The University Of Georgia
Program name: Security Studies
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Shalva Dzebisashvili
Study language: English
Qualification: Master of Security Studies
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: English language requirement: B2 Level. English language competence of candidates is assessed by either 1) the university through university exams, with a minimum threshold of 70%; or 2) internationally recognized exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge English Exam. (B2 level equivalent scores: IELTS 5.5-6.5; TOEFL 87-109 IBT; Cambridge English Exam 160-179) Those candidates whose undergraduate degree was fully taught in English are exempted from this requirement. Georgian citizens must successfully pass the Unified Post-Graduate Exam. Georgian applicants must complete requirements 1-3. International applicants must complete 1-2.
Program goals:

MA program in Security Studies

The program objective is to provide graduates with the ability to understand the formation and conduct of the security policy in the field of international politics. Further, to provide the graduates with the competence of understanding security policy making and organizing defense matters as an integral component of the security, as well as to research independently international political processes as intersection of the state policy, security and defense issues.


Graduates of this program will be able to work atthe Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government, Parliament (Committees), The SSS (State Security Service) of Georgia, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Foreign Intelligence, International Organizations in Georgia, Embassies, and local analytical organizations.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Interactive lectures
  • Discussions/debates
  • Explanation method
  • Method of working on a book
  • Material/Source search and selection in Libraries
  • Simulation
  • Critical analysis
  • Project presentation
  • Verbal method
  • Case study and analysis
  • Brief analytical papers
Learning outcomes:
  • Knowledge
    A Graduate has:


    • Deep and systemic knowledge of interconnection between theories (realism, neo-realism, institutionalism etc.) and policies implemented in the field of international relations.
    • Deep and systemic knowledge of crucial elements relevant to the security field, including the complex nature of defense system, its organization and challenges of defense policies.
    • Deep knowledge of the genesis, forms and consequences of conflicts in the context of international and state security, that will help generate new ideas while developing and implementing defense/security policy.


    A graduate has the ability:

    • To resolve the dilemma of using a defense/military element as a priority foreign or domestic political instrument, along with the ability to deal with the problem of the ranking of national interests in the context of global security.
    • To calculate threat-response ratio resource wise (incl. force structure and capabilities) and apply legal and normative/regulatory mechanisms in legal disputes, or sectoral policies.
    • To critically comprehend and evaluate the effectiveness of elements of state power, incl. in a combination with military power.
    • To conclude the effectiveness of particular sectoral policies within the different institutional constrains.
      Ability to formulate the proper format of findings, information exchange and language of communication to different audiences.
    • To conduct and develop a small size research project, as well as draft a general program based budget and negotiation agreements.
  • Date of approval: 01-01-1900
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    Program details:

    The Master’s program of Security Studies of 120 (ECTS) credits.


    If she/he chooses to pursue this program the student passes the major in total of 78 credits. The remaining 42 credits may be taken from electives block of the same program.


    Graduates of this program hold a Master's degree in Security Studies.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    The Master’s program of Security Studies of 120 (ECTS) credits.


    Student passes the major in total of 78 credits. The remaining 42 credits may be taken from electives block of the same program.

    Graduates of this program hold a Master's degree in Security Studies.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    IREL6227Research Design6 2
    IREL6228Research Methods6 1
    IREL5110Theories of International Relations6 1
    IREL6120International Conflict Analysis6 1
    IREL6131Foreign Politics and National Defense of US6 1
    IREL5310Security Aspects of European Integration6 2
    IREL5320Strategy and Defence Planning6 2
    IREL5131Peace, War and Security6 3
    IREL5330Defence Resources Management6 3
    IREL6264Master Thesis in Security Studies30 3

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    IREL5230Theory and Practice in Diplomacy6
    IREL5380Introduction to Information Security6
    IREL5235South Caucasus in Global Politics6
    IREL5240Global Energy and Environment Studies6
    IREL5245Global Supply Chain Management6
    IREL5255Intelligence, Counterintelligence and National Security6
    IREL5326Transnational Migration6
    IREL5360War and International Law6
    ECON6052Global trade6
    IREL5126Nuclear non-proliferation6
    IREL6153Global Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism6
    ECON6051Banks, international financial institutions and international financial system6
    ECON6053Emerging markets and global economy6
    IREL5325Human Right and International Law6
    IREL5340Conflicts, Non-conventional Warfare and Special Operations6
    IREL5350Military–industrial complex6
    IREL5370Introduction to Nuclear Strategy6

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Classes begin at 19.00 and end 21:15.


    Lectures-120 minutes, break - 15 minutes.


    The maximum number of students in a group is 30 students. The bachelor and master program components consist of 19 weeks.

    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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