Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations

Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations

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).

MA in Political Science and International Relations is a flexible and applied program designed to train the next generation of political scientists, as well as provide a solid and rigorous preparation for a variety of professions or further graduate studies. The undergraduate training in political science and international relations emphasizes the development of analytical, methodological, and applied skills to nurture mature and competent individuals that can function not only in governmental and legal careers, but also in the private sector.

  • The first English-language graduate level political science and international relations program in Kazakhstan
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program with the possibility for study abroad
  • 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, and a monthly stipend of 100,000 tenge for Kazakhstani citizens
  • Merit-based scholarships and discounts for international student.

Sample curriculum (curriculum is subject to change)

Year / Semester Fall Spring
Year 1 PLS 540 (8) Core Seminar in Comparative Politics PLS 511 (8) Advanced Research II
PLS 550 (8) Core Seminar in International Relations PLS 520, 522, or 526 (8) Core Seminar in Political Theory
PLS 510 (8)  Advanced Research I Elective (8)
Summer PLS 596 (4) Thesis Preparation
Year 2 PLS 597 (12) Research for Thesis
Elective (8) Elective (8)
Elective (8) PLS 599 (20) MA Thesis II
PLS 598 (12) MA Thesis I

 

*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