MA in Political Science and International Relations, Nazarbayev University

  • Master
  • Up to 100% tuition fee
  • 10 April 2017

Limited number of merit-based scholarships and discounted tuition fees for international students


International and Kazakhstani graduates of a four-year undergraduate program with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 of 4.0 or above are welcome to apply. Applicants must have achieved a minimum IELTS score of not less than 7.0, with no sub-score lower than 6.0, or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website (or evidence of native competence), for admission.


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Tuition fee waived or discounted and on-campus housing at a symbolic cost.


Every applicant to the M.A. in Political Science program is required to submit an application package online in English (or notarized English translation) by the deadline of April 10, 2017 (inclusive).
 The application package should include the following: 
  1. Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on the abilities of the applicant in an academic or professional setting and are familiar with his/her achievements and future aspirations.
  1. A personal essay giving the reasons for seeking an M.A in Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University. 
  1. One essay in English with thoughtful answers in response to the essay questions provided in the application form
  1. Notarized copy (-ies) of Bachelor's (or its equivalent) and/or other degree diplomas with transcript(s); Applicants who obtained Bachelor’s (or its equivalent) and/or other degree diplomas from foreign educational institutions must request their official transcript(s) to be sent to Graduate Admissions Department directly.
  2. Valid English language proficiency test reports (academic IELTS or TOEFL). The minimum score requirements for each exam are as follows: TOEFL paper-based test score – 600;
TOEFL internet-based test score – 100 (with a minimum 21 in each);  
IELTS test score – 7.0 (with no score below 6.0 in any element)   
or evidence of native competence.
  1. Valid GRE Test Report (General Test) (preferable);
  2. Notarized copy of the applicant’s identity card or passport.
  3. Resume/curriculum vitae.
  4. Completed application form. The online application form is available at

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