The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program at Nazarbayev University aims to prepare students to take up leading roles in industry and/or prepare them to pursue doctoral degrees. The program have global outlook with its graduates prepared to take-on challenges relavent to creating local and international impact.
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MSc in ECE is a 4 semester (2 years) program having a total of 120 ECTS credits. 

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses at Nazarbayev University are expected to be hands-on and in-depth coverage on a broad set of topics. Students select their project topic in the second semeter, identify the supervisor to work the applied research project, which is often a funded research assistant position, working on a realitic engineering problem. There is a large selection of electives offered every year that students can select to complement the research specilisation. 

Work after graduation

The graduates of the MSc in ECE find jobs in semiconductor, power, IT and telecomunication industry. Our graduates are placed in some of the leading multinational and national companies. In addition, several of our students pursue research careers continue further studies in PhD program. 

Programme Structure

The first year largely focus on course work required to build a strong foundation in the areas of

  • Circuits and Systems
  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Power Systems and Energy
  • Computer Engineering

The second year is dedicated for an applied research project focusing on an Engineering problem often relavent to industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have:

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  • High level of English proficiency.
  • Strong reading, analytical and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (optional). Although an official GRE score is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance her/his application with a competitive GRE score;
  • High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 28 000 KZT (about 80 USD)

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Living costs for Nur-Sultan

  • 151250 - 222350 KZT/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships for International Students are available

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