GIPA Master’s in Journalism Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) is soliciting applications from Azerbaijani citizens for a master’s degree program in journalism and media management offered by the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management and taught by instructors from the United States, European Union member states, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the media in the emerging democratic societies of the Caucasus.

Five Azerbaijani students will be selected for the program, which will be offered in four semesters from September 2020 to June 2022.  The students will study in Georgia from September 2020-December 2021. The students will work on their diploma portfolio in Azerbaijan on January 2022-June 2022 and return to Georgia for the defense of a thesis/final project in July 2022.  While resident at GIPA, students will have access to computer, audio and video equipment, the Internet, and a journalism library.  The program will produce multimedia stories for the student media web page and air reports to Radio GIPA FM.

The program curriculum provides a hands-on, experiential approach to learning the latest techniques of fact-based, professional reporting and writing in both print and broadcast media.  Management techniques and key knowledge fields, such as economics and the judiciary, are also stressed.  Faculty and curriculum for the School will be provided in cooperation with IREX Georgia in the framework of the four-year USAID-funded G-MEDIA (Georgian Media Enhance Democracy, Informed Citizenry and Accountability) program, and the South Carolina University.

Strong English language skills, as demonstrated at an oral interview, are required.


The U.S. Embassy in Baku provides tuition support and financial assistance for the duration of studies in Georgia to students who demonstrate financial need.

Entrance procedures are English language testing, and an interview (in English-language) with an Azerbaijani-American admissions committee in Baku.


Deadline for application is July 27, 2020


For more information and for submitting applications, contact: Mehdi Huseynguliyev, recruitment coordinator, at,

Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management at
Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
Address: 2 Brosse Street, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel/fax: 99532 93-14-66, cell: 99599 50-24-46
E-mail: web:

Additional Information:

With the assistance of the U.S. government and the American National Academy of Public Administration, the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs was established in 1994 as a non-governmental, non-profit educational institution with the purpose of creating a cadre of highly trained civil servants to help support democratic and market reforms in the Caucasus.

The Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) was established at GIPA in 2001 to support the development of professional media in the Caucasus through educational and training programs in journalism, communication, and media management.  The school’s philosophy is that journalists—well-grounded in skills to report fairly and accurately—will raise the level of journalism where they practice and will serve the public by providing truthful information and upholding the highest ethical standards of the profession.

Since its opening in January 2002, CSJMM’s English-language, regional program has graduated 155 students with master’s degrees in journalism and media management.  In Azerbaijan, CSJMM graduates hold leading positions in professional media.  Graduates today are well established journalists committed to the principles of fairness, independence, honesty, and accuracy in their work for newspapers, television, and radio.