FAQ

Does our organization lose an employee for the duration of the 20-month program?

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.

How does the program apply to my specific organization?

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.

Given the rigor of the program and the necessary time commitment, how does this fit into the executive’s life?

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.

What is the scope of the curriculum?

The program consists of 11 core courses, 4 electives, and 1 project/thesis. The core courses cover the foundation of a general management education: finance, operations, marketing, strategy, accounting, and leadership. The electives allow students to enhance skills in areas such as, investments, negotiations, leadership, and strategy. The project/thesis requires each student to apply this education to his/her career.

How quantitatively rigorous is the program?

Success in this program demands a high level mastery of quantitative skills; however, quantitative excellence alone is not sufficient. The program requires students to use and improve leadership, management, and other qualitative skills necessary in today’s global business environment.

Is attendance to all courses required?

Yes, attendance at all courses and residencies is a requirement. This is a program which requires you to move step by step at the same time as your classmates and you are required to move through the curriculum with your classmates. In areas in which a particular EMBA student has experience, he/she is able to make a major contribution to the conversation in class, as well as in group work.

My company is in Astana, must our EMBA students also resideon campus?

The NUGSB EMBA program is an immersive and intense learning experience. Even if a student is a resident of Astana, he/ she must live on campus during the weekend residencies. Residency adds to the group learning environment, and is essential for EMBA students to fully absorb the learning objectives for each course.

How technologically savvy do i need to be?

During the eight day orientation the student is introduced to technology necessary for a successful EMBA experience. Most students are comfortable with word processing, e-mail and the internet; now spreadsheets, electronic bulletin boards and other electronic tools become essential. We recommend that you have basic skills, at least excel, word, and powerpoint to help you succeed.

Will i be required to have a laptop or special programs?

Every student in the program needs a reliable laptop as well as a stable internet service provider (isp). These tools are essential for completing the program requirements. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive more details about computer and software requirements.

If i am an executive and not fluent in english, can i still participate in this program?

The NUGSB EMBA is an english language program. However, simultaneous translation, and translation of select course materials is provided to support students with weaker english. While this support does permit students with weak english skills to participate in the program, the primary language of instruction remains english.

When should I apply, and when is the application deadline?

The application for the academic year 2018-2020 is open, deadline is March 2018 The Admissions Committee reviews applications as they are received, so we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible as space in the class is limited.

What are the minimum requirements to apply to Graduate School of Business?

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience (with minimum 3 years on a managerial position).
  • Submission of the online application on the Admissions portal: admissions.nu.edu.kz.
  • Notarized copies of diploma and transcripts with notarized English translation.
  • Notarized copy of ID or passport.
  • Two essays.
  • English language proficiency test reports (IELTS/TOEFL).
  • Copy of labor book with English translation
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Application fee payment – KZT 30 000

What are essay topics required?

Essay 1 

In 250 words, or less describe how your education and 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.

Can I request a language test waiver?

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.

What about recommendation letters?  Whom should I ask to write them?

We prefer that recommendation letters come from a current or former employer. An applicant may also request letters from individuals with whom they have had significant professional/academic interaction such as a supervisor, professor or a major client. It is important for recommenders to be able to reflect/describe applicant’s value as an employee, his/her professional accomplishments, and personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. We do not accept recommendation letters from friends, family members or any other personal contacts.

An applicant should indicate contact details (name, corporate email, phone numbers) of their recommenders in the application form. The recommendation forms are automatically generated by the admissions system and sent to the recommenders via email. The recommendation forms should be filled in and emailed to emba.admissions@nu.edu.kz with indicating the applicant’s name in the title.

Do I need an interview, and if so, how can I arrange one?

If an applicant requires an interview, the Admissions Officer will contact him/her to schedule one.

What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?

NUGSB offers limited number of merit-based scholarships that cover from up to 50% of the tuition fee.

What’s the best way to contact the Admissions Office?

You may contact us by phone or email:

Graduate School of Business: emba.admissions@nu.edu.kz.  

Phone: 7 7172 70 90 28, 70 91 74, 70 57 42