Institute of Graduate Studies

Political Science and Public Administration

1. Program Informatıon

Political Science and Public Administration is an area responding to changes and developments in social life. Political and public administration institutions face new problems and opportunities with each passing day. In Turkey and the world, in the field of political science and public administration, theoretical and practical studies are performed. However, the need for deep academic studies to examine the relationship between the individual and the public from different perspectives, to identify and improve the structural and situational advantages of public institutions and to eliminate their disadvantages are needed intensely. The Ph.D. program in Political Science and Public Administration aims to meet this need.

Our program aims to enable the students to understand the different aspects of the discipline in a way to prepare them for deep research. Within the scope of the program, besides the opportunity to take part in research projects, a strong support is provided for researchers in central and local public institutions during the project work. Thus, it is ensured that the students obtain an innovative and questioning education by obtaining application-based information besides theoretical knowledge.

The Ph.D. program is eight semesters, starting from the semester in which the courses related to the program they are enrolled for, for those who are accepted with the master's degree with thesis except for the time spent in scientific preparation, regardless of whether or not they have registered for each semester and the maximum completion period is twelve semesters; for those admitted with a bachelor's degree, it is ten semesters and the maximum completion period is fourteen semesters.

The Ph.D. program in Political Science and Public Administration is available in both Turkish and English.

2. approval requırements

Graduation Requirement: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree / master's degree from the faculties or colleges of Turkey or foreign countries’ colleges which are accepted by Higher Education Council (YÖK).

Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Entrance Exam (ALES) Condition: Applicants must have sufficient score from ALES or equivalent exam.

Foreign Language Requirement: Applicants must have obtained the required score from the central foreign language exam accepted by Center of Student Selection and Placement (ÖSYM) from one of the English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Persian languages ​​other than their native language.

Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Grade Requirement: Graduation grade is not required for application to Ph.D. program with master's diploma. Applicants with bachelor’s degree must have at least 3.25 points out of 4 full marks or at least 85 points out of 100 full marks. Applicants applying to the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree must have at least 80 standard points from the ALES score.

Admission Requirements for Foreign Students: Foreign applicants must have a bachelor's degree / master's degree from the faculties or colleges accepted by the Higher Education Council. ALES or an equivalent exam is not required from foreign applicants. Graduation grade requirement is not required for foreign applicants, either. Foreign applicants must obtain the required score from the central foreign language exam accepted by ÖSYM from one of the English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Persian languages ​​other than their mother tongue. Foreign applicants must obtain a certificate indicating that they have the knowledge of Turkish to pursue programs from the Turkish Teaching Center (TÖMER) or related centers of the universities. Applicants who do not have this certificate are subject to the exam in Turkish.

Admission procedure for the program is carried out in accordance with the conditions specified in the Graduate Education Regulations of Istanbul Medeniyet University. Evaluation and placement of applicants; 50% of the ALES score, 20% of the undergraduate GPA, 30% of the interview / written exam grade are made according to the score obtained. This score must be at least 65 in order to be taken into the success evaluation.

3. Program QualIfIcatIons

Globalization, democratization, information society and increasing urbanization, which have been increasingly influenced in recent years, are transforming the discipline of political science and public administration. The new approach to public administration, governance, transparency, greater political participation, effective and efficient service delivery, accountability are the main approaches that shape the new era. The whole process also changes and improves the intensity and form of the relationship between the citizen and the political institution and public administration. The Ph.D. program in Political Science and Public Administration meets this important need in the field.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn the scientific knowledge and applications in the field of Political Science and Public Administration.
  • To gain the ability to analyze the theoretical and practical developments in the field of Political Science and Public Administration.
  • To be able to investigate and examine successful models and practices in the field of politics and public administration.
  • To be able to use quantitative and qualitative research methods in order to conduct research in the field of Political Science and Public Administration.
  • To gain the knowledge and skills that can bring new innovations and implement solutions in the fields of politics and public institutions.
  • To have the ability to work from an interdisciplinary perspective to develop and apply theoretical knowledge in the field of Political Science and Public Administration.
  • To be able to design theoretical and practical projects in the field of Political Science and Public Administration and to gain the ability to apply these projects within the framework of academic discipline and ethical principles.

4. lecturers

Prof. Dr. Bilal Eryılmaz

Prof. Dr. Hamza Ateş

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Nohutçu

Prof. Dr. Tarkan Oktay

Assoc. Prof. Alim Yılmaz

Assoc. Dr. İdil Tunçer Kılavuz

Assoc. Dr. Burcu Taşkın

Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Kömürcüoğlu

Res. As. Dr. Mesut Malik Yavuz

5. course plan

COURSE PLAN

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

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CREDTIS

ECTS CREDTIS

1. TERM

PSPA 701

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THEORIES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 703

MODERN POLITICAL THEORIES AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 707

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS

3

0

3

7

PSPA xxx

ELECTIVE COURSE I

3

0

3

7

TOTAL

12

0

12

28

2. TERM

PSPA 702

COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3

0

3

7

PSPA 704

POLITICS IN TURKEY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 750

SEMINAR

1

2

0

4

PSPA xxx

ELECTIVE COURSE I

3

0

3

7

PSPA xxx

ELECTIVE COURSE II

3

0

3

7

TOTAL

12

0

12

32

COURSE GRAND TOTAL

24

0

24

60

ELECTIVE COURSES I. TERM:

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

T

A

CREDTIS

ECTS CREDTIS

PSPA 705

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN TURKEY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 709

MODERNIZATION IN TURKEY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 711

PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS

3

0

3

7

PSPA 713

SELECTED READINGS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3

0

3

7

PSPA 715

ISSUES AND DEBATES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

3

0

3

7

PSPA 717

ADVANCED READINGS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

3

0

3

7

ELECTIVE COURSES II. TERM:

