Graduate programs
The School of Sciences and Humanities offers seven graduate degree programs. The programs are designed to train the next generation of highly qualified experts to meet national and global challenges.
Launched in the Fall 2014, MAPSIR is the first graduate level political science and international relations program taught in English in Kazakhstan. A wide array of courses is offered by an internationally recognized faculty drawn from North America and Europe. The program was developed in consultation with the Political Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

Duration: 2 years
  • Application deadline for international applicants: February 29, 2024
  • Application deadline for local applicants: April 18, 2024
  • The first English-language graduate level political science and international relations program in Kazakhstan.
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program.
  • Taught by internationally-recognized faculty drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with PhDs from North American or European universities Advised and actively supported by the Political Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), ranked 15th nationally.
  • Advanced academic training for careers in government, international organizations, academia, or other fields related to governance and policy.
  • Campus with modern facilities, labs, library, sports center, housing based on need Merit-based scholarships and discounts for international students.
English Language Requirements

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is:

  • Overall IELTS test score of 7.0 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  • The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test report for conditional admission (NUZYP) is an overall IELTS test score of 6.0, with no more than one sub-score of 5.5, or the equivalent TOEFL scores as posted on the ETS website;
  • Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:
  • one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;
  • an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
  • an applicant is an NU graduate.
Academic Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) and a graduate/postgraduate degree (if applicable) in a relevant discipline with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of a 4.00.
  • During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.
  • High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal essay (500 words);
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated in an essay in response to the essay questions provided in the application form;
  • Resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation (written within the last 12 months).
  • National and local government
  • Academia
  • International organizations
Public Sector
Legal Services
Private firms and Multinational organizations
Non-governmental Organizations
United Nations and other international organizations
  • Core Seminar in International Relations
  • Core Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Advanced Research I
  • Core Seminar in Political Theory
  • Advanced Research II
  • Thesis planning
  • Thesis Research and Writing
  • Electives
  • Thesis Writing
Ample funding is available for local and international students, with the majority receiving a full scholarship and stipend.
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