Masters / Residency

The Graduate School of Public Policy

The Graduate School of Public Policy’s (GSPP) mission is to improve the quality of life of people in Kazakhstan and Central Asia by training leaders to improve governance through excellence in teaching, research and executive development that focuses on key policy and leadership challenges.

It aims to become the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the region and strives to raise the standards of governance through professional public policy education and research.

Since its launch in 2012, GSPP has maintained a strong strategic partnership with the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Together we have been working closely to establish GSPP as the public policy school of choice in Central Asia. GSPP incorporates scientific research into its teaching to provide one of the most innovative and progressive master’s programs in the Central Asian region.

GSPP’s degree programs include the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, and the PhD in Public Policy. Our students who come from the public sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, have the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks under the Singapore component of our Master programs and up to 3 months in the PhD program.

GSPP’s faculty are actively engaged in research in civil service reforms, modernization of the public service, natural resources management, policy analysis, advocacy and consultancy to government institutions and international organizations on a wide range of public policy/administration issues in Kazakhstan and beyond.

Admission requirements to the “Master in Public Administration Program”

Candidates for the MPA program at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy are expected to have at least three years of work experience in public institutions, national companies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, foreign companies and business entities that involve extensive interaction with the public sector.

How to apply to MPP program

Candidates for the MPP program at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy are expected to have at least two years of work experience in public institutions, national companies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, foreign companies and business entities that involve extensive interaction with the public sector. In exceptional cases, candidates without work experience but with records of excellent undergraduate or graduate academic achievements will also be considered.