The University Of Georgia
Program name: Public Administration
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Eka Gegeshidze
Nodar Kherkheulidze
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: BA in Public Administration
Program capacity: 240
Program permission: Admission criteria/ prerequisite (for the citizens of Georgia): The students are enrolled on the bachelor 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. Admission criteria/ prerequisites (for the foreign country citizens): Foreign entrants who completed secondary education abroad or got the education equivalent to it, or/and completed the last two years of secondary education abroad , or students, who lived abroad during last two or more years and studied abroad in higher educational institutions accredited in compliance with the legislation of the host country can be enrolled in the program without taking national entrance exams on the basis of the decree № 224 / ნ (December 29, 2011) of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. If the entrants don’t have English language Certificate FCE (First Certificate in English) the language competence (B2 – Intermediate) is proved on the basis of the University exam in English with the minimal passing rate 60%.
Program goals:

Georgia has put forward its public administration reform agenda aspiring democratic values and good governance principles, fostering open, transparent, and service oriented public institutions. Ongoing public administration reforms are of outstanding significance on the way of the county’s further democratic development. The smooth transition from the old, command-and-control governance system to the new, open and distributive administrative processes is only possible through the new generation of professional public administrators.   

The UG undergraduate program in Public Administration (UG BPA) is aimed to contribute to the raise of the new, internationally competitive, and qualified generation of public administrators. UG BPA curriculum is based on the internationally recognized principles and values of PA teaching and vastly reflects the labor market demands in the field. Accordingly, BPA is the program for those, who desire to embark on a successful career trip in the public service, non-profit, and international organizations.

The BPA Curriculum provides comprehensive coverage of managerial, political, legislative, and economic dimensions of public administration, with a specific emphasis on managerial aspects and reflecting Georgian realities such as recent and on-going political-administrative reforms, related challenges, and best-practices. Program is designed to deliver fundamental knowledge for administering public sector programs and services and provides essential kill-set that contribute to the successful professional career development. Curriculum also help in identification of specific interests in the field and preparing students for the graduate studies.     

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Explanatory method
  • Teamwork
  • Demonstration method
  • Discussions / Debates
  • Interactive lectures
  • Lecture-seminars
  • Literature Review
  • Problem-based learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Highlighting the news
  • Action-oriented learning
  • Case study and analysis
  • Written Method
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • Public administration (managerial) context:

    • Describe and compare theories of public administration, the forms and principles of the state's political and administrative arrangement, structure and functions of central and local government bodies, their formal interactions, and informal working channels.
    • Overview and explain the role of public agencies, civil society, and non-profit organizations (NGOs), as well as their interaction with various stakeholders and interest groups, private sector and international actors in public policy development and implementation.
    • Identify and discuss peculiarities of public service delivery and institutional development of public organizations, forms of management, organizational finance, personnel management policies, various public service models, and key challenges of public service reform (PAR) in Georgia.

    Political-economic context of public administration:

    • Analyze and discuss political and economic theories, political ideologies and systems, the principles of economic school of thought and microeconomic and macroeconomic principles in market economies.
    • Describe and overview major aspects of public finance, budgetary system and tax policy, state, and local taxes.
    • Describe the key stages and processes of public policy cycle and public policy analysis methodology, as well as explain and reason the importance of rational decision-making model, efficiency, and political neutrality in the public policy analysis process.

    Legal context of public administration:

    • Define/describe and explain fundamental principles of constitutional law, forms of representative democracy, the essence of the rule of law and legal terminology.
    • Describe and discuss fundamental principles of constitutional law, forms of direct and representative democracy, the power distribution among the branches of the Georgian government (Checks and Balances), the system of local self-governance, as well as the basic principles of administrative law.

  • Skills
  • Graduates are able to:

    • Contribute to developing of politically impartial, rational, and effective course of action on public administration and public policy issues utilizing policy analysis methodology and tools.
    • Conduct the research project in public administration including preparation of research design and methodology, identification and formulation of research questions and hypotheses, selection of research tools, conducting a simple experiment, processing, and analyzing data and writing the final report.
    • Work with (read and interpret) legal documents, understand and interpret law, define, and apply court decisions, constitutional and general administrative norms, obtain basis for normative acts and determine their hierarchy.
    • Design budgets, process economic data and develop (propose) alternative solutions, in line with predetermined guidelines.
    • Determine and formulate the organization's mission, policy, and structure, identify, and apply various models and methods for organizational effectiveness, adapt to setting peculiar for public organizations, identify standard issues typical to public management practices to respond quickly, efficiently; allocate time and resources, as well as compare leadership theories and management models and analyze the effect of internal and external factors on the organizational productivity. 
    • Observe, analyze, and discuss the ongoing processes in the field of public policy and administration, identify cause-and-effect relations, activities of various state organizations, economic data and information, economic prosperity and productivity, public sector effectiveness, as well as the effects of state finances and policies on the economy of the country.
    • Effectively communicate professional information such as policy, administrating and other relevant fields, with specialists, non-specialists, and stakeholders, and present views and position providing reasoning in both, Georgian and English; prepare (write) reports and correspondence, including formal, semi-formal forms of written communication, and participate in professional negotiations, discussions, and debates. 

