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The Gari School of Govenment and International Politics

Master of Science in Public Policy


The Gari School of Government and International Politics’ Master of Science (M.S.) program in Public Policy is designed to prepare students to serve as leaders in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government, as well as in international organizations. The program focuses on the systematic study of executive organization, policy-making, administration and management. Some students may also decide to pursue doctoral studies in the same discipline offered at Georgian International University or at another school of their choosing. Our curriculum provides a greater degree of focus on the field of public policy, compared to more general M.A. programs offered elsewhere. The program places emphases on the following sub-fields of the discipline: political economy, economics, financial management of public funds, municipal management and administration of international organizations.


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 595 Classical Economics V: Sowell 3
POL 596 Classical Economics VI: von Mises 3
PHI 500 Global Philosophical Thought 3
POL 580 International Organizations and Administration 3
POL 542 Public Administration Theory 3
BUS 520 Organizational Behavior 3
Concentration Courses Credits
POL 552 Effective City Management 3
POL 585 Nonprofit Organizations and Management 3
POL 555 Public Policy 3
POL 557 Urban Politics and Govenment 3
POL 583 Leadership Ethics 3
POL 587 Financial Management of Public Funds 3
ECON 591 Classical and Keynesian Economic Thoeries 3
ECON 525 Public Economics: Tax & Budget Policy 3
Total Credits 48


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:

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.

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