Non-Thesis Master Program in International Relations


Programme Profile

This program aims at giving the necessary competence required by the pluridisciplinarity of International Relations to its future graduates who should be able to apply the acquired knowledge at a specialist’s level.

Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this programme are awarded the Master’s Degree in International Relations.

Level of Qualification

This is a Second Cycle programme.

Access Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle); YDS (Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 65 in French or English. The graduates of Galatasaray University, those who have B2 level in DELF and C1 level in DALF certificates, or a TOEFL score of minimum 450 for PBT, 130 for CBT, 50 for IBT, or 5 points for each section of the IELTS are regarded as providing the conditions of foreign language requirement.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Master’s Degree in International Relations is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.75 out of 4.00, a graduate seminar and a master’s project (30 ECTS).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 On top of the previously obtained BA degree, must have acquired the necessary competence required by the pluridisciplinarity of IR;
2 Must be able to perfection himself/herself on and also specialize in research methods with a view to present work data in accordance with scientific criteria;
3 Should be able to apply the acquired knowledge at a specialist’s level;
4 Should be able to choose his/her specialization theme and/or region while perfectionning his/her work in accordance with this choice and improving his/her capacity of analysis;
5 Must have acquired the necessary basic knowledge in order to undertake publications and programs on IR within printed and visual media;
6 Should be able to pursue a career specialized in IR within the private sector and NGOs;
7 Should be able to follow national and international publications in his/her field of research.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

The graduates can undertake careers in a) diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; b) civil service at the public sector as well as international organizations; c) communication and the media; d) the private sector within local and/or multinational firms.

Access to Further Studies

Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance

For each course taken, the student is given one of the following letter grades by the instructor:

Letter grades
Grade points

A student who has received a letter grade of “AA”, “BA” or “BB” in any course is considered successful. Students who have received a grade of “CB” or “CC” are also considered successful provided that their cumulative grade point average is at least “2.75”. The letter grade “F” indicates “Fail”. The grade “BL” is given to a student who sucessfully completes the graduate seminar or the Master’s Thesis, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for the graduate seminar or the Master’s Thesis.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the ECTS credits. In order to calculate CGPA the sum of total credit points earned in all the courses taken by a student is divided by the sum of all ECTS credits.

Mode of Study


Head of Department (or equivalent): Koordinatör: Doç.Dr. Ali Faik DEMİR
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi
Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80

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