Global Politics and International Relations (With/Without Thesis)


Global politics, especially after the 1990s, has evolved into a multi-actor and multi-layered structure, and the discipline of International Relations, which has increased in importance in the context of this structure, has expanded to include relatively new issues such as migration, gender, neocolonialism, financialization, climate crisis, local actors, discourse, apart from the traditional issues that are the focus of the discipline in the current period.

Beykoz University Institute of Graduate Programs Global Politics and International Relations English Master's program seeks to contribute to the study of crucial international and regional issues in Turkey as well as the neighbouring countries in today's global world.

In addition, the program is designed to attract the interest of both Turkish and foreign students besides academics with current issues such as migration, conflict resolution and peace building, the relationship between local, national and global politics. The fact that the language of instruction for the program remains English ensures that academic activities are carried out within the scope required by the discipline in this context while achieving an accessible standard for both students and the academic world.

Envisaged to have a vibrant nature, the program will organize academic and civic activities such as symposiums, research seminars and workshops are organized with civil society organizations in and outside Turkey.


Graduates with a Master's degree in this field can work in ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Finance and Customs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism, local governments, various mass communication organizations and international banks, and can take part in the upper levels of the state bureaucracy such as the Undersecretariats of Treasury and Foreign Trade. Enjoying a wide range of job opportunities, graduates, in particular, find jobs in all institutions and companies with foreign connections. They also work in media organizations where they act as liaison between the media, foreign governments and businesses. Moreover, they can work as district governors, administrative judges, diplomats, bank managers, academics, consuls, and senior staff in the ministries of foreign and internal affairs.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • Ministry for EU Affairs,
  • Ministry of National Defense,
  • Ministry of Economy,
  • Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury,
  • Competition Authority,
  • Capital Markets Board (CMB),
  • Consulates

They can find positions in the institutions above and start a career in the state institutions too. Apart from that, they can enjoy the opportunities to work in the private sector or global organizations listed below as well:

  • NATO,
  • Consulting Companies,
  • Civil Society Organizations,
  • United Nations (UN),
  • Organization for Economic and Development Cooperation (OECD),
  • Import and Export Companies,
  • Political Consulting Companies


Applications to the program will be accepted twice a year, for the fall and spring semesters, according to the calendar to be announced. All candidates who have graduated from an undergraduate program in the fields of social sciences and humanities, the equivalence of which is accepted by the Higher Education Council, can apply to the program by fulfilling the following requirements;

Since the language of instruction of the program is English, candidates applying to the program must have a valid exam result certifying their language proficiency. Applicants must have scored at least 60 points from YDS, YÖKDİL exams or an equivalent score (TOEFL: 72, PEARSON PTE ACADEMIC: 55) from an international foreign language exam accepted as equivalent by ÖSYM. Candidates who do not have a result from the aforementioned exams can take the Beykoz University English Proficiency Exam and those that score 60 points and above from this exam fulfill the language condition required to apply to the program.

Candidates applying to the Thesis Program must have at least 55 points in Equal Weight (EA) score type from the Academic Staff and Graduate Education Entrance Examination (ALES).


Global Politics and International Relations Master's Programs are offered as both thesis and non-thesis programs too meet the needs of both professional, research and academic interests.


The duration of the Non-Thesis Master's Program is 3 semesters. The Master's Program with Thesis, on the other hand, is completed in a maximum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters.


The non-thesis program consists of 10 courses and a Master's Term Project, while the thesis program consists of 7 courses, a seminar course and a Master's Thesis. 


The language of instruction in the Global Politics and International Relations Master's Program is English for both the thesis and non-thesis programs. Candidates who are not proficient in English are admitted to the English Preparatory Program first.


The application is made by filling out the online application form on the Beykoz University website. Diploma, transcript and short CV must be uploaded during the online application and the originals of these documents are required during registration.

Grade point average and ALES are not required for applications to the non-thesis master's program. For application to the master's program with thesis, at least 55 points in Equal Weight (EA) score type is required from the ALES exam. Candidates who meet the application requirements for the thesis program are called for an interview, while there is no interview for the non-thesis program.

English proficiency is required for application to Business Administration English Thesis / Non-Thesis master's programs.

For the application, candidates must have at least 60 points from YDS / e-YDS / YÖKDİL exams or submit a document showing that they have received an equivalent score from an international foreign language exam accepted as equivalent by ÖSYM. Candidates whose English level is not sufficient are admitted to the English preparatory program first.

Only the candidates who fill out the online application form completely will be evaluated.


Classes are held at Beykoz University Kavacık Campus between 19.00 - 21.45 on weekdays and between 10.00-16.00 on Saturdays.


Click here for detailed information about the program tuition fee and payment terms 


Global Politics and International Relations Master's Programs with/without Thesis have a vision that addresses graduate education together with social sciences, sub-fields and humanities with a strong academic staff under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Birsen Talay Keşoğlu.

The academic staff of Global Politics and International Relations Master's Programs with/without thesis consists of the following faculty members who have a strong composition in providing a qualified academic education and disciplinary diversity:

  • Prof. Dr. Birsen Talay Kesoglu
  • Prof. Dr. İsmail Burak Küntay
  • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kasim Khan
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Denli
  • Prof. Dr. Lecturer Prof. Dr. Hakkı Başgüney
  • Prof. Dr. Lecturer. Prof. Pınar Sayan
  • Prof. Dr. Lecturer. Prof. Dr. Seval Ünlü Gök
  • Prof. Dr. Lecturer Prof. Dr. Tuba Demirci
  • Research Assistant Emir Aydoğan

This content was updated on 06/06/2023.


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