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Political Science and International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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).


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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 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

  • 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

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.


Scholarships are available

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