International Relations - Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East (MIR), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
MIR (Master of Arts Program in International Relations: Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East) is a postgraduate taught Masters program of Bo?aziçi University. The objective of the program is to equip students from diverse backgrounds with a solid academic and empirical foundation in the fields of Global and Regional Affairs, International Economics, Turkish Studies and Turkish Foreign Policy. 

About

MIR (Master of Arts Program in International Relations: Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East) is a postgraduate taught Masters program of Bogaziçi University. The objective of the program is to equip students from diverse backgrounds with a solid academic and empirical foundation in the fields of Global and Regional Affairs, International Economics, Turkish Studies and Turkish Foreign Policy. The program provides a particular focus on Turkey's place in the current global political and economic environment in general and the Europe Union in particular.

MIR also aims to develop a comprehensive perspective to analyze the dynamic transformations in and around Turkey's vast neighborhood and combine this with a discussion of the meaning and relevance of political and economic developments at the global level to Turkey and its surrounding regions. Ultimately, the program aims to help students develop their analytical skills, enrich their knowledge and understanding of the challenges resulting from Turkey's pivotal situation at the intersection of Europe and regions of the World undergoing major economic and political transformations in the post-Cold War era.

MIR Core seminars are designed to enhance students' theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge about the:

  • changes in contemporary global politics and economy
  • politics and economics of Turkey and its surrounding regions and of the European Union
  • transformation of Turkey's role in its neighborhood and the global system.

In addition, MIR elective courses provide the opportunity to focus on particularly salient issues such as:

  • Turkey and the European Union
  • Turkey and the Middle East
  • New orientations and instruments of Turkish foreign policy
  • Current foreign policy and security concerns
  • Energy and politics in the Caucasus
  • Balkan politics
  • Current problems of the Nation-state System
  • Changing role of international law and organizations
  • Immigration, refugees, and social integration
  • Emergence of Islamic movements as a global force
  • Gender issues in Muslim countries and in countries with large Muslim minorities.

The program prepares students for a broad range of career options. Graduates of our former program (Master of Arts Program in European Studies, or MAPES) taught over the last decade hold top positions in academia, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international organizations, banking and insurance, research institutions, the media, and civil society. We have no doubt that prospective graduates of MIR will be able to achieve similar successes. Our new program aims to assist Turkish as well as international mid-career professionals in the private and public sectors aspiring to expand their career opportunities and knowledge.

MIR is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts program. Non-thesis MIR program has a one-year duration, whereas thesis MIR program has a two-year duration. While the program is organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogaziçi University, the Department of Economics and other related departments support our program academically as well.

Students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Program are awarded an M.A. (Master of Arts) degree of Bogaziçi University.

Programme Structure

Non-thesis Program:

  • Politics of European Integration
  • Fundamentals of International Relations
  • International Economics and Trade
  • Turkey and Its Neighborhood
  • Fundamental Issues in Turkish Politics
  • Political Economy of Globalization
  • Directed Readings in Regional Studies
  • Directed Readings in Global Studies
  • Elective Courses (4)
  • Term Project

Thesis Program:

  • Politics of European Integration
  • Fundamentals of International Relations
  • International Economics and Trade
  • Turkey and Its Neighborhood
  • Fundamental Issues in Turkish Politics
  • Political Economy of Globalization
  • Directed Readings in Regional Studies
  • Elective Courses (2)
  • Seminar
  • Master Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Application period for Spring 2018: 11 - 18 Dec 2017, Spring 2018 starts: 5 Feb 2018, For details https://mir.boun.edu.tr/content/important-dates-deadlines
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Non thesis program lasts for one year comprising three semesters of Fall, Spring and Summer. Thesis program lasts for two years (two semesters in each year).

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    146

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    154

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments. Read more about the GRE® General test.

  • Undergraduate diploma or certificate of graduation. 
  • An official transcript of undergraduate (and graduate, if any) courses and grades. 
  • A minimum undergraduate CGPA of 2.50/4.00 or 75/100.
  • Official GRE score 
  • Two reference letters, at least one academic 
  • Proof of English proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

MIR is a tuition-based program.
Please contact our Coordination Office for the current rates of tuition.

Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3200 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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