Cultural Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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. 

Apply through Studyportals

  • personal application counselling
  • higher chance to be accepted


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

                                          Apply for this programme directly via Studyportals!

                                          Keep all your transcripts and documents in one place, get professional guidance from one of our educational counsellors and more! Your application process has never been easier.

                                          We've partnered with the Sabanci University to smooth out the admission process for your Master of Area & Cultural Studies.

                                          What does your application process look like?

                                          • Create your account The first step is to create your application account by answering a few simple questions. There, you can upload all the required documents, that are needed for your admission process.

                                          • Chat with our in-house counsellor To make sure you have the highest chances of getting into your chosen study programme, you can review your application with our education counsellor.

                                          • Send in the application You're almost there! Are you sure that you want to go for a Area & Cultural Studies Master at the Sabanci University? Then, you've only got one more thing to do: Apply. We will take care of the rest!

                                          Why apply through Studyportals?

                                          • Get counselling

                                            Get help from your personal counsellor

                                          • Multiple application

                                            Apply for multiple universities at once

                                          • Apply anytime

                                            We take care of the deadline

                                          • Better chances

                                            Better chances of getting accepted

                                          Create your profile as the first step to start your application process.

                                          English Language Requirements

                                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                          • Minimum required score:


                                            The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

                                            Schedule TOEFL®
                                          • Minimum required score (Grade B):


                                            C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                                            Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                          Academic Requirements

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

                                            Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


                                            The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

                                            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
                                          • Portfolio / Writing Sample (if applicable)

                                          Tuition Fee

                                          • International Applies to you

                                            18000 USD/year
                                            Tuition Fee
                                            Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                          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.


                                          Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                                          StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

                                          The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

                                          Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

                                          Read more about how to apply

                                          Visit our application page and find out more about how to apply for a master's degree with Studyportals.


                                          • Explore You can browse more than 71.000 Master’s programmes from all over the world.

                                          • Compare Make a wishlist of your favourite programmes, check your fit with them, and read what other students are saying.

                                          • Decide Now that you have your top programmes shortlisted, you can pick the ones that fit you the best.

                                          • Apply When you feel confident about your programme choice, you can apply directly via Studyportals.

                                          • Apply step 1 visual

                                            Create account You have a full overview of the current status of your applications.

                                          • Apply step 2 visual

                                            Fill in profile data You will be assigned to a personal counsellor once to provide all personal data.

                                          • Apply step 3 visual

                                            The best solution Together with your personal counselllor, you create a shortlist with high potential studies you can apply for.

                                          • Apply step 4 visual

                                            Start applying It is time to provide the universities with info. Let’s fill in those application forms!

                                          • Apply step 5 visual

                                            Admitted We will apply on your behalf. Now fingers crossed to see if you are going to be accepted.

                                          Get personal counselling

                                          Hi! We will ask you a couple of questions, so that we can assign you a professional counsellor that will help you with your application process!

                                          If you already answered these questions and want to see your application profile or applications, log in to Studyportals Apply .

                                          What's your name?

                                          When would you like to start studying abroad?

                                          How do you plan to finance your study?

                                          What's your email address?

                                          Almost there!

                                          Ok, we are ready to inform your personal counsellor about your arrival. Create your account now and you are nearly ready to get personal recommendations about your study options and apply to the universities of your choice!


                                          Your account is created! Last step is to activate it and soon you will get personal counselling and can start applying.