The Master's Degree in the Eurasian Studies graduate program at the Middle East Technical University (METU) is the first graduate program on Eurasia studies in Turkey. It is also one of few such programs in the world. The student body includes individuals from all parts of Eurasia. The main objectives of the program are as follows: 1) to introduce the history and culture of Eurasian societies, 2) to look at international as well as domestic sources of change in Eurasia, 3) to equip the students with the interdisciplinary methodology needed for conducting academic research on various aspects of Eurasia, 4) to create an academic atmosphere for the students from the region as well as other parts of the world in which they can exchange views, and 5) to train the students for their professional and academic careers.
The Eurasian Studies Graduate Program works in coordination with KORA (Center for Black Sea and Central Asia) at METU. KORA has long been involved in various research activities on this region as well. The researchers affiliated with the Center have studied the region from an interdisciplinary perspective. The development of this graduate program enabled KORA to share these research findings with graduate students, and to provide these students with essential research skills and academic knowledge.
The Eurasian region, characterized by a unique blend of European and Asian cultures, covers an area stretching from the Balkans to Mongolia and China. While the region itself is studied from various disciplines and theoretical perspectives, current faculty specialization comprises areas such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Owing to its interdisciplinary approach, the program welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from literature and history to petroleum engineering. Applicants who have not graduated from social science departments such as sociology, economics, political science and international relations may be required to take additional courses. To this end, an academic committee evaluates the applications on a competitive basis.
The Master's Degree in Eurasian Studies contains thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis program requires the students to complete seven credit-courses (two required courses, three recommended electives, and two free electives from other departments) and the non-credit course, Pro-thesis Seminar, in addition to writing a Master's Thesis. The non-thesis program requires the students to take ten credit-courses (two required courses, five recommended electives and three free electives from other departments) and to complete a term-project. Upon the successful completion of the requirements of either program, the Master's Degree in Eurasian Studies will be awarded.