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Executive MBA

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program provides a unique learning environment for executive students by bringing together working professionals from diverse backgrounds. The EMBA program is delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.



How to apply?

  1. Read the requirements on this page;
  2. Register on and submit documents and application form online; 
  3. Pass through personal interview;
  4. Wait for results!
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Admissions’ Requirements

The candidates are expected to have managerial work experience in national companies, business entities, public institutions, non-governmental or international organizations. Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diploma (or equivalent). Applicants must submit the following documents:

Two confidential letters of recommendation in English (or with English translation) according to the form available on the applicant’s personal page after registration at One of the two recommendations must be written by a current or previous employer. The second referee may be chosen at the applicant’s discretion. References will be automatically sent to your referees after you click the SUBMIT button. Please kindly note that your referees will be given up to 5 days only to complete the online recommendation form;

  • Essay 1 In 500 words, or less describe how your education, work, and life experience will contribute to your classmates’ MBA experience.
  • Essay 2 In 500 words or less describe three things others do not know about you.

Letter of corporate support in English (or with English translation) from the applicant’s current employer outlining the company’s financial commitment to pay a program tuition fee and to allow the applicant to attend the EMBA program.

CV in English (it should not exceed one page)

Notarized copy of Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diploma with transcript including a notarized English translation. Applicants who obtained Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diplomas from foreign educational institutions must request their official transcript(s) to be sent directly to the Graduate School of Business;

Language preferences. The recommended level of English language proficiency is equal to an IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual component falling below a 6.0., or a TOEFL score of 232 for Computer-Based Test (CBT), 575 for Paper-Based Test (PBT) and 90 for Internet-Based Test (IBT); Due to COVID-19, Nazarbayev University offers an alternative English language testing Duolingo for applicants who are unable to take IELTS/TOEFL. The Duolingo English test score submission deadline has been extended until 10 June, 2020 (23:59 Nur-Sultan time inclusive) for Regular and Late round applicants to the EMBA program. Candidates are required to submit their test scores to participate in the selection process to enroll to the Executive MBA program in 2020. Duolingo English Test Information:

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But GSB recognizes that some exceptional EMBA candidates with lower IELTS or TOEFL scores will bring other valuable attributes to the EMBA program. Therefore, the Admissions Committee may assess and recognize the English language proficiency of the applicants who have scores lower than specified.
To support such candidates, simultaneous Russian translation and translation of in-class materials may be made available.
Applicants whose native language is English are exempt.
Applicants who obtained a full-time Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a foreign educational institution where English is the primary language of instruction are exempt from submission of the TOEFL or IELTS tests.( transferred to FAQ)

Although an official GMAT or GRE score is not an essential requirement, an applicant with limited quantitative experience can strengthen her/his application with a competitive GMAT or GRE score;

Notarized copy of the applicant’s identity card or passport;

Notarized copy of the applicant’s employment record book (or equivalent) with English translation.

  • applicants are 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;
  • submission of completed application package by the applicant does not guarantee admissions to the EMBA program;
  • every applicant must complete an online application form in English and submit it on the official University website
  • The documents will be brought/ sent to 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave., Block C3, NU GSB Admissions office # 3028, 3032, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department, Nur-Sultan city, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan after the decisions on admission are made.


While your organization will part with your emba students during weekend programs and international residencies, their learning will be immediately applicable to the workplace each time they return. We encourage employers to be sensitive to the demands of the program, so as to realize the highest return on their investment.

Each executive and sponsoring organization has unique goals and perspectives to bring to this program. The nugsb emba recognizes that the most successful students will be able to apply their education immediately at the workplace. To encourage this process each student will be required to work on a thesis that directly relates to their career objectives and which will be evaluated by nugsb faculty. Through this opportunity, the sponsoring organization can directly benefit from the emba experience.

The program requires a significant investment of time and attention. Students enrolled in this program successfully balance their significant professional and personal responsibilities with the rigors of the academic curriculum. Students are expected to spend substantial time each week on academics. Every student manages their time differently; some study for a few hours each day while others may study during weekends. It’s important to find a routine that works for each student, their team, family, and colleagues. Gaining the support of significant other, family, and co-workers— will be key to success. Some companies help to alleviate workload by providing their employees with additional support (e.g., staff support, time off), but most students receive no relief in their responsibilities.

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