PhD Degree

PhD Degree

Please see "curriculum and requirements" and "course list" for more information on the PhD program and the requirements.

For more information on PhD qualification exams, see the PhD qualification exam guidelines.


METU Department of Computer Engineering recognizes that publication of results is an essential part of research. Due to the decision of the Department Academic Board (meeting on July 12, 2021), to be allowed to defend his/her PhD thesis in front of the jury, the student must have at least one scientific paper, representing a substantial contribution to the computing literature, satisfying the following conditions:

  1. The student must be the primary author of the paper. This can be documented by a letter from the student's advisor.
  2. The contents of the paper must be derived from the student’s PhD thesis work.
  3. The paper must have METU and the Department as an affiliation.

The paper must be in one of the two categories:

  1. A journal paper which is accepted for publication, or for which revision is requested by the editor and the revised manuscript is submitted by the student. The former case can be documented by a letter from the editor, and the latter case by a letter from the editor, the referee reports, and the revision report. The journal must be included in [1].
  2. A conference paper that appears in full text on the proceedings of one of the conferences included in [2]. 

[1] Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science).

[2] venue list