Graduate School of Social Sciences Program Applications for 2018-2019

Published on 02.04.2018 10:39





[Deadline: APRIL 20, 2018]


The following programs leading to MA and PhD degrees are accepting applications for 2018-2019 academic year Fall semester. Contact names for each program have been provided for academic inquiries only. For administrative or procedure related questions, please contact Student Resources Office.

Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MA) 

Contact: professor Kerim Can Kavaklı, (216) 483 92 58,

Cultural Studies (MA) 

Contact: professor Sibel Irzık, (216) 483 93 32,

Economics (MA/PhD)

Contact: professor Abdurrahman Aydemir, (216) 483 93 44,
               professor Remzi Kaygusuz, (216) 483 92 44,

European Studies (MA) 

Contact: professor Meltem Müftüler Baç, (216) 483 92 47,

Gender Studies (PhD)

Contact: professor Hülya Adak, (216) 482 92 87,

History (MA/PhD)                                                                               

Contact: professor Tülay Artan, (216) 483 92 38,

Political Science (MA/PhD) 

Contact: professor Nedim Nomer, (216) 483 93 27,

Turkish Studies (MA) 

Contact: professor Ayşe Ozil, (216) 483 92 88,

Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (MA) 

Contact: professor Selçuk Artut, (216) 483 93 19,

Applicants must have completed their previous degree programs by August 29, 2018 at the latest.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Graduate School of Social Sciences

IMPORTANT WARNING: All REQUIRED documents must be submitted during applications. Applications with incomplete documentation will not be taken into consideration. RECOMMENDED documents are not obligatory, but will be influential in the review process. (Please see the table for required and recommended documents from the link above.)

  • The applicant must submit ALES, e-ALES, GRE or GAT result during application. Applications without a valid exam result will not be taken into consideration.
  • Candidates are required to submit their English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL IBT, e-YDS, YDS, KPDS, ÜDS, PTE Academic, CAE or CPE) during the application. Applicants who are unable to provide a valid English Proficiency Exam score can only be admitted to graduate study upon obtaining a satisfactory grade in Sabancı University English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) offered following the application deadline. Those candidates who fail to attend or get a satisfactory grade in ELAE exam are obliged to attend and successfully complete English Language Preparation course(s) in order to enroll in a graduate program. Scholarships do not apply to the English Language Preparation courses.

ELAE exam is not substituted for language exam in PhD applications. For PhD candidates exam results must be submitted during application; applications without these documents will not be taken into consideration.

Graduates of Sabancı University are exempt from submitting an English Proficiency Exam score provided that they apply within two years of their graduation. For PhD applications, SU graduates are required to submit language certificate as well.

Financial Support

A limited number of scholarships based on academic achievement are available in the form of partial or full tuition waivers and/or stipends.

Click for SU Graduate Scholarships.

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Please note that those candidates who fail to submit a sufficient English proficiency exam score and thus attend the course of English Language Preparation will receive no scholarship until they successfully complete the course.



April 20th, 2018 is the deadline for the applications.

Applicants may be invited for written exams and/or interviews via e-mail. All written exams and interviews are held in English. For Turkish and international applicants who are abroad and unable to attend written exams and/or interviews, will be interviewed through Skype.

The Graduate Admissions Calendar

Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MA) 

Interview*: May 21, 2018, Monday,  FASS 2054


Cultural Studies (MA) 

Interview*: May 24-25, 2018, Monday-Tuesday, FASS 2054


Economics (MA/PhD)

Interview*: May 18, 2018, Friday, FASS 2054


European Studies (MA) 

Interview*: May 23, 2018, Wednesday, FASS 2054


Gender Studies (PhD)

Interview*: May 14, 2018, Monday, FASS 2054


History (MA/PhD)                                                                               

Written exam: May 17, 2018, Thursday, 11.40, FASS 1103

Interview*: May 25, 2018, Friday, FASS 2056


Political Science (MA/PhD) 

Written exam: May 14, 2018, Monday, 10.00, FASS 2023-2031

Interview*: May 28-29, 2018, Monday-Tuesday, FASS 2054

Turkish Studies (MA) 

Interview*: May 17, 2018, Thursday, FASS 2054


Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (MA) 

Written exam: May 21, 2018, Monday, 10.30, FASS 1102

Interview*: May 22, 2018, Tuesday, 2054

 * Candidates are going to be invited for the interview via e-mail.


Online applications are accepted via Application documents (official exam results, transcript, etc.) should be uploaded on the online system and application packages must be submitted either in person or posted to the address below. Please note that printout of the completed application form should also be added to the application package. The packages sent via mail must arrive at the department by the application deadline. Applications sent via e-mail are not accepted.

Warning! All the application documents become property of Sabancı University. It is suggested to keep the original reports of TOEFL, GRE, and ALES scores and apply with the copies of those test scores. However, please note that the originals must be produced at the time of registration to Sabancı University.


Student Resources Office
Sabancı University, Orhanlı
34956, Tuzla/ İstanbul-Turkey
Phone: +90 (216) 483 9361
Facsimile: +90 (216) 483 90 73