Nazarbayev University
School of Mining & Geosciences

School of Mining & Geosciences

How to apply

Applicants applying to the School of Mining and Geosciences PhD in Mining Engineering, PhD in Petroleum Engineering programs (hereinafter in this appendix – Program) are expected to have:

1) an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and a master’s (cycle-2) program in a relevant discipline. During the application period, final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration;

2) a minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of a 4.00 or equivalent on applicant’s master’s degree;

3) the required level of English proficiency;

4) strong reading, analytical and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE or GMAT test (optional). Although an official GRE or GMAT score is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance her/his application with a competitive GRE or GMAT score;

5) high level of motivation and strong interest in the Program outlined in a statement of purpose for the PhD program (up to 1 A4 page);

6) a curriculum vitae;

7) 2 (two) letters of recommendation. 

The required level of English proficiency:

1) the absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is an overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with subscore requirements no less than 6.0), or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;

2) applicants to the Program, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can 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 or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English. Applicants must provide an official document confirming English as the language of instruction;
  • the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University.

Application package checklist for the Program:

1) complete Application form;

2) notarized copy of national ID or passport;

3) official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4) notarized English translated copy of degree diplomas/certificates with transcripts;

5) official electronic score report of valid Academic IELTS or TOEFL test certificate from Test Administrator. IELTS or TOEFL test certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (if applicable). An applicant must indicate Nazarbayev University as a recipient when registering for the test. In case if the applicant passed the test earlier, he/she can contact the test center and indicate the Nazarbayev University as a recipient. Applicants can provide official electronic score report of valid Academic IELTS or TOEFL IBT certificates from Test Administrator and its scanned copy;

6) document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL);

7) official electronic score report of valid GMAT or GRE test certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (optional). An applicant must indicate Nazarbayev University as a recipient when registering for the test. In case if the applicant passed the test earlier, h/she can contact the test center and indicate the Nazarbayev University as a recipient. Applicants can provide official electronic score report of valid GMAT or GRE certificates from Test Administrator and its scanned copy;

8) a curriculum vitae;

9) a statement of purpose for graduate studies (up to 1 A4 page);

10) two letters of recommendation in English (or with notarized English translation) written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy).

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