How to apply to Full-Time MBA program

Online registration is now open. Deadline is April 1, 2019.

To apply to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program of the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business (NUGSB) applicants must submit a complete application package.

Please, note that Full-Time MBA application fee is 30 000 KZT (inclusive of ALEKS test).

Application fee is non-refundable.

Applicants to the MBA program are expected to have:

  1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration. 
  2. A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent); 
  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 (optional);
5. High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a personal statement.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Complete application form for the program; the application form can be accessed after registration at
  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. Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree diploma with transcript. During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.
  5. Letter of corporate support letter, commitment letter or scholarship request form.
  6. CV in English (it should not exceed one page, A4).
  7. Official IELTS certificate with an overall score 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any element) or TOEFL equivalent. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;
  8. 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.
  9. Copy of the applicant’s employment record book (or equivalent) with English translation;
  10. Take an ALEKS test administered by NUGSB (or provide valid GMAT or GRE test report for international applicants).
  11. Two essays in English (the essay questions are available on the application form);
  12. Two confidential letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);
  13. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).

The tests should be sent to the Nazarbayev University address via test administrator using the code (Istitutional Code) of Nazarbayev University: 

  • GRE - 6496
  • TOEFL – 6762
  • GMAT - H6m-R7-93

Additional information:

  • Submission of completed application package by the applicant does not guarantee admissions to the MBA program.
  • Applicants may be invited for an interview by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee has the right to conduct an additional interview with applicants to assess their quantitative skills.
  • 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.


Gulmira Koisoimasova

Specialist for Admissions


tel. +7(7172) 70 90 28

Arailym Magauina

Manager for Admissions


tel. +7(7172) 70 91 74

Program details

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