1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  2. Minimum 3 years of working experience. Applicants should have attained mid- to senior level managerial position in their career stage.
  3. English proficiency: IELTS – minimum overall score 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in sub categories, or its TOEFL equivalent (compare your TOEFL score here).
    English language certifications are valid for 2 years prior to application deadline. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee applicants 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 degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
    – the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University.

Criteria for Selection:

A successful candidate must demonstrate intellectual distinction (will be assessed by prior academic achievements, recommendations, essays) and leadership capabilities (will be assessed by prior achievements in extracurricular, civic or community activities, employment history, and recommendations).
Please note that meeting the minimum requirements do not imply automatic admission into the program.

Application process



Please take 10 minutes of your time before you start the application process to read and follow the guidance which is given below.

The whole application process is done via Nazarbayev University online admissions portal. All the applications and the documents required have to be submitted through the online admissions portal: no application or document will be accepted by email.
To apply online, you will be asked to set up a user account using your email address, and you should use this email for all enquiries. All correspondence during the selection process will take place by email.

Press the “Sign up” button to set up your account (see picture 1).


On the “Registration” page select “Masters” from the dropdown list, tick the program(s) you wish to apply for, fill in all the boxes below, and press the “Registration” button.
Attention! Make sure to provide accurate information (you must write your name in English as it appears in your passport) as this information will automatically appear in your application form.

In order to complete the registration process and activate your account you need to click the link that was sent to your email address. Once you activate your Nazarbayev University account, go to “My Application Forms” menu and choose the program you are going to apply to (Master in Public Policy or Master in Public Administration from).

Now you are able to open, complete and upload the application form (see picture 2).


The application form will be opened in a separate tab/window. Fill it in and attach a passport size picture of yourself. The fields highlighted in yellow are mandatory fields.

Please make sure you provide accurate information for your two referees (you can provide only one email address for each referee). As soon as you press the “Submit” button on your personal page, an email will be generated automatically and sent to the referees’ email addresses you have provided.
In addition, please ensure that your referees reply to our request with the scanned copy of the reference letter to within 10 days of receiving the email.
Applicants are not permitted to view their reference letters. They are strictly confidential and will only be read by those people responsible for assessing your application.

After you press the “Upload” button, your application form will automatically appear on your personal page (refresh the page if necessary).

The next step is to attach all supporting documentation.

After you press the “Submit” button, the application will be sent to the Graduate School of Public Policy and you will not be able to make any further changes.
Once your application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.

You will be asked to pay an application fee at the time of submission.
KZT 5,000 – application fee for Kazakhstan citizens.

The fee can be paid online by credit card. Cash is not accepted. Your payment is non-refundable, even if you withdraw the application or if the application is denied. The fee can be applied only to the admission term indicated on your submitted application.

International applicants are exempted from application fee. 


Once we get your application, fee, and supporting documentation, the NU Admissions Department will review your documents and contact you by email if additional information is needed. You will be notified if you are not eligible for the program. All eligible applications will be carefully reviewed and assessed by GSPP Admissions Committee members. Successful applicants will be invited to the interview.

GSPP Admissions Committee is composed of faculty members and/or senior administrative staff from GSPP and at least 1 representative from GSPP’s strategic partner.


Interview with the Admissions Committee members takes place on campus in Astana. Applicants may choose among 2 options: either to attend face-to-face interview or have it remotely (usually via skype). The interview lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. You will be asked questions about your background and your aspirations, and how the program you are applying to fits with your future career plans. We recommend that you prepare for this interview as you would for a job interview.,br> Before the interview starts every applicant is given 30 minutes to read, explore and resolve a case study. The case study is a specific public policy problem. Such approach allows the Admissions Committee to assess an applicant’s capacity to analyze, identify a problem, and find appropriate solution in an actual assignment.


After all interviews have been conducted, the Admissions Committee will invite top bright and talented applicants to join the program. Every applicant will be notified of the outcome by email.
Successful applicants are expected to confirm their intention of enrolment otherwise


We would like to inform you that the document acceptance period for the 2023-2024 academic year is closed. We encourage you to stay updated for information on our upcoming information sessions and events designed to assist you with the application process for Master in Public Administration program

Step 1. Online application

International applicants: November, 2023 –  February, 2024

For citizens of Kazakhstan:  November, 2023 – May , 2024

Step 2. Application screening

International applicants: March, 2024

For citizens of Kazakhstan: May, 2024

Step 3. Interview with the admissions committee

International applicants: March, 2024 – April, 2024

For citizens of Kazakhstan: May, 2024 – June, 2024

Step 4. Admissions decision

International applicants: April, 2024

For citizens of Kazakhstan: June, 2024


Annually the GSPP provides certain number of state educational grants (scholarships) for Kazakhstani citizens, covering:

  • tuition fees,
  • monthly stipend,

Monthly allowance

According to government regulation on state scholarships, the monthly allowance for Master’s degree students of Nazarbayev University who hold state grants is 100 000 tenge. Only students with “Excellent” grades (A and A-) and “Good” grades (B+, B, B-) for any module/course upon the semester results are eligible for this monthly allowance. The monthly allowance is not paid during academic leave except for medical leave reasons based on medical assessment (a conclusion by a medical board is needed).

Students who are on medical leave receive 50% of the monthly allowance amount; students with disabilities (hearing/vision) receive 75% of the monthly allowance amount. Students on maternity leave receive a monthly allowance on a pre-departure rate during the whole period according to Kazakhstan legislature. The monthly allowance is not paid during the childcare leave until the child reaches three years of age.

Transport compensation

According to the Government Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 736 dated 18 July 2005, Master’s students and state grant holders of the “youth” age category (under age 30) receive transportation compensation in the amount of 4-fold the monthly calculation index twice a year (in December and June).


General Information

For inquiries about admissions please contact Admissions Department
+7 7172 706662