The MIR program consists of the stages of course work, thesis work and thesis examination (oral defense). When writing their Master's theses, students work under the supervision of a faculty member with related interests. The student is asked to assist a faculty member upon arrival and if the interest areas of the student diverge from the faculty member, another supervisor can be assigned.
Students may choose to specialize in and work on areas of their choice, such as theoretical issues, international security studies, strategic studies, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, regional integration, global environmental problems, international law, peacekeeping and conflict resolution, as well as area studies such as the European Union, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The Master's program must be completed in at most 4 semesters.
Completion of at least 31 units of credit course work. The five required international relations courses include the following: International Relations Theory (tied to Academic
English Writing 1), Research Methods (tied to Academic English Writing 2) and Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy. The five elective courses can be selected from the offered graduate courses each semester.
Completion of an M.A. thesis proposal before the start of the second year.
An M.A. thesis must be submitted, defended and approved by a thesis defense committee.
A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained for the totality of Master's level work.
Every MIR candidate must pass the two Academic English Writing courses before starting to write the M.A. thesis.
International Relations Theory
Academic Writing I
Academic Writing II
Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy
M.A. Thesis Proposal
Foreign language courses offered at Bilkent:
Arabic, Persian, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, Russian.