The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences not only conducts graduate programs effectively in the field of social sciences but also it aims to create synergy among different disciplines within the same field. Under the umbrella of thirteen departments are 6 doctoral, 15 graduate, and 5 evening programs. While some graduate programs are run by the related faculty, the rest are interdisciplinary programs. The total number of students is 1234 from 2015 on. One of the aims of the School is to increase the interdisciplinary programs based on the needs of higher education.
It aims to run graduate programs, pioneering in the national and international platforms, that provide education to train individuals who are able to think analytically and critically, who are open-minded problem-solvers, who can reconcile national values with global values, who are respectful towards the society and ethical values, who have entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership qualities.
It aims to enrich the perspective regarding the programs run in different fields to create a contemporaray educational model and to be a leader in the national and international arena.
Among one of the institutes to organize and carry out the master's and doctoral programs, the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences was establihed in 1982. The School initially included only the master's and doctoral programs in ITU Faculty of Architecture.
All master's and doctoral programs related to architecture and urbanism were transferred to the ITU Institute of Science, at the end of the academic year of 1984-1985. Starting from the 1985-86 academic year, Fine Arts Disciplines of Art and Music Arts Department's graduate programs, and in the 1986-87 academic year, History of Art, Business and Economics programs were founded.
The School started its education in the 1987-88 academic year in the field of Visual and Peripheral Art as part of Fine Arts Department. As of 1987-88 academic year, Turkish Folk Dances program was added to the existing Turkish Art Music and Turkish Folk Music programs in the Music Art Department. Since the first graduates came out of the Music Art Department and the Management Science Department at the end of the 1988 Summer Term, two Proficiency in Art programs in Music Art Department, and a PhD program in the Management Science Department were opened and students were accepted to these programs.
The graduate program in Musicology was started in 1995-96 academic year, and the PhD program in Music History was started in 1996-97 academic year. In the 1998-99 academic year, the non-thesis executive MBA for administrators, in the 1999-2000 academic year the Music graduate program, and in the 2000-01 academic year the Science, Technology and Society graduate program were started as part of evening education. In the 2001-02 academic year, Housing and Earthquake Graduate Program started, followed by two graduate programs, Economy and Tourism Design and Management Graduate Programs in 2002-03 academic year. In 2006, Industrial Products Jewelry and Accessories Design evening program, and in 2006-07 academic year, Political Studies program and Interior Design graduate programs were started. A PhD program in Economy was started in 2011. In 2012, a PhD program in Political and Social Thought, and a graduate program in Musicology, and a graduate program in Music Theory and Composition were started.
Two new graduate programs will be offered starting 2014-15 academic year: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management non-thesis evening program, and Instrument-Vocal Performance Graduate Program.
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