Master's Program in Caucasian Studies


Program Coordinator

Dr. Giorgi Mchedlishvili 

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Program Description
This English-language MA reflects the requirements of societal cohesion as well as the labor market, and is aimed at building state institutions in a harmonious society. Taking into consideration the specificity of the Caucasus region, the programme will train qualified and competitive specialists in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Linguistics, Political Science, and International Relations. Specifically, the purpose of the Caucasus Studies MA is the following:
  • To train professionals and provide deep theoretical and practical knowledge in all fields of this interdisciplinary programme
  • To focus on teaching principles oriented toward frequently changing market requirements, allowing students to become competitive specialists according to rising international standards
  • To impart deep theoretical knowledge via discussions of case studies covering international and regional problems, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • To cultivate in students a sense of responsibility and methods of self-development
  • To prepare students for employment or continued studies at a PhD level
  • To increase the number of local and international experts in Caucasus regional issues 
  • To contribute to defining a new geopolitical role for the South Caucasus region in the contemporary world
Upon completion of the programme, the student will have
  • Explored the issues of the South Caucasus regional identity and the merits of regional cooperation
  • Investigated the historical role of the Caucasus in the world
  • Researched the role of the Caucasus in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods
Programme advantages 
The programme has been refined and aims at providing students with valuable theoretical knowledge, supporting them in the development of practical skills in the field of research and practise. The quality of teaching and learning is ensured through experienced academic personnel in a rich library- and student-centred academic context. 
Career Opportunities 
A graduate of the programme may be employed in a governmental / commercial / nongovernmental / international organization, in a relevant parliamentary committee (Foreign Relations, Education, Science and Culture, Defence and Security, Human Rights, Civil Integration, etc.), the National Centre of Manuscripts, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Reintegration, the Ministry of Defence, the National Security Council of Georgia, as well as in a historical museum, an archive centre, an institution of higher education, a research centre, etc. 
The priority of the programme is to equip graduates with the expertise and practical experience that will allow them to be employed in organizations that need experts in post-Soviet states. A graduate may also continue education in a doctoral programme.
Candidates must:
  • Hold a BA or its equivalent diploma
  • Pass the A Type test of Unified National Exams for Masters (for Georgian citizens)
  • Pass the university internal exams in the specialty and in English
Those not required to take the English exam are as follows
  • Candidates who have an international English language certificate equivalent to a B2 level (TOEFL iBT, IELTS and FCE)
  • Candidates who have graduated from an educational programme (instruction language: English) during the last three years, whose GPA is at least 75 (out of 100) or 3 (out of 4)
  • Native English speakers 
Admission of International Students
Language of Instruction: English
Programme Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Awarded Qualification: Master of Caucasus Studies
Annual Tuition for Georgian Citizens: 3540 GEL
Annual Tuition for International Students: 3000 USD
  • -20% - Any Georgian citizen M.A candidate who has successfully passed the Unified National Postgraduate Exam and registers at IBSU between 27 August -10 September 2018.
  • -15% - Sibling(s) of a current IBSU student.
For detailed information, please contact:
Phone: (+995 32) 2595005/06/07 
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