Doctorate (PhD)

Ph.D. Program in the Graduate School of Education

Admission to the Ph.D. in Education program of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Nazarbayev University is highly selective, and there is a competitive application process. In order to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program, an individual must have completed an undergraduate degree program and a master’s degree program in an appropriate area of study, and be able to demonstrate a level of English proficiency sufficient to allow her or him to work in an English-medium academic environment.


Application Requirements for Ph.D. in Education program


Application deadline is April 30, 2018 (23:59 inclusive, Astana time)

English language proficiency certificates (IELTS/TOEFL) submission deadline is June 8, 2018


Applicants applying to the Ph.D in Education are expected to submit following documents:

1) Completed application form;

2) Copy of identity card or passport;

3) Official copies of diplomas and transcripts (or equivalents) from all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education (with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 or equivalent on applicant's latest degree). Final year students may submit official transcript for consideration;

4) English language proficiency test report (IELTS or TOEFL equivalent), valid for the application period. The minimum score requirements are 7.0 (with sub-score requirements no less than 6.0) on the IELTS test or the TOEFL equivalent.

Applicants who obtained a university level degree in an educational institution with English as the language of instruction may be considered as exempt from the English language proficiency test requirements;

5) Applicants may submit a copy of GRE scores valid for the application period, if any, which will be considered in making admissions decisions by the Admissions Committee;

6) Personal statement outlining the applicant’s reasons for wishing to enroll in the Ph.D. in Education program, her or his long-term career objectives, and how the program would help her or him to achieve these objectives;

7) Written research proposal outlining the background, aims, methods and significance of a research topic the applicant would like to pursue in the Graduate School of Education;

8) Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on the abilities of the candidate in the professional setting and are familiar with the applicant’s achievements and future aspirations.

The Admissions Committee keeps the right to invite for additional interviews if necessary. They may take place on campus, by Skype, or by telephone.


Note: In case your application progresses to the next stage, you will be asked to provide the notarized and/or original copies of your application package to Admissions Department. Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign educational institutions must request their official transcripts be sent directly to the following address: Admissions Department, 53, Kabanbay Batyr ave., Astana 010000, Kazakhstan.


Submission of complete application package does not guarantee admission to the program.


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