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Social Policy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #398 (BCR) Ankara, Turkey
Founded in 2007, the Master of Science in Social Policy at METU Middle East Technical University prepares students for research aimed at better understanding and addressing the social issues which will inform decisions related to policies, programs and interventions. 
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The Master of Science in Social Policy at METU Middle East Technical University aims to analyze social phenomena such as poverty, unemployment, increasing income gaps, women's low participation in the labor market discussions surrounding the pros and cons of existing international and national policies with the aim to develop relevant policy recommendations. 

The overarching objective of the Social Policy MS Program is to improve overall social conditions by examining and understanding how policies affect individuals' lives and how individuals can analyze and develop social policy according to various social needs. 

The program, with its interdisciplinary focus characterized by:

  • sociological
  • economic
  • anthropological
  • political science 
  • educational sciences approaches,

leads to M.S. degrees by providing a curriculum of education and training in human and policy development, implementation and evaluation of policies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Unemployment and Social Policy
  • Health and Social Policy
  • Gender Perspectives on Development
  • Population Dynamics and Social Policy in Turkey 
  • Social Policy and Development 
  • Research Design, Methods and Ethics in Social Policy Research 

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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General Requirements

Required Documents for Application: 

  • Application Fee Receipt
  • English Proficiency Exams
  • Graduate Exams
  • Reference Letters
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Intention

Tuition Fee

  • International

    268 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 134 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    46 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Resident: 129 TL/semester
  • Non-Resident: 768 TL/Semester

Living costs for Ankara

  • 1600 - 2350 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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