The Master in International Policy (MIP) at the University of Georgia (UGA) offers advanced training for students who wish to pursue non-academic careers in a variety of arenas, including international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations; the diplomatic corps; federal agencies, such as the foreign service and the intelligence community; and foreign policy making, strategic trade, and other international policy fields. This is thus distinct from SPIA’s existing M.A. and Ph.D. program (offered jointly with Political Science) that trains students for teaching and research careers at the university level. There are two tracks within the MIP program: the concentration in International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) and the General Track (General). For more information, click here.

The Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP) is a year-long academic program designed to increase a student’s ability to understand, analyze, and create policy related to national security, nonproliferation, and the management of international conflict. The first semester is spent in an intensive, research-oriented course taught by CITS staff, members of the UGA community, and guest lecturers from the policy-making and national security communities. In the second semester, students partake in a guided program which affords them the opportunity to work on projects related to CITS’ international workshops, seminars for strategic trade control practitioners, and interdisciplinary research endeavors here at UGA. If students prefer, they may also conduct independent security-related research with the assistance of CITS staff and associated faculty. Students also help to facilitate the biannual Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy, which is hosted by SPIA and features speakers and participants from all over the world. 
The SLP offers a variety of opportunities designed to facilitate the professionalization of students interested in the security field. Participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, high-technology manufacturers, consulting firms, and prestigious academic institutions.
This program is NOT limited to students from any particular academic background. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Each semester of the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program confers three (3) hours of academic credit.


To apply to the Russell Security Leadership Program, you will need:

  • A filled-out SLP Application Form
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program (250-500 words)
  • A resumé or curriculum vitae
  • A transcript (official or unofficial)
  • A writing sample on a topic relating to international affairs (less than 5000 words)

All application materials should be hand-delivered to the main CITS office at 120 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building.


The Center for International Trade and Security offers graduate research assistantships to two outstanding graduate students interested in international trade and security issues. Two assistantships are awarded each academic year.

CITS/UGA provides graduate research opportunities in the fields of non-proliferation, strategic trade controls, CBRN security and related areas through a set of assistantships. Graduate research assistants at the Center are involved and incorporated into all of the funded programmatic activities of the Center.

Many former CITS graduate research assistants have gone on to tenure-track faculty positions, fellowships and employment with the US government, the International Atomic Energy Agency, large high-technology manufacturers, trade-oriented consulting firms, and policy implementers in DC and abroad.

The graduate research assistantship offers a stipend and tuition waiver. However, students are liable for their graduate fees.

All MIP ISN students are encouraged to apply for the two available CITS GRA positions. To apply to the CITS GRA position, please submit:
• A cover letter explaining your interest in the program (250-500 words)
• A résumé or curriculum vitae
• An official transcript
• A writing sample on a topic relating to non-proliferation, strategic trade controls, or CBRN security  (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced)