MA and PhD in International Relations and Political Science, Koc University

Deadline: May
Open to:  Graduates from related fields
Location: KocUniversity, İstanbul, Turkey



Committed to a liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity and diversity, the International Relations Department at Koç University offers students a rigorous program of study that prepares them for successful careers in a rapidly globalizing world.

Koç University offers both MA and PhD graduate degrees in International Relations.The students examine the basic questions of International Relations, including how nations struggle over power and wealth, how political communities reconcile claims of authority, liberty, and justice, and how governments and societies produce the policies that influence our lives. Students choose courses from the major subfields of international politics, comparative government, Turkish politics, and political theory. They develop critical analytical skills allowing them to explain, compare, and generalize about political phenomena in a broad range of countries, employing the key methodologies of the discipline.


Master of Art  and Ph.D. in International Relations program reflects the Department’s emerging strength in the areas of European Integration, International Political Economy, and Security Studies.Graduates of the program are continuing their studies in top-ranking programs throughout the world in addition to working in multinational corporations, non-governmental agencies, and for the state.


The Center for Research on Globalization Peace and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) has been operating as a research center at Koç University since November 2004 to enrich the debate about globalization and democracy on campus and to promote the flow of ideas between Koç and the global policy arena. The Center encourages comparative and multidisciplinary research on globalization and democratic governance, and serves as an intellectual platform for dialogue between academic and research scholars.


Koç University is the first university from Turkey to partner with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. This was established, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN to promote understanding among societies.


Research Areas

  • Citizenship
  • Civil Society
  • Conflict Studies
  • Democratization
  • Development
  • Ethnic Politics and Nationalism
  • European Union
  • Foreign Policy
  • Globalization
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations Theory
  • Middle East Politics
  • Migration
  • Religion and Secularism
  • Turkish Politics


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Transcripts – A minimum GPA of 3,00 (for MA), 3,60 (forPhDfromMasters) 3,40 (forPhdfromBachelor)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 for MA, 3 forPhD)
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL IBT (80)
  • GRE: ForPhD - min 158 (with BA degree) 155 (with MA degree) For MA: Min 155
  • Statement of Purpose


Scholarship Availability

The scholarships are available to both our MA andPhD students but are highly competitive. MA scholarship availability is limited and will be awarded based on the academic merit. The scholarship includes: 

  • 100% tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend
  • Possibility of accommodation
  • Meal Card (PhD only)
  • Health Insurance
  • Other benefits


After you submit your online application via GradApp you may be shortlisted and contacted by the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities to schedule a written exam and an interview in person or by Skype.

After the interview, if you are offered admission into the program you will also receive a scholarship offer.

There are no additional procedures or forms to apply to our graduate scholarships.

In order to apply, register HERE.

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