  • Responsibility and autonomy
    • Explore and discuss topics related to state-focused mindset, public sector administrative leadership, integrity and responsibility towards the society and the state, moral, ethical, discretionary, and practical responsibilities in the public administration praxis.
    • Explain and reason the importance of a positive attitude towards one’s working environment, the need for a sound, politically neutral and rational approach to public administration and policymaking.
    • Identify further steps to further expand professional interests and knowledge, independently select the course of study, and enhance capacities through various professional programs, Georgian or English language professional journals or articles.
  • Date of approval: 01-11-2010
    Approval protocol number: 14-12
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 03/19
    Program details:
    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    In order to earn a bachelor's degree in public administration, a student is required to collect 240 ECTS, which includes: the program core courses - 162 ECTS, while remaining 72 ECTS students can apply from the rest of the bachelor's program subjects. The program enables student to undergo 12 ECTS free credits.

    Humanitarian-Social Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    HIST1118Civilizations and Mankind Development6 1,2
    LAWB1155Debates and Critical Thinking6 1,2
    LAWB1177Thinking and Morality6 1,2
    POLI2260Basics of Political Ideologies6 1,2
    ANTH3130Basics of Cultural Anthropology6 1,2
    HIST1222History of Russian occupation in Georgia6 1,2
    LAWB1195Citizenship in the modern world6 1,2
    LITR1212The great Books6 1,2

    Credits sum:


    STEM Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1,4
    MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 1,4
    STEM0002Ingenuity, entrepreneurship and technology6 1,4
    STEM0005Modern technologies6 1,4
    STEM0007Mathematics and Civilizations6 1,4
    STEM0010Logic6 1,4
    STEM10106 1,4
    STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
    STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2
    STEM0003Experiments that changed the world6 1,4
    STEM0004Game theory6 1,4

    Credits sum:


    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    BUSN1310Business and Economics6 1
    ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
    PUBL3212Introduction to Public Administration6 1
    LAWB1135Introduction to Jurisprudence6 2
    MGMT2015Basics of Management6 2
    POLI1220Introduction to Politics6 2
    ECON1290Principles of Microeconomics6 3
    LAWB1220Georgian Constitutional Law6 3
    PUBL1010Georgian Politics and Administration today6 3
    STAT2219Statistics6 3
    ECON2190Principles of Macroeconomics6 4
    LAWB1250General Administrative Law6 4
    PUBL1216Public Policy Cycles6 4
    ECON3113Public Economics I (Fiscal Theory and Policy)6 5
    MGMT3221Business Communications6 5
    PUBL3280Public Sector Administrative Leadership6 5
    PUBL4112Introduction to the Public Policy Analysis6 5
    ACCT2122Financial Accounting I6 6
    PUBL2010Institutional Development of Public Organizations6 6
    PUBL4000Civil Society and Non-governmental Organizations6 6
    PUBL2000Research Methods for Public Administration6 7
    PUBL3000Management of Public Services6 7

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    ECON3279Principles of Taxation6
    LAWB2130Introduction to Human Rights6
    MGMT3121Basics of Organizational Behavior6
    MGMT4220Project Management6
    MKTG2210Basics of Marketing6
    PUBL3030Local Governance and Politics6
    PUBL3277Introduction to International Organizations and Institutions6
    ACCT2221Financial Accounting II6
    COMM4120Introduction to Public Relations6
    ECON3213Public Finance II6
    LAWB2140Constitutional Law of Foreign Countries6
    LAWB4991Law of Entrepreneurs6
    MGMT3211Human Resource Management6
    POLI3230Introduction to Comparative Politics6
    ACCT2210Basics of Managerial Accounting6
    FINA2211Principles of Insurance6
    FINA3115Principles of Finance6
    MGMT3151Change Management6
    MKTG4550Social Media Marketing6
    PUBL1000Professional English for Public Administrators6
    PUBL3535Gender Policy6
    PUBL6060Comparative Public Administration6
    COMM4135Public Speaking Skills6
    ECON4279National budget of Georgia6
    INTR1278Internship in Public Sector12
    POLI2230Political Sociology6
    POLI4105Democracy, Elections and Electoral Systems6
    POLI4111Democracy and Populism6
    PUBL4040HR Management in Public Organizations6
    PUBL5000Bachelor Research Paper in Public Administration18
    STAT1122SPSS Information systems for statistical data processing6

    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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