24 months
18000 USD/year
11084 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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. 

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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

Program Outcomes

Culture is a concept we are confronted with on a daily basis in the contemporary  world. Positioned in an interdisciplinary area within the context of fields such as anthropology, literature, media studies and  sociology, The Cultural Studies Program at Sabancı University focuses on the area of culture. The objectives of the Program are to combine theory and practice in order to instill in students a critical perspective, creative thinking and active participation. Graduates of the program can work in the following areas: NGO's, media, film, advertising, public relations, human resources, art, literature, cultural criticism and cultural management.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


158 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
87 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
73 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An official document issued by the registrar of the candidate's previous institution showing all courses taken and grades received by the candidate. Preferably, transcripts should be submitted in sealed envelopes. Only original documents will be accepted (no photocopies).
    •  Two recommendation letters.
    •  One passport-sized photo.
    • Statement of Purpose.
    •  Sample work.
    • Portfolio: PDF documents, CD/DVDs, printed materials, transparent prints or online portfolios may be presented as portfolios.
    • Graduate Education Entrance Examination scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11084 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11084 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

66.000 TL National


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