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The MA program is two years (22 months) in duration, which is divided into four semesters. The first semester lasts from August to November and the second from January to May.

Plan A Type A1 (thesis only)
36 credits of thesis, with the program requirement;
- A student has to organize and present a seminar on the topic related to his/her thesis once every semester for at least two semesters and students have to attend seminar every semester that the course offered.
- The whole or part of thesis must be published/ accepted for publication in journal or an academic media, or presented in the academic conference with proceedings which have an editorial board at least one full academic paper.
- A student has to report thesis progression to the Graduate School every semester.


Plan A Type A2 (coursework and thesis)
The program requires a minimum of 36 credits for degree completion, consisting of 12 credits of required courses and 12 credits of elective courses and 12 credits of thesis. In addition, the whole or part of thesis must be published/ accepted for publication in journal or an academic media, or presented in the academic conference with proceedings which have an editorial board at least one full academic paper.

1st Academic Year
1st Semester
Courses Credits
169701 Social Sciences Theories 3
166701 Development Theories 3
Elective course 3

2nd Semester
Courses Credits
169702 Conceptualization in Social Research 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3

2nd Academic Year
1st Semester
Courses Credits
166791 Seminar: Special Issues on Development Studies 3
Elective course 3

2nd Semester
Courses Credits
169799 Thesis 3
TOTAL 36


Course Descriptions
Core Courses


Elective Courses
I. Courses in field of concentration

II. Courses outside field of concentration
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