparing a pertinent and well structured philosophical research on a philosophical theme, notion or problematics and to provide an advenced level of education on the history of philosophy and systematical philosophy. The master’s program in philosophy aims to provide students with the philosophical background which will enable them to apply for a PhD program in philosophy.

Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this program are awarded the Master’s Degree in philosophy.

Level of Qualification

This is a Second Cycle program.

Access Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle) in any discipline; ALES (Academic Personel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) score of minimum 65 (Equally-weighted score) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Quantitative Section score of minimum 660 (152 points according to the new scoring system); Galatasaray University French Language Proficiency Examination score of minimum 70 or ÜDS (Interuniversity Board Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 70 in French or KPDS (Public Service Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 70 in French. Also the candidate has to succeed in the oral and written entrance exams for Master’s Program which are organised by the philosophy departement.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The students who have successfully completed the required compulsory and elective courses (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.75 out of 4.00, and a master’s theses (60 ECTS) obtain The Master’s Degree in Philosophy.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 Demonstrate that they are able to successfully navigate the historical and disciplinary branches of philosophy and different philosophical approaches, showing knowledge of the breadth and depth of the discipline.
2 Demonstrate how to locate a particular topic within its relevant larger philosophical context.
3 Use conceptual frameworks including epistemological, metaphysical, ethical, and other philosophical specializations.
4 Explains the history or genealogy of ideas and concepts.
5 Display acuity and expertise in logical reasoning and philosophical analysis.
6 Demonstrate the ability to effectively navigate both the library and online research tools. Locate and evaluate relevant scholarly books and articles. Distinguishes between primary and secondary sources.
7 Display the ability to communicate complex arguments and concepts effectively, both orally and in writing. Present arguments in a clear and straightforward manner. Clearly identifie and communicate central ideas.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

To meet the needs of the universities for qualified academic staff, the students who have successfully completed the Master’s program in philosophy may pursue their academic career for doctoral programs. In addition, the graduates of the program will find the opportunity to use their philosophical background and foreign language skills in publishing and translation companies; and also they may work for public institutions, printed and visual media.

Access to Further Studies

The students graduated from this programme may apply to doctorate (Third Cycle) programs.

Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance


For each course taken, the student is given one of the following letter grades by the instructor:


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A student who has received a letter grade of “AA”, “BA” or “BB” in any course is considered successful. Students who have received a grade of “CB” or “CC” are also considered successful provided that their cumulative grade point average is at least “2.75”. The letter grade “F” indicates “Fail”. The grade “BL” is given to a student who successfully completes the seminar or the Master’s Thesis, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for the seminar or the Master’s Thesis. The letter grade “IA” indicates a failing grade caused by the inattendency of the student and the letter grade “NP” indicates the failing grade caused by the non-presence of the student in the final exam.


Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the ECTS credits. In order to calculate CGPA the sum of total credit points earned in all the courses taken by a student is divided by the sum of all ECTS credits.


Mode of Study

This is a full-time program.


Head of Department (or equivalent): Prof.Dr.Melih BAŞARAN
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi
Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80

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