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 focused on nonproliferation and national security.

The first semester is spent in an intensive research-oriented course taught by CITS staff and guest lecturers from the policymaking and national security communities. In the second semester, students work on projects ranging from country assessments to international workshops and seminars for strategic trade control practitioners.

SLP participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, large high-technology manufacturers, trade-oriented consulting firms, & academic institutions.

Each semester of the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program comes with 3 hours of academic credit. The program is highly competitive and solicits applications in October and April for the subsequent semester.

Applications are closed for the Fall 2017 session. Selections for interview will be made by April 14. Applications will reopen in October for Spring 2018.


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)

For Fall 2017 intake, please submit your completed application to MIP Program Director Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani and CITS/UGA Business Manager Ms. Karen Cruz.

Applications for Fall 2017 intake are due by 5:00PM on May 27, 2017.