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Ph.D. On Campus

Public Policy

Nazarbayev University

48 months
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The aim of the Public Policy program of Nazarbayev University is to provide a doctoral program of international standing which will attract high calibre candidates who will make a contribution to applied public policy. 

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The aims of the  Public Policy program of Nazarbayev University  are: 

  • To contribute to the economic and social welfare of Kazakhstan through the supply of outstanding doctoral graduates in public policy with functional expertise in these areas.
  • To build sustainability into the higher education sector in Kazakhstan through the provision of future faculty trained to international standards of teaching and research.
  • To strengthen the research base of decision making in the public sector in Kazakhstan through the supply of highly trained researchers. 
  • To add to existing scholarship on public policy in Central Asia through peer-reviewed publications emanating from the work of PhD students/graduates. 
  • To raise the profile of GSPP as a School well-known for its research and scholarship. 

The program structure comprises: 10 core courses, 2 electives, a thesis proposal and PhD qualifying examination taken the first two years, followed by the thesis preparation and written submission in years 3 & 4.  The two electives modules will be drawn from an existing list of approved courses currently available at Masters level in GSPP but with different learning outcomes and assessment strategies. The overall 4-year program equates to 240 ECTS.

The learning outcomes of the PhD program are:

  • Critically apply theories, methods and knowledge to address fundamental questions in the area of public policy, public administration and public management.
  • Conduct relevant applied research by formulating, testing and generating hypotheses in key areas of enquiry.
  • Collect, synthesize and analyse public policy data.
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in oral and written communication, consistent with presentations and research papers disseminated at the doctoral level.
  • Add to the body of academic discourse on public policy in Central Asia.
  • Respect the principles of academic ethics and integrity.
  • Develop and demonstrate academic research and leadership skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Administration & Management
  • Public Policy and Analysis
  • Microeconomics in the Public Sector
  • Statistics in Public Policy
  • The Politics of Public Policy 
  • Governance and Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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240 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or upper-class second honours Bachelor`s degree (or equivalent: Cum Laude; Magna Cum Laude; and Summa Cum Laude) or a Master’s degree in a cognate discipline. During the application period, final year students may submit an official current transcript for consideration;
  •  At least 3 (three) years of relevant work experience. Based on GSPP’s Admissions Committee discretion, candidates with work experience less than 3 (three) years may also be considered if the applicant can demonstrate high academic performance;
  •  Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE/GMAT test (maybe submitted);
  •  High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a cover letter;
  •  Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • To learn more about the tuition fee applicable to this programme, please visit the university website
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Living costs for Nur-Sultan

151250 - 222349 KZT /month
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