Doctorate (PhD)


Online registration is now close. 

Deadline for providing IELTS/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT certificates was April 30, 2019.

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have:

1. First or upper class second honours Bachelor`s degree (or equivalent: Cum Laude; Magna Cum Laude; and Summa Cum Laude) or a Master’s degree in a cognate discipline

During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration. 

2. At least 3 (three) years of relevant work experience. Based on GSPP’s Admissions Committee discretion, applicants with work experience less than 3 (three) years may also be considered if the applicant can demonstrate high academic performance as decided by the Admissions Committee;

3. High level of English proficiency

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is: 

1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website; 

2) Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if: 

- one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life; 

- an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

4. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE/GMAT test (may be submitted);

5. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a cover letter;

6. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;

Application package checklist:

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts; 

During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.

5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).

Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.

7. Documented proof of work experience (if applicable); 

8. Resume;

9. GRE/GMAT certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (if any);

10. Cover letter explaining the motivation to enroll on the Program;

11. Two confidential letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);

12. Preliminary research proposal (2000 words);

13. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).


All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.

All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.

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

Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.

Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.

Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.

Nazarbayev University  Institutional Codes: 

GRE - 6496

TOEFL – 6762

GMAT - H6m-R7-93