The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences was established in 1975 by the name of Muğla School of Business, under the administration of Ankara Academy of Economics and Commerce. In 1982, the School started to pursue its higher education activities under the administrative authority of Dokuz Eylül University. In 1992, after the establishment of Muğla University, the School was altered to a Faculty and became the core establishment of the University. The Department of Political Science and International Relations was founded in 1992 under the name of International Relations and has been admitting students since the 2012-2013 academic year. The students of Political Science and International Relations are required to pass a one-year English preparatory class and obliged to take at least %30 of their total credits in English.
Bachelor of Arts


The students registered to the program for the first time should apply to their departments within the first week of the academic year with related documents showing the credits and the grades of the courses they have achieved in their previous higher education programs. The credits and courses that are approved by the board will be transferred to the program they are currently enrolled. The number of semesters corresponding to these courses is calculated by taking into consideration the total credits of the courses in the previous education program and the semester credits in the curriculum of the program in which the student is enrolled. This period will be deducted from the maximum period of education specified in Article 44 of the Law and the student will be placed to the semester that is determined by the relevant board decision.

For Turkish citizens, access to undergraduate programs in Turkey is only possible through the Higher Education Institutions Exam. Certain number of foreign students are also accepted based on their score in a central examination called Foreign Student Examination (YÖS).

Documents required for registration;
1-High school diploma or equivalent,
2-Placement result certificate issued by ÖSYM (Assessment, Selection and Placement Center)

Political Science and International Relations undergraduate program aims its students to acquire the ability to analyze economic, political and social issues with their international dimensions and to evaluate their reflections on foreign policy. Surrounded by the Caucasus in the East, The Balkans in the West and the Middle East in the South, Turkey, the only country which is member of NATO, European Council, OECD and Organization of the Islamic Conference simultaneously, is an economic and cultural bridge located in the intersection point of East and West, North and South. Moreover, Turkey has never been colonized and thus established its political system not by the imposition of colonial powers as been the case in most of the world but with its own willpower and by mobilizing its own resources. Turkey has never taken part in an international war since the establishment of the Republic, including World War II, and has been successful in maintaining the political balance both in its internal and external affairs, despite some occasional disruptions. However, due to its geopolitical position, Turkey remains at the center of international conflict areas. Thus, it is essential for Turkey to train professionals who are well informed in the fields of politics and political institutions and familiar to the basic principles, processes, theoretical basis and historical development of international relations. In this context department of Political Science and International Relations aims to educate the much needed human resource for the country's domestic and foreign policy institutions and for other national and international private or non-governmental organizations. In line with this vision, the program includes a wide range of lessons. It also aims to educate people who can speak at least one foreign language fluently, has the general culture and representation talent, successful at human relations, translate and write his/her thoughts effectively by giving academic and diplomatic writing courses in addition to basic courses.

1-To have advanced theoretical and applied knowledge and competence in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
2-To be able to benefit from other disciplines (law, economics, sociology, psychology, history, etc.) forming the basis of Political Science and International Relations and to have basic knowledge about these disciplines.
3-To be able to interpret the relations between factors like structures, actors, institutions, and culture in domestic and international politics with a critical and analytical viewpoint.
4-To have the qualifications possessed by the personnel employed in public, private sector, international organizations and national/international NGOs and to be able to use acquired knowledge and skills in these areas.
5-To be able to analyze concepts and theories in the field of Political Science and International Relations with scientific methods, follow related researches, collect data, interpret and evaluate.
6-To comprehend scientific logic and methodology, to be able to define domestic and international political issues/problems with scientific approach; to be able to make analyses based on observation, document, evidence and researches.
7-To be able to do career planning according to personal traits, abilities and tendencies and to acquire the responsibility and knowledge to obtain them by determining the specialized knowledge and equipment that should be acquired in this frame.
8-To be able to develop and conduct projects with professional or social responsibility.
9-To be able to take responsibility in individual and group work, to plan and fulfill undertaken tasks on time.
10-Understanding the importance of science and scientific thinking and acquiring the necessary knowledge in professional and personal life within this framework and having a perspective of life-long learning.
11-To be able to approach critically to the field-related knowledge and obtained qualifications.
12-To have an understanding of life-long development for acquired knowledge and skills.
13-To be able to inform related persons and institutions about issues related to domestic and international politics; to be able to transfer opinions, research results, comments and observations and suggestions about solutions to problems, to experts and non-experts in a written and oral way by supporting opinions with research data and academic arguments.
14-To be able to follow the developments in the field of Political Science and International Relations by using at least one foreign language and at least at the European Language Portfolio B1 General level and to be able to report to the relevant people in written and verbal way and communicate with colleagues
15-To learn the information and communication techniques with at least predicted advanced European computer using license, to be able to use this qualification in the field of information production and development.
16-To be aware of occupational and ethical responsibilities and reflect them to behavior intimately.
17-Be aware of basic social and cultural rights that society and individuals possess and to have social sensitivity in this framework.
18-To have sensitivity in the issues of environment, universal values and heritage and reflect this in professional activities and decisions.

Students who successfully complete all the courses (corresponding to a total of 240 ECTS) in the program and who achieve a 2.0 Grade Point Average out of 4.00 will be granted a Bachelor's diploma in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates
Graduates of Political Science and International Relations can work both in governmental and private institutions. They are usually expected to serve in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in international units of other ministries. Yet, since political science is closely interlinked with other disciplines such as economy, finance, business, communication, media, law, and public administration, it is ideal for students who maintain a general interest in political and social issues but have not decided on their specific professions. After receiving a basic education, students then can decide on the field or sector they would like to specialize in, and through taking departmental and non-departmental elective courses they can elaborate their knowledge within this specific field. Moreover, acquiring advanced verbal and written communication skills in English upon graduation, makes them also eligible for employment in the private sector (press, finance companies, national/international companies, non-governmental organizations).

Access to Further Studies
Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program, the candidates might apply to postgraduate (master) programs provided that they have a valid grade from ALES and have sufficient knowledge of English language.

Exam Regulations & Assesment & Grading
Exams consist of mid-terms, final exams, excuse exams, repeat exams, exemption exams and one-course exams. Mid-terms: There are mid-term exams for the courses that exist in every term. 40% of a mid-term exam is considered. Final exams: There are final exams to test academic success at the end of the term. 60% of a final exam is considered. Excuse exams: If a student has a valid excuse for the mid-term or final exams, the related board allows for excuse exams. For the excuse exams, the student must submit a petition, which explains the excuse, in 3 days to deanship/ management. Moreover, the excuse should be approved by the related board. Repeat exams: Students may take repeat exams for the courses, which are graded as FD or FF that they fail and which are graded as DD or DC that they pass, at the end of the term. The point of a repeat exam substitutes for the final point of that course. The percentages of mid-term and repeat exams are assessed in the same way as final exams. For the repeat exams, final point is considered regardless of what was graded before. Exemption exams: Exemption exams are set for the courses defined by the senate on the specified dates in the academic calendar. One course exams: They are for the students who failed in one course and will graduate in case of succeeding in that course. Moreover, the students may take the one-course exam to increase their own average score, although they succeed all of the courses in the program, for the reason that they cannot graduate due to grade point average is less than 2,00. To take the one-course exam for graduation, a petition should be given to the head of the department. One can take this exam only once.