Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies

Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies

The Eurasian MA is an interdisciplinary program that combines Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology. We define Eurasia inclusively, comprising not just the five post-Soviet republics of Central Asia, but Xinjiang, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Russia and Eastern Europe. We believe the Eurasian MA will allow you to explore a wide range of intellectual interests, to receive a rigorous training in your chosen field, and to take an interdisciplinary approach to whatever research questions you develop.

About Eurasian Studies

 

  • The first multi-disciplinary Area Studies program in Kazakhstan and the wider region focusing on Eurasia

  • 2-year funded all-English MA program of 120 ECTS credits.

  • Taught by internationally recognized faculty.

  • Advised and actively supported by the partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

  • An exciting opportunity to explore the cultures, languages, histories, communities, societies, and politics of Eurasia.

  • Includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, Russia, Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and neighboring regions of South Asia, China and the Middle East.

  • An unrivaled concentration of scholars with Eurasian expertise, spanning the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, History, Literature, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

  • Advanced academic training for pursuing careers in research, government, international organizations, academia, or other fields.

  • Study in Astana, at the heart of Eurasia, with unparalleled access to archives, fieldwork sites, government agencies, international organizations, and foreign diplomats.

  • Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library and sports center and a monthly stipend (only for Kazakhstani citizens).
  • Awards “Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies” degree.
Requirements

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

1) 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;

2) 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;

3) 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.

Academic Requirements

1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

2. A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent);

3. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal essay;

4. Resume;

5. Three letters of recommendation.

Application deadline: April

Duration

2 years

Work after graduation

– Research
– International organizations
– Academia
– Policy-making
– Journalism
– NGOs
– Government service

Program outline

Core courses

EAS500 Introduction to Eurasia
EAS501 General Methodology
EAS506 Qualitative Methods and Research Design
EAS502 Disciplinary Methodology
ANT/SOC/REL/HST/WLL/PLS Electives
EAS505 Summer Research and fieldwork practicum
EAS503 Thesis I
EAS504 Thesis II
Thesis Writing