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Public Administration, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
The Public Administration degree at Nazarbayev University will equip public managers with knowledge and skills to be able to meet the dynamic challenges of the public sector in the fields of strategic management and leadership, financial management, public service modernisation, and human resource management.


Studying in the Public Administration programme at Nazarbayev University will provide students with an invaluable opportunity tobenefit from joining a network of practitioners from diverse backgrounds from the business, public and non-profit sectors, and obtain mutual support by sharing ideas and experience

 In addition, it will improve students’ understanding of the global dimensions inpublic administration and governance reforms, as well as business models applied to thepublic sectors of the developed countries.

The Master in Public Administration (MPA) is a program which is designed for professionals seeking rigorous education and training in public administration. It will give students a strong foundation in policy formulation, analysis and implementation as well as in policy and program evaluation. GSPP expects its graduates to serve in a wide range of middle to senior-level positions in public and private sectors as well as international and non-profit organizations.
  • Programs are taught in English with strategic partner – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore
  • Innovative teaching methods and curricula.
  • GSPP faculty members 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:

  • Public Administration in Theory and Practice
  • Economic Applications for Public Managers
  • Research Methods for Decision Making
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Accountability, Financial and  Performance Management
  • Masters Project proposal

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      18-month full-time programme, and its modules are taught on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Credits
    92 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 4 years of work experience 
  • 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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