MA in Modern Turkish Studies
Center for Modern Turkish Studies at İstanbul Şehir University invites you to study issues of Turkey with unique interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum.

Overview

The Master's Program in Modern Turkish Studies (MTS) at İstanbul Şehir University is a product of the rich experience and intellectual capacities of the affiliated faculty with the Center for Modern Turkish Studies. MTS makes use of interdisciplinary perspectives, theories and methodologies supported by a distinguished core faculty with well-known research achievements on Turkey. Its main objective is to meet the growing needs for a credible knowledge by promoting comprehensive understanding of Turkey. MTS also aims to encourage visible and leading-edge academic voices regarding Turkish studies.

The MTS Master's program of the İstanbul Şehir University aims at attracting ambitious and curious students with a goal of developing analytical skills for thinking and discussing critically, and carrying out important research that contributes to the field of Turkish Studies. Our Center, as a multidisciplinary research institution in Turkey, focuses on qualified academic research that covers extensive topics from the history of Modern Turkey to politics, society and culture of contemporary Turkey.

With unique interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum, MTS offers students a broad range of courses and seminars on several academic topics including democracy problems, religion and politics, civil-military relations, sociology of contemporary Turkish society, conflict resolution, issues in Turkish foreign policy, identity politics, and modern Turkish intellectual thought. Due to its international and multicultural environment - more than 25 % of student body coming from 90 different countries-, MTS program offers Turkish language courses at all levels together with complementary languages Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Kurdish and Armenian.

The program offers unique advancement opportunities. Graduates will be competitive candidates for PhD programs in related fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, including Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History and associated disciplines. The MA degree in MTS is also likely to enhance the career prospects of students for employment in the public sector (diplomacy and various national and international bureaucratic positions), the private sector (consultancy, international business, media, tourism), and international institutions and NGOs.

Modern Turkish Studies MA program comprises of eight courses including seminar (21 credits and 120 ECTS) and a MA thesis. In order to graduate, students should take three compulsory courses and four elective courses. Students are required to get one course from methodology cluster and two courses from compulsory cluster and a seminar. Turkish language courses highly recommended to the international students.

Students are obligated to write a MA thesis of a reasonable length to receive the MA degree. MA thesis will be undertaken either in the spring or summer semester.

Students must score a minimum of 3.00 grade point average (GPA) to graduate.

Duration of studies: Two years. Title awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)

The degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program's requirements.

Language of instruction: English.

Program Details 

  • Total Courses: 8 Courses - 3 required (two program elective, one course from methodology cluster), 4 elective and a seminar. Total ECTS: 120
  • Students need to write an MA thesis of a reasonable length to receive the MA degree.
  • Methodology Cluster: Courses listed in the methodology cluster section. Students are required to complete at least one course from the methodology cluster.
  • Program Elective: Courses offered by the program and other courses listed in the program elective group.
  • External Elective: Courses offered by the graduate programs of Istanbul Şehir University.

For further details, check MTS degree requirements.

Scholarships

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


Application Procedure 

The Application Process 

Application conditions for Modern Turkish Studies MA program offered by İstanbul Şehir University  are determined by the respective Faculties in line with the specific requirements of the program. It runs under the Graduate School of Humanities and  Social Sciences.

The application process is as follows: Applicants need to upload their documents to the online system. Documents submitted to the University go through a screening process. Applications for graduate programs are evaluated by the Admissions Committee. If needed, the candidates meeting the minimum application criteria are called for an interview which is held in English. For Turkish and international applicants who are abroad and unable to attend interview, will be interviewed through Skype. The Admission Commitee then decides which students to be admitted. Admission is finalized by the approval of the the Board of Graduate School of Humanities and  Social Sciences upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee and the announcement is made to the applicants.

Warning! All REQUIRED documents must be submitted before the application deadline. Applications with incomplete documents will not be taken into consideration. RECOMMENDED documents are not obligatory, but will be influential in the review process. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the applicaiton on time with all the required documents.  

