M.Sc. in Data Science

The Master of Science in Data Science degree program will provide in-depth education in Data Science, incorporating fundamental concepts from disciplines such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Robotics, and related engineering fields. The program will include topics such as: Databases, Data Mining, Big Data, Business Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Image and Video Processing, Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, Data Analysis and Visualization, Mathematical and Statistical Modeling, Data Storage and Processing Infrastructures, and Cloud-based Solutions.

The first term of study is designed to provide a foundation of the field, and immerse the students in the main topics and skills required to succeed in the program. Terms two and three will develop advanced areas of specialization, and produce a thesis project that uses real-world data for practical purposes, ideally aligned with the development priorities of the country. The final term focuses on the completion and documentation of the thesis project.

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Applicants applying to the program are expected to have:

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 level of English proficiency
   The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is: 

      1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (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 5.5, with no more than one sub-score of 5.0, 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.

4. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (recommended);

5. High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;

6. Curriculum vitae;

7. Two letters of recommendation.

Application package checklist:

  1. Complete Application form;
  2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);
  3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);
  4. Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree diploma with transcript; 
    1. During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.
  5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;
  6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).
    1. Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.
  7. Curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages);
  8. GRE certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (if available);
  9. Statement of purpose (up to 1 page);
  10. Two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);
  11. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).


  • All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.
  • All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.
  • Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.
  • Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.
  • Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.
  • Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.
  • Nazarbayev University  Institutional Codes: 
    • GRE – 6496
    • TOEFL – 6762