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The Gari School of Govenment and International Politics

Master of Science in Georgian Studies


The Gari School of Government and International Politics’ Master of Science (M.S.) program in Georgian Studies is designed to prepare students to be foreign affairs practitioners, diplomats and analysts with highly specialized knowledge of Georgia and the geo-political region of the Caucasus. In the future, some students may also decide to continue their graduate education in this highly specific academic field by pursuing the doctoral program in Georgian Studies at Georgian International University.


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 M.S. program would have achieved high standing in taking an undergraduate study in political science, international relations, economics, business, literature, foreign languages or philosophy at a highly reputable university, and are able to demonstrate the necessary ability to pursue the highly concentrated graduate program in the field of political science. Our graduates have obtained leadership positions in government offices, public service and large corporations, as well as doctoral fellowships in premier universities in the United States and Europe.


Students who complete five courses, but do not finish the entire curriculum in order to meet graduation requirements for the M.S. degree, and decide to drop out of the program, nevertheless will be awarded a Graduate Certificate instead. In order to earn the Graduate Certificate the student must complete three of the principal courses and two courses either from the concentration or the electives.


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 the M.S. 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 that 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. Although it is available, attending the ESAP is not mandatory for this particular program.


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

Principle Course Credits
POL 593 Classical Economics III: Bastiat 3
POL 594 Classical Economics IV: A multinational Compendium 3
POL 596 Classical Economics VI: von Mises 3
GEO 510 Georgian Literature 3
GEO 530 Georgian History and Anthropology 3
ECON 540 International Financial Economics 3
POL 530 Foreign Policy and Decisionmaking 3
ECON 530 International Trade Theory and Policy 3
Concentration Courses Credits
THEO 598 Georgian Theological School 3
GEO 580 Georgian Economy 3
GEO 582 Culture of Georgia: Arts and Science 3
GEO 590 Georgian as a Foreign Language 3
GEO 572 Rustvelology 3
GEO 573 Pater Patriae and Iliaology 3
Study Abroad
GEO 003 One Week Study Program in Georgia* 3
GEO 004 One Week Teaching Program in Georgia* 3
Total Credits 48

*Additional expenses may apply.


We admit M.S. students on a quarterly basis. The Gari School of Government and International Politics welcomes international students, as well as transfer students from reputable schools of good academic standing into its M.S. 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.


9 Political Science Credits
3 Economics 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 360 – Basics of Political Science
POL 330 – Classical Economics I: Friedman
POL 335 – Classical Economics II: Hayek
ECON 310 – Microeconomic Theory I

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.