Application Requirements

Sociology MA With Thesis

  • Transcripts, A minimum GPA of 3,00/4,00 is required for MA applications.
  • Reference Letters, The Graduate School requires two reference letters for MA applications. These 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
  • Statement of Purpose, which should not exceed 2000 words, focusing on why the applicant wants to study at Koç University and in this particular program as well as explaining career objectives and research interests
  • English Language, when applicants’ native language is not English, they must ensure to provide their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL,) or any equivalent testing system. (Please see minimum required scores below).
  • ALES or GRE Score: (Please see minimum required scores below)
  • Successful performance in a interview 
ALES(Equal Weighed and Verbal) 70
GRE (Verbal Reasoning) GRE (Analytical Writing) 150 4
GPA 3.00
YDS 80

Degree Requirements

Students who do not have a former degree in sociology can also be accepted to the program. Students coming from different disciplines must take the following basic courses before they can start the Master’s program. If these courses have been previously taken at the undergraduate level, the student will be able to directly start the Master’s program. Students who have not taken the following courses in their previous education will be able to take these courses at Koç University.


The prerequisite courses to be taken at the undergraduate level will be decided on student basis with the approval of the advisor / coordinator, and these courses can be taken without credit. Students who are required to take undergraduate courses start the Master’s program one or two semesters later, depending on need.

SOCI 201: Scientific Methods in Social Sciences

SOCI 220: Social Change and Development

SOCI 303: Classical Social Theory

SOCI 312: Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCI 325: Social Stratification

Sociology program consists of at least 7 (seven) courses, thesis proposal and thesis, with a total of minimum 21 (twenty-one) credits for students.

In addition to these courses, students are required to take the following non-credit course (pass or fail) during their course of education:

TEACH 500 TA Assignments

1st Year – Fall Semester 1st Year – Spring Semester
SOCI 501: Quantitative Research Methods SOCI 502: Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 503: Classical Social Theory SOCI 504: Contemporary Social Theory
Area Elective Elective
Elective ENGL 500: Academic English
KOLT 500: TA Workshops SOCI 590: Seminar
TEACH 500: TA Assignments TEACH 500: TA Assignments
ETHR 500 Ethics Course
2nd Year – Fall Semester 2nd Year – Spring Semester
SOCI 595: Master’s Thesis SOCI 595: Master’s Thesis
TEACH 500: TA Assignments TEACH 500: TA Assignments