1. GPA: 3.0 minimum
2. GRE (foreign students) score with the following minimum scores.
GRE: 155 Quantitative section with an M.A. degree / 157 Quantitative section with a B.A. degree
3. English proficiency exam. Applicants need to have taken one of the following exams and have at least the minimum score listed below. Native English speakers do not need to take an English exam.
TOEFL IBT (80/120)
4. Statement of purpose: In addition to telling us about your academic background, try to be as specific as possible about which topics you would like to study and research while at Koç University.
5. Three letters of recommendation
Three recommendation letters are required for Ph.D. applications.
A short list of candidates will be invited for an interview, either in person or through Skype.
Months of entry
Committed to a liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity and diversity, the International Relations Department at Koç University offers students a rigorous program of study that prepares them for successful careers in a rapidly globalizing world.
At Koç University, students examine the basic questions of International Relations, including how nations struggle over power and wealth, how political communities reconcile claims of authority, liberty, and justice, and how governments and societies produce the policies that influence our lives. Students choose courses from the major subfields of international politics, comparative government, Turkish politics, and political theory. They develop critical analytical skills allowing them to explain, compare, and generalize about political phenomena in a broad range of countries, employing the key methodologies of the discipline.
The PhD in International Relations program reflects the Department’s emerging strength in the areas of European Integration, International Political Economy, and Security Studies. Graduates of the program are continuing their studies in top-ranking programs throughout the world in addition to working in multinational corporations, non-governmental agencies, and for the state. Scholarships are offered.
The Center for Research on Globalization Peace and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) has been operating as a research center at Koç University since November 2004 to enrich the debate about globalization and democracy on campus and to promote the flow of ideas between Koç and the global policy arena. The Center encourages comparative and multidisciplinary research on globalization and democratic governance, and serves as an intellectual platform for dialogue between academic and research scholars.
Koç University is the first university from Turkey to partner with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. This was established, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN to promote understanding among societies.
Current faculty projects and research interests: • Citizenship • Civil Society • Conflict Studies • Democratization • Development • Ethnic Politics and Nationalism • European Union • Foreign Policy • Globalization • International Political Economy • International Relations Theory • Middle East Politics • Migration • Religion and Secularism • Turkish Politics
Information for international students
There is no separate application process for the full scholarship. You apply to the program and if admitted will be offered the full scholarship. The program is taught in English and there are a full range of student support services for our international students.
Fees and funding
KU Graduate Fellowship
KU Graduate Fellowship is a unique and highly competitive MA and PhD scholarship opportunity for outstanding applicants. Candidates having outstanding academic record and/or having high impact scientific publications are considered for KU Graduate Fellowship.
- Monthly stipend
- Full tuition waiver
- Free furnished housing nearby campus or housing aid
- Private health insurance
- Travel awards
- Other benefits
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Global Recruitment Team