About Turkish Studies (MATS) Program

The Turkish Studies MA program at Sabancı University is the first interdisciplinary graduate program in Turkey with English language instruction. 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. In addition, the curriculum seeks to meet the needs of the next generation of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners by providing them with necessary skills to analyze, understand, evaluate, and make policies in key areas including foreign, environmental, energy, health, and welfare policies.

There are several possibilities concerning the career prospects of students enrolled in the graduate degree program in Turkish Studies. Graduates of the program will be competitive candidates for Ph.D. programs in various fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences (as already borne out by our alumni placement record). The MA degree in Turkish Studies will also enhance the career prospects of students for positions in the public sector (policy-making, bureaucratic, and diplomatic service), private sector (international business, media, tourism, etc.), and national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The normal duration of the program is a four semesters. This does not include our seven-week summer terms; nor does it cover term-leaves of absence. We have thesis and non-thesis tracks. 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), 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 track their program requirements on Student Resources web site based on the year of first enrollment to the program.

Scholarships usually cover the normal program duration (of four semesters). In the thesis track, any student who has successfully completed his/her coursework within four semesters, but who needs additional thesis completion time, may, upon applying to the Graduate School of Social Sciences, be granted a fifth semester without any scholarship, but subject to the payment of a smaller retainer’s fee instead of normal tuition.

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