Graduate Programs at The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at  Koç University
The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at  Koç University

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University



Developing  world-class social scientists
in one of the world’s great cities


The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University in its 13th year hosts over 350 students in 26 MA and PhD programs taught in English and in disciplines such as: International Relations and Political  Science, Law, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, History, Archeology and History of Arts and Design and Technology.

The  School is part of Koç University located in Istanbul, Turkey now  ranked #8 in  the world's best small universities and #36 in the world’s best universities  under 50 years old by Times Higher Education and offering all graduate programs with full or partial  scholarships.

Joining  the Graduate School means you are committed to becoming a leader and  contributing to the theory and practice of the social sciences by conducting  high-quality research that has the potential to contribute to universal  knowledge as well as social policies in Turkey and other countries. The mission  of the faculty is to support you in developing the competencies and skills necessary to achieve this and providing effective mentoring to guide your  career development.


Our approach

Our  aim is to recruit the best students, work with the best faculty and give both  freedom to innovate and achieve state of the art developments. Being a small  university means that our faculty-student ratio enables proper time for  supervision, teaching and research.

We  provide financial support for professional trainings outside KU, invite  world-renown distinguished scholars for seminars and workshops, and encourage  exposure to international scholarly communities through exchange programs,  conferences or research trips.

Our MSc  and PhD students work with faculty members who are very active in research. The majority (95% to be exact) have  received their PhD degrees from the top universities of Europe and US. Most of them worked as  faculty members in leading American and European universities before coming to  Koç University. They are responsible for multiple national and international research grants and publishing in top scientific journals.

As a PhD candidate at Koç University  you are considered a colleague, not a student   and not a teaching assistant. This is why we provide all the support  needed to help you achive your best during your time here.

All of our graduate students are  supported either by Koç University with full scholarships or through the  projects led by our faculty members.

The KU Graduate Fellowship for PhD admitted international candidates includes:

  • Monthly stipend 
  • Full tuition waiver 
  • Free furnished housing nearby campus or housing aid 
  • Private health insurance 
  • Travel awards 
  • Other benefits

Scholarships  for MA with Thesis programs includes full tuition waiver and may include other benefits such as monthly stipend, housing and others according to academic  merit.



LLM and Phd in Law (Public and Private Law)
Koç University Law School aims to nurture creative and sophisticated lawyers with its content-rich courses in public law, private law, and its core program, which enables students to excel in a variety of disciplines.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
MA and Phd in Archeology and History of Art
The Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of archaeology, the history of art and visual culture, cultural heritage management, and museum studies by employing the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches and a hands-on approach to learning.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
MA and Phd in Economics
Koç University is one of the best places to obtain a MA or  PhD degree in economics.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
MA and Phd in Political Science and International Relations
Committed to a liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity and diversity, the International Relations Department at Koç University offers students a rigorous program of study that prepares them for successful careers in a rapidly globalizing world.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
MA and Phd in Psychology
The Department of Psychology aims at producing theoretical and applied research, scholarship, and teaching at a quality that meets and even exceeds the national and international academic standards and at addressing issues that are relevant to national and human development.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
MA in Comparative Studies in History and Society and Phd in History
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. 
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
Phd in Sociology
The purpose of the Sociology Department at Koç University is to give students the necessary skillset they need to be able to critically analyze the social life and societies of their time.
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: Ongoing
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