Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Approved by the Higher Education Council in 1992, our department was established in 1994. It was established by the University Senate decision, and the graduate program (with thesis) was initiated in the 1997-1998 academic year. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Peace and Conflict Studies graduate program (with thesis) was also launched.

The graduate program, in principle, is pursued with an interdisciplinary approach. That is why, it seeks to determine the cause-effect relationships by considering the historical, societal, political, legal, economic and psychological aspects of the issues in focus, and as a result, it pays attention to provide well-founded analysis. The main goal of the graduate program is to provide the students wtih the criteria and academic format they will use after acquiring their graduate degree while they prepare reports and analyses in the future. Thereby, students who aim to pursue a further academic degree will acquire the basic knowledge on methodology they would use during the doctoral program.

Our graduate program took on the mission to follow the scientific literature and current resources on international relations, to produce independent analyses by using the advanced knowledge acquired in international law, diplomatic history, International Relations theories in defining and analyzing international problems and developing strategy and policy proposals based on these analyses.

The students of the graduate program are provided with the skills to critically evaluate their knowledge of the international relations, to make scientific studies by analyzing the global and regional issues through the perspectives of international relations theories and to participate into the individual and group based studies of the department aimed to solve these disputes and issues. In the scientific studies conducted by the graduate program, advanced diplomatic and academic English is used, computer technologies are applied, and during the process of the transfer of the acquired knowledge, academic Turkish is effectively taken advantage of.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


1. The applicants, in principle, must hold bachelor's degrees from Political Science or International Relations departments. If not, they must have diplomas from other four-year higher education institutions which equivalence is approved by the Academic Board of the Department of International Relations. In the case if applicants who were admitted to the program are not the graduates of International Relations or Political Science departments, they have to take the scientific preparation courses from the Undergraduate Curriculum. The transcripts of these students will be examined and the content of their preparatory program will be determined by the Academic Board of the Department. In order to be admitted to the program, students must be successful in each of the preparatory courses.

2. The applicants must meet the minimum 2.70 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale.

3. The applicants must have ALES equally weighted scores that meet the minimum score of 65 or must have internationally recognized GRE and GMAT scores that are equivalent to 65 of ALES in accordance with the equivalence defined by the Senate of Hacettepe University.

4. The applicants must have YDS scores that meet the minimum score of 80 or must have scores equivalent to 80 on the tests that are recognized on national and international level and which equivalence is approved by ├ľSYM.

5. International students' applications are accepted in line within “Hacettepe University Graduate Programme and Exam Regulation" in Official Gazette (29 November 2016, No:29900).

6. Those conditions, which are not included, are applied in accordance with the related provisions of the Hacettepe University Graduate Education, Instruction and Examination Regulations (Hacettepe ├ťniversitesi Lisans├╝st E─čitim, ├ľ─čretim ve S─▒nav Y├Ânetmeli─či).

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


Students must take a total of minimum 30 credit courses within the program making a total of 120 ECTS (At least one of these courses must be a Seminar).Students may take up to 6 credits from other Departments, upon the approval of the Academic Board of the Department of International Relations.

In order to pass a course, graduate students must get at least a grade of C1.

Any student who completed the course requirements and received at least a cumulative GPA of 2,75 can submit a thesis proposal after the end of the second semester.

Master's degree candidates, who have successfully completed the course requirements, must also write a thesis (in principle, in English) under the supervision of an advisor, appointed by the Department, and must successfully defend it.

The above-mentioned criteria emanate from Hacettepe University Graduate Study, Education and Examination Regulations.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


To be able to transfer a M.A. degree to M. A. of International Relations at Hacettepe University, it is required to meet the admission terms. For other issues, the related items of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Testing Legislation are valid.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the graduate program is to give students a Master of Science degree in a certain field in the discipline of International Relations. In addition, it is to provide students with the scientific perspective and to equip them with academic writing skills.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Since our International Relations Graduate Program is a popular one, candidates from numerous fields, including the students of our department, apply for it. Our department dedicated itself to meet these demands since it values interdisciplinary studies. However, it does not either negatively or positively discriminate to that end. It is a challenging task to have the occupational profiles, because a great number of our students who come to our department already have careers. Still, it is possible to give the profile of the incoming students. Accordingly, they come mainly from state institutions, primarily from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the EU, Ministry of Interior, Prime Ministry, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Customs and Trade and TIKA; from international organizations and their sub-divisions, such as the UN, UNICEF and UNHCR. They also include members of the Turkish military, lawyers, engineers, members of the Security Department, linguists and litterateurs.

Our graduates continue their education in PhD programs of the prominent universities in Turkey and abroad by obtaining various scholarships. The number of our graduates who dedicated themselves to an academic career is growing.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The aim of Graduate Program with thesis is, in addition to students' obtaining a certain accumulation of knowledge and skill in the International Relations discipline, is to provide students with the capability to do scientific research, to gain the ability to access information, to evaluate and to interpret that information.

Program courses are periodic and are mostly theoretical. In addition, there are no courses with prerequisites.

Total Credits


Compulsory Course Credits


Elective Course Credits


Compulsory Course Credits Percentage


Elective Course Credits Percentage


Maximum two of the courses that graduate students can take could be elected from among undergraduate courses, provided that they were not taken during undergraduate studies.

Depending on the circumstances, with the common decision of the head of department and the advisor, a student can take an elective course instead of the one s/he failed. The student who has successfully completed the compulsory courses of the program and whose cumulative GPA is at least 2.75, can submit his/her thesis proposal after the end of the second semester.

It is possible for the program students to do an internship in various institutions and organizations. There is no compulsory internship within the program.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Quantification and assessment procedures about each course are described inside each course's information package, "assessment methods" item, prepared by the related faculty members. Regarding exams and course grades, the related articles of the Regulations of Hacettepe University Institute of Social Sciences Master Degree Education, Teaching and Exams are applied.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


To graduate from this program, the student should be successful in the Seminar course, should complete 30 credits (in ECTS 120 credits), and should successfully defend his/her thesis.

Students who meet the conditions of graduation in the Hacettepe University Regulations for Graduate Program earn a right to graduate from this program.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Professor Yonca Anzerlio─člu


Office Phone: 297 81 11

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