-You must have a 3.00 GPA for application for MA Applications. 

-We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration.

Letters of Recommendation

-The Graduate School requires two letters of recommendation for MA applications.

-Recommendation letters  should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant’s potential for graduate study.

-Letters of recommendation must be submitted online.


-Applicants to MA and PhD programs must have their results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-for foreign applicants) or ALES (Akademik Lisansüstü Eğitim Sınavı-for native applicants) General Test sent to the Graduate School.

-You need to also upload available scores during online application. You will be able to leave these spaces empty if your scores are not available at the time of application.

-We do accept applications without ALES and/or TOEFL scores.

-You must submit these scores as soon as they are announced.


-All applicants whose native language is not English must ensure that the Graduate School receives their official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

-Minimum score required is 80.

-We do not accept IELTS.

Writing a Statement of Purpose

As suggested in the general application section, a good statement of purpose will include reasons for applying to this program, career objectives, and research interests. In addition, as much as possible, it should include a tentative thesis topic, including which research methods will be used. Moreover, applicants are strongly encouraged to become familiar with CSHS faculty research areas and projects and to indicate names of faculty they may want to work with in the statement of purpose. Those who have an interest in working with a particular faculty member can contact that person for additional information. More detailed information, including a list of recent faculty publications can be found on the Sociology and History Department’s web pages.