M.A. Program in Humanities and Social Sciences

Masters of Arts (MA) in Humanities and Social Sciences


The MA in Humanities and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary program run by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Yildiz Technical University. The program aims to attract students with degrees from a variety of fields including sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, history, art history, human geography, philosophy, gender and women studies, cultural studies, English literature, American literature, Turkish literature, law, international affairs and multicultural education. International students are welcomed.


Language of the Program

The language of instruction for the program is English. All writing and speaking activities in the program such as courses, thesis, assignments and examinations are in English. Overriding the minimum language requirement of the Graduate Institute of Social Sciences the program has its own English language requirement. The students must have at least a score of 75 from YDS (the Turkish national examination for English language proficiency) or an equivalent score from international tests (such as TOEFL and IELTS) recognized by Turkish Higher Education Institution (YÖK).


Coursework and Credit Requirements

Please check out the Graduate Institute of Social Sciences (YTÜ Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü)  and Turkish Higher Educational Institution’s (YÖK) rules and regulations for minimum credit requirements and other procedures for graduation. The PhD in Cultural Studies program has the following course requirements. The students will have 21 hours of course load (7 courses) for the program. At least a grade of CB must be obtained from each course to meet the minimum requirements of the program. Other than the 7 departmental courses, the students are expected to pass 2 non-credit (pass/fail) courses; Seminar and Ethics & Research Methods. The courses must be completed in 4 terms (2 years).


Core Courses (Required)

HSS requires all its students to take core courses that are fundamental for students to comprehend theoretical debates within social sciences, humanities and particularly cultural studies and to develop research and academic skills.


·                                 ITB 5101 Major Theories in Social Sciences

·                                 ITB 5110 Introduction to Methodology in Social Sciences


Elective Courses

HSS offers a wide range of elective courses each semester. These courses can be divided into three groups. The first group of courses covers theoretical issues in social sciences and cultural studies, while the second group of courses aims to prepare students for research skills such as research design, literature review, data collection, data analysis, and writing skills. The rest of the courses are on different areas of speciality that aim to address the interests of the faculty and the students. Students are advised to contact faculty members to be able to choose the courses that best fit their needs and interests.


The elective courses aim to help the students to customize their own program. Find a list of all approved courses below. Note that some of the courses may not be available every semester as the faculty will decide to open only a limited number of courses from the pool. Also, the faculty may decide to approve and open new courses that are not on this list. Please check out the elective alternatives from the department at the beginning of each semester. The students are allowed to take up to two PhD courses from the PhD in Cultural Studies program. However, the PhD course that has been elected must not be thematically identical to any course elected from the MA list. Please consult the department or your supervisor in case you are in doubt.



·         ITB 5100 Methodological Discussions in Social Sciences

·         ITB 5197 Contemporary Movements in Social Theory

·         ITB 5103 Development in Turkey: A Theoretical Approach

·         ITB 5104 Cultural Theory and Analysis

·         ITB 5105 Historical Analysis in Social Sciences

·         ITB 5106 Intellectual History: Conceptual Framework

·         ITB 5107 New Approaches to History

·         ITB 5108 Development of the Modern World System: Transformations in Society, Politics and Economy

·         ITB 5192 Social and Political Movements

·         ITB 5111 Ottoman Cultural History

·         ITB 5012 Nationalism: Origins, Ideologies, Forms

·         ITB 5113 Space, Place and Identity

·         ITB 5114 Ethnic and Cultural Diversity


·         ITB 5001 Seminar

·         ITB XXX Ethics & Research Methods

Thesis Requirements

The students should decide on a thesis topic and be assigned to a supervisor by the end of the first term. Each candidate must prepare a thesis under the guidance of his/her supervisor to be defended finally in an oral examination. The thesis draft which is approved by the thesis supervisor must be completed in accordance with the deadlines and guidelines of the Graduate Institute of Social Sciences.


Thesis Defense (Viva)

A full thesis draft must be submitted to the Graduate Institute of Social Sciences and a preliminary approval must be received from the Institute in order to finalize a viva date. The examination process is done by a jury of three members; the external examiner, the internal examiner and the supervisor. All oral exams are open to public. The students should consult their supervisors for viva details.



For a student to graduate from the program, s/he has to fulfil the requirements above as well as the requirements of the Graduate Institute of Social Sciences and Turkish Higher Education Institution. The student must publish an article with his/her supervisor in an international/domestic peer-reviewed academic journal or make a presentation in an international/domestic academic conference with a published proceeding in the proceedings book. Please consult your supervisor and visit the Institute’s website at http://www.sbe.yildiz.edu.tr/ for legal procedures. The maximum duration of the program including the courses and the thesis is 6 terms (3 years).


Updated in September 2017