A B.A. in Sociology program at Nazarbayev University  will provide you with a solid foundation for graduate study in the social sciences, and can prepare students for careers in such fields as social services, social research and data analysis, non-profit and charity organizations, government and human resources. 
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The Sociology program at Nazarbayev University helps students develop communication, research, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems. 

Students learn how to collect and critically analyze information using both quantitative (statistical analysis) and qualitative (in-depth interviews, ethnography, focus groups, textual analysis) methods. These skills can subsequently lead students to pursue careers in marketing, education, research, policy analysis, data analytics, counselling, journalism, social work, and more. 

Work after graduation

  • Marketing
  •  Education
  •  Research 
  • Policy analysis
  •  Data analytics 
  • Counselling 
  • Journalism 
  • Social work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Sociology electives
  • Senior Capstone
  • History Course
  • History of Kazakhstan
  • Philosophy/Religion
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Humanities Electives

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • 1. Scanned copy of the National ID card or passport; 
    • 2. Scanned copy of secondary school or higher education institution certificate (Attestat/Diploma) with final academic performance or certificate from the school (spravka);
    •  3. Personal Statement in English; 
    • 4. Valid official IELTS or TOEFL certificate;
    •  5. Copies or/and valid official test reports of SAT or ACT, SAT Subject (if required).

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 5000 KZT

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 - 222350 KZT/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships are available

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