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Executive MBA, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 months
The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Nazarbayev University provides a unique learning environment for executive students by bringing together working professionals from diverse backgrounds. The EMBA program is delivered in English.


The Executive MBA program consists of 90 ECTS. The EMBA program at Nazarbayev University is designed to facilitate the development of general management skills for enterprenours and individuals who are seeking to increase their business skillset and advance their careers. 

The program

While the core curriculum provides a foundation in all the functioanl areas of business,students have the opportunity to specialize through electives and EMBA Thesis. Students will also develop a wider scope through their US residency providing students an opportunity to leaen a global context,while expanding their personal and professional networks. 

Programme Structure

Programme structure:

  • Study on two weekends and 1 Monday a month
  • 20 months
  • The curriculum includes 15 courses (11 core and 4 electives)
  • Two week International residency at Duke University
  • Lectures of renowned speakers
  • Final thesis
  • Option to select a specialized track in finance or marketing through electives courses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Round 1- April 1
    • Round 2- May 15
    • Round 3 - June 28
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • 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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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

  • The candidates are expected to have managerial work experience in national companies, business entities, public institutions, non-governmental or international organizations.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diploma (or equivalent).
  • Tuition Fee

    Discounts are applicable

    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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