Doctoral studies

The PhD program is an educational program of postgraduate education aimed at training scientific and pedagogical personnel with the award of the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) with a period of study of at least three years. The introduction of the PhD program in Kazakhstan was the result of the transition to a three – stage model of higher education (bachelor's – master's-doctoral PhD) within the framework of the implementation of the basic principles of the Bologna process.

Educational programs of the PhD program are an integral part of the educational concept and development Strategy of Narxoz University. The purpose of the PhD program is to train world-class scientific personnel who have fundamental scientific training, possess modern information technologies, including methods for obtaining, processing and storing scientific information, and are able to organize and conduct research activities in their chosen scientific specialty.

The mission of the PhD program is aimed to revive the research profile of the University, developing intellectual skills, and meeting the needs of the national economy in highly qualified personnel by implementing continuous multi-level economic and business education based on domestic traditions and the best world experience.

For 2021-2022 Academic Year

Applicants with Master's degree and at least 9 months of work experience can apply to Doctoral Program

Doctoral programs
Number of Grants
List of required documents
  • Application addressed to the Rector of Narxoz University (free form)
  • Copy of ID
  • Copy of Bachelor's and Master's Diplomas (with Appendix)
  • CV
  • E- certificate on language proficiency (see below)
  • List of scientific publications and research papers for the last 3 years
  • Justification of the planned research (research proposal) (for more information about the requirements for the content of the justification, see the section "Procedure for conducting the admission exam" (see below)
  • 6 copies of 3x4 sized photos
  • E-copy of the medical certificate 086Y, approved by order #907;
  • Employment record sheet and other employment documents (a copy of the employment record certified by the HR at the place of work);
  • Additional documents, if available: diplomas, medals, patents, certificates, etc.
For verification purposes please provide the master copies of the documents, along with its copies. After verification, the master copies will be returned.
Application dates: July 3 - August 3, 2021
This year, admission documents can be submitted to the Admissions Office in a traditional way (hard copies) or through an online portal.

Doctorate programs applicants have to provide international certificates on language proficiency, according to the Common European Framework of Reference:
  • IELTS/International English Language Tests System, the threshold score – at least 5,5;
  • IELTS INDICATOR, he threshold score – at least 5,5;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Institutional Testing Programm (TOEFL ITP), the threshold score – at least 460 point;
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL IBT, the threshold score – at least 46;
  • TOEFL Paper-based testing (TOEFL PBT), the threshold score – at least 453;
  • Deutsche Sprachpruеfung fuеr den Hochschulzugang (DSH, NiveauВ2)
  • TestDaF-Prufung (Niveau В2)
  • est de Franзais International™ (TFI – not less than В2 on reading and listening
  • Diplome d'Etudes en Langue franзaise (DELF), B2 level), Diplome Approfondi de Langue franзaise –(DALF), В2 level),
  • Test de connaissance du franзais (TCF) – not less than 50 points
The authenticity and validity of the submitted certificates will be checked by the Admissions Office.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference, applicants who within the past 5 years have completed higher education institutions in countries where official language is English and have specialized accreditation of foreign accreditation bodies included in the registers and (or) associations of accreditation bodies of member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), do not provide international certificates confirming foreign language proficiency.

The Admissions Office will not be accepting documents if an incomplete list of documents specified in this paragraph is provided.
When applying through the portal, you must submit the following documents
  • E-request form e-signed by the service recipient;
  • E-copy of the justification of the planned research, agreed with the prospective domestic or foreign scientific consultant;
  • E-copies of the Master's and Bachelor's degree diplomas);
  • E-copy of the certificate on language proficiency (English, German, French) for International English Language Tests System (IELTS, threshold score - at least 5.5), IELTS INDICATOR (threshold score – at least 5.5) Test of English as a Foreign Language Institutional Testing Programm (TOEFL ITP) (threshold score – at least 460 points), Test of English as a Foreign Language Institutional testing programm Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) (threshold score – at least 46), Test of English as a Foreign Language paper-based testing (TOEFL PBT) (threshold score – at least 453), Duolingo English Test (threshold score – at least 85), Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR, threshold score – B2), Deutsche sprachpruefung fuer den Hochschulzugang (DSH, Niveau B2/Level B2), TestDaF-Prufung (Niveau B2/Level B2), Test de français International ™ (TFI– not less than B2 on Reading and Listening), Diplome D'etudes EN Langue française (DELF, level B2), Diplome approfondi de Langue française (DALF, Level B2), test de Connaissance du français (TCF – at least 50 points);
  • Digital photo size 3x4;
  • E-version of the medical certificate 086Y, approved by order #907;
  • E-copy of the employment certificate;
  • List of scientific and methodological works (scientific publications, research plan, essays, and other documents) for the last 3 calendar years.
Information on identity documents, higher education documents, and medical certificates will be requested from the relevant state information systems through the e-government platform.
The Examination Committee consists of leading scientists and teachers with a PhD Degree, as well as research professors from Narxoz University.
Admission exam
Admission exam is held from August 4 to August 20, 2021, enrollment – until August 28, 2021.
Admission to the Doctoral program carries out upon submission of the International Certificate on Language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference and on the results of the admission exam for the profile of the group of educational programs of the doctoral program. In order to successfully pass, the applicant must score at least 50 points out of 100 points. Applicants who have scored at least 75 points on the admission exam can receive a State Grant.

If the competition scores are the same, the applicants who have the highest rating in the profile of the group of the educational program receive the preemptive right to enroll in the doctoral program. The following scientific achievements corresponding to the profile of the educational program will be considered when reviewing applications: scientific publications, including in rating scientific publications included in the 1st and 2nd quartile according to the Journal Citation Reports of The Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database for the last 3 calendar years; certificates of scientific developments; certificates of awarding scientific scholarships and grants; certificates/diplomas for participation in scientific conferences and competitions.

Applicants who have not received the State Grant, but have scored a passing score, can self-fund their studies.
An application for appeal should be submitted to the Chairman of the Appeal Committee by a Doctoral program applicant. Statements on the content of the exam materials and on technical reasons can be submitted before 13.00 the next day after the announcement of admission exam results and will be considered by the Appeal Committee within one day after the submission. Each applicant's statements will be reviewed individually by the Appeal Committee. If an applicant fails to appear at the meeting with the Appeal Committee the application for appeal will not be considered.

An applicant must provide the ID during the meeting with the Appeal Committee. The results of the appeal will be passed to the Republican Appeal Committee, which will consider the validity of the Appeal Committee's proposal within one day after the proposal is received to make a final decision.
Advantages of the Doctoral program at Narxoz University
  • learning in an innovative educational environment
  • highly qualified teaching staff
  • conduct research internship abroad
  • first-class infrastructure and availability of all necessary resources
  • availability of dissertation councils in the fields of "Finance", "Accounting and Audit", "Economics", "Management", "Marketing", "State and Local Government", "Business Administration"
  • availability of dorms for nonresident students

Register of the admission exam for the Doctoral program (PhD)

Admission questions
Contact information
Phone number: +7 701 111 11 78 (WhatsApp)
53a Zhandossov street, 10 microdistrict , Almaty, Kazakhstan 050035