MSc in Mining Engineering
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Mining Engineers work in mining and mineral extraction facilities. They are in charge of coordinating and supervising all the activities in the mine regarding digging, extracting, and transporting minerals out of the mine.
Master of Science in Mining Engineering is a two-year full-time MSc degree program that is aimed at training engineers who can design, conduct and manage mining operations as well as developing research skills and knowledge to support the mining industry in order to ensure safe, environmentally friendly, and economically viable mining. At NU SMG students learn mining methods that are used locally and how to adapt them to international standards. Graduates of NU SMG are able to adapt quickly to local and global industry needs and apply their knowledge to diverse work conditions, since the study program is practically oriented and can be easily applied to real life work projects in the mining industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and worldwide.

Summer Industrial Internship
* Mining Electives

Multivariate Geostatistics
Geology of Ore Deposits
Mechanized Excavation & Tunnelling
Underground Hard Rock Geotechnical Engineering
Applicants applying to the program are expected to have:
  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent). During the application period, final year students may submit the official current transcript for consideration
  • 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;
  • High level of English proficiency. The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is:
  1. Overall IELTS test score (except Home edition) of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  2. The absolute minimum requirement for the English language proficiency test report for conditional admission (NUZYP) is an overall IELTS test score of 5.5, with no more than one sub-score of 5.0, or the equivalent TOEFL scores (except Home edition) as posted on the ETS website;
  3. Applicants, 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 and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
– the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University

  • Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (optional). Although an official GRE score is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance her/his application with a competitive GRE score;
  • High motivation and a strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose.
  • Complete Application form
  • National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);
  • Official document confirming name change (if applicable);
  • Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree diploma with transcript; During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration;
  • An official electronic IELTS/TOEFL certificate (valid at the time of document submission) sent to the University through IELTS/TOEFL VERIFICATION SERVICES. Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University. Code for TOEFL: 6762;
  • 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). Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English;
  • Curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages);
  • GRE certificate valid as of the date of online documents submission (if applicable);
  • Statement of purpose (up to 1 page);
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request).
Important dates for those who are applying for the 2024-2025 academic year
Online application deadlines for PhD program:
  • for International applicants: December 2023 – March 4, 2024 (1 p.m./13:00 Astana time)
  • for the citizens of Kazakhstan: December 2023 – April 25, 2024 (1 p.m./13:00 Astana time)
Deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates:
  • for International applicants: March 18, 2024
  • for the citizens of Kazakhstan: May 10, 2024
Sending notifications about admission:
  • for International applicants: from April 22, 2024
  • for the citizens of Kazakhstan: from June 17, 2024
The start of orientation week (for newly enrolled students): August, 2024
First day of classes: August, 2024
Call or email us:
Admissions Manager (MSc PhD programs):
+7 (7172) 694695
6 block, 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave
Astana city, Republic of Kazakhstan