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Cultural Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #351 (WUR) ,
The Master’s program in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University is designed to enhance dialogue and collaborative research among humanities and social sciences, bringing together scholars in anthropology, literary criticism and sociology. 


The Master’s program in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University fosters an open intellectual atmosphere where students and academic staff engage with ongoing debates on critical issues of cultural politics in Turkey and around the world in the era of neo-liberal globalism.

The program’s core staff are involved in a wide range of research projects and public platforms, both national and international. Particular strengths of the program include ethnographic and interpretive methodologies, and collaboration across disciplines on the following research themes:

  • Transnational mobility, ethnic identities and citizenship
  • Gender, sexuality, intimacy
  • Ideology and politics of representation
  • Memory studies and oral history

Students in the Master’s program can pursue two degree pathways. All students are expected to complete one year of intensive seminars. During the second year, students who are interested in research or academic careers can opt to work on a research theme of their own choice, under the supervision of a faculty member. Such students are expected to write a well-argued thesis, subject to evaluation by a thesis committee. Examples of recent MA research topics by students include:

  • “Independent/alternative artist initiatives” in contemporary Istanbul
  • Being a soldier’s mother in Turkey
  • The Turkish sub-genre of military coup narratives
  • Representations of “honor” among Turkish immigrant women in Berlin
  • The politics of Kurdish children and youth in urban space
  • Tourist gaze and tourist narratives in Southeastern Anatolia
  • Relations to the Western literary canon in Pamuk and Rushdie
  • Censorship on visual arts in contemporary Turkey

Students who desire enhanced specialization for careers in culture industries or non-governmental organizations can choose the non-thesis path. Such students are expected to fulfill their MA requirements by undertaking an additional semester of seminar work, subject to the approval and supervision of an academic committee.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
    • Gender in the Middle East 
    • Them. App. to Con. Turk. Cult.  
    • Independent Study 
    • Literary Theory  
    • Literature and Psychoanalysis
    • Philosophy of Social Sciences 
    • Sociology of Mobilities
    • M.A. Term Project
    • Core Works in Cultural Studies  
    • Cultural Analysis Workshop  
    • Acad. Practices & Development 
    • Academic Writing forGR Students
    • Pro-thesis Seminar 
    • Acad. Practices & Development

                                          Detailed Programme Facts

                                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                                            • Full-time duration 24 months
                                          • Languages
                                            • English
                                          • Delivery mode
                                            On Campus

                                          English Language Requirements

                                          You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

                                          • Minimum required score:


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                                          Academic Requirements

                                          • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a minimum required score range.

                                            Minimum required Quantitative Reasoning score:


                                            The score range represents scores typically accepted at this institution.

                                            The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                                          International students can apply for a graduate degree program at Sabanci University with the following required documents.

                                          • Online Application Form
                                          • Graduate Program Entrance Exam Result (GMAT, GRE, GAT, ALES etc.)
                                          • Copy of language proficiency exam score accepted by Sabanci University (TOEFL, PTE etc.)
                                          • Official Academic Transcript
                                          • Two Letters of Recommendation
                                          • Statement of Purpose
                                          • Resume
                                          • Photography
                                          • Writing Sample 

                                          Tuition Fee

                                          • International

                                            18000 USD/year
                                            Tuition Fee
                                            Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                          Living costs for Istanbul

                                          • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
                                            Living Costs

                                          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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