School of Sciences and Humanities programs

In Nazarbayev School of Sciences and Humanities, students learn from faculty members who have earned doctoral degrees at the world’s best universities. These faculty are well respected scholars engaged in active research and they provide both excellent instruction in the classroom and mentorship outside of it.

Our scientists operate nearly 90 laboratories in the natural sciences and we have a particular concentration of scholars with expertise in the Eurasian region and an alignment of resources and scholars in this area that is truly unique. Our small classes and student-centered approach mean that all of our students have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their instructors who can guide them into academic paths uniquely suited to them.

Students have opportunities to get hands-on experience in laboratories and to participate in research projects independently or with their professors. We are also proud to offer academic support to our students with resources such as the Writing Center and well-established student support systems such as our Peer Advising team.

Application deadlines:

Undergraduate programs:

Early admission: 21 October, 2019 – 16 February 16, 2020

Regular admission: 17 February, 2020 – 30 April, 2020

Graduate programs:

Early admission: November 4, 2019 - February 16, 2020 (inclusive). The online registration is free of charge.

Regular admission: February 17, 2020 - May 12, 2020 (inclusive). You need to make a payment to submit your application. The amount of the application fee depends on the program.

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

General requirements for undergraduate programs:

1) IELTS / TOEFL IBT or TOEFL PBT*

2) SAT Reasoning Test. Essay is required, OR ACT

3) SAT Subject Test (For Undergraduate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics).

 

 

  • BA in Political Science and International Relations 
  • BA in Economics 
  • BA in History, Philosophy and Religious Studies 
  • BA in Languages, Linguistics, and Literature 
  • BA in Sociology 
  • BA in Anthropology
  • BSc in Biology 
  • BSc in Chemistry 
  • BSc in Mathematics 
  • BSc in Physics

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

General requirements for graduate programs:

 

Masters:

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

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

3) IELTS or TOEFL

 

 

PhD in Eurasian Studies:

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

2) A Master’s degree or equivalent

3) A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree

4) Overall IELTS test score of 7.0 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

 

MA in Political Science and International Relations
  • 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 students

 

MAPSIR is a great choice if you intend to pursue a career in government, academia, or other fields related to governance and policy. MAPSIR graduates go on to work for national and local governments, international organizations, and firms that interact with government agencies. The degree also offers excellent training to students who wish to pursue further graduate work at the Ph.D. level. MAPSIR graduates have found attractive jobs in various government agencies and think-tanks.

MA in Economics
    • A Western graduate level economics program
    • 2-year funded all-English MA program
    • High quality internationally recognized faculty drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia
    • Advised and supported by a strategic partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
    • Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library, and sports center
    • Funding for your education - Acceptance into the MAE comes with a monthly stipend for the entire duration of the program (only for Kazakhstani citizens)

Armed with the MAE degree, and if you are not interested in further study (PhD), you are aiming at highly specialized roles in a variety of sectors such as:

-Professional economist careers

-Economics careers in banking

-Economics careers in accountancy

-Economics careers in business and financial consultancy

-Economics careers in the public sector, international organizations, and non-profit organizations

-Insurance, actuarial, and data analysis careers in economics

MA in 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 unrivalled 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

An exciting opportunity to explore the cultures, languages, histories, communities, societies, and politics of Eurasia. It includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, Russia, Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and neighboring regions of South Asia, China and the Middle East. This is an unrivalled concentration of scholars with Eurasian expertise, spanning the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, History, Literature, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology

MSc in in Biological Sciences and Technologies
  • Biological science is recognized worldwide as a vibrant, emerging area of study. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biological sciences are currently offered at nearly all high quality research universities worldwide. Our graduate program can be compared in scope and structure to available programs in reputable overseas academic institutions. The M.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Technologies provides excellent instruction in a focused discipline, and will train modern high quality biotechnology and life science experts which are in high demand for both existing as well as anticipated industries in Kazakhstan.

    This Graduate Program is consistent with the structure of the Bologna Process, which requires a minimum of 120 ECTS for a Master’s degree. The program will provide candidates with the opportunity to prepare themselves for either academic or non-academic (“professional”) careers.

    For some students, a Master of Science degree obtained after two years of training will be the desired end to their graduate training. As for the rest, the ultimate goal of this graduate program is the Ph.D. degree, which has an expected duration of no less than three additional years beyond the M.Sc., in line with the leading graduate science programs in the world.

Discipline core courses in advanced prokaryotic, eukaryotic molecular cellular and structural biology are accompanied by a life sciences-oriented statistics course that will enable students to analysis data. Other core courses in applied bioinformatics, advanced biotechnology and cellular biophysics offer students the necessary theoretical knowledge and methodological skill set for specialization supported by research electives in immunology, neuroscience, cancer biology, environ mental systems, drug design and development, synthetic biology, or gene therapy. Courses in education, innovation and entrepreneurship compliment the discipline-specific courses. 

MSc in in Chemistry

The two year MSc Program in Chemistry is designed to train students as professional chemists who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in various areas of chemistry.