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

T

A

CREDTIS

ECTS CREDTIS

PSPA 706

RELIGION AND POLITICS

3

0

3

7

PSPA 708

DEVELOPMENT OF TURKISH POLITICAL THOUGHT

3

0

3

7

PSPA 710

THEORIES OF DEMOCRACY

3

0

3

7

PSPA 712

RESEARCH IN THE HISTORY OF TURKISH ADMINISTRATION

3

0

3

7

PSPA 714

DEVELOPMENT OF STATE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3

0

3

7

PSPA 716

CONSTITUTION IN TURKEY AND CONTEMPORARY DEBATES

3

0

3

7

PSPA 718

COMPARATIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

3

0

3

7

PSPA 720

CURRENT ISSUES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

3

0

3

7

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

T

A

CREDTIS

ECTS CREDTIS

PSPA 760

PROFICIENCY EXAM

0

0

0

30

PSPA 770

THESIS PROPOSAL

0

0

0

30

PSPA 780

MAJOR AREA COURSE

4

0

0

30

PSPA 790

PHD THESIS

0

0

0

90

GRAND TOTAL

240

6. Graduatıon Requırements

The Ph.D. program is a minimum of 240 ECTS, in total, not less than twenty-four credits and 60 ECTS in a semester, including at least eight courses, a seminar, a proficiency exam, a thesis proposal and a thesis work, for students who have been accepted with a master's degree with thesis. It consists of at least 300 ECTS credits including 14 courses, a  seminar, a proficiency exam, a thesis proposal and a thesis study for students who have been accepted with bachelor's degree. Students accepted to doctorate program with bachelor’s degree must first take master courses.

The proficiency exam is to determine whether the student who completed the courses and the seminar has an ability of scientific research related to basic subjects and concepts in his / her field and his / her phd study.

Students may take the proficiency exam at most twice a year, in March-April and October-November. However, the student who have been accepted with a master's degree must take the proficiency exam until the end of the fifth semester and the student who have been accepted with a bachelor's degree must take the proficiency exam until the end of the seventh semester.

The proficiency exam is conducted in two parts, written and oral. Students who score at least seventy-five points out of one hundred points in the written exam are considered successful and taken to the oral exam. The student must score at least seventy-five points to be successful in the oral exam. The questions asked in the written and oral exams and the assessment are recorded. The exam juries evaluate the student's success in written and oral exams and decide whether the student is successful or unsuccessful.

Students who fail the written or oral part of the proficiency exam are taken to the exam in the following semester. Students who fail this  second exam are dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

For Ph.D. proficiency, students who have been admitted to the program with a Master's degree must have successfully completed eight courses and seminar courses of 24 credits. Bechelor courses are not included in the course load and Ph.D. credits. Students who have been admitted to the program with a bachelor's degree must have successfully completed fourteen courses of 42 credits and a seminar course. Weighted grade score average must be at least 3.00.

Thesis Monitoring Committee-Thesis Proposal Defense: A thesis monitoring committee is established within one month for the student who is successful in the proficiency exam with the proposal of the relevant institue department executive and the approval of the Board of Directors of the Institute.

The thesis monitoring committee consists of three faculty members. Apart from the thesis supervisor, one committee member is present in the committee, both within and outside the institute. In case the second thesis advisor is appointed, the second thesis advisor may attend the committee meetings if he or she wishes.

Upon successful completion of the proficiency exam, the student verbally defends the thesis proposal, which includes the purpose, method and work plan of the research, in front of the thesis monitoring committee within six months at the latest.

The thesis monitoring committee decides whether to accept, correct or reject the thesis proposal submitted by the student with absolute majority. If necessary, a period of one month is given for correction. At the end of this period, the decision taken by absolute majority in the direction of acceptance or rejection shall be notified by the Institute Department Directory to the institute within three days following the end of the transaction. The student whose thesis proposal is rejected has the right to choose a new advisor and / or thesis topic. In this case, a new thesis monitoring committee may be appointed. The student who wants to continue the program with the same advisor is taken to the defense of the thesis proposal within three months, and the student who has changed the subject of the advisor and thesis within six months. The student whose thesis proposal is rejected in this second defense is dismissed from the University. For the student whose thesis proposal is accepted, the thesis monitoring committee meets at least twice a year between January-June and July-December.

Thesis Defense: In order to enter the thesis defense, student must submit at least one article related to the field published or accepted for publication in a national or international peer-reviewed journal with the thesis.

At least three thesis monitoring committee reports must be submitted in order to finalize the thesis.

The jury members gather together with the reports they prepare about the thesis at the latest within one month from the date of the submission of the thesis. The thesis defense exam is between 60-120 minutes and consists of the presentation of the thesis and the following question and answer session. Thesis defense meetings are open to the attendance of lecturers, Ph.D. students and field experts.

After the completion of the thesis exam, the jury decides to accept, reject or correct the thesis with absolute majority. Students whose thesis is accepted are evaluated as successful. This decision shall be notified by the Institute Department Directory to the institute within three days following the thesis exam. Students whose thesis is found to be unsuccessful are dismissed from the University. The student whose thesis is decided to be corrected should make the necessary corrections within six months at the latest and then defend his / her thesis before the same jury. Students who fail in this second defense will be dismissed from the University.

7. Employment Opportunıtıes

- Governorship

- Inspectorate and auditor in public institutions

- Expertise in public institutions

- Expertise and management in international organizations

- Expertise and management in non-governmental organizations

- Expertise and management in local governments

- Specialization and management in the private sector

- Expertise and management in banks

- Starting your own business and entrepreneurship

-And, so on…

8. contact

Arş. Gör. Turgay Ovalı

turgay.ovali@medeniyet.edu.tr