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The Mathewson School of Education

Ph.D. of Georgian Language and Literature


We are proud to offer nationally the only doctoral degree (Ph.D.) program in education with the concentration in Georgian Language and Literature. The Mathewson School of Education’s doctoral program in Georgian Language and Literature is a premier and several award-winning program with the wealth of academic, training and career resources that nationally no other graduate school can offer in this highly specific subfield of education. Considering the highly specific nature of the program, fluency in Georgian language is required. We offer placement, training and study abroad programs in schools and colleges in the country of Georgia.
Georgian language is one of the oldest and most unique languages in the world, and so is Georgian culture. Even though most of the European languages derive from the Indo-European language group, Georgian language and the indigenous Georgian alphabet are ever so original, innate and inimitable, they do not belong to any language group, but rather create a language group of their own, called Kartvelian or Caucasian languages. Over the millennia, Georgians have built an extensive cultural legacy, including one of the most advanced literary and theological legacies in the world. This program will allow you to get intimately acquainted with Georgian language, literature, theology and culture. Fluency in Georgian language is required. Our carefully selected concentration at the doctoral level reflects demands of today’s dynamic and ever-changing geo-political world and, subsequently, the job market in the field of education and pedagogy. As the U.S. influence expands around the world, it becomes increasingly critical to provide academic, pedagogic and language support to multinational efforts America is engaged with its strategic partners and allies, including the country of Georgia.


The Mathewson School of Education 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, public or private schools and universities, multinational companies and public corporations in the United States and Europe, including the country of Georgia. In addition, we regularly recruit most illustrious professors and educators from premier universities of Europe, Georgia in particular, Asia, Middle-East and Africa, to serve as adjunct professors or lecturers, in order to share truly international pedagogic perspectives with our graduate students. In order to emphasize practical and skills-related aspects of the curriculum, we have also recruited many retired or active high profile administrators in the field of education, such as school principals and superintendents, university presidents and provosts, and directors of transnational non-profit educational organizations and/or public multinational corporations engaged in promoting education, scholasticism, learning and literacy in the U.S., Georgia and around the world.


The Mathewson School of Education offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides its doctoral students with valuable extra-curricular opportunities to exchange ideas with expert educators, participate in international pedagogic seminars and 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 in Georgia. The ESAP study and teach programs are available both, at the university and school levels. Attending the ESAP is mandatory for this particular doctoral program. The ESAP will provide unique opportunities to our candidates to enhance language skills, learn different perspectives on pedagogy and exchange ideas with Georgian teachers and educators.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 250.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
GEO 800 Georgian Literature I: Early 4
GEO 810 Georgian Literature II: Rustvelology 4
GEO 820 Georgian Literature III: Davitianology 4
GEO 830 Georgian Literature IV: Iliaology 4
GEO 840 Georgian Literature V: Romanticism 4
GEO 845 Georgian Literature VI: Vaja Pshavela 4
GEO 847 Georgian Literature VII: Galaktion Tabidze 4
GEO 850 Georgian Theology I: Peter the Iberian 4
GEO 860 Georgian Theology II: St. Basil the Greal 4
GEO 862 Georgian Theology III: Ioane Petritsi 4
GEO 870 Georgian Esoteristm I: Zviad Gamsakhurdia 4
GEO 786 Mikheil Javakhishvili and Konstantine Gamsakhurdia 4
GEO 782 History in Literature: Data Tutashkhia 4
GEO 788 Georgian Pedagogy: Gogebashvili 4
EDU 650 Educational Psychology: Advanced 4
EDU 700 Philosophy of Pedagogy 4
EDU 710 History of American Pedagogy 4
EDE 640 Culturally Responsive Education 4
Study Abroad Credits
GEO 003 One Week Study Program in Georgia* 4
GEO 004 One Week Teaching Program in Georgia* 4
Dissertation Credits
Ph.D 1 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pgs 4
Ph.D. 2 Dissertation, APA Style, 50 pgs 4
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 88 $22,000.00

*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.


3 Education Credits
6 Georgian Language Credits
6 Georgian Literature 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

EDU 560 – Teaching Methods in Humanities
GEO 450 – Basics of Georgian Language
GEO 510 – Georgian Literature
GEO 500 – Basic of Georgian
GEO 430 – Socio-Economic Aspects of Georgia

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.