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MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis)

MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis)

About

City and Architecture Integrated Thesis / Non-Thesis Master's Program

Özyeğin University City and Architecture Master's Program consists of an integrated structure of two separate programs, thesis and non-thesis, with an experiential and unique setup. The research and design oriented integrated program inquires the subject of all kinds of urban practices that are engendered and produced by cities in general, and the city of Istanbul in particular.

While focusing on architectural issues in the urban context, the program aims to transfer new approaches to the fields of research and practice through the use of critical, experimental, participatory, creative and unique methods. Based on the view that design is an analytical and creative way of thinking, the program aims to present a wide variety of research including approaches from different disciplines and practices. The program offers the students the opportunity to evaluate social, cultural, ecological and technological problems within the framework of different contexts, while encouraging them to deal with complex urban and architectural issues.

The City and Architecture Integrated Master's Program has been structured through a holistic understanding of the theory-practice unity of the architectural profession. This understanding can be seen both in the partnerships of the two programs, allowing an integrative approach between courses, workshops, seminars, publications, exhibitions through the unique structures of the programs.

City and Architecture Thesis Master's Program

The Thesis Master's Program examines the relationship between architectural design and the city. It is based on the production of knowledge through new readings, evaluations and syntheses. In this design research-oriented program, the focus is on the formation of an understanding of the metropolis —as part of the global network— with all its complexity and the instrumentalization of architectural design for solving urban problems; accordingly, "Multiple Perspectives on the City, Architecture and Istanbul" are inquired.

The 'Advanced Design Research Laboratories' constitute the backbone of the Thesis Master's Program. The purpose of the laboratories is to provide a research environment for critical, theoretical, experimental and interdisciplinary architectural design applications. Focusing on research and theory production through critical thinking in architecture, LABs also aim to develop an architectural and design approach through personal strategies, experiences and practices. LABs create a research environment where theory and conceptual design applications are carried out within the scope of a research theme related to the current urban context. Another goal of the laboratories is to consider and examine new ways of understanding, representation and design that emerge as a result of the reflection of today's urban dynamics on new lifestyles. With the distinctive metropolitan features of the city of "Istanbul", it is aimed to produce new information, speculation, future projections and designs for the City, which will be the subject of field studies and design applications. Within the scope of LABs, Seminar Series addressing researcher and expert experiences, and elective courses supporting the research subject are offered as a package. In addition to these, various workshops are conducted within the scope of the studio.

The Master's Program in City and Architecture with Thesis aims to provide specialized education to professionals who have received undergraduate education in the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning. The program aims to work with designers and researchers who are able to problematize the needs, and transfer their solution proposals to the research and application fields with critical, experimental, participatory, creative and unique methods through new approaches. To that end, City and Architecture Master's Program collaborates with the ÖZÜ-UHL 'Urban and Housing Research Laboratory.'

City and Architecture Thesis Master's Program takes place under Özyeğin University Graduate School of Engineering and Science. The program consists of 4 consecutive semesters. For graduation, three compulsory courses, four elective courses and a graduate seminar must be taken, and a master’s thesis must be completed. In order to graduate from the program, a total of 120 ECTS credits must be completed successfully.

Info for MSc in City and Architecture (with thesis / non-thesis) Integrated Program: hulya.turgut@ozyegin.edu.tr (Program Coordinator)
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Online Application Dates:  June 11 - August 4 2021 

Online Application Link

Application Requirements

  1. Degrees:Applicants must be either graduates of or graduating from an undergraduate program in case of Thesis and Non-Thesis program applications.

    Among admitted applicants, those who are expected to graduate must successfully complete their current programs prior to the enrollment date in order to be able to enroll to the University.

    For diplomas awarded by higher education institutions abroad their education and degree must be recognized by YÖK to be equivalent to those awarded by higher education institutions in Turkey. Candidates who apply to master’s degree programs must submit their Bachelor’s Degree equivalency letter.

    The Student Services of Özyeğin University will help the admitted candidates who do not have the equivalency letter apply to the relevant department for the recognition of the institution from which they received their diploma, their education and their degree.

  2. Graduate Programs Entrance Exam Score Report:Turkish citizens have to provide one of the following exam scores. Foreign nationals are exempt from submitting the graduate programs entrance exam score report.
    Exam* Graduate School of Engineering and Science
    MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis) Validity
    GMAT -  
    GRE – old (quantitative) Min. 610 5 Years
    GRE – Revised (quantitative) Min. 149 5 Years
    ALES Min. 55 (quantitative) 3 Years

    * ALES is not compulsory for the applicants who have doctorate graduate degrees and Proficiency in Medicine and Arts.

  3. English Proficiency Exam Score Reports:Applicants must submit one of the following score reports provided that they are still valid. Candidates applying to master’s program who graduated from a program in English of higher education institutions are exempt from English proficiency requirement provided that they graduated within the last two years prior to the application.

