Graduate School of Education
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Nazarbayev University aspires to become an influential, world-class graduate school of education, effecting change in educational thinking, policy, and practice at all levels of education through scholarly research, quality teaching, and persuasive argument. Through its research, teaching, and scholarship, the GSE is committed to working to improve education for all, sustaining a vision of education that enables individuals to maximize their own potential, free from the constraints of poverty and background, within the context of mutual understanding and global interdependence.
About the program
The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (NU GSE) is proud to offer the M.Sc. in Educational Leadership program that includes three areas of specialization:
The M.Sc. in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide working education professionals with the skills, knowledge, and capacities necessary to lead for change within their work institutions, their professional communities, and the larger society.
More specifically, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the national and international educational issues and debates relevant to their field of study, strategies for leadership and change management, and methodological approaches appropriate for researching educational topics important to both Kazakhstan and other international contexts.
Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
Duration: 2 years
Introduction to Educational Leadership
Kazakh for Professional Purposes
English for Thesis Writing
Educational Context and Reform in Kazakhstan
Elective courses (School Education):
Assessment: Theories, Policies, Practices
Comparative and International Education
Leading Multilingual Education in Schools
Curriculum Design and Management
Education Policy Analysis and Development
School Improvement and Effectiveness
Elective courses (Higher Education):
Higher Education Management Reform in Kazakhstan
Perspectives on Teacher Education
Organization and Governance in Higher Education
Globalization and Higher Education
Research Management in Higher Education
Higher Education Finance
Elective courses (Inclusive Education):
Change Management for Inclusive Education in Kazakhstan
Leading Inclusive Education Pedagogy and Assessment
Theories of Inclusive Education
Inclusive Education: Policy Perspectives
Designing and Managing Education for Gifted and Talented Learners
Psychology and Special Education Needs
Benefits of the M.Sc. in Educational Leadership program
Combining intensive on-campus sessions with online learning experiences, the NUGSE M.Sc. in Educational Leadership provides high quality, international-standard, research-based Master’s program that:
NUGSE M.Sc. in Educational Leadership graduates will join a growing community of educators and scholars in Kazakhstan and elsewhere with enhanced capacity to:
Understand key educational trends, theories, issues and debates for education reform in national, regional and international contexts.
Analyze educational reform policies, their contexts, and their significance at institutional, national and international levels.
Apply program learning directly to their work in their home institutions.
Design and conduct a rigorous research project on an important national education topic of their choice.
Develop strategies for leading and managing change in their workplace.
Work collaboratively and productively in multilingual, multicultural contexts.
Participate in professional and academic discussions and debates on education reform both within Kazakhstan and in other international and national contexts.
Candidates applying to the ”Master of Science in Educational Leadership” program and ”Master of Arts in Multilingual Education” program are expected to submit their documents electronically.
Online registration is now open. Due to the current situation deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL certificates is extended till 10 June 2020.
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 an official current transcript for consideration.
A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent);
High level of English proficiencyThe absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is:
Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
The absolute minimum requirement for 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 as posted on the ETS website;
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 that was officially taught in English.
1 year of work experience in a relevant field At the discretion of the Admissions Committee applicants with less than 1 year of work experience may also be considered.
High motivation and a strong interest in the program as outlined in a personal statement;
Two letters of recommendation.
Application package checklist:
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 the official current transcript for consideration.
IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of the date of online documents submission;
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.
Documented proof of work experience (if applicable);
Personal statement (300-500 words);
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);
Consent for the Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in the applicant’s personal account).
All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.
All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.
The submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Programme.
Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within an established period of time.
Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Nur-Sultan, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.
Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.
Nazarbayev University Institutional Codes:
TOEFL – 6762
The Admissions Committee keeps the right to invite for additional interviews if necessary. They may take place on campus or by Skype.
"As educators, not only must we refuse to settle for easy consensus, to simplify, to neutralize, or to translate; we must also accept and assume the responsibility to ‘think, speak, and act’ within aporetic situations…. Most of all, we must engage students in a quest for knowledge which should take them way beyond the boundaries of their immediate socio-politico-cultural contexts in space and in time. We must encourage them to take risks in learning and discovering the other, the unknown while building a greater sense of responsibility."Denise Egéa,NUGSE Professor
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