Program Name
Master's Program in African Studies and International Relations
About the Program
The African Studies Master's Program in English provides quality content regarding regional studies within international relations. Enrolled students can specialize on the history, politics and economics of Africa through elective courses. The program aims to develop the students' academic perspective on Africa's increasing role in global politics within the framework of international relations theories, culture, public opinion and comparative foreign policy analysis.
Qualification Awarded
Specific Admission Requirements
Master's Program with thesis: ALES score 55 and over / Master's Program without Thesis: No ALES requirement / Students should have score of at least 50 from OSYM's English test YDS or an equivalent score from an international test of English that is recognized by the OSYM. / Male candidates should prove they will be under no military service obligation for the duration of the program.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Accepted students either has bachelor's degrees or has received an equivalent education abroad.
Graduation Requirements
With Thesis Master's Program: 24 credits and at least eight courses, a seminar and completed thesis. Seminar course and the thesis are non-credit and are graded either successful or unsuccesful. The thesis program consists of 130 ECTS that includes at least 9 courses (including the seminar) and a thesis. The non-thesis program consists of 30 credits and at least 90 ECTS with at least 10 courses and a term project. Students are required to register for the seminar on time and submit a project/report at the end of the semester. The term project is non-credit and graded as either succesful or unsuccessful.
Aim of the Program
The African Studies and International Relations master's program is an interdisciplinary one that focuses on Africa from an internationla relations perspective. The program consists of courses like International Relations Theories, Politics and Administration in Africa, Introduction to Contemporary Africa, African History, African Economy, Africa during the Ottoman Empire and Conflict Resolution. Students are expected to understand African politics with its both internal and external dynamics.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates
Access to Further Studies
Students who have completed the master's program with thesis can enroll in our PhD program with condition that they have the minimum required ALES score and adequate skilld in English language.
Assessment and Grading
The evaluation of each course is determined by the instructors of that specific course and explained to students at the beginning of each semester. Exams and grading is conducted in line with the stated provisions of the university's graduate education regulations.
Graduation Requirements
To graduate from the Master's program with thesis: Students are required to have completed at least 130 ECTS and have at least 2.75 GPA over 4.00. / To graduate from the non-thesis master's program: Students are required to have completed at least 90 ECTS and have 2.75 GPA over 4.00
Expiry Time for Qualification
No time limit
Mode of Study
Program Director and Communication Information
Prof. Dr. Oya Da─člar MACAR
Program Learning Outcomes
1. To raise qualified experts in the sphere of African studies 2. To develop a solid background in history, sociology, anthropology, economics and politics of Africa in reference to Political Science and International Relations discipline. 3. To follow current academic debates in Africa, Turkey and throughout the world in the Political Science and International Relations discipline and to make research on them. 4. To develop analytical abilities of students to compare different political regimes in Africa 5. To grasp theoretical and empirical knowledge on current international issues (such as illegal immigration, regional developments in Africa and their reflections on international politics, transnational crimes, environmental problems, human rights and so on) in a multi- dimensional level and to carry out academic research on these current issues. 6. To train students to assess the impact of Africa on trans- regional and international politics. 7. To train students to adopt new perspectives on and alternative solutions to the lingering and currents problems of Africa. 8. To make contribution to the academic and cultural relations between Turkey and Africa for further international cooperation. 9. To develop an awareness in the society about the universal norms and respect for different cultures and values. 10. To gather foreign and domestic academics, media and civil society representatives, officials and researchers to make effective discussions on Africa.