Attention! All the application documents become the property of İstanbul Şehir University. It is suggested to keep the original reports of English proficiency exam score, and apply with the copies of those test scores. Please note that original copies should be submitted upon admission and enrollment.

For International Applicants
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 (YÖK). It is expected that the university where non-Turkish students graduated is recognized by Turkish Higher Education Council. Required processes regarding recognition is to be started and followed by the Graduate School of Humanities and  Social Sciences. Students whose university is not recognized by Turkish Higher Education Council will be dismissed from the university. 
For Turkish and TRNC Applicants 
The students having Turkish or TRNC citizenship and graduating from a higher institution abroad are required to submit Diploma Equivalency Certificate by the Turkish Higher Education Council. An official letter is required from the students who do not have a Certificate of Diploma Equivalence to indicate that they have applied to the Turkish Higher Education Council Accreditation Unit. Required processes regarding recognition is to be started and followed by the student; and official document confirming the recognition is to be submitted to the University by the student. Applications by TR or TRNC applicants studying abroad are valid only after the approval and recognition of her/his diploma by the Turkish Higher Education Council. 
Application Documents and Requirements

1.       Online Application Form

Candidates can apply to the MA in Modern Turkish Studies program via the online system. Candidates will apply more than one program under the Graduate School of Humanities and  Social Sciences. A separate application form should be filled out for each program to which a candidate wishes to apply.

2.       Official Transcript

An official transcript, preferably sealed, issued by the Student Affairs unit of the applicant's previous university should be submitted. This document should indicate all the courses taken and the grades received by the applicant. GPA must be min. 2,5/4,0 or 65/100.

3.       Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

4.       Two Letters of Recommendation:

These should be either submitted online or posted in a sealed envelope.

5.       One Photograph:

One photo is needed to upload online application form.

6.       Statement of Purpose:

Applicants are expected to present a statement of purpose. Applications will not be taken into consideration without the statement of purpose.

7.       Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam:

This criteria is only for Turkish and TRNC applicants. Non-Turkish applicants are exempted from this criteria. 

The applicant must submit one of the following exam's result during application. Applications without a valid exam result will not be taken into consideration. Photocopies of the scores are accepted for application, but original copies should be submitted upon admission and enrollment.

ALES / e-ALES / GRE Turkish candidates should submit one of these exams' results during application.

ALES / e-ALES  55 - Verbal weight     GRE   149 - Quantitative

After the test date, ALES / e-ALES / GRE scores are valid for 3 years.

8.       Language Certificate

Şehir English Proficiency Examination (STEP) or one of the documents with exam scores accepted by our University should be submitted during application; applications without these documents will not be taken into consideration. (YDS/E-YDS/YÖKDİL/TOEFL/). Original copies will be requested upon registration in the case of admission.

YDS/E-YDS/YÖKDİL: 80

TOEFL-IBT: 90 (each part min. 22 points) or STEP 

After the test date, TOEFL IBT scores are valid for 2 years; e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS scores are valid for 5 years. 

İstanbul Şehir Univeristy graduates are exempted. 

9.       Writing Sample: (Recommended)

Applicants are expected to present a writing sample like essay, article, thesis, etc. It is not obligatory but will be influential in the review process. 

  • PS1: In case of admission, the candidate is required to complete registration process on registration dates in person. If the candidate cannot be present in person, the registration process should be completed by an assignee legally authorized through notary.
  • PS2. International candidates, in case of their admission, must obtain a Student Visa from their home countries, prior to their arrival in Turkey, in order to be enrolled at İstanbul Şehir University. They should apply to the nearest Turkish Consulate or the Turkish Embassy. Tourist visas are not accepted.


