Nazarbayev University
School of Mining & Geosciences

School of Mining & Geosciences

How to apply

Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Mining Engineering and the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering programs (hereinafter – Programs):

1) an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and (if applicable) a graduate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00; or a minimum CGPA of 2,5 out of 4,00 for professionals with at least 2 (two) years of relevant experience;

2) the absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Programs is an overall IELTS test score of 6.5, with sub- score requirements of no less than 6.0, or the equivalent TOEFL (except Home edition) score as posted on the ETS website*;

3) the absolute minimum requirement for an English language proficiency test report for conditional admission to NUZYP is an overall IELTS test score of 5.5, with no more than one sub-score of 5.0, or the equivalent TOEFL (except Home edition) scores as posted on the ETS website.

4) strong reading, analytical and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE or GMAT test (optional)**;

5) high level of motivation and strong interest in the Program outlined in a statement of purpose for graduate studies;

6) a curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages);
7) 2 (two) confidential letters of recommendation.

*Applicants to the Programs, 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.

**An official GRE or GMAT score is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance his/her application with a competitive GRE or GMAT score.

List of the applicants’ documents for online application:

1) complete Application form;

2) scanned copy of a national ID or passport;

3) scanned copy of an official document confirming name change (if applicable)

4) scanned copy of diplomas/certificates with transcripts (diplomas/certificates with transcripts received from Kazakhstani universities must be notarized);

5) official electronic score report of Academic IELTS or TOEFL IBT (except Home edition) certificates from Test Administrator valid as of date of online documents submission and its scanned copy. 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;

6) scanned 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 (except Home edition);

7) electronic version of GMAT or GRE test certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (optional);

8) scanned copy of curriculum vitae (up to 2 A4 pages);

9) statement of purpose (up to 1 page);

10) two letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy).


In case your application will progress to the next stage, you will be asked to provide the notarized and/or original copies of your application package to Graduate Admissions Department. Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign educational institutions must request their official transcripts be sent directly to the following address: Graduate Admissions Department, 53, Kabanbay Batyr ave., Nur-Sultan, 010000, Kazakhstan.

Once you have found the course or program you are interested in, you can apply directly using the online application system

Online application period for the Master’s programs of the NU School of Mining and Geosciences will be available:

  • for International applicants until February 28, 2022 (inclusive);
  • for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan until April 18, 2022 (inclusive). 


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