Kadir Has University Psychological Sciences MA program will accept new students* for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The program offers courses in Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology. Admitted students will be expected to develop a research program in one or a combination of these three areas. Courses will start in September 2021.
*BA degree in Psychology is required.

Faculty and their research areas

Prof. Dr. S. Adil Sarıbay


Prof. Dr. Sarıbay received his undergraduate training in Psychology at Middle East Technical University; obtained his master’s degree in Psychology at Boğaziçi University and his doctorate degree in Social/Personality Psychology from New York University. 

His research focuses on various topics such as social perception, specifically facial morphology and face perception in collaboration with colleagues with a Biology background; and political psychology, specifically the relation between cognitive style and sociopolitical views.  For more information:   https://p2.khas.edu.tr/cv_program/cv_eng/3155.pdf


Assoc. Prof. Aslı Çarkoğlu



Assoc. Prof. Çarkoğlu has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Boğaziçi University and obtained her M.A. and PhD degrees in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University.

Dr. Çarkoğlu’s research interests include interaction of chronic illnesses with family relationships (diabetes in specific), smoking, cessation, emergent adulthood and tobacco use. Dr. Çarkoğlu’s most recent familial focus point is impact of fathers on their child’s identity development.

For more information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Asli_Carkoglu


Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Harma


Assoc. Prof. Harma has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Mersin University. He obtained his M.A and PhD degrees in Psychology from Middle East Technical University.

His research interests include the function, maintenance, and consequences of close relationships and the role of interpersonal relationships on various contexts. He is the principal investigator of the Communication and Relationship Research Lab and works with undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information: https://corelab.khas.edu.tr


Assoc. Prof. Onurcan Yılmaz

Onurcan Yılmaz

Dr. Yılmaz has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Yeditepe University. He holds two M.A. degrees in Psychological Sciences and Social Psychology from Boğaziçi University and Istanbul University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Istanbul University.

Generally speaking, Dr. Yılmaz tries to understand the psychological causes and consequences of human morality. He founded and currently leads the Moral Intuitions Lab (https://www.moralintuitionslab.com). He also writes a regular scientific blog called “Moral Intuitions” for the website of a leading popular science magazine, Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/moral-intuitions).


Asst. Prof. Aslı Aktan-Erciyes


Dr. Aktan-Erciyes has a B.A. degree in Management from Boğaziçi University and completed her M.A. and PhD studies in Psychology at Boğaziçi University.

Dr. Aktan-Erciyes studies interaction between language and cognition. In her research she investigates how early and intense exposure to second language affects first language and vice versa. She is also interested in narrative development and event conceptualization. She runs Studies in Language and Bilingualism (SiLab) since September 2018.

For more information: https://silab.khas.edu.tr/


Asst. Prof. Ahu Gökçe

Ahu Gökçe

Dr. Gökçe has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Istanbul Bilgi University. She obtained her M.A and PhD degrees from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Neuro-cognitive Psychology and Experimental Psychology, respectively.

Her research focuses on visuospatial attention, selective visual attention, visual working memory, visual reasoning, ensemble representations, attention and food selection and the interplay between attention and emotional processes.

For more information: http://visualcoglab.khas.edu.tr

Asst. Prof. Sezin Öner


Dr. Öner completed her B.A. education in Psychology at Boğaziçi University. She received her M.A degree in Clinical Psychology from Doğuş University and completed her PhD work in Cognitive Psychology at Koç University.

Broadly, she is interested in the interplay of emotional and cognitive processes, particularly autobiographical memory. In her research, Dr. Öner focuses on “Why do we remember? (“Why do we forget?)” and works on the functional aspects of remembering and how these functions vary across individuals. In addition, she has been conducting research on how public events are remembered in Turkey.

For more information: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sezin_Oner


Asst. Prof. Berna Uzundağ


Dr. Uzundağ obtained her B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Boğaziçi University. She completed her M.A. degree in Cognitive Science at Boğaziçi University and her PhD degree in Psychology at Koç University.

Dr. Uzundağ is the director of the Child and Family Research Laboratory (http://cocukveaile.khas.edu.tr). Her research focuses on infants’ and children’s cognitive development (language, attention, executive functions) and related environmental factors (mother-child interactions, socioeconomic status, screen use).

For more information: http://www.bernaarslanuzundag.com


Asst. Prof. Efe Soyman


Dr. Soyman has obtained his BA in Psychology from Bogazici University, and his MS and PhD in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.

In his Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Lab, he investigates the brain mechanisms underlying social cognitive processes such as emotions, empathy, helping, and imitation.

For more information: https://scanlab.khas.edu.tr


Minimum requirements for application

  • Having a B.A degree in Psychology or Psychological Counseling and Guidance
  • GPA equal to or greater than 2.75
  • GRE equal to or greater than 610/149
  • English proficiency

Documents for Application

  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • GRE
  • TOEFL (or equivalent document of English proficiency)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose: The applicant should provide information (max 1500 words) about the reasons for applying to a particular field, who they would like to work with, what research topics are of interest to them, their expectations from the M.A. program, and their previous research experience if any.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications without GRE/TOEFL scores will be reviewed.

The qualifying exam will contain questions regarding research article evaluation, specific questions about social, cognitive, developmental theories, and research methods.


Click for Online Application.

For questions about the application process, please contact Ayşe Mine Dürü (e-mail: mine.duru@khas.edu.tr).