The University Of Georgia
Program name: Public Administration
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Eka Gegeshidze
Nodar Kherkheulidze
Study language: Georgian, with some English components
Qualification: Master of Public Administration
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: The students are enrolled on the masters programs on the basis of the results of the national entrance exams or on the basis of the decree №224/ნ (December 29, 2011) of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, on the basis of the administrative registration and the decree of the Rector.
Program goals:

The Master’s program in Public Administration (UG MPA) is designed to prepare internationally competitive and highly qualified public administration professionals aspiring democratic values and Good governance principles, ready to assume leadership, effectively plan, implement, and evaluate public sector programs and thus contribute to delivering better public services through innovation and policy change.

Georgia has put forward its public administration reform agenda striving for democratic values and good governance principles, fostering open, transparent, and service oriented public institutions. Ongoing political-administrative reforms, European integration processes and democratization of public programs and services bring a number of conceptual and managerial challenges to the public administration praxis in Georgia. The smooth transition from an old, command-and-control governance system to the new, open and distributive administrative processes is only possible through the new generation of highly qualified public administration professionals.

Accordingly, MPA curriculum is designed to deliver in-depth knowledge of managerial, political, legislative, and economic aspects of public administration, encourage innovative thinking and problem-solving skills, provoke entrepreneurial and leadership mindset and provide practical skill-set to contributes to the successful professional career development as well as qualitative improvement of the public administration praxis nationwide.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Explanatory method
  • Teamwork
  • Demonstration method
  • Discussions / Debates
  • Interactive lectures
  • Critical analysis
  • Lecture-seminars
  • Literature Review
  • Problem-based learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Highlighting the news
  • Action-oriented learning
  • Case study and analysis
  • Written Method
Learning outcomes:
  • The graduate will have:

    • In-depth knowledge of public administration and public policy and is capable of reasoning, analyzing and evaluating policy-administrative processes and ongoing reforms in the field; It is also capable of independently enhancing public administration and knowledge in adjacent areas;
    • Thorough knowledge of the legal basis of public administration: constitutional foundations of governance, municipal and administrative law, public service system, and public agency functioning, and can discuss and critically evaluating public administration legal issues;
    • Able to identify and analyze the interconnection, influence and impact of political thought and ideologies, as well as microeconomic and macroeconomic factors and regularities with public policy and governance processes;
    • Able to conduct independent research in public administration and related areas: preparing research design and methodology, conducting academic and applied research using qualitative and quantitative methods, analyzing research results and presenting them to a professional audience; Critical evaluation of the methodology and results of research projects implemented in Sphere;
    • A systematic knowledge of the organizational context of public administration, the peculiarities of managing public / state, civil, public and non-profit organizations;
    • Able to choose a rational, objective and politically unbiased course of action, develop a policy paper and present it to a professional audience, using a public policy analysis methodology to solve a problem or evade it;
    • Able to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a project in line with public administration standards;
    • In-depth knowledge of the peculiarities of public service creation, delivery policy and implementation and is able to plan, process and evaluate public service policy definition and implementation;
    • Based on ethics and principles of public governance, political impartiality, effectiveness, accountability, honesty and fairness, one can observe open, result-oriented and good governance principles.
  • Date of approval: 12-12-2005
    Approval protocol number: 4
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 61/19
    Program details:

    The combination of the core and elective courses of the Master of Public Administration program provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject blocks, which will produce the graduate with relevant qualifications and job market-oriented competencies.

    Depending on the specific professional interests of the student, the student may choose subjects from public administration and management, politics and international relations or law blocks. Subjects can be selected from one or all of the three blocks, allowing the student to gain specific knowledge in the chosen field or to choose a combination of subjects of interest to them.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    In order to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration, student is required to collect 120 ECTS, which includes: the program core courses - 90 ECTS in total and 30 ECTS from the rest of the master’s Program in Public Administration.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    PUBL2020Legal Aspects of Public Administration6 1
    PUBL5110State Governance6 1
    PUBL6580Political Ideologies6 1
    ECON6580Economics6 2
    PUBL2050Public Sector Project Management6 2
    PUBL6220Public Policy Analysis6 2
    PUBL2030Public Organizations and Non-profit Management6 3
    PUBL2040Policy and Management of Public Services6 3
    PUBL2060Public Sector Monitoring and Evaluation6 3
    PUBL6570Research Methods in Public Administration6 3
    PUBL6300Master Thesis in Public Administration30 4

    Credits sum:


    Public Administration and Management Bloc - Program Elective

    PUBL5240International Organizations and Institutions6
    BLCH5110Blockchain - Decentralized information system61
    STAT5111Business Statistics61
    PUBL5111Decentralization and Civic Engagement in the Governance61
    MGMT5210Human Resource Management61
    PUBL6112Crisis Management in Public Organizations62
    MGMT6110Organization Behavior62
    MGMT5230Strategic Management62
    PUBL5279Administrative Leadership in Public Sector63
    PUBL5225Grant Writing63
    MGMT5110Operations Management63
    PUBL5050Public Sector Internship63

    Credits sum:


    Block of Law - Program Elective

    LAWP 5260Comparative Constitutional Law61
    LAWP5250Legal Forms of Administrative Organs Activity61
    LAWP5510Law of Political Parties62
    LAWP5460Law of Public Service62
    BLCH5119Regulation of Smart Contracts62
    LAWB6190Economic activity and taxation63

    Credits sum:


    Bloc of Politics and International Relations - Program Elective

    IREL5220International Organizations61
    IREL5110Theories of International Relations61
    IREL5352European Union, NATO and transatlantic politics62
    IREL6131Foreign Politics and National Defense of US62
    IREL5240Global Energy and Environment Studies62
    IREL5322Global governance and sustainable development62
    IREL5353Global governance and transparency63
    IREL5321Globalization media and governance63
    PHMA5110Public Health and Health care Policy63

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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