Course Catalog


Public Policy MA Program aims to equip students with the theoretical and practical skills required to design, implement, and evaluate public policies. Graduates will have acquired the necessary knowledge on the needs, grounds, and spheres of government intervention in economic and social life in modern states as well as institutional and statistical skills for devising and assessing public policy in specific areas.

Positive impact of public policy on social welfare requires consistency in defining the grounds and goals of policies, and clear explanations of the specific economic and social problems as well as the market deficiencies which the policy has been designed to solve. In this sense, specialization in public policies necessitates an interdisciplinary approach inspired by political science, public management, and economics. Furthermore, a competent program also needs to cover advanced econometric methods that are being used to assess the impact of public policy on social welfare. Sabancı University Public Policy MA Program offers an interdisciplinary approach and provides students with the latest tools of policy assessment. Graduates will have the expertise to work in the public as well as the private sector, the rapidly expanding think-thank and consultancy industries, or to pursue doctoral degrees in public policy or related fields of the social sciences.


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
Master Thesis 30 - 1
Required Courses 64 12 7
Area Electives 40 12 4
Total 134 24 12


Master Thesis

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     PUBL 599 Master's Thesis 30 0 FASS

Required Courses

All courses below.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     ECON 520 Public Economics 10 3 FASS
     ECON 523 Economics of the Welfare State 10 3 FASS
     GR 501S Academic Practices and Development 7 0 FASS
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     PUBL 500 Pro-thesis Seminar 10 0 FASS
     PUBL 501 Governance, Politics and Public Policy 10 3 FASS
     PUBL 503 Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques 10 3 FASS

Area Electives

12 SU (40 ECTS) credits from the pool below.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     CONF 512 Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     ECON 521 Education Economics and Policy 10 3 FASS
     ECON 522 Health Economics and Policy 10 3 FASS
     ECON 547 Essentials of Project and Infrastructure Finance 10 3 FASS
     ECON 604 Applied Econometrics 10 3 FASS
     ECON 610 Competition and Regulation 10 3 FASS
     POLS 534 Formal Modelling and Political Analysis I 10 3 FASS
     POLS 535 Formal Modelling and Political Analysis II 10 3 FASS
     POLS 580 Political Economy 10 3 FASS
     POLS 598 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 10 3 FASS
     PUBL 504 Public Expenditure Policy for Social Sectors 10 3 FASS
     PUBL 550 Research in Public Policyr 10 3 FASS

**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.