Non-Thesıs Master Program ın Socıologıcal Studıes on Turkey


Programme Profile

Social Studies on Turkey Non-Thesis Master Program is a sociologically oriented program aiming to think anew certain concepts that we come across in everyday life but have difficulty to make sense. There is a need for the intellectual equipment offered by social sciences to better understand rapidly changing Turkish society. The program intends to develop an analytical and multi-dimensional approach regarding the problems of modern Turkey instead of evaluating them with superficial beliefs.

Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this programme are awarded the non Thesis Master’s Degree in Sociology

Level of Qualification

This is a Second Cycle programme.

Access Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle); YDS (Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 65 in French or English. The graduates of Galatasaray University, those who have B2 level in DELF and C1 level in DALF certificates, or a TOEFL score of minimum 450 for PBT, 130 for CBT, 50 for IBT, or 5 points for each section of the IELTS are regarded as providing the conditions of foreign language requirement.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Master’s Degree in Sociology is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.75 out of 4.00, a graduate seminar and a master’s project (30 ECTS).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 Program Outcomes A student who has successfully completed this programme is able to : 1- The student will be able to master theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field of sociology. 2- The student may acquire a capacity of sociological thinking by using principal concepts of different fields of social sciences. 3- The student may develop an awareness of interdisciplinary interactions. 4- The student will acquire necessary intellectual devices provided by social sciences to better understand Turkish society. S/he can learn to develop a multi-dimensional and analytical perspective to problems of present Turkey. 5. The student will be informed of processes of cultural, social and political changes of Turkish society and can acquire the capacity of comparative analysis of these processes. 6-The student acquires not only knowledge but also a capacity of independent and critical thinking. 7- The student may acquire a capacity of building associations between sociological theories and his/her everyday practices and a better analysis of personal experiences 8- The student may develop a capacity of defining, analyzing and providing policy recommendations for the problems that s/he is facing in the fields that s/he is active. 9- The student can make original and consistent contributions in the fields that s/he is active. 10- The student may conduct independent research and provide contributions in the projects related to the fields that s/he is active. 11- The student can analyze relations with the partners and manage the coordination in the fields that s/he is active. 12- The student may gain awareness about caring and protecting the universality of social rights, social justice, environmental and cultural values.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

Apart from the possibilities of pursuing an academic career, the students who have graduated from this program are employed in a variety of fields in the public, the private, as well as the nonprofit sectors. They can be employed as experts and researchers in ministries, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations and research companies. They may also follow a variety of career paths in the media, public relations, and human resources fields.

Access to Further Studies

Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance

For each course taken, the student is given one of the following letter grades by the instructor:

Letter grades
Grade points

A student who has received a letter grade of “AA”, “BA” or “BB” in any course is considered successful. Students who have received a grade of “CB” or “CC” are also considered successful provided that their cumulative grade point average is at least “2.75”. The letter grade “F” indicates “Fail”. The grade “BL” is given to a student who sucessfully completes the graduate seminar or the final project, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for the graduate seminar or the final project.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the ECTS credits. In order to calculate CGPA the sum of total credit points earned in all the courses taken by a student is divided by the sum of all ECTS credits.

Mode of Study

This is a full-time programme.


Head of Department (or equivalent): Koordinatör: Prof. Dr. İpek MERÇİL
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi
Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80

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