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.
- 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
What will you gain?
Eurasian Studies graduates will gain the following academic, research and analytical skills:
- To prepare program graduates with a solid foundation in research methods and skills across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that will enable them to conduct independent research at graduate level
- To ensure that program graduates understand and can explain the major issues in the history, society, and culture of the Eurasian region.
- To train program graduates to apply their methodological training and research findings independently across a wide range of scholarly and practical settings.
- An excellent level of academic English and the ability to read, write and speak at least one of the languages of the Eurasian region.
Sample curriculum (curriculum is subject to change)
|Year / Semester||Fall||Spring|
|Year 1||EAS 500 Introduction to Eurasian Studies||EAS 502 Disciplinary Methodology|
|EAS 501 General Methodology||Elective 1 in the disciplines|
|EAS 506 Qualitative Research Methods||Elective 2 in the disciplines|
|Year 2||EAS 503 Thesis 1||EAS 505 Thesis 2|
|Elective 3 in the disciplines||Elective 5 in the disciplines|
|Elective 4 in the disciplines|
*Students may select any eight non-intro PSIR courses. At least 18 credits need to be 300 level or above.
**Students may select any two Mathematics courses, or Mathematics or Computer Science or Quantitative Methods may be counted toward the Mathematics requirement
Possible career destinations:
- International Affairs
- Government sector
- Civil service
- Public Policy
- An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).
During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.
- A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
- English Language Requirements
IELTS – no less than 7.0 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website
- High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;
- CV (Resume);
- Three letters of recommendation.