    English Exam*

    Graduate School of Engineering and Science

    Graduate School of Engineering and Science

    Validity (from the date of application)

    TOEFL/IBT**

    Min. 66

    2 Years

    KPDS / YDS / ÜDS* 

    Min. 55

    3 Years

    ÖzÜ İngilizce Yeterlik Sınavı***

    Min. 50

    2 Years

    * Candidates applying to master’s program who graduated from a program in English of higher education institutions are exempt from English proficiency requirement provided that they graduated within the last two years prior to the application.
    ** Interuniversity Foreign Language Examination Determination of equivalency of the Directive examination pursuant to Article 6/3.d "If the exam taken in Turkey, the exam place has to be in the state university’s buildings"
    *** TRACE Exam is only accepted for the MSc. and M.Arch graduate programs.

  4. Turkish Proficiency Examination Score: Foreign International students (including the citizens of countries whose official language is Turkish) must also submit their TÖMER Turkish Proficiency Exam Score Reports (at least C1) to prove their proficiency in Turkish. International students who graduated from fully Turkish-medium undergraduate programs in Turkey are exempt from this requirement. The score reports must still be within their validity period at the time of enrollment.
  5. Other Conditions:

     

    Graduate School of Engineering and Science

    MSc City and Architecture (Thesis)

    CGPA

    MSc City and Architecture (Thesis)

    Accepted Undergraduate programs

    Architecture, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning **

    *Candidates who meet the above-mentioned conditions must also be successful in the oral interview.
    ** Candidates applying from other fields are required to succeed the scientific preparation program defined in the architecture undergraduate program courses

Application Documents

All documents must be prepared in Turkish. If prepared in other languages, notarized copies in Turkish or English must also be attached to the original documents.

  1. Application Form: Application form filled in online completely and accurately.
  2. Diploma: Copy of the diploma awarded by the latest higher education institution that the applicant graduated from. For diplomas awarded by higher education institutions abroad, a copy of the equivalency letter issued by YÖK's International Equivalency Office is needed.
  3. Transcripts: Transcripts showing all courses taken and grades achieved in all higher education institutions the applicant has so far attended to or graduated from. If the transcripts do not include any information about the grading system, separate documents must be provided for the grading system of the relevant institutions.
  4. Graduate Programs Entrance Exam Score Report: One of the score reports listed (ALES, GRE) in the application requirements.
  5. English Proficiency Examination Score Certificate: One of the documents listed (TOEFL, YDS, KPDS, ÜDS) in the application requirements. Exam documents must not have expired during the registration dates.
  6. Turkish Proficiency Examination Score: Turkish Proficiency Examination Score: International students must also submit their TÖMER Turkish Proficiency Exam Score Reports (at least C1) to prove their proficiency in Turkish. The citizens of countries whose official language is Turkish and prospective international students who graduated from fully Turkish-medium undergraduate programs are exempt from this requirement. The score reports must still be within their validity period at the time of enrollment.
  7. Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be obtained from the applicant’s instructors and/or previous/current employer (at least one of the letters must be obtained from the applicant’s instructors). Letters of recommendations obtained from family and friends are not acceptable. After the e-mail address and contact information of the reference person are defined in the online system and the online application is completed, an e-mail will be sent to the relevant person automatically from OzU online system.
  8. Letter of Intent: Essays written about personal or professional purposes, study and research topics. (It must be written in Turkish).
  9. Supplementary Documents for International Students: Copy of the information page of the passport.
  10. Portfolio: The applicant must provide a portfolio of their academic background and professional career (if any).

Application, Evaluation and Admissions

The university may request applicants to prove the accuracy of information and documents submitted during the application or the university may directly search the accuracy of such information and documents. Should it be determined that there are inconsistencies in information and documents provided by prospective students, such students are denied admission even if they were previously admitted, and their enrollments are revoked, even if previously completed.

Application documents are kept by the university and under no circumstances are returned to applicants, regardless of the result of evaluation.

As a result of preliminary evaluations conducted on the application information and documents, prospective students may be invited for a written examination or an interview. Failure to attend the interview or examination will disqualify the applicant from further consideration.

Applications are evaluated by an admission jury. Recommendations of the admission jury regarding the admission of applicants are concluded upon the resolution of the relevant Graduate School Executive Board.

If deems necessary, the Graduate School Executive Board may subject some of the admitted students to the Scientific Preparatory Program for one or two semesters to fully prepare them for their graduate programs. The resolution of the Graduate School Executive Board lists all courses that must be taken by the applicant.

The scope, application requirements and quotas of scholarships granted to admitted students are determined by the Board of Trustees for each academic year. Scholarships are awarded upon the resolution of the relevant Graduate School Executive Board and the approval of the Rector.

The foreign students must get the annotated student visa which is obtained from Consulate Branches of Turkish Embassies or Consulate General located in their country or nearby, in order to make entry to Turkey. Students should apply for the visa with the Consulate Notification Letter, which is sent by the institute with the acceptance letter. For detailed information please click here.

