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The Gari School of Government and International Relations

Ph.D. of Government Management & Leadership


The Gari School of Government and International Politics’ doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Government Management and Leadership is designed to help the exceptional candidates develop into highly moral and able leaders. It is a concentrated program with the specific goal in mind. Most of our graduates will pursue careers as outstanding political leaders, or they may choose to excel in public service as civil servants. For that purpose our curriculum entails important practical elements, along with theoretical studies, such as the mandatory study and teaching abroad program. Our goal is to develop the doctoral candidate into an expert in both, theory and practice, in the unique field of Government Management and Leadership. The program places emphases on the following sub-fields of the discipline: moral philosophy, political economy, comparative politics, economics, globalization, modern political institutions and international organizations.


In his Republic, arguably the first and most systematically well-thought out program on how to entrench good governance based on justice in a polity, Plato insisted that only the philosopher should rule. He considered the philosopher king as the panacea for the perennial conflict between the politicians and the enlightened. Plato argued that either we teach kings philosophy or we make philosophers into kings. As much as people tried to ridicule this ancient proposition, essentially because of its exclusivity since not all can be philosophers, three thousand years later we are still challenged by this inevitable Platonism. In lieu of the untold tragedies perpetrated against humanity by so-called leaders, it is time that civilized humanity tried to enthrone genuine political leadership by making the theory and practice of political leadership a profession. Occupations which are less critical than government manegement and leadership use professional training, curricula and manuals to inculcate appropriate conducts, skills and ethics. Breaches result in serious sanctions and censure upon the malefactor. For instance, in the medical profession, a single act of malpractice can result in immediate decertification and legal penalties for the culprit. The same is true with the legal and other delicate life-and-death professionals.


The Gari School of Government and International Politics boasts of a distinguished faculty. Many of our faculty members have served as directors, advisors, counselors and notable executives to governments and/or government units, foundations, investment companies, private companies and public corporations in the United States and Europe. In addition, we regularly recruit high profile executives from international organizations and most illustrious professors from premier universities of Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa, to serve as adjunct professors or lecturers, in order to share truly international political and economic perspectives with our graduate students.


Ideal candidates for our doctoral program in Government Management and Leadership would have achieved the highest standing in taking the M.S. degree study in philosophy, economics, public administration or political science, or any of the subfields at a recognized university, and are able to demonstrate exceptionally strong propensity in leadership. Applicants with the previous M.S. degree in business, international relations, public policy, history, literature and journalism will also be strongly considered for this program. The Ph.D. program in Government Management and Leadership is designed to prepare the students for positions as high profile political leaders, or alternatively as analysts and diplomats in government, public service, international organizations and private sector. Our doctoral graduates have obtained leadership positions in government offices, large international organizations and multinational corporations, as well as fellowships and faculty positions at the top universities and research institutions in the United States and Europe.


Typically the first year of the candidacy is spent in advancing knowledge in general theories of the discipline and its different subfields. Upon finishing the coursework, at the end of the second year, the candidate usually enters the research stage, which involves studying additional literature, preparing the dissertation proposal, and writing the dissertation. The candidate is guided by the Curator, who is a full member of the faculty and the Graduate Committee, and serves as the academic and dissertation advisor to the candidate. Typically at the end of the second year the candidate submits the proposal. The Ph.D. student should successfully propose, submit, and defend the doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Graduate Committee.


The Gari School of Government and International Politics offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides our doctoral students with valuable extracurricular opportunities to exchange ideas with high-level public servants, participate in political debates, and attend the ESAP, the European Study Abroad Program of Georgian International University which gives our students unique opportunities to study, as well as teach in Europe, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Attending the ESAP program is not mandatory in this program, but it is highly recommended. Attending the ESAP will allow the students to become closely acquainted with international academic and political cultures, people and unique traditions of different nations and civilizations.


Tuition is approximately $800 per course, subject to change.

Principle Course Credits
PADM 811 Human Resource Management 4
PADM 820 Public Financial Systems 4
POL 801 Classical Economics II: Hayek 4
POL 802 Classical Economics: III: Bastiat 4
POL 700 Theories of Politics and Power 4
POL 710 The Purpose of Federalism and Education 4
STAT 680 Statsistics for Economics 4
ECON 740 International Economics 4
POL 715 Political Communications 4
POL 720 Theories of Human Nature 4
POL 725 Leadership and Conflict Resolution 4
POL 740 The Anatomy of the Servant Leader 4
745 The Divine Essense of Leadership 4
POL 750 Kingdom and Democracy 4
POL 753 Comaparative Philosophies of Politics and Leadership 4
POL 755 Theories of Motivation 4
POL 757 Intellectual Leadership and the Making of the Philosopher-King 4
POL 758 Politics of Wealth Creation 4
POL 759 The Philosophical Foundation of Leadership 4
POL 760 Leadership Ethics: Temptation of Power and Self-restraint 4
POL 765 Commonalities and Differencies in Mankind 4
POL 767 Seminar on Theories of War and Peace, God and Leadership 4
POL 769 Seminar on Financial Management of Public Funds 4
POL 771 Seminar on the Sanctity of Human Life 4
Study Abroad Credits
POL 003 One Week Study Program in Europe or Asia* (optional) 4
POL 004 One Week Teaching Program in Europe or Asia* (optional) 4
Dissertation Credits
Ph.D. 1 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pages 4
Ph.D. 2 Dissertation, APA Style, 50 pages 4
Total Credits 104

*Additional expenses may apply.


We admit graduate students on a quarterly basis. We welcome international students, as well as transfer students of good academic standing into our graduate programs.


  1. A transcript(s) with undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or instead a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score of 550 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portion. In some cases Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be also acceptable.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from the school(s) previously attended.
  3. TOEFL score for international students.


12 Political Economy (graduate course) Credits
6 Economics (graduate course) Credits

Prior undergraduate or graduate courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained can be used to meet the prerequisites of the program. Areas in which the student does not have prior coursework can have the necessary requirements met by taking the following foundation courses at Georgian International University:

POL 595 – Classical Economics 5: Sowell
POL 596 – Classical Economics 6: von Mises
POL 596 – Classical Economics 6: Friedman
POL 596 – Classical Economics 6: A Multinational Compendium
ECON 500 – Essential Economics
ECON 510 – Macroeconomic Theory

Truly exceptional applicants, who do not meet the enrollment requirements, still may be considered for the program. They must be interviewed in person and evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Taking additional prerequisite courses will be a part of the provisional admission. Prospective applicants must take under consideration that the university rarely makes such exceptions.