About Our Institute

The Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History offers graduate degrees in 19th and 20th century Turkish history. The program emphasizes the emergence, development and current issues of  the modern Republic and neighboring countries in the Balkans, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Turkic Central Asia. To this end, the Institute offers Master's and Ph.D. programs exposing graduate students from different backgrounds in social sciences to interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

The Institute initiates independent research projects; builds up its own document collections and specialized library and archives; and convenes workshops, conferences and symposia designed to further scholarship in the field. It also organizes informal weekly seminars to encourage the formation of an intellectual milieu at the Institute where invited guests meet with graduate students for lively discussions.

Included among the responsibilities of the Institute at the undergraduate level are required courses on the History of the Turkish Republic for the entire student body at Bogazici University.



The Master's program is designed to culminate in a Master of Arts degree subject to the completion of 21 credit-hours of course work, during the first year. The second year is spent undertaking the writing, submission, and successful defense of an M.A. thesis. The course work must include at least 18 credit-hours (6 courses) and an additional course which merely focuses on thesis writing.

Students are likely to be guided by their academic advisor(s) to make a selection of courses which enables them to be exposed to as many different members of the faculty as possible. They are also offered the opportunity to take a limited number of related courses from other departments.



The Doctorate Program is designed to culminate in a Doctor of Philosophy degree subject to (a) the completion of 24 or 30 credit-hours of course work (on top of an M.A. degree or equivalent), normally corresponding to 8 or 10 (additional) term-courses, and (b) the supervised researching, writing, submission, and successful defense of a Ph.D. thesis. Like the Master's requirement, all students who have not taken ATA 501 (for methodology) have to take this course.