Turkish Studies, M.A. | Sabanci University | Istanbul, Turkey
24 months
19500 USD/year
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The Turkish Studies program from Sabanci University aims to train the next generation of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners and equip its graduate student with necessary skills to analyze, understand, evaluate, and make policies in key areas including foreign and environment policies as well as, energy, urbanization, health, and welfare. 


Key Features

The normal duration of the Turkish Studies program from Sabanci University is a four semesters. This does not include our seven-week summer terms; nor does it cover term-leaves of absence. Students may have choose between two tracks: thesis and non-thesis. In the thesis track, students have to take and pass a minimum of nine credit courses, plus a non-credit pro-seminar, four academic development courses, an internship and a non-credit MA thesis course. Program Requirements may vary according to the year of first enrollment, see MATS degree requirements (thesis). 

Within the framework of the said MA Thesis course, they are expected to research and write an MA thesis of around 70 pages on a previously submitted and approved topic. In the non-thesis track (normally three semesters-long), a minimum of 13 credit courses plus a non-credit pro-seminar, three academic development courses, an internship, and an MA Project are required. Program Requirements may vary according to the year of first enrollment, see MATS degree requirements (non-thesis). Continuing students may examine their program requirements on Student Resources website based on their year of first enrollment to the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The graduate curriculum couples solid theoretical knowledge about Turkish politics with rigorous training on state-of-art methodologies that have become increasingly important in today's world and in the making and application of public policies. 
  • With a highly flexible curriculum, which capitalizes on the intellectual and scholarly resources available at one of Turkey's leading private universities, the Turkish Studies MA program offers its students a broad range of courses in History, Political Science, Economics, Conflict Resolution, European Studies, and Cultural Studies. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application deadline: May 17th, 2022.


158 ECTS

158 ECTS - with thesis

161 ECTS - without thesis


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
139 (quantitative)

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admitted candidates are expected to have completed their undergraduate degrees by the time of registration for the graduate program. 
    • Applications by international applicants studying abroad are valid only after the approval and recognition of the last graduated higher education institution and the course of study by the Turkish Higher Education Council. 
    • The necessary enquiry is made by the University. Turkish candidates graduated from a higher institution abroad should submit a certificate of equivalence by the Turkish Higher Education Council. Equivalency certificate must be submitted during the enrollment at the University.
  • Providing an English proficiency exam score is not mandatory.

Tuition Fee

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    19500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 USD per year during 24 months.

Tuition-waiver scholarship opportunities available. 

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.


Tuition-waiver scholarship opportunities available. 

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.

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