MA in Comparative Studies in History and Society, Koc University

Deadline: May
Open to:  Graduates from related fields
Location: KocUniversity, İstanbul, Turkey



Comparative Studies in History and Society (CSHS) combines the strengths of the sociology and history departments of Koç University in an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) program. The program, which serves a growing need in Turkey for interdisciplinary graduate programs in the social sciences, offers a theoretically-driven, historically-informed, and empirically-rigorous graduate education.

The program will help serve the career needs of students in two ways. First, the program will prepare students who wish to continue on to Ph.D. programs in Turkey, Europe and North America. Second, it will train students who interested in research and policy-related positions in governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in Turkey.


Research Areas

  • Historical Sociology
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Social Theory
  • Turkish State and Society
  • Social Stratification
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Ottoman State and Society
  • Statist Policies in Comparative Perspective
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Migration and Population Movements


Degree Requirements

The CSHS M.A. program is a two-year degree program with a thesis. Students take courses in the first year and conduct their research and complete a thesis in the second year. The students identify specific faculty whom they wish to collaborate with on mutually agreed upon research projects. Mirroring the methodological diversity of its faculty, students have utilized a wide range of historical and sociological methods, including case-study and comparative historical approaches, quantitative survey methods, ethnography, archival research, content analysis, and a variety of mixed methods approaches.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Transcripts – A minimum GPA of 2.50/ 4,00
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 for MA)
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL IBT (80)
  • GRE: For PhD - min 158 (with BA degree) 153 (with MA degree) For MA: Min 149
  • Statement of Purpose


Scholarship Availability

While all admitted students will receive tuition remission, university scholarship funding for monthly stipends is competitive. Applicants eligible for a TUBITAK scholarship should apply for one. We will also accept students without stipends.

The selected applicants that will receive the scholarship will benefit from:

  • 100% tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend
  • Possibility of accommodation
  • Health Insurance
  • Other benefits


After you submit your online application via GradApp you may be shortlisted and contacted by the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities to schedule a written exam and an interview in person or by Skype.

After the interview, if you are offered admission into the program you will also receive a scholarship offer.

There are no additional procedures or forms to apply to our graduate scholarships.

In order to apply, register HERE.

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