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MASociology (With Thesis)

Tuition fee $8,000 per programme
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Şehir-Sociology’s vision is based on the concept of the global articulation of a local perspective. It aims to creatively combine sound education with cutting-edge research, high academic standards with sensitivity to social issues as well as the global with the local. From this glocal perspective, its mission is two-fold: to offer its students an intellectually-satisfying and interdisciplinary education, and to produce sophisticated knowledge based on rigorous methods and original research. It thus aims to contribute to the accumulation of refined knowledge, instead of repeating what has already been produced. To this end, Istanbul Sehir University MA Program in Sociology offers to those who have questions in mind and social responsibility in character a free research environment and a rich intellectual atmosphere where free thinking can flourish.

Combining small size with intellectual diversity, MA Program in Şehir-Sociology makes it its priority to offer its students a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives of its faculty, who are committed to student-centered education by working closely with students in small seminar settings and providing them with sound guidance. Areas of faculty interest include political sociology, historical and comparative analysis, everyday life, the sociology of culture and religion, social movements, economic sociology and organizations, social inequality, urban ethnography, ethnicity and nationalism, identity, gender and advanced statistics. The department is also committed to extend the range of scholarly exchange and courses offered each semester by hosting some of the leading sociologists from all over the world.

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The objectives of the graduate program include not only the production and transmission of an intellectual repertoire, but also preparing the students for successful careers in national and international organizations, public and private institutions, including particularly NGOs, research centers, universities and the media. Such a range of careers requires harnessing sophisticated knowledge with cultural capital and an imaginative perspective, which the graduate program is prepared to provide. Şehir-Sociology also offers a wide range of cultural capital to professionals with little social-science background who would like to better understand the society they live in, and to see their social environment from a different perspective than what they have been taught. Last but not least, another crucial aim of the graduate program is to help the students get equipped with necessary qualifications to pursue further academic degrees (e.g. PhD’s) in some of the world’s best universities.

MA Program in Şehir-Sociology also takes pride in being an integral part of Şehir’s landmark graduate and undergraduate teaching program, one based on interdisciplinarity and diversity. In close collaboration with graduate programs in history, cultural studies, and modern Turkish studies at Şehir, our program is dedicated to help students learn to think analytically about their society and to prepare them for a wide range of careers. Thus, on one hand, we offer a number of common courses with other programs, on the other hand, we encourage our students to take (elective) classes from all three of the above graduate programs. For graduation, the students are required to complete a minimum of 8 courses and 24 graduate credits. They are also required to write an MA thesis of reasonable length.

Apply now! Commence year 2019
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
Nov 4, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States