Gazi University Social Sciences Institute was established in 1982 according to the terms of the Higher Education Law No. 2547. Management Administration Institute and other Institutes (such as the Finance and Statistics), which provided science specialization education within Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy until 1982, initially constituted the basic structure of Social Sciences Institute. Since 1982, the Institute has been developed towards the aim of providing postgraduate and doctoral studies almost in every discipline of social sciences. The services provided by the Institute have been improving each year since its establishment and there has been a systematic increase in the number of postgraduate and doctoral studies programs offered by the Institute. Emergence of new specialization areas and the need for scientists in various fields of social studies has affected this systematic increase in the number of postgraduate and doctoral studies programs offered by the Institute. As it has been the case in the past, in the future, the Institute will continue to provide the academic staff members needed by our university and country.
Currently the Institute provides a total of 98 graduate programs -61 master’s, 5 master’s without thesis, and 32 doctoral programs- in 19 major fields of study. Maximum number of semesters allowed to complete doctoral programs is 12 and for master’s programs it is 6. Within the doctoral programs students are required to register for 2 required and 2 elective courses each semester. Completing the coursework within the master’s and doctoral programs takes 2 semesters. Graduate students choose their thesis topics as their academic advisors are appointed. Students receive their graduation documents after defending their completed thesis projects successfully in front of a thesis committee.
MISSION AND VISION
The aim of Gazi University Social Sciences Institute is to organize and provide graduate studies programs in social sciences and humanities. The primary duty of the Institute is to help academic staff members of the related departments within the university in attaining graduate academic credentials.
The social sciences and humanities departments or majors within the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Tourism Management and Faculty of Science and Literature are affiliated with the Social Sciences Institute. Accordingly, the Institute works in direct association with the related departments of the five faculties. Thus, some of the graduate students in the graduate programs run by the Institute are candidates for becoming academic staff members of the related faculties. Furthermore, the Institute also provides graduate education for those affiliated with various other universities from within and outside Turkey. Hence, international students complete the most important phase of their academic careers at Gazi University by succeeding in the postgraduate and doctoral studies programs offered by the Institute.
In light of the above mentioned information the Institute’s mission can be summarized in six points:
- Providing for the academic staff member needs of the related departments at Gazi University.
- Providing for the academic staff member needs of those universities within Turkey that are outside the major metropolitan areas.
- Providing for the educated human power needs of various public institutions in Turkey.
- Helping foreign countries in meeting their need for social scientists by providing graduate education for international students.
- Helping to sustain the friendly relationships between Turkey and the countries of origin of international students.
The Institute provides graduate education in accordance with the requirements of our time and needs of our country within the framework of the vision of our university. In meeting these requirements and needs, the Institute pays special attention to accept more successful students in the graduate programs, to improve the courses offered within these programs and to choose those professors who are best in their respective fields for teaching graduate courses and administering thesis projects. The primary admission criterions for graduate programs are based on ALES (Graduate Education Test) scores, foreign language test scores and cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average). For choosing those students who are more successful, the Institute has decided to gradually raise the minimum admission requirements that are based on the test scores and cumulative GPA. The vision of the Institute is to become a leading institution in interdisciplinary studies by developing internationally recognized graduate programs and improving cooperation between universities.