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Full-Time MBA

Our MBA is a full-time program that plays a key role in our mission to develop the next generation of business leaders in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Intended for early-career professionals, our MBA program provides you with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to

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MBA Admissions

How to apply?

  1. Register on admissions.nu.edu.kz, create your account and online application form; 
  2. Pass through ALEKS exam and personal interview;
  3. Submit documents and application form online;
  4. Wait for results!


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Dates & Deadlines

Please note that before the submission your application should be complete including language certificates, ALEKS/GRE/GMAT results and all supporting documents must be uploaded to a personal account of the candidate.

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business is delighted to announce that our late round deadline to participate in the selection process to study the Full -Time MBA (program) has been extended until 15 June, 2021 (23:59 Nur-Sultan time inclusive). Applicants have to submit an online application form and all required documents by 15 June 2021 on our portal.

Dates & Deadlines

Early Deadline

Regular Deadline

Late Deadline

Registration date

March 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

June 15, 2021

Admissions’ Requirements

Applicants to the Full-Time MBA program are expected to have:

  • At least 2 years of cumulative work experience, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptional applicants with less than 2 years of work experience.
    Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree diploma (or equivalent).
    Please note that before the submission your application should be complete including language certificates, ALEKS/GRE/GMAT results and all supporting documents must be uploaded to a personal account of the candidate.
  • There will be no extension for submission of supporting documents after deadlines. Incomplete applications submitted in the Early round will be checked for compliance with requirements and might be returned for correction and transferred to the next application round. The registration fee in the regular round will be KZT 30 000.

Applicants must submit the following documents:


Two confidential letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically after receiving an email request).

Recommendation letters 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 to complete the online recommendation form.

We require two letters of recommendation. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities. We require you to submit one recommendation from your current supervisor. If you do not have an immediate supervisor, you may submit a recommendation from someone who knows you well in your current position and can critique your professional performance. We strongly encourage you to contact your recommenders early in the application process. Recommendations from relatives or family and friends are strongly discouraged by the Admissions Committee. An application is not considered as “complete” until we have received all recommendations.


Before you submit your application form, please check that you have included the corporate/institutional email addresses of your referees and they have agreed to provide recommendation letters for you.

As soon as you press the “Submit application” button on your personal page, the reference form will be automatically sent to the referees’ email addresses you provided below.

Please note that reference letters should be sent from indicated corporate/institutional email addresses.

If your referees do not have corporate/institutional email addresses, they are required to submit the original/hard copies of recommendation letters in a sealed envelope.


Two essays in English (the essay questions are available on the application 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.


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 Admissions Department.


An overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-score requirements no less than 6.0), or TOEFL IBT score of 79-93 (with sub-score requirements no less than 19-23). The test scores must be valid on the application submission date.

Applicants to the Full-Time MBA program, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, may 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 degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University;
an applicant is determined as a native speaker.


ALEKS test administered on campus (in Nur-Sultan) will be conducted as indicated in the table below. We strongly recommend candidates to take online trial version/ training for this test well in advance of deadlines and accurately plan dates.

Preparation instructions are available at the following link

ALEKS study topics are outlined at this link 

The retake cost of the ALEKS test is 10 000 KZT

Aleks test dates 2021

Round 1 Deadline - 1 March
Aleks test dates - 11 February, 25 February , 3 March

Round 2 Deadline - 1 April
Aleks test dates - 18 March, 31 March, 2 April


Round 3 Deadline - 3-15 June
Aleks test dates - 22 April, 12 May, June 8, June 15


The Admissions Committee has the right to make exceptions for applicants with at least 3 years of work experience, who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants with less than 2.75 GPA cannot be considered for the state educational grant.

Please refer to the following website — www.aleks.com (Module: Essential Math Skills for business) to take a free trial test.


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


Documented proof of work experience with notarized English translation.


Submission of completed application package by the applicant does not guarantee admission to the MBA program.

Applicants are invited for an interview by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee has the right to conduct an additional interview with applicants.

Every applicant must complete an online application form in English and submit it on the official University website http://admissions.nu.edu.kz;

All the original documents must be sent to: 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave., office #1115, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department, Nur-Sultan city, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.

FAQ


NUGSB is fully committed to go back to a regular in-person and on-campus teaching format for the Fall 2021 semester. Of course, Nazarbayev University will constantly monitor the epidemiological situation in the country and make adjustments if warranted by pandemic conditions. At all times, the health and safety of our students is the priority for the Graduate School of Business of Nazarbayev University.


Applicants to the Full-Time MBA program, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, may be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

  1.  one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;
  2. an undergraduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
  3. the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University;
  4.  an applicant is determined as a native speaker.



You can access free trial on ALEKS test website: www.aleks.com or purchase a monthly subscription: http://www.aleks.com/buy_aleks_now. The section we require is Essential Math Skills for Business.

There is an opportunity to retake the ALEKS test one time only. The retake cost is -10 000 KZT

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