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15.06.2010  
  International Interdisciplinary MSocSc programs  

Center for Social Sciences at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

announced call for applications for admission to

International, Interdisciplinary Master's programs in Social Sciences 

for Academic Year 2010 -2011

  • Gender Studies (English-language program, the only Master's program in Gender in the whole South Caucasus)
  • Transformation in the South Caucasus(English-language, international Master's program) 

Full educational grants for 2 academic years are provided for top students

9 Fellowships for Transformation in the South Caucasus

6 Fellowships for Gender Studies

June 14, 2010 - deadline of application submission to CSS

Download program and application materials:

Brief information about programs:

Academic Degree awarded: Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)

Main Field of Study:

1)      Gender Studies

2)      Transformation in the South Caucasus

Length of study: four semesters (15-week terms) to be completed within 1.5 calendar years (from September 2010 to February 2012)

Language of instruction: English

Degree requirements: 120 credits (ECTS) acquired through course work (85 ECTS for Gender Studies; 80 ECTS for TSC), internship (5 ECTS for Gender Studies, 10 ECTS for TSC), masters' thesis (30 ECTS)

 

The programs are offered by I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and administered by the Center for Social Sciences. The Center for Social Sciences (CSS) is a network institution of Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Institute in the South Caucasus and is committed to promoting research and quality education in social sciences www.ucss.ge . I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), the oldest university of Georgia and Caucasus, is an internationally recognized research university www.tsu.ge .

The Center for Social Sciences has been administering the interdisciplinary Master's Programs “Gender Studies” and “Transformation in the South Caucasus” since September 2005. These programs are affiliated with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and were developed on the basis of CSS through intensive cooperation with foreign partners from leading Western Universities: University of Oxford, Mount Holyoke Collage, Rutgers University, Central European University. 

Lectures and research seminars are delivered by guest professors from different European and US universities are included in the curriculums of Master's Programs. Students have access to various academic resources including CSS Library, E-resources and archives of academic journals, audio and video educational materials. The programs provide student internships at governmental structures, local and international non-governmental organizations. The center also works on the perspectives of employment for the graduates of the programs. Students have unique chance to receive academic degree of a  Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) in TSC or Gender Studies, adequate to Western standards of education. Both academic programs are funded by Higher Educational Support Program of Open Society Institute, Budapest. 

 

RESEARCH RESOURCES

A variety of academic resources is available to students of both program. These include: CSS library (over 6000 volumes), Computer lab (connected to DSL and wireless internet, SPSS installed), free access to on-line resources - EBSCO Host, Cambridge University Journals, The University of Chicago Press Journals. Students are provided with readers for courses, extended syllabi and other educational materials developed by CSS.

 

FINANCIAL AID

Owing to Open Society Institute's Higher Education Support Program (OSI HESP), several full scholarships are available for the students of both Master's Programs. Scholarships cover tuition fee, transportation costs and stipend for living expenses. Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled with top ranking admission grades for the whole study period, provided they remain in good standing. Only citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are eligible for OSI HESP scholarships; total of five scholarships are available for each country. 

Tuition fees for students not qualifying for an OSI HESP scholarship are as follows:

• for Georgian citizens -1125 GEL per semester

• for international students -1125 USD per semester

Living expenses: there is no formal requirement for visa or other purposes, however, CSS estimates that students living in Tbilisi need to budget an average 600 GEL (approximately 350 USD) per month to cover rental costs, costs of utilities, meals, city transportation, personal expenses and incidentals.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

·         Bachelor's degree or Diploma in any academic area. Some background in social sciences is an asset.

·         Current students expecting to graduate in June 2010 are eligible to apply.

·         No working experience is required.

 

APPLICATION

• Complete CSS application package*  

*Application package should be submitted in English. In case of admission, international applicants shall submit certified Georgian translations of documentation to the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.

 

SELECTION

  • Written examination** 40%(Get list of exam topics for TSC and Gender Studies programs from dlezhava@ucss.ge )
  • English test 20% - English language proficiency level B2 - demonstrated either by taking the corresponding examination at TSU Language Center or submitting standardized English Language test scores (TOEFL IBT 80 or equivalent on IELTS, Cambridge, etc.)-
  • Interview with the admissions committee 40%

** Trip to Tbilisi for admission examinations will be covered by CSS  for short listed applicants from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Registration of applications for AY 2010-2011 will start from April 15.

Open door days at I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 

  • April 15, 14.00 pm – Presentation of MSocSc programs in Transformation in the South Caucasus and Gender Studies; TSU II building, 3 Chavchavadze Avenue, III floor, Room # 336 (CSS library).
  • April 19, 26, 14.00 pm – Presentation of MSocSc programs in Transformation in the South Caucasus and Gender Studies; TSU II building, 3 Chavchavadze Avenue, I floor, Room # 135.

Consultations for applicants at CSS

  • April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 13, 19, 27; June 2, 9 at 12.00 pm; CSS office, TSU II building 3 Chavchavadze Avenue, III floor, Room # 336 (CSS library).

Application Time-line

  • April 8 – May 10, 2010 -  Registration for Graduate Record Examination for Master's Programs (for Georgian applicants only) http://www.naec.ge/index.php?lang=geo
  • In order to be registered at CSS and get reading materials on CD for admission examinations, all applicants should send e-versions of CSS application cover page (1 page only) to CSS Students’ Dean at dlezhava@ucss.ge;
  • April 15 – June 14, 2010 - Submission of applications to CSS. Time: 10.00 am – 18.00 on working days of week. (Georgian applicants should submit both e-version and hard copy of application. Download the CSS Application form or receive it from CSS Students’ Dean dlezhava@ucss.ge;
  • International/Regional applicants should submit package of documentations translated into Georgian and attested by a notary to the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (Please address dlezhava@ucss.ge to get detailed information on this point).

Admission Examinations:

  • June 22, 10.00 am – Written examination in specialization -40%; (Examination topics for TSC; Gender Studies)
  • June 23, 10.00 am – English test. Applicants will require B2 level (TOEFL IBT min 80, or equivalent) - 20%
  • June 24, 10.00 am – Interview - 40%
  • July – Graduate Record Examination (for Georgian applicants only)

CSS examination results will be announced in the first week of July. Final results will be announced after announcement of scores in Graduate Record Examination.

For further information please address:

Ms. Diana Lezhava, CSS Students’ Dean

Address: 3 Chavchavadze Avenue, Tbilisi 0128, Georgia, TSU II block, III floor, room # 336.

Tel.: (+995 32) 102781;   890 102786; E-mail: dlezhava@ucss.ge  ; www.ucss.ge

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