Your Guide for Master's in Turkey 2023
Master's in Turkey, Master's specializations in Turkey, Studying master's in Private Turkish Universities, Distance-Learning Master's in Turkey.
Studying master's in Turkey is considered the main goal for Arab students, especially in the last few years, due to the high acceptance rate, easy application procedures, low living expenses, and reasonable studying fees compared to other European countries, plus students can benefit from the Turkish public scholarships.
Master's is the study level that follows the bachelor's, and there are three options for joining master's in Turkey:
- Studying in Public Universities.
- Studying in Private Universities.
- The Turkish government pays great attention to scientific research and allocates a significant budget. The number of international students reached 17% of the total students in Turkey due to the following advantages:
- More than 200 public and private universities offer master's programs. Most of them have an excellent ranking locally and internationally.
- The lifestyle in Turkey is very similar to that of Arabs, making the country very convenient for Arab students.
- The distinct scientific cadres in Turkish universities, from experts to advisors in different specializations, deliver the scientific materials excellently.
- The student has the right to have a residency when studying master's, which provides many living advantages.
- Study fees are low compared to the USA and Europe.
- Accommodation is available for foreigners and Turks alike, at reasonable costs.
- The Turkish government provides a subscription to health insurance, thus providing health care at reasonable costs in the health centers around the country.
- Availability of programs in Arabic is considered one of the most significant advantages as students can study and even prepare their thesis in Arabic in some universities like Marmara University and Yalova University.
- Master's with a thesis, known as TEZLI: The study lasts for two years, divided into four semesters, then followed by one year for preparing the thesis.
- Master without thesis, known as TEZSIZ: It lasts for one year, divided into three semesters.
- Photographs and copy of the passport.
- A true copy of the graduation certificate (Bachelor's), certified by the consulate of the student's country, along with the transcripts.
- A document to clarify whether the student residency is temporary or tourist.
- Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL).
- Proof of Turkish language proficiency. If not available, the student undergoes a free course to learn the Turkish language for an entire year.
On the other hand, some universities require supplementary documents like:
- Copy of the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) translated into Turkish, along with the transcripts.
- A Turkish guarantor.
- Students resume along with his certificates.
- Study fees for a master's degree in Turkey vary from one university to another. However, they are generally lower than other universities in the USA or Europe.
- In public universities, they range from 500 to 700$ per year, while in private ones, they are between 3000$ and 15,000$ per year.
- Besides fees, there are living expenses which vary from one student to another but, on average, reach 400$ per month.
The Turkish government provides free scholarships for international students, including scholarships for master's. The admission starts in January of each year. They comprehensively cover the following:
- Traveling expenses and flight tickets.
- Accommodation costs.
- Residency fees during the program.
- Study fees
- Free health insurance.
- Discounted transportation
- Free of cost one-year course in the Turkish language.
- 1300 TL as a monthly stipend.
However, there are some conditions
- Students must not be above 30.
- Students must have a GCSE average of at least 75%.
There are many specializations available for a master's degree in private and public Turkish universities, including
- Master's in Administrative Science.
- Master's in Psychology
- Master's in Media
- Master's in genomics and genetics.
- Master's in Marketing.
- Master's in Architecture.
- Master's in Law, including International Law.
- Master of Natural Sciences in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Earth.
- Master's in Architectural Studies.
- Master's in Human Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Master of Technology Science in Computer Science.
- Master of Engineering Sciences such as Mathematics and Electricity.
- Master's in Economy.
- Master's in the Turkish Language.
- Master's in Islamic Studies.
- Studying master's in Turkey is available in most private universities.
- Although the high cost of studying in the private universities compared to public ones, they are known for the high quality of education, and the various partnership programs with international universities, thus providing better job opportunities for the graduates.
- Private universities are also distinct by providing the possibility of studying in English alongside the Turkish language. The following are the most prominent private Turkish universities that offer master's degrees:
1. Koç University:
- It is a newly established university located in Istanbul.
- It is one of the leading universities in Turkey and one of the top 50 new universities in the world.
2. Bilkent University:
- It is a relatively old university established in 1984 and is located in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
- It includes two institutes of higher education and 51 postgraduate programs.
3. Sabancı University:
- It is located in Istanbul and ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.
- It is distinct by the quality of education in various fields. Specifically natural sciences, social studies, engineering, and fine arts.
4. Istanbul Aydın University:
- It is one of the top 50 Turkish universities, established in 2003.
- It offers approximately 74 master's programs.
5. Üsküdar University:
- It is a new university established in 2011, located in Istanbul.
- It is ranked among the top 100 universities in Turkey and one of the best 3000 universities in the world.
- It is known for master's programs in medicine, therapy, mental health, and psychological rehabilitation.
6. Işık University:
- Founded in 1996, located on the Asian side of Istanbul.
- It offers 16 master's programs in engineering, arts, and management sciences.
- Distance learning is a modern means of education in which contemporary technologies are utilized, and it is available in many Turkish universities.
- Yeditepe Üniversitesi, Başkent University, and Istanbul Aydın University are among the best private Turkish universities that offer distance learning.
Distance-learning master's programs in private Turkish universities
1. Master's Program in Electronic Business Administration
- Bilgi University offers it, available in English and Turkish.
- The program consists of 5 core courses and five elective ones. It can be completed in three semesters.
- The program is available online and offline.
2. Master's Program in Geopolitics and International Relations
- Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi offers it, and it is available in English and Turkish.
- The duration of the program ranges from three to four semesters, and the tuition fee is 12000$ annually.
- The program aims to analyze international politics and the world regime properly, deal with critical international issues, accumulate knowledge and skills, and use other social sciences.
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