Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The graduate program in Political Science at Sabanci University provides integrated training at MA and PhD levels.The program offers a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major fields of Political Science and provides the students with a rigorous conceptual framework, basic analytical tools and sound methodological training in the discipline.

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The graduate program in Political Science at Sabanci University covers the major fields of Political Science (Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory) and offers a rich set of specialization possibilities. With a thematic concentration on Turkish Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, and European Politics, the program stands out among its competitors in Turkey by its courses and faculty members specializing in formal theory and the production and analysis of quantitative evidence.

While some graduates of the MA program choose to pursue their careers in business, public administration or other professions, others enroll in PhD programs abroad or they move up to our integrated PhD program. 

The admission decisions concerning MA students are made by a committee consisting of the members of the graduate program in Political Science. The committee makes its decisions taking into account (a) the applicant's performance in the "PhD gateway exam", and (b) the applicant's general performance in the courses in the field.

Program objectives

M.A. in political science aims to prepare students for further graduate study or for careers in government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. The program provides the students with a rigorous conceptual framework, basic analytical tools and methodological training in the discipline. Along with major fields of Political Science, concentrations are offered in Turkish, Middle Eastern and European Politics as well as Normative Political Theory, Formal Analysis and Public Policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
    • Comparative Method  
    • Comp.Party Sys&Elect.Behav.  
    • Quantitative Research Methods 
    • International Negotiation  
    • Latin American Politics  
    • Turkish Politics
    • Current Issues in Turkish Pol. 
    • Ethnicity & Nationalism  
    • Human Rights in World Affairs  
    • Loc.Gov. in Turkey&The Eu. Un. 
    • Acad. Practices & Development 
    • Acad. Practices & Development2  
    • AcademicWriting forGR Students 
    • Comparative Politics 
    • International Relations Theory  
    • Acad. Practices & Development3 
    • Thesis Preparation Seminar 

                                            Detailed Programme Facts

                                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                                              • Full-time duration 24 months
                                            • Credits
                                              120 ECTS
                                            • Languages
                                              • English
                                            • Delivery mode
                                              On Campus
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                                            Academic Requirements

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                                            Required score: 3

                                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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                                              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.

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                                            • Official Transcript: A sealed official transcript issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate the courses taken and grades received by the applicant
                                            • Two Letters of Recommendation: These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope. Sample letter 
                                            • One Photograph
                                            • Statement of Purpose
                                            • Writing Sample
                                            • Portfolio
                                            • Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam

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