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Political Science and International Relations

24 months
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A wide array of courses is offered by an internationally recognized faculty drawn from North America and Europe. The Political Science and International Relations program at Nazarbayev University was developed in consultation with the Political Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

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The first English-language graduate level political science and international relations program in Kazakhstan.

The Political Science and International Relations programme at  Nazarbayev University is a 2-year funded all-English MA program with the possibility for study abroad. Taught by internationally-recognized faculty drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with PhDs from North American or European universities. Advised and actively supported by the Political Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), ranked 15th nationally. Advanced academic training for careers in government, international organizations, academia, or other fields related to governance and policy .

Campus with modern facilities, labs, library, sports center, housing based on need.

Merit-based scholarships and discounts for international students.

Work after graduation

  • National and local government
  • Academia
  • International organizations 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Seminar in International Relations
  • Core Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Advanced Research 
  • Core Seminar in Political Theory
  • Thesis planning
  • Thesis Research and Writing
  • Electives 
  • Thesis Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration. 
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent); 
  • High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal essay;
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated in an essay in response to the essay questions provided in the application form;
  • Resume;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 10 000 KZT

To learn more about the tuition fee applicable to this programme, please visit the university website

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Scholarships are available

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Updated over a year ago

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Political Science and International Relations
Nazarbayev University