Masters and Residency

How to apply to Full-Time MBA program

Online registration is now open. 


Regular deadline - 15 of May, 2019 (23:59 Astana time inclusive) 

Late deadline - 28 of June, 2019 (23:59 Astana time inclusive)


Please note there will be no extension for submission of supporting documents at this point except mentioned in the table of deadlines. 


ALEKS test administered on campus will be conducted as indicated in the table of deadlines. We kindly ask applicants to accurately plan the dates prior to the given deadlines. 


*Please note that the Late deadline is subject to availability of seats in the program and is given minimum financing options.


Full-Time MBA  RoundsApplication DeadlineALEKS dates IELTS/TOEFL test resultsInterview period Academic Decision release period
Regular May 15,  2019

April 8

April 19

May 14 

May 20 

Test must be taken no later than May 18


Results provided not later than May 31

April-May

May 24 - June 24

LateJune 28, 2019

May 20

June 19

July 2

Test must be taken no later than June 22


Results provided not later than July 4

May- JulyJuly 11


IELTS/TOEFL/GRE (copies) certificates must be sent to mba.admissions@nu.edu.kz, msf.admissions@nu.edu.kz or graduate.gsb@nu.edu.kz).


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 mathematical skills as demonstrated by ALEKS/GMAT or GRE test. ALEKS test will be administered by NUGBS in Astana, Kazakhstan;

5. At least 2 years of cumulative work experience. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptional applicants with less than 2 years or work experience;

6. Two essays (the essay questions are available in the application form);

7. Two letters of recommendation.


Applicants must submit the following documents:

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. 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, commitment letter or scholarship request form (according to the template in applicant’s personal account);

6. CV in English (it should not exceed one page, A4);

7. 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. Documented proof of work experience;

10. ALEKS test result administered by NUGSB or valid GMAT or GRE test report (applies to for international applicants as well);

11. Two essays (the essay questions are available in the application form);

12. Two confidential letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically 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:

  • 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.



Contacts: 


Arailym Magauina

Senior Manager for Admissions

e-mail: arailym.magauina@nu.edu.kz

tel. +7(7172) 70 91 74


Gulmira Koisoimasova

Manager for Admissions

e-mail: gulmira.koisoimassova@nu.edu.kz

tel. +7(7172) 70 90 28


Danagul Toleubayeva

Specialist for Admissions

e-mail: danagul.toleubayeva@nu.edu.kz

tel. +7(7172) 70 57 42



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