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MA and LL.M. Programs

 

 

Master of Arts (MA) in Archaeology and  History of Art 

The two-year MA program in Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is an interdisciplinary Masters degree program whose primary goal is to provide an in-depth education in the history of art and architecture, archaeology, and cultural heritage of the lands that comprise present day Turkey. The program offers concentrated studies in the following four subject areas: 
 
  1. Cultural Heritage Management and Museum Studies 
  2. Archaeology
  3. Late Antique and Byzantine periods
  4. History of Art
Research specializations include the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods, the Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman archaeology and architecture, Late Antique and Byzantine history and archaeology, and Seljuk and Ottoman art and architecture. After their first year of coursework, students will gain hands on experience during a summer internship at a museum or cultural heritage organization. Archaeology students are encouraged to participate in one of our faculty’s field projects at sites within Turkey, including the Neolithic site of Barçin Höyük, Bronze Age Alalakh, Roman period Sagalassos, or Byzantine period Küçükyalı. During the second year, students will work closely with one of their professors on a research project for their Masters Thesis. This program prepares students for careers within the fields of cultural heritage, public heritage education, and museums, or for further academic work at a Ph.D. level.
 
The ARHA Program is closely linked to Koç University's Anatolian Civilizations Institute located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Graduate students in the ARHA program benefit from the expertise of the permanent faculty and visiting guest lecturers at Koç University as well as junior and senior fellows who are in residence at the Anatolian Civilizations Institute.
MA students need to take a minimum of 7 courses with additional non-credit courses (ENGL 500, ARHA 510 and thesis). Additional courses and electives are optional. Students need to follow the course requirements in one of the following subject areas.
 
Faculty Research Projects
  • Gre Amer, salvage excavations in the Ilýsu Dam Area
  • Alalakh excavations
  • Troy: Sacred and Secular Ceramics from the Early Iron Age – Archaic periods
  • Kücükyali Archaeological Park, Istanbul
  • Medieval-Seljuk research projects
  • BERMIRAS: Bergama Cultural Heritage Management Project (ancient Pergamon)
  • Ottoman Fortress of Seddülbahir: Documentation, Excavation, Conservation
  • Soundscape of Ottoman Istanbul

Please find more information about MA Program in Archaeology and History of Art on this web page.

Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Studies in History and Society

Comparative Studies in History and Society (CSHS) combines the strengths of the sociology and history departments of Koç University in an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) program. The program, which serves a growing need in Turkey for interdisciplinary graduate programs in the social sciences, offers a theoretically-driven, historically-informed, and empirically-rigorous graduate education.
 
The CSHS M.A. program is a two-year degree program with a thesis. Students take courses in the first year and conduct their research and complete a thesis in the second year. The students identify specific faculty whom they wish to collaborate with on mutually agreed upon research projects. Mirroring the methodological diversity of its faculty, students have utilized a wide range of historical and sociological methods, including case-study and comparative historical approaches, quantitative survey methods, ethnography, archival research, content analysis, and a variety of mixed methods approaches.
 
The program will help serve the career needs of students in two ways. First, the program will prepare students who wish to continue on to Ph.D. programs in Turkey, Europe and North America. Second, it will train students who interested in research and policy-related positions in governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in Turkey.

Please find more information about MA Program in Comparative Studies in History and Society on this web page.

Master of Arts (MA) in Design, Technology and Society

Developments in current technology offer a wide range of opportunities for creative industries. There are eight fundamental fields in the global market where creative industry can grow: design, film production, music, animation, interactive media, computer games, digital advertisement, gastronomy and cultural heritage. Creative industries need scholars and professionals who can use interdisciplinary thinking skills to develop new approaches to the utilization of display technologies and digital products. All over the world, there is an expanding need for experts who can creatively manage the convergence of different communication platforms, who can analyze, anticipate and address the changing needs and expectations of individuals (as consumers or as citizens).
 
More so than in the past, creative industries in today’s world comprise increasingly complex components and processes in terms of form, function, material and production. Consequently, it is becoming more important to acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of new concepts of the 21st century, such as interaction design, experience design, and service design.
 
This new interdisciplinary field- which combines applied design, social and behavioral sciences, computation, and experimental design- requires an extensive understanding of human cognition, emotions, and perceptions, of motor systems, informatics, history and philosophy of science, technology, and information. Therefore, close collaboration between design, computer engineering, psychology, sociology, history, and media studies is imperative.
 
Based on the above, this graduate program aims to provide students with an opportunity to acquire applied, theoretical, and critical understanding of interactive communication, experience design and service design and develop as researchers and/or practitioners. The Design, Technology, and Society graduate program offers students the options of completing the program with a graduation project (MDes Degree), a master’s thesis (MA Degree), or a doctoral thesis (PhD degree).
For more information : http://dts.ku.edu.tr/

 

Master of Arts (MA) in Economics

MA in Economics is a two-year program with a thesis requirement that establishes a solid foundation in economic theory and econometrics and emphasizes rigorous research under close faculty supervision. The first year of the program is built around core courses in Mathematics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. During the second year students take further advanced courses in their fields of interest and participate in seminars. They start working on their thesis by the end of their first year and continue throughout the second year. Students are expected to present their thesis research at different outlets and turn it into a publishable paper.
 
The program is designed to prepare students to conduct theoretical and applied research inside or outside academia. Its rigorous mathematical approach provides an excellent preparation for a Ph.D. in Economics. It also imparts highly marketable applied research skills and prepares students for careers in government, business, and private non-profit organizations.
 
