The Political Science and International Relations programme aims to provide the PhD candidates of Izmir University of Economics with a comprehensive scientific capability enabling them to theoretically, analytically and critically assess the political and social transformations that take place in the global system.


Turkey’s domestic and foreign politics as well as the political issues and developments in the region surrounding Turkey. 

The program offers the PhD candidates the main courses of Current Issues in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Turkish Political Life, Political Theory and Research Methods as well as a wide variety of 30 elective courses under five different “fields of specialization”: “International Relations”, “Comparative Politics”, “Turkish Politics”, “European Politics” and “Political Theory”.

The Political Science and International Relations PhD program at Izmir University of Economics is designed to provide the students with the necessary theoretical and conceptual knowledge and capability in the first four academic semesters and later to enable the successful Phd candidates to write and to defend their dissertations in diverse fields of the program and under the supervision of expert faculty staff.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • International Relations Theories
  • International Security
  • Ethics and International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Foreign Policy Literature in Turkey
  • New Approaches and Concepts in International Relations

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    GRE score (min. 156)

General Requirements

Required Documents for Application to Phd Programs

  • Undergraduate Diploma
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Master degree diploma
  • Master degree transcript
  • GRE or GMAT score card 
  • 2 reference letters
  • Letter of intention
  • TOEFL- IBT score min. 84 
  • Passport copy

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  1872 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 7500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Izmir

                • 1650 - 2500 TRY/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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