Our university will complete the necessary procedures for obtaining the degree equivalency for international prospective students who do not have an equivalency letter, which is obtainable from a Higher Education Council (YÖK). Such students are conditionally admitted and are enrolled as special students until their degrees are recognized by the relevant authorities. Students whose applications for diploma recognition is accepted by the Higher Education Council become regular graduate students.

Foreign students who are graduated from higher education institutions abroad, a copy of the equivalency letter issued by YÖK's International Equivalency Office is needed.

You can review the Özyeğin University Directives on Graduate Program Admissions to learn more about the application, admission and enrollment processes.

MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis) Program Curriculum / Conditions for Graduation

The program consists of 4 consecutive semesters. Compulsory and elective courses specified in the course plan should be taken and passed for graduation. In order to graduate from the program, a total of 120 ECTS credits must be completed successfully.

1.Term 2.Term
KMI 501 Research Method 3-0 (7,5 ECTS) KMI 503 Advanced Design Research Laboratory II 1-5 (7,5 ECTS)
KMI 502 Advanced Design Research Laboratory I 1-5 (7,5 ECTS) KMI 594 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study I 3-0 (7,5 ECTS)
Elective (7,5 ECTS) Elective (7,5 ECTS)
Elective (7,5 ECTS) Elective (7,5 ECTS)
Total 30 ECTS Total 30 ECTS
3.Term 4.Term
KMI 590 Graduate Seminar 3-0 (7,5 ECTS) KMI 596 Graduate Seminar 3-0 (7,5 ECTS)
KMI 595 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study II (22,5 ECTS)  
Total 30 ECTS Total 30 ECTS
MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis) Program Total 120 ECTS

 

MSc in City and Architecture (Thesis) Program Requirements

Degree Requirements
Category Min. Completed Credits Min. Number of Course
Requied Courses 22,5 3
Elective Courses 30 4
KMI 590 Graduate Seminar 7,5 1
KMI 594 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study I 7,5 1
KMI 595 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study II 22,5 1
KMI 596 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study III 30 1
Total ECTS 120

MSc in City and Architecture (Non-Thesis) Program Courses

Compulsory Courses

  • KMI 501 Research Method
  • KMI 502 Advanced Design Research Laboratory I
  • KMI 503 Advanced Design Research Laboratory II
  • KMI 590 Graduate Seminar
  • KMI 594 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study I
  • KMI 595 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study III
  • KMI 596 City and Architecture Master Thesis Study III

Elective Courses

1. Term

  • KMI 521 Discourse on City and Architecture
  • KMI 523 Interdisciplinary Approach in Architectural and Urban Debates
  • KMI 527 İstanbul: Future Projections on Urban Environment
  • KMI 529 Metropolis: Utopia-Dystopia
  • KMI 531 The City and The Home: İstanbul
  • KMI 567 Design Concepts for Metropole Cities 1: City, Technology and Society
  • KMI 570 Sustainability and Creating a Transformative Culture

2. Term

  • KMI 522 Environmental Psychology
  • KMI 526 Architecture and Identity
  • KMI 528 Reading Istanbul as a Palimpsest City
  • KMI 532 User Focused Analysis Techniques in Architecture
  • KMI 569 20. Century Housing Architecture of Istanbul
  • KMI 570 Sustainability and Creating a Transformative Culture
  • KMI 577 Design Concepts for Metropole Cities 2: City, Housing and Society

Faculty

  • Doğa Dinemis AMAN
  • Touraj ASHRAFIAN
  • Nevşet Gül ÇANAKÇIOĞLU
  • Neşe GANİÇ SAĞLAM
  • Ayşe Ceren GÜLER
  • Tayfun GÜRKAŞ
  • Orhan HACIHASANOĞLU
  • Ece KALAYCIOĞLU
  • Ebru KARAHAN
  • Demet MUTMAN
  • Kaan ÖZGÜN
  • Güliz ÖZORHON
  • İlker Fatih ÖZORHON
  • Mehmet SANER
  • Pınar SEZGİNALP
  • Murat ŞAHİN
  • Beyza ŞAT
  • Melis TANER
  • Işılay TEKÇE
  • Semra TOKAY
  • Hülya TURGUT
  • Alper ÜNLÜ
  • Aslıhan ÜNLÜ
  • Derya YORGANCIOĞLU

Gest LAB Instructors *

  • Melike Altınışık (2020-21 Fall _ Advance Design Studio I )
  • Ömer Selçuk Baz (2020-21 Spring _ Advance Design Studio I)
  • Funda UZ (2020-21 Spring_ Advanced Design Research LAB II)

* Gest Instructors are invited according to the content of the LABs.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Nagehan Açimuz İşbakan
  • Tunahan Koç
  • Berke Hatipoğlu
  • Reşad Çoban