MA in International Relations


Program Description

MA in International Relations

Master of Art (M.A.) in International Relations Program responds to a growing need for focused graduate programs in International Relations, offering students thorough training for careers in research, politics, foreign policy and business. The program serves students in two general directions:


The first is preparing students for future careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, both in Turkey and abroad, as well as careers in the private sector, public institutions including foreign service, international organizations, and NGOs. The second is preparing students for Ph.D. programs in Europe and North America. In addition, the MA program makes a valuable contribution to the Department’s and the university’s research environment and academic reputation.

The composition of the program reflects the strength of the faculty in a variety of areas such as European Integration, International Political Economy, and Conflict Studies. Individual faculty research also allows students to pursue studies in areas such as Citizenship, Civil Society and Democracy, Development, Globalization, International Relations Theory, Middle East Politics, Migration, Religion and Secularism, and Turkish Politics.

The members of the International Relations Department at Koç University are recognized as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad.

Our graduate students are exposed to the latest theoretical debates and methodological techniques. They also have the opportunity to participate in the research programs of the faculty members.


Statement of Purpose

Required for all applicants. It should not exceed 2,000 words focusing on the following questions:

  • Why do you apply to Koç University?
  • Why do you apply to the particular program?
  • What are your career objectives?
  • For applicants to Ph.D. programs what are your research interests and who do you want to work with?


You must have a 2,5 GPA for application for MA Applications.
We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations. Once translated, the original transcript and the certified translations are to be sent to the Graduate School admission office.

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School requires two letters of recommendation for MA applications. These should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant's potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online.

You can find more information about the MA and PhD in International Relations and Political Sciences program (curriculum, faculty, courses, alumni and current students)here.

The MA with Thesis is a full-time, course based, 2-year graduate program and the PhD is also a full-time, course based, 4-5 year doctoral program modeled after the best PhD programs in the US.

The Department’s emerging strengths are in the areas of European Integration, International Political Economy, and Security Studies.

Graduates of the MA and PhD program are continuing their studies in top-ranking PhD programs and Post-doctoral positions throughout the world in addition to working in multinational corporations, non-governmental agencies, and state organizations.

Application and admission requirements

  • 2-3 Recommendation Letters
  • TOEFL IBT (minimum 80) exam scores
  • GRE General test scores (minimum 155 on quantitative section)
  • Transcripts – minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00
  • Statement of Purpose

All these documents should be uploaded using our online application system.

Last updated August 2019

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