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.

  • 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
  • Education


  1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).

During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

  1. A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  2. 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
  3. High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;
  4. CV (Resume);
  5. Three letters of recommendation.