Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education


Nazarbayev University GSE is dedicated to becoming a world-class center for teaching and research on education, with a focus on educational reform in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, while retaining a broad international approach. We seek to promote and assist in the implementation of cutting-edge research on educational challenges and issues from preschool through university levels.

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Graduate Prospectus 2020



M.Sc. in Educational Leadership
M.Sc. Educational Leadership Program offers three specializations: School Leadership (2-year), Higher Education (2 year), and Inclusive Education (2 year).
Within each of these specializations, the following topics are covered: instruction and pedagogy, curriculum design and development, evaluation and assessment, governance, and leadership.

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M.A. in Multilingual Education
2-year full-time program covers theories, policies and practices of multilingual education, and is closely linked to the trilingual education strategy that is being implemented in Kazakhstan.

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Ph.D. in Education
Ph.D. in Education is a full-time four-year program designed for individuals who are committed to taking a leadership role in educational reform and management in Kazakhstan.

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Dear Candidate!

Department of Lifelong Learning of the autonomous organization of education «Nazarbayev University» provides a calendar with dates of international standardized tests of Nazarbayev University Test Center.

You now have the opportunity to take computer-based (iBT) tests, as well as paper-based tests on Nazarbayev University campus.

A table with a list of tests, dates and registration links is attached below.


Test Date (till July, 2020) Registration link
TOEFL PBT April 4, 2020 LINK

March 7, 2020

April 11, 2020

May 10, 2020

May 16, 2020

June 13, 2020



Department of Lifelong Learning

53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave,
Nur-Sultan city,
Republic of Kazakhstan, 010000
Nazarbayev University


Dear Prospective Students,

Please  be noted that due to COVID-19 and in response to the temporary closings of IELTS and TOEFL testing centers, it is decided (by AC, MC and Decision of Provost)  to consider applicants for graduate programs, including Residency program, based on Duolingo English Test (DET) examination results:

ü  DET can be considered for the cases when applicants are not able to provide IELTS or TOEFL test results;

ü  DET will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants within the competition for the 2020-2021 academic year;

ü  Applicants with the minimum score of 105 (IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 79) or 115 (IELTS 7.0/TOEFL 94) can be considered for selection process of graduate admission;

ü  Applicants with the minimum scores between 80 (IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 46) and 100 (IELTS 6.0 TOEFL 60) can be considered for Nazarbayev University Zero Year Program (NUZYP);

ü  DET examination should be taken and provided to Admissions Department  till June 10, 2020.

NU is already included in the drop-down list next to other international partners on the DET website. Now, when the applicants take the DET, they will be able to share their results with us.

Once applicant receive certified test results, he can log into him account, click on the “Send Results” button next to test results, and select NU. Graduate Admission will receive all DET applicants’ results on

DET Information:

ü  Preparing for the Exam (

ü  Schedule your Exam (

ü  Frequently Asked Questions (