Master of Arts in International Relations
Admission: Prospective students must have completed the Bilkent University requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in
International Relations or equivalent training. (Also refer to the "Graduate Admissions" section in the introduction of this
catalog for the general graduate admission requirements.)
Degree Requirements: A completed program must satisfy the following criteria:
- Completion of at least 24 units of credit course work. The seven required courses include the following: International Relations Theory, Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy, Pre-Thesis Seminar, Academic Practices, Fundamentals of Social Research Design, Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics, and Master's Thesis. The five elective courses can be selected from the offered graduate courses each semester.
- Completion of an M.A. thesis proposal before the start of the second year.
- An M.A. thesis must be submitted to and approved by the thesis defense committee.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained for the totality of Master's level work.
Master of International Affairs and Public Policy (MIAPP)
The curriculum of the Master of International and Public Policy (MIAPP) is designed to provide students with a broad
analytical background in the major fields of international affairs and European integration, combined with a specific focus
on the newly emerging issues of governance and globalization. The program of study
requires 36 credits and is completed in two semesters with an extra preparation period up to two semesters
of full-time attendance without the requirement of
submitting a Master's thesis.
By underlining updated knowledge and skills essential to careers in international, private, and public sectors, the program
responds to new professional opportunities at home as well as abroad. The program addresses the fundamental issues of
the post-Cold War era, globalization, public governance, corporate governance and European integration with an approach
that incorporates scholarly perspectives and practical experience.
Requirements for Application: An undergraduate degree in international relations is not a prerequisite for admission.
Graduates of other disciplines are also eligible and are encouraged to apply.
Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
The doctoral program at Bilkent IR is a highly specialized program. Its purpose is to develop the skills of doctoral
candidates in international political analysis and to increase their capacity to conduct research on theoretical issues,
international security studies, strategic studies, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, regional
integration, global environmental problems, international law, peacekeeping and conflict resolution as well as area
studies such as the European Union, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The program
is reserved for a limited number of students who are qualified and committed to spend several years conducting intensive
research. The program is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue an academic career.
Degree Requirements: Students accepted to this program must complete at least 26 credit hours of course work.
Students may take elective courses from other departments in
accordance with IR Ph.D. curriculum requirements. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained
for the totality of Ph.D. coursework. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or
published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended.
The doctoral program must be completed in at most 12 semesters.