Political science is one of the oldest social science disciplines. It examines how people in societies organized into states live together and resolve or fail to resolve their conflicts. Politics is the art of influencing others as well as arriving at consensus. It is a widespread phenomenon that one encounters at all levels of society (family, school, government, and the like) as well as between states. The discipline of political science which studies systematically the recurring patterns of events in politics, is divided into five subdisciplines: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, national (Turkish) politics and public administration.

The Department furthers the University’s goal of “educating tomorrow’s global citizens who conceive, lead and contribute to activities and solve problems for the well-being of humanity” by training students to be active contributors to global thinking on the very meanings of ‘global citizenship’ and ‘well-being of humanity’

Undergraduate Program

The Department offers an education in political science with opportunities for a broad and balanced undergraduate study. Students pursue programs which, in addition to providing a firm grounding in the core subjects of the discipline, allow them to take courses in law, economics, management, and international relations as well as in disciplines outside the social sciences. Departmental courses are divided in a balanced fashion between the fields of political theory, comparative politics, and Turkish government and politics, cultural studies, and public administration.

The Department aims at providing the students with an education that would enhance their understanding of social artifacts. In addition to giving the basic requirements of a degree in political science, the program emphasizes the utility of learning social and political roles. The goal for a study in the Political Science and Public Administration major is to maximize students’ capacity to analyze and interpret the significance and dynamics of political events and governmental processes. The purpose is not simply to reveal the significance of political events and issues. It is to equip the students with the knowledge in coping with political phenomena and problems. The aim is political education “in depth” for those students who have an interest in politics whatever their professional goals and eventual occupations are.

Postgraduate Programs


 Master of Arts in Political Science

MA degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration is designed to provide students with a solid background in the study of Political Science. Applicants would be expected to have an undergraduate degree in Political Science or cognate fields. The program is designed to allow students a smooth transition into the Department’s Ph.D. program, if the student so wishes. Otherwise, the program offers an excellent basis in the study of Political Science and research training.

 Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

The Ph.D. program at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration is designed to provide Ph.D. candidates with theoretical background, analytical abilities, and empirical research skills in accordance with international academic standards in four major fields (Turkish Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Social Theory and Cultural Studies). Students are admitted to the program by written application and after an evaluation by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department