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Educational Leadership (School Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Education), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The M.Sc. in Educational Leadership (School Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Education) program at Nazarbayev University is designed to provide working education professionals with the skills, knowledge and capacities necessary to lead for change within their work institutions, their professional communities, and the larger society.


The M.Sc. in Educational Leadership (School Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Education) program at Nazarbayev University provides advanced skills for individuals working in schools, academic, policy-making, and research settings. 

The program

The program provides an in-depth understanding of the nature, implementation and evaluation of educational reform and internationally, focusing on the development of critical, collaborative, leadership and research skills to enable graduates to contribute to the education sector. The program offers three different areas of specialization: Higher Education, Inclusive Education and School Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • Educational Context and Reform in Kazakhstan
  • Research Methods
  • Internship Project
  • Work-based Project
  • Learning to Work
  • Thesis Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Deadline: May

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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 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

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and a graduate degree (if applicable) in a relevant discipline. During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration. 
  • Applicants recommended for admission must provide final transcripts and diplomas before the end of the Program’s enrollment term. Graduates of Nazarbayev University are enrolled based on the evidence of final transcript confirming the degree completion followed by diploma submission within a month.  
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent on applicant’s degree (bachelor, master or PhD (if masters and PhD have adopted a GPA approach).

Tuition Fee

  • Accommodation- 30 000 KZT (about 80 USD) per semester
  • Food - 26 400 tenge (around 70 USD) on campus. 

These costs may vary for any individual.

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.


  • All students admitted to the M.Sc. in Educational Leadership program are eligible for tuition and stipend funding by the government. 

  • All international students are considered for the merit based international student scholarships offered at the university.

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