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The Academy of Iberian Philosophy

Doctor of Georgianology


The Academy of Iberian Philosophy’s doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Georgianology is the only available program nationally in this highly specialized discipline within the broad field of philosophy. The program provides a greater degree of focus on Georgian thought, which includes philosophies of Georgian and proto-Georgian people, such as Iberians, Mushkis, Kolkhis, Cappadocians, Trojans and others. The doctoral program in Georgianology places emphases on the following sub-fields of the broad discipline of Georgianology: Georgian theological school, Cappadocian theology, Rustvelology, Georgian Neo-Platonism, Iliaology, anthropology, Georgian literature, Davitianology, hagiography, epistemology and moral philosophy. Fluency in Georgian language is required. Our goal is to develop potent and active scholars who, along with thinking, teaching and theorizing in an academic environment, are also capable of doing, achieving and leading in real life.


Students who complete eight courses, but do not finish the entire curriculum in order to meet graduation requirements for the Ph.D. degree, and decide to drop out of the program, nevertheless will be awarded a Doctoral Certificate instead.


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 Academy of Iberian Philosophy 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 renowned philosophers, participate in moral 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, this includes the country of Georgia, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Attending the ESAP program is mandatory for the doctoral students of Georgianology. This will allow them to become closely acquainted with Georgian academic culture, people and unique traditions of this ancient civilization.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 200.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
PHI 815 Advanced History of Economic Thought 4: A Multinational Compendium 4
GEO 800 Georgian Literature 1: Early Literature 4
GEO 810 Georgian Literature 2: Rustvelology 4
GEO 820 Georgian Literature 3: Davitianology 4
GEO 830 Georgian Literature 4: Iliaology 4
GEO 840 Georgian Literature 5: Romanticism 4
GEO 845 Georgian Literature 6: Vaja Pshavela 4
GEO 847 Georgian Literature 7: Galaktion Tabidze 4
GEO 850 Georgian Theology 1: Peter the Iberian 4
GEO 860 Georgian Theology 2: St. Basil the Great 4
GEO 862 Georgian Theology 3: Ioane Petritsi 4
GEO 865 Georgian Theology 4: Arsen Ikaltoeli 4
GEO 870 Georgian Esoterism 1: Zviad Gamsakhurdia 4
THEO 715 Georgian Hagiography 4
GEO 791 Georgian History and Anthropology 4
GEO 795 Modern Georgian Political History 4
GEO 780 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia 4
GEO 785 History in Literature: Mikheil Javakhishvili 4
GEO 782 History in Literature: Data Tutashkhia 4
THEO 700 Christian Leadership and Hagiography 4
GEO 788 Georgian Pedagogy 4
THEO 710 Georgian Theological Thought 4
PHI 705 Antiquity: Socrates and Plato 4
PHI 695 Humanism: Henry David Thoreau and John Brown 4
GEO 890 Georgian Hermaneutics: The Old Testament 4
GEO 891 Georgian Hermaneutics: The New Testament 4
Dissertation Credits
PHI 001 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pages 4
PHI 002 Dissertation, APA Style, 50 pages 4
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 112 $22,400.00


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.
  4. Fluency in Georgian Language.


12 Georgian Language 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:

GEO 450 – Basics of Georgian Language
GEO 510 – Georgian Literature
GEO 505 – Advanced Georgian: Translations
GEO 582 – Culture of Georgia: Science and Arts

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.