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Business Administration, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months
    Duration
The Master of Business Administration at Nazarbayev University is a full-time program that plays a key role in our mission to develop the next generation of business leaders in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Intended for early to mid career professionals, our MBA program provides you with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to manage effectively in global business environments.

About

The starting point for the development of the curriculum in the Master of Business Administration programme at Nazarbayev University is the set of competencies required by future global leaders. Such leaders need to understand the business risks and opportunities of social, political, cultural and environmental trends. They also have to learn to manage production capacity in a world in which traditional resources are dwindling, and to lead in the face of complexity and ambiguity. 

They also have to understand the ethical basis on which business decisions are being made. They need to be able to identify all the stakeholders who have an influence on their organization, and to engage in effective dialogue and build partnerships with these stakeholders. Our MBA program relies on multi-disciplinary faculty, and offers an unparalleled ability to help you go beyond the basics by exposing you to cutting-edge research and top business leaders. 

The programme

You will also learn to be flexible, to find creative ways of solving problems, to balance short- and longer-term considerations, to communicate and engage in effective dialogue, to negotiate and develop partnerships. Your leadership skills will also be developed through project-based learning and other forms of experiential learning, enhanced by structured reflection and coaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Management & Organizations
  • Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Round 1- April 1
    • Round 2- May 15
    • Round 3 - June 28
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • At least 2 years of cumulative work experience,  The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptional applicants with less than 2 years of work experience.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diploma (or equivalent).
  • Work Experience

    At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

    Tuition Fee

    All self-sponsored students receive a discounted tuition rate of USD 16 800

    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.

    Funding

    There are several scholarship opportunities that can cover up to the entire cost of tuition for domestic and international applicants. Decisions regarding scholarship are made on a merit basis, and are usually communicated separately after the end of all admission rounds 

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