The Economics faculty at Koç University has a solid reputation as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad.
Recently, the department has been ranked number 1 in Turkey and continues to improve its ranking in Europe and the world (Rankings are available here). We strongly believe that Koç University is one of the best places for a master's degree in economics.

Please find more information about MA Program in Economics on this web page.

 

Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations

Master of Art (MA) in International Relations Program responds to a growing need for focused graduate programs in International Relations, offering students thorough training for careers in research, politics, foreign policy and business. The program serves students in two general directions: The first is preparing students for future careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, both in Turkey and abroad, as well as careers in the private sector, public institutions including foreign service, international organizations and NGOs. The second is preparing students for PhD programs especially but not exclusively in Europe and North America. In addition, the MA students make a valuable contribution to the Department’s and the university’s research and academic reputation.

The composition of the program reflects the strength of the faculty in a variety of areas such as Comparative Politics, Conflict Studies, European Integration, International Political Economy, International Relations, and Turkish politics, . Individual faculty research also allows students to pursue studies in areas such as Citizenship, Civil Society, Democratization, Development, Ethnic Politics and Nationalism, Globalization, International Relations Theory, Middle East Politics, Migration, Political Theory, and Religion and Secularism.

The members of the International Relations Department at Koç University are internationally recognized as contributors to the frontiers of knowledge in Turkey and abroad.

Our graduate students are exposed to the latest theoretical debates and methodological techniques. They also have the opportunity to participate in the research programs of the faculty members.

Please find more information about MA Program in International Relations on this web page.

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Private Law

In today’s world, where there is a growing need to adopt legal approaches to cope with local as well as global issues, resolving legal controversies require a multi-dimensional perspective based on a conception of different legal disciplines; hence, the lawyer profile who is able to add to the development of society, economy, politics and the legal profession has been changing. With this respect, Koç University Institute of Social Sciences targets to contribute to the molding of this new lawyer profile, with an understanding based on reliable academic research, as well as practicing experience. We also offer non-thesis  programs as well as thesis programs. The program with thesis is composed of 3 core courses followed by 4 elective courses and is concluded with a thesis. The non-thesis program is composed of 10 courses and a final paper.
Fundamental characteristics of the Koç University LL.M. Programs of Public Law and Private Law, which have been established in conformity with the legislation of higher education, are as follows:
-    World-wide reputed professors (and lecturers), who are distinguished as to their publications, research and practice of legal profession.
-    Up-to-date courses structured on well-established and absorbed legal knowledge.
-    Research and learning of different legal disciplines based on multi-dimensional perspectives.
-    An atmosphere stimulating academic and vocational progress, whereby legal issues comprising comparative and international aspects are thoroughly examined.
-    An integrated program with workshops, seminars and other activities parallel to the curriculum.
-    Various options devoted to candidates with high competence of scientific research and to those who would like to differentiate from others in the legal profession.
-    Regular and effective academic consultancy.
-    Advanced research opportunities with regard to academic publications and instructions in particular, provided by Suna Kıraç Library.
-    Privilege of being the part of a qualified group of graduate students, elected through adopting effective scaling and evaluation criteria.
-    Academic collaboration with the leading law schools abroad.
Koç University Law School is a member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) and the Law Schools  Global League.

Please find more information about LL.M. Program in Private Law Program on this web page.

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Koç University 'Master of Art (MA) in Psychology Program' is a two-year graduate program with three concentration areas: the Developmental, Social/Organizational Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. The students receive rigorous training in both statistical methods and area of specialization.  The program emphasizes students’ training in both research and its applications with scholars who are leaders in their areas of expertise.

For information on the application procedure (including questions on exam requirements and scholarships), please contact Tuğçe Erim, terim@ku.edu.tr

Application

 
For further information about the MA Program in Psychology, please click here.
 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public Law

In today’s world, where there is a growing need to adopt legal approaches to cope with local as well as global issues, resolving legal controversies require a multi-dimensional perspective based on a conception of different legal disciplines; hence, the lawyer profile who is able to add to the development of society, economy, politics and the legal profession has been changing. With this respect, Koç University Institute of Social Sciences targets to contribute to the molding of this new lawyer profile, with an understanding based on reliable academic research, as well as practicing experience. We also offer non-thesis  programs as well as thesis programs. The program with thesis is composed of 3 core courses followed by 4 elective courses and is concluded with a thesis. The non-thesis program is composed of 10 courses and a final paper.
Fundamental characteristics of the Koç University LL.M. Programs of Public Law and Private Law, which have been established in conformity with the legislation of higher education, are as follows:
-    World-wide reputed professors (and lecturers), who are distinguished as to their publications, research and practice of legal profession.
-    Up-to-date courses structured on well-established and absorbed legal knowledge.
-    Research and learning of different legal disciplines based on multi-dimensional perspectives.
-    An atmosphere stimulating academic and vocational progress, whereby legal issues comprising comparative and international aspects are thoroughly examined.
-    An integrated program with workshops, seminars and other activities parallel to the curriculum.
-    Various options devoted to candidates with high competence of scientific research and to those who would like to differentiate from others in the legal profession.
-    Regular and effective academic consultancy.
-    Advanced research opportunities with regard to academic publications and instructions in particular, provided by Suna Kıraç Library.
-    Privilege of being the part of a qualified group of graduate students, elected through adopting effective scaling and evaluation criteria.
-    Academic collaboration with the leading law schools abroad.
Koç University Law School is a member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) and the Law Schools  Global League.

Please find more information about LL.M. Program in Public Law Program on this web page.

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