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Curriculum 


Thesis Master Program
I. SEMESTER ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
COURSE CODE COURSE NAMETPLCRECTSPRE-REQ.
 Methodology Cluster32038NONE
 Program Elective30038NONE
 Program/External Elective30038NONE
 Program/External Elective30038NONE

TOTAL    12 32 
II. SEMESTER ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
COURSE CODECOURSE NAMETPLCRECTSPRE- REQ.
 Program Elective30038NONE
 Program/External Elective30038NONE
 Program/External Elective30038NONE
MTS 590Graduate Seminar30004NONE

TOTAL    928 
III. SEMESTER
COURSE CODECOURSE NAMETPLCRECTSPRE-REQ.
MTS 599MA Thesis000
060 

TOTAL       
IV. SEMESTER ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
COURSE CODECOURSE NAMETPLCRECTSPRE- REQ.
MTS 599MA Thesis000060

TOTAL    120 
​​​Methodology Cluster 

Students are required to complete one course from the methodology cluster. 

COURSE CODECOURSE NAMETP LCRECTSPRE-REQ.
CULT 501Theories and Methods in Cultura l Studies
30038NONE
MBA 501Research Methods30038NONE
POLS 504Methodology of Political Science and International Relations30038NONE
SOC 503Qualitative Social Analysis30038NONE
SOC 504Quantitative Research Methods and Multivariate Statistics30038NONE
SOC 510Research Methods in Social Science32038NONE

 

Methodology Cluster: Courses listed in the methodology cluster section. Students are required to complete at least one course from the methodology cluster. 
​​​Program Elective

Students are required to complete two courses from the following list below.

COURSE CODECOURSE NAMETP LCRECTSPRE-REQ.
MTS 501Advance Seminar in Turkish Politics32038NONE
MTS 502Democracy and Its problems in Turkey30038NONE
MTS 503Late Ottoman Political History30038NONE
MTS 511Law and Politics in Turkey30
038NONE
MTS 512Political Thought in Modern Turkey30038NONE
MTS 513Religion and Politics in Turkey30038NONE
MTS 514Neoliberal Transformation in Turkey30038NONE
MTS 515Islamist Political Thought in Turkey30038NONE
MTS 516Politics, Religion and Society in the Middle East3003   8      NONE
MTS 534Identity Conflicts and Their Resolution30038NONE
MTS 542Sociology of Contemporary Turkish Society30038NONE
MTS 543Sociology of Center Right and Left Politics in Turkey30038NONE
MTS 544Identity, Culture and Ethnicity in Turkey30038NONE
CULT 536Neoliberal Transformation in Turkey30038NONE
HIST 501Historiography in Global Perspective30038NONE
HIST 502Modern Historiography30038NONE
HIST 510Approaching Ottoman History30038NONE
HIST 515Late Ottoman Intellectual History30038NONE
POLS 501Advance Seminar in International Relations30038NONE
POLS 516Islam and Politics30038NONE
POLS 520Comparative Politics of Civil Society30038NONE
POLS 530Advance Seminar in Comparative Politics30038NONE
POLS 532Democratization: Theory and Practice30038NONE
POLS 551Theory and Practice of Turkish Foreign Policy 30038NONE
POLS 552Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis30038NONE
POLS 553Turkish Politics and Multi-Party Democracy30038NONE
POLS 570Conflict Analysis and Resolution30038NONE
SOC 511Sociology of Everyday Life30038NONE
SOC 524Ottoman-Turkish Modernization30038NONE
SOC 527Identity, Culture and Ethnicity in Turkey30038NONE
SOC 537Conflict Resolution in Turkish Politics30038NONE
SOC 540Nation State Formation in Turkey30038NONE
SOC 545Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Turkey30038NONE
SOC 547Migration and Demographic Change in Turkey30038NONE
SOC 581Religion and Politics in Turkey300
38NONE

 

Program Elective: Courses offered by the program and other courses listed in the program elective group.

External Elective: Courses offered by the graduate programs of Istanbul Şehir University. 




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