Please note that the Department of Sociology has changed its formal requirements for admission starting 2014. Your application will consist of a transcript, letters of recommendation (for non-B.U. sociology applicants only), your ALES score, and a Statement of Purpose (see instructions below). Beware that application is an online process where you need to upload your documents to the system at https://registration.boun.edu.tr/BUIS/BUISAPPS/GradApplication.aspx The online application system closes on April 20, 5:00 PM.
Complete applications will then qualify for a written exam, to be held May 3, 5:00 PM at NB 119 (South Campus). Final applicants will be invited to in-person interviews at the department on May 11, 12 and 13. Interviews start at 10:00 AM, end at 5:00 PM. Final decisions will be announced shortly thereafter.
Applicants coming to the written exam will be asked to answer two separate general questions about social issues and analysis. The questions will be designed to assess students' capability and potential for sociological/anthropological imagination and understanding, as well as the ability to develop this way of thinking at the Master's level.
During your application process, our selections committee wants to understand what drives you, what issues you are excited to study, as well as your capacity to build arguments, develop questions, and apply a sociological perspective in analysis at the graduate level. Students will be selected on these bases.
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Instructions for writing your statement of purpose:
Your statement of purpose is NOT A RESEARCH PROPOSAL but should address the following questions in a manner most relevant for you: describe yourself, your personal and educational background, and please explain your interest in our department. Suggest some topics you are interested in studying, and explain what led you to become interested in these issues, as well as their broader sociological relevance/context. A strong/successful statement of purpose should give the admissions committee a clear sense of who you are, as well as your qualification and readiness for graduate study in sociology.
Statement of purposes should be no more than two pages single-spaced, and standard technical requirements apply (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins, etc.) The faculty will not help the applicants in writing the statement of purpose nor in choosing topics.