48 months
19500 USD/year
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The Political Science program from Sabanci University offers a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major fields of Political Science and provides the students with a rigorous conceptual framework, basic analytical tools and sound methodological training in the discipline. 

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Key Features

The graduate program in Political Science at Sabancı University provides integrated training at MA and PhD levels. The Political Science program from Sabanci University  covers the major fields of Political Science (Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory) and offers a rich set of specialization possibilities. With a thematic concentration on Turkish Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, and European Politics, the program stands out among its competitors in Turkey by its courses and faculty members specializing in formal theory and the production and analysis of quantitative evidence.

While some graduates of the MA program choose to pursue their careers in business, public administration or other professions, others enroll in PhD programs abroad or they move up to our integrated PhD program. The admission decisions concerning MA students are made by a committee consisting of the members of the graduate program in Political Science. The committee makes its decisions taking into account (a) the applicant's performance in the "PhD gateway exam", and (b) the applicant's general performance in the courses in the field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Practices and Development 
  • Academic Writing for Graduate Students
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative and Textual Research Methods
  • Thesis Preparation Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application deadline: May 17th, 2022.


258 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
139 (quantitative)

English requirements

PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic
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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application Form: Application should be completed until the deadline. Candidates may apply to multiple programs. must Please click here for the online application form.
    • Official Transcript: An official document issued by the Registrar of the candidate's previous institution, showing all courses taken and grades received by the candidate. 
    • Two recommendation letters: Candidates are required to provide contact details for two people who will write recommendation letters.
    • One passport-sized photo: Candidates must upload a passport-sized photo to the online system.
    • Graduate Education Entrance Examination scores
    • Providing an English proficiency exam score is not mandatory.
    • Diploma for Master’s Degree with Thesis
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Sample work
    • Research Plan: This outlines the candidate's intended research in the future. Research plans submitted for PhD admissions are expected to have a minimum of 1500 words. 
    • CV

Tuition Fee

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    19500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 USD per year during 48 months.

PhD students receive a full-tuition waiver scholarship with additional benefits if applicable.

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.


PhD students receive a full-tuition waiver scholarship with additional benefits if applicable.

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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