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Comparative Literature

24 months
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The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Comparative Literature at Koc University offers a theoretically driven and interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature and other artistic media in a global context, across time periods, subjects and genres.


The Comparative Literature program at Koc University gives students a strong grounding in recent methodologies and critical debates in comparative literature, and also an opportunity to conduct research in multiple languages, including Russian, Italian, German, French and Arabic.

The M.A. program is a two-year degree program. Students take courses in the first year, and conduct research and complete a thesis in the second year under the supervision of select faculty members. The program is especially designed to encourage students to conduct research on Ottoman and Modern Turkish literature in a broad comparative framework.

Graduates of the M.A. program will be prepared to use the knowledge and transferable skills gained from the study of literature and other artistic media to pursue a range of careers that demand a global perspective or a knowledge of, and appreciation for, diverse cultures, including those in academia, government, private sector, and non-governmental and non-profit organizations.


Graduates of the Koç University Comparative Literature graduate program can continue their academic careers in Turkey and abroad in the following areas: Academia; Culture Industry; Translation sector; Publishing; Advertising; Corporate international relations; Public relations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods in Comparative Literature
  • Research and Publication Ethics
  • Debates in Comparative Literature
  • Readings in Critical Theory
  • Academic Writing
  • Teaching Assistant Training
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


44 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
150 (verbal)
4 (analytical)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Writing Sample (approx. 3000 words, demonstrating the applicant’s skills in literary analysis and critical thinking) 
  • Transcripts – minimum GPA of 2.50/4.00 
  • 2 Reference Letters 
  • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): IBT or PBT minimum 80 points for international applicants. YDS / e-YDS (minimum 80 points) or YÖKDİL (minimum 80 points) certificate for Turkish applicants will be required. 
  • ALES (Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) Equal Weighted or Verbal minimum 70 points for Turkish applicants. 
  • GRE general test scores (Verbal Reasoning minimum of 150 points or Analytical Writing minimum 4 points) for international applicants.

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  • If you are offered admission into the program you will also automatically receive a scholarship offer (full tuition waiver).

Living costs for Istanbul

2000 - 3240 TRY /month
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