CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING - Department Information   
Language Turkish
Program Time (Year) 4
Max.Program Time (Year) 6
Program Quota
Internships Status Absent
About Programme

The Graduate Programs of the City and Regional cultivate talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comprehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

The City & Regional Planning Master?s programs prepare students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and resolving complex urban planning problems. The curriculum gives students both a broad understanding of the urban and regional environment and a foundation of skills needed to plan for today?s regions and cities. A thesis provides an opportunity for focused study in the student?s major area of specialization and interest, such as regional and spatial planning, local governments, infrastructure and environment, urban planning, urban policies and urban studies, transport planning, and urban design. Full-time study toward the programs is expected.

The curriculum is a 120 credit program. The curriculum requirements include eight core (compulsory and elective) courses including a compulsory course on Methods in ScientificResearch and Ethics and a seminar, , thesis preparation course, thesis writing course, a thesis, and a scientific publication derived from the thesis study. 


The Main Branch of Science
Prof.Dr. Nevin GÜLTEKİN
The department of City and Regional Planning started its master and PhD programs in 1983. Up to 1987, both programs were carried by Natural and Applied Science. However after 1987 the programs have been performed by City and Regional Planning department.
Qualification Awarded
PhD degree in City and Regional Planning
Admission Requirements
General admission requirements stated under Info on the Institution on this website are being applied to start this programme.

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning program are expected to:
1. Have earned a master's degree from an accredited university.
2. Demonstrated academic excellence by earning at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average in master?s degree work.
3. Show evidence of motivation, maturity, work ethic, academic excellence, and intellectual ability through references (2 letters required).
4. Submit an self-authored intention letter of 2-3 pages to demonstrate understanding of, and areas of interest in, city and regional planning from the perspective of their career and educational objectives, through the statement of purpose.
5. CV/Resume
6. We require an ALES exam score of at least 60 points and foreign language proficiency score of 60 from a valid exam (KPDS, ÜDS, YDS, e-YDS, YÖKDİL or other exams that ÖSYM accepts).

Applicants from other background requirements for classified standing requirements may be admitted on a conditionally classified basis, depending on the results of an individual analysis of their applications.
Higher Grade Transition
Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from PhD program, students should achieve 240 ECTS credits in total, and pass the lectures of Advanced Topics in Planning, Scientific Research Methods and Ethics, Thesis Seminar and thesis studies and completed PhD thesis.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates
Graduates of the Department have numerous and various career opportunities throughout the Country in central, local and public planning authorities, in private sector, in non-governmental organizations. The main employment areas are Ministries, State Institute of Statistics, municipalities etc., and private planning, architecture and design bureaus, real estate property companies.
Assessment and Grading
Measurement and Evaluation
(1) Students take the final exam and/or the final project in addition to the mid-term exams and/or mid-term studies. Examination calendar is published on the website of the related academic department.
(2) The success of the students is evaluated with the methods and criteria which are stated on the course description forms that are declared at the beginning of semester.
(3) Students are obliged to succeed in must courses. They can reselect a failed elective course or select another elective instead.
(4) Mid-term exams and/or mid-term studies and final exam and/or the final project are evaluated over 100 raw points. Letter success grades over 100 raw points are given for seminars, thesis studies, term project courses and proficiency exams. To succeed in courses, the minimum letter success grades must be CC for master?s degree and CB for doctorate and integrated (post bachelor) doctorate.
(5) A student whose raw point is under 25 fails the course by receiving an (FF) grade directly. The success grade of a student whose raw point is 25 or above is evaluated with the grades of which coefficients and definitions are stated below considering the general status of the class, average points and statistical range. After this evaluation, it is possible for the letter success grade equivalents of raw points that are 25 and above to be (FF).
(6) Coefficients and letter success grades are evaluated as shown below:
Coefficients Letter Success Grades
4.00 AA
3.50 BA
3.00 BB
2.50 CB
2.00 CC
1.50 DC
1.00 DD
0.50 FD
0.00 FF

b) The letter grades other than the ones in the clause ?a? are:
1) D: Absent 2) G: Not attended 3) E: Incomplete (The E grades which are not corrected until after 3 weeks from the finalization of letter success grades are converted to FF) (7) The CumGPA is calculated via dividing the final grades of all of the courses throughout a student?s study period by the total number of credits. The obtained CumGPA is shown with two decimals after the point. (8) While both the GPAs of semesters/years and the CumGPA, the letters grades from AA to FF are based on. G and D grades are processed as FF. (9) All grades are included in the transcripts of students. (10) For graduation, the CumGPA must be 2,50/4,00 minimum for master?s degree with or without thesis; 3,00/4,00 minimum for doctorate or integrated (post bachelor) doctorate programmes. Despite completing all the credits, students who cannot provide the graduation conditions take new courses to do so. (11) Students who do not provide the attendance conditions or other course requirements cannot take the final exam of the course and are regarded as absent (D).