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Master of Science in Disaster and Humanitarian Aid Management (English)

About the Program

Disaster and Humanitarian Aid Management Programme is organized under the coordination of Political Science and Public Administration Department and it aims to graduate students in the fields of social sciences and health sciences to specifically work on disasters and aid in both public and private institutions in Turkey and abroad.

Disaster and Humanitarian Aid Management Programs include pre-disaster recovery and restructuring activities, including risk reduction and preparation strategies, search and rescue at the time of disaster, and humanitarian activities afterwards in case of a potential disaster. An effective disaster management depends on the existence of national disaster policies, interdisciplinary studies, and the  culture of disaster. Structurally, disaster management includes many different occupanital groups, specialties, methods, techniques, administrative and legal processes. So, it is essential to evaluate disaster management as an interdisciplinary management area. Thanks to this program, it is expected that Turkey, as a country faced with several disasters in the history, will achieve more effective and functional disaster management via qualified human resources. In the evaluation regarding the application areas of disaster policies, it is seen that traditional approach focuses on crisis management and produces local scale policies while strategic approach adopt a broader perspective and applications. Traditional method considers disaster management and humanitarian aid as part of engineering while  strategic approach adopt a broader perspective which includes multi-disciplinary, economic, social and environmental issues. This program adopts a strategic understanding that will ensure cooperation between public employees, NGOs, private sector, business professionals, representatives of professional organizations together with researchers and academicians who carry out scientific research in this field. Disaster and Humanitarian Aid Management Master Program, which is inherently interdisciplinary, is designed to deal with the main problems of humanity, disaster and humanitarian aid, from a social sciences perspective, and to ensure a more effective management in the policy development and implementation process.


Admission Requirements


For Turkish Citizens
  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Political Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture or Faculty of Medicine.
  • Undergraduate CGPA must be at least 2.00 over 4.00 (or 53.33 over 100.)
  • Applicants must submit a minimum ALES (Equal Weight) score of 55. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Applicants must submit a minimum English YDS/e-YDS or YÖKDİL score of 80. An equivalent score on an exam accepted by the Higher Education Council is also valid.
  • Candidates must earn a minimum score of 65 from written science exams and/or interviews. 
For International Applicants
  • A commission set up by the relevant department’s directorate and composed of at least 3 faculty members determines the field in which applicants must hold a undergraduate.
  • Undergraduate CGPA must be at least 2.50 over 4.00 (or 65 over 100.)
  • Candidates must demonstrate their proficiency in English to be able to start their studies. Those who have received their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a university in which the language of instruction is English that is in a country where English is the native or official language or obtained the minimum specified score from one of the following language exams are regarded as proficient in English.


(Minimum 16 from each skill)

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  • International students must pay the tuition fee of 6.000 TL per year.


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Program Coordinator and Contact Information
Prof. Dr. Aslı AKAY

  +90 312 596 4846



For Turkish Citizens
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.

The application page becomes active in the period when the applications are accepted.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

The applications are generally accepted in the months of June-July-August for fall semesters and November-December for spring semesters. The university website should be followed for the exact dates.

Applicants are ranked based on an initial evaluation carried out by weighting 50% of ALES score and 50% of GPA. The number of candidates invited to science exams can be up to five times the quota. Three points after comma in decimals are taken into consideration in the ranking of applicants. If more than one candidate rank last with the same score, all these candidates are invited to entrance examination.

After applications are accepted, a science exam is held on the announced date. The application results are determined by weighting 50% of ALES score, 20% of GPA, and 30% of science exam score. Based on this evaluation, candidates who have earned a score of 65 and above are deemed successful. Successful candidates are ranked according to general evaluation scores (in cases of equal general evaluation scores, science exam scores are taken into consideration), and a number of candidates and substitute candidates as specified by quotas are announced on the institute's website.

For International Applicants
  • Click here for the documents required for the application.
  • Click here for the online application page.


Application Calendar and Evaluation

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applications are evaluated by taking into account acceptance requirements of the program and international student quotas. The evaluation result is sent to the applicant's e-mail address.