Academics

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies and Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and Master of Arts in Economics. The programs are designed to train the next generation of highly qualified experts in Eurasian studies, political science and international relations, economic issues to meet national and global challenges. Graduate students are taught by an internationally recognized faculty dedicated to excellence in research and teaching.

Significant tuition discounts and a limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for non-Kazakhstani applicants.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations
  • The first English-language graduate level political science and international relations program in Kazakhstan
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program with the possibility for study abroad
  • Taught by internationally-recognized faculty drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with PhDs from North American or European universities
  • Advised and actively supported by the Political Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), ranked 15th nationally
  • Advanced academic training for careers in government, international organizations, academia, or other fields related to governance and policy
  • Campus with modern facilities, labs, library, sports center, housing based on need, and a monthly stipend of 100,000 tenge for Kazakhstani citizens
  • Merit-based scholarships and discounts for international students

What can you do with the MAPSIR degree?

MAPSIR is a great choice if you intend to pursue a career in government, academia, or other fields related to governance and policy. MAPSIR graduates go on to work for national and local governments, international organizations, and firms that interact with government agencies. The degree also offers excellent training to students who wish to pursue further graduate work at the Ph.D. level. MAPSIR graduates have found attractive jobs in various government agencies and think-tanks.

What will you gain?
Strong academic, research and analytical skills:

  • Proficiency in problem-solving approaches taken by political scientists and other social scientists
  • An understanding of the questions and theories of international relations and comparative politics
  • The ability to conduct and complete a graduate thesis utilizing social science research methods and to explain the project’s contribution to academic and applied settings
Master of Arts in Economics
  • A Western graduate level economics program
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program
  • High quality internationally recognized faculty drawn from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • Advised and supported by a strategic partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
  • Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library, and sports center
  • Funding for your education - Acceptance into the MAE comes with a monthly stipend for the entire duration of the program (only for Kazakhstani citizens)

What can you do with the MAE degree?

Armed with the MAE degree, and if you are not interested in further study (PhD), you are aiming at highly specialized roles in a variety of sectors such as

  • Professional economist careers
  • Economics careers in banking
  • Economics careers in accountancy
  • Economics careers in business and financial consultancy
  • Economics careers in the public sector, international organizations, and non-profit organizations
  • Insurance, actuarial, and data analysis careers in economics

For many highly specialized economics jobs, particularly research based and advisory roles, the MAE can be an excellent asset.

What will I gain?

MAE graduates will acquire the following academic, research, and analytical skills:

  • Solid understanding of micro and macroeconomic theory
  • Deployment of a wide array of economic models, ability to evaluate their applicability and shortcomings
  • Knowledge of statistical and analytical techniques
  • Ability to conduct econometric analyses using a variety of econometric models and statistical software packages
  • Expertise in applying theory and quantitative tools to actual economic problems
  • Ability to review and critically assess the existing bod of research in economics
  • Ability to communicate economic information and results both in a technical way to peers and in a more general way for policy recommendation and decision making
Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies
  • The first multi-disciplinary Area Studies program in Kazakhstan and the wider region focusing on Eurasia
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program of 120 ECTS credits.
  • Taught by internationally recognized faculty
  • Advised and actively supported by the partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
  • An exciting opportunity to explore the cultures, languages, histories, communities, societies, and politics of Eurasia
  • Includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, Russia, Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and neighboring regions of South Asia, China and the Middle East
  • An unrivalled concentration of scholars with Eurasian expertise, spanning the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, History, Literature, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology
  • Advanced academic training for pursuing careers in research, government, international organizations, academia, or other fields
  • Study in Astana, at the heart of Eurasia, with unparalleled access to archives, fieldwork sites, government agencies, international organizations, and foreign diplomats
  • Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library and sports center and a monthly stipend (only for Kazakhstani citizens).
  • Awards “Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies” degree

What will you gain?

Eurasian Studies graduates will gain the following academic, research and analytical skills:

  • To prepare program graduates with a solid foundation in research methods and skills across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that will enable them to conduct independent research at graduate level
  • To ensure that program graduates understand and can explain the major issues in the history, society, and culture of the Eurasian region.
  • To train program graduates to apply their methodological training and research findings independently across a wide range of scholarly and practical settings.
  • An excellent level of academic English and the ability to read, write and speak at least one of the languages of the Eurasian region.