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Public Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MPP programme gives students a strong foundation in policy formulation and analysis, program evaluation, and management. The aim of the Public Policy degree programme at Nazarbayev University is to provide students with the administrative and analytical competence, as well as leadership skills and theoretical background, to drive change internationally.


Master in Public Policy (MPP) program launched in 2013 at Nazarbayev University is designed to bring up highly skilled professional policy-makers and analysts in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

  • Programs are taught in English with strategic partner – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore
  • Innovative teaching methods and curricula
  • GSPP faculty are top professors from Singapore, UK, USA, Pakistan, Greece, Canada, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and India
  • GSPP students have the opportunity to study 2-3 weeks in Singapore in Master programs and up to 3 months in the PhD program
  • GSPP also provides student exchange -  a full semester at the National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, KDI School of Public Policy and Management or School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University

  Work after graduation

  • Public sector - in government, civil service, international organizations, social research and non-profit organizations as policy analysts, policy innovators; staff members for political leaders
  • Private sector - in education administration, HR and public affairs, government relations consultancy 
  • Advanced research – PhD in Public Policy or other overseas PhDs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • Statistical Techniques for Public Policy
  • Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
  • Public Policy Research and Evaluation
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Macroeconomics &  Public Policy
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Policy Research Design and Methodology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    128 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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 does not recognise GRE® scores.

    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

  • A full-time Bachelor Degree or its equivalent

  • Preferably 2 years of work experience
  • Fresh graduates with high GPA may apply
  • Application form (essays)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official diplomas with transcripts
  • Valid IELTS
  • Identity card or passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Employment proof (if applicable)
  • Valid GRE/GMAT Test Report (optional)

Tuition Fee

For non-residents, the application fee for master programs - KZT 28,000

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.


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