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Master of Arts (M.A.)

MA degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (Bilkent POLS) 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 Bilkent POLS Ph.D. program if the student so wishes. Otherwise, the program offers an excellent basis for the study of Political Science and research training.

The Curriculum

Course CodeCourse Name
GE 500Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics
GE 590Academic Practices
GE 551Pre-Thesis Seminar I
POLS 599Master’s Thesis
Research Methods Elective
Restricted Electives (3)
Specialization Elective
Unrestricted Electives (3)

Apply to the M.A. Program

Program Information: For more detailed information, please follow the link.

Online Application: To submit your application, please follow the link.

Requirements: These are minimum necessary scores for applying to the Political Science Master of Arts (M.A.) program.

CGPA: 2.75/4.00

GRE: 302 (verbal and quantitative total + minimum 4.0 analytical)

ALES: 65 (equally-weighted)

Important Note: International candidates and those who are citizens of the Republic of Turkiye and studied their undergraduate abroad may apply with GRE results instead of ALES.

English Proficiency: At least one of the requirements below

  • TOEFL IBT (at least 87)
  • IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section)
  • Bilkent PAE (at least C)

Note that the validity period for all exams is 2 years.

Proof of Degree: Undergraduate degree

Transcripts: Undergraduate transcripts

Statement of Purpose: 500 words max. (reasons for applying to M.A., research and career interests)

Letter of Recommendation: 3 Letters of recommendation to be submitted online by the referees

Other: A writing sample

Application Deadline: 16 May 2022

Date of Interview: 07-08 June 2022

IMPORTANT NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered (At the time of application the applicant should upload ALES or GRE scores or relevant exam application document).


Ms. Zehra Hamamcı
POLS Admin. Assistant
E-mail: polsgrad@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90 312 290 1339
Fax: +90 312 290 2742