Master Program in International Relations

Introduction

Programme Profile

This program aims at developing a multidimensional capacity of analysis required by International Relations discipline`s multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature. The future graduates should be able to put into practice the theoretical knowledge at the specialist level. After determinig an area of specialization on a particular theme and or/region, the future graduates broaden MA studies in relation with this choice and increase their capacity of analysis.


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); ALES (Academic Personel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) score of minimum 65 or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Quantitative Section score of minimum 152 (660 points according to the old scoring system) or GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) score of minimum 483; YDS (Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 70 in French. Those who have B2 level in DELF and C1 level in DALF certificates and the graduates of Galatasaray University are regarded as providing the conditions of French 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 and the required number of elective courses (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.75 out of 4.00, a graduate seminar and a master’s thesis (60 ECTS).


Recognition of Prior Learning


Programme Outcomes

1 Must have widened his/her knowledge acquired through the bachelor`s degree;
2 Must have developed a multidimensional capacity of analysis from his/her master on political science and his philosophy, history, law, economy, sociology, required by International Relations discipline`s multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature;
3 Should be able to put into practice the theoretical knowledge at the specialist level;
4 Should be able to determine an area of specialization on a particular theme and or/region, broaden MA studies in relation with this choice, increase his/her capacity of analysis;
5 Should be capable of mastering research methods at a specialist level and evaluate data obtained from research in line with scientific principles;
6 In the light of Galatasaray University’s institutional links with Europe, must have developed the ability to contribute to Turkey’s accession process to the EU in a concrete manner;
7 Must have reached the necessary level of competence and knowledge to be able to work at various academic and/or international organizations
8 Should be able to follow national and international publications in his/her field and also possess necessary linguistic skills (French, English, Turkish) and knowledge in order to contribute to these publications;
9 Should have developed researcher’s skills and for this purpose, use his/her knowledge and abilities in an effective manner through qualitative and quantitative analyses.


Occupation Profiles of Graduates

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


Access to Further Studies

The students graduated from this programme may apply to doctorate (Third Cycle) programmes.


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
AA
BA
BB
CB
CC
F
BL
BS
Grade points
4.00
3.50
3.00
2.50
2.00
0.00
-
-

 
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

This is a full-time programme.


Communication

Head of Department (or equivalent): Prof. Dr. Füsun TÜRKMEN
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80
E-Mail: fturkmen@gsu.edu.tr


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