The students will gain deep and systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles in chemistry, and develop the ability to identify, analyze and develop solutions problems in the context of real-life of the XXI Century, while fostering entrepreneurship.

The two-year 120 ECTS credit MSc Program in Chemistry is research intensive second cycle program designed according the Bologna requirements.

The curriculum of the program consists of three different types of courses:

  • Type A. Core courses (24 ECTS),
  • Type B. Elective courses (30 ECTS), and
  • Type C. Teaching and Research courses (36 ECTS) and Thesis (30 ECTS)

Compulsory courses of type A (core courses) are designed to give a solid and wide base of advanced knowledge in the different areas of Chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry). These courses are therefore planned for the first year.

By mean of the selection of the optional courses of type B (elective courses) the Student will have the opportunity to define his/her personalized specialization of interest for research and working purposes. These courses are planned for the first year (second semester) and second year (first semester).

Teaching and research courses are delivered across Graduate Programs within the approved Graduate Program Framework.

The graduates are expected to acquire advanced chemical, physical, mathematical, computational (calculation and simulation), and laboratory experimental skills as relevant to the subjects of their Master projects. They are further expected to become exposed to the international research environment and to acquire strong scientific communication skills. The program design takes advantage of the faculty expertise and the laboratory resources of the School of Humanities and Sciences, National Laboratory of Astana, School of mining and Geoscience, and School of Engineering.

The students will gain deep and systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles in chemistry, and develop the ability to identify, analyze and develop solutions problems in the context of real-life of the XXI Century, while fostering entrepreneurship.

MSc in Applied Mathematics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) designed to train students as professional applied mathematicians who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in numerical simulation, statistical analysis, data mining, and computational mechanics.

Graduates are expected to acquire advanced mathematical, statistical, and computational skills as relevant to their subjects of their Master projects. Furthermore, they will develop skills in interdisciplinary numerical simulations, statistical computing, and computer aided design environment and will acquire a command of scientific communication skills. The program is designed to take advantage of the faculty expertise and the computational resources of the School of Sciences and Humanities, Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System. Graduates of the program will have advanced research skills that will enable them to make contributions in technologically diverse and dynamic economic environments, both in Kazakhstan and abroad.

MSc in Physics
  • The two year 120 ECTS MSc Program in Physics is designed to train students as competent physicists who would continue either with their Ph.D. studies for future academic appointments or turn to professional careers in industry within research and development companies, or in  public sector.

    The students will gain profound systematic knowledge in physics and develop the ability to identify and use theoretical knowledge in the context of real-life phenomena and engineering applications in technology innovation and entrepreneurship. The graduates are expected to acquire advanced analytical, mathematical, computational and experimental skills corresponding to the subjects of their Master projects.

Graduates of the program will have advanced research skills that will enable them to make significant ongoing contributions in technologically diverse environments, both in Kazakhstan and abroad.

PhD in Eurasian Studies

The Ph.D. program in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is the first interdisciplinary, English-medium doctoral program in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia. It is designed according to the highest international standards and taught by highly-qualified faculty, but at the same time is adapted to the educational, social and intellectual environment of Kazakhstan and the wider region.

Our program combines a core curriculum of key concepts in the humanities and social sciences, practical training in necessary writing and research techniques and ethics, and rigorous subject-specific training across at least two disciplines. Students have the space, time and flexibility they need to write a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to the field. Funding opportunities for research abroad and co-supervision by NU and non-NU experts enables our students to develop a truly international profile.

We train students to become versatile and internationally competitive scholars on the Eurasian region. Graduates from this doctoral program share a range of qualities and abilities, as well as field-specific skills that make them both “interdisciplinary” and “flexible.” Truly interdisciplinary research demonstrates a solid grounding in one discipline and sufficiently deep training in one or more others, which enables the scholar to build real bridges between various disciplines. Graduates of this program combine strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary training with a first-hand knowledge of the region, a command of the primary and secondary sources consistent with world-class scholarship on this region of the world, knowledge of requisite research languages, and excellent academic English.

Graduates of this program are attractive to universities, governments and other non-governmental institutions, to employers in the Central Asia region, in the broader region of Central Eurasia (including all the countries of the Turkic world), as well as in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere in the world. The program contributes to the modernization of education in Kazakhstan and the development of a highly-trained class of academic, political, social, and cultural leaders with world-class training.

The Ph.D. in Eurasian Studies consists of a minimum of four years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. Most candidates complete three to four semesters’ worth of coursework.  The main component of the degree is the doctoral thesis, which is co-supervised by an advisor from NU and an external advisor. After passing qualifying exams, each student writes a dissertation based on their own original research, applying the methods, theories and accumulated scholarly wisdom of the core curriculum and their chosen subject areas.

Graduates of this program are attractive to universities, governments and other non-governmental institutions, to employers in the Central Asia region, in the broader region of Central Eurasia (including all the countries of the Turkic world), as well as in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere in the world. The program contributes to the modernization of education in Kazakhstan and the development of a highly-trained class of academic, political, social, and cultural leaders with world-class training.

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