Master of Arts in Education Policy and Management

Mission of the program
The program is designed for teachers, educational leaders, administrators, and other educational professionals seeking to extend and deepen their expertise in management policy, research in teaching and learning.  It will provide the knowledge and skills required to enhance teaching, leadership and administration roles within the educational field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze and evaluate education policy and management and how the education system is related to social, political, economic and cultural aspects of life;
  • Analyze organizational and institutional behaviors to promote inclusion and equity in education;
  • Evaluate programs, instructors, students and institutional performance;
  • Design quality education programs and develop high-quality written products in multiple formats typically utilized by education policy professionals;
  • Communicate complex subjects matter in writing and presenting to professional and academic audiences;
  • Demonstrate the abilities to sustain their own leadership growth

Admission requirements for
Master in Educational Policy and Management program

  1. Completed higher education
  • Copy of a diploma confirming the completion of undergraduate degree(s).
  • Copy of a transcript (diploma supplement) with grades
  1. Submission of applications

According to Standard Rules of Admission to Academic Institutions Offering Graduate Education, all applicants are obliged to submit a complete application package to the Admissions Office by July 30 of the corresponding year.

  1. Complex Test (CT)

CT follows the method developed by the National Testing Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan.

All graduate applicants – citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan – have to take Complex Test in order to secure admission to the graduate program.

  1. English language proficiency requirements:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
  • TOEFL IBT – not less than 46 points,
  • TOEFL PBT – not less than 453,
  • TOEFL CBT – not less than 133;
  • TOEFL PDT – not less than 65.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS– at least 5.5).
    • Cambridge – FCE, CEFR – B2.
    • KIMEP English Placement Test (KEPT) – at least 80 points
      Exemption can be granted to the holders of completed undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees or their equivalents from English medium universities (authentic diploma, transcript and confirmation of English teaching including KIMEP University Graduates.
  1. Entrance examinations by specialization:
    Entrance examinations for graduate programs take place at KIMEP University between August 10 and 20.
  • KIMEP Graduate Entrance Test (KGET), required score is >14;
  • On –line Interview in the field of study will be conducted by the related departments’ committees. 4-5 questions need to be provided which we will add to on-line application

KIMEP graduates with a GPA of 3.0 and above are exempted from program entrance tests.

GMAT and GRE international certificates:
KIMEP University accepts GMAT and GRE international certificates for the appropriate graduate programs; each department considers these certificates on an individual basis.

MA EPM Curriculum
Requirements for the MA EPM are the follows:

Discipline Module Credits ECTS
1 Professional


12 20
1.1. Required Courses 4 6
1.2. Elective Courses 8 14
2 Personal and Leadership Development Module 6 10
2.1 Required Courses 3 5
2.2 Elective Courses 3 5
3 Experimental


6 18
4 Final Attestation
3 12
Total Required for Graduation 27 60

Professional Competence Development Module
Foundation Requirements

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5101 Strategic Management in Education 2 3
EPM5102 Business Research Tools for Education 2 3

Elective Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5301 Program Evaluation 3 5
EPM5105 Educational Assessment 3 5
EPM5214 Language Education Policy 3 5
EPM5215 Finance and Budget in Education 3 5
EPM5111 Analyzing Education Policy 2 4
EPM5216 Comparative Education 2 4
EPM5211 Educational Equity 1 2
EPM5212 Instructional Design 1 2
TOTAL 6 11

Professional Apprenticeship

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5302 Professional Apprenticeship 2 3

Personal and Leadership Development Module
Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5104 Curriculum Development and Management 3 5

Elective Courses
Students choose one course

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5103 Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Education 3 5
EPM5213 Leadership and Ethics in Education 3 5

Experimental-Research Work, Dissertation
This part includes research, publications and conference participation.

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5211 Research Methods in Education Policy and Management 3 5
EPM5301 Thesis 1 3 13
TOTAL 6 18

Final Attestation

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EPM5302 Thesis 2 3 12
TOTAL 3 12

Program Plan
The following tables are a sample program of study to finish the MA in
Education Policy and Management degree in one year.

Fall Semester Cr ECTS Spring Semester Cr ECTS
EPM5101 Strategic Management in Education 1 2 EPM5104 Curriculum Development and Management 3 5
Managerial Psychology
Business Correspondence
Program Foundation Elective
Program Evaluation
Program Specialization Elective
Program Specialization Elective
EPM5302 Professional Apprenticeship 3 5 EPM5302 Thesis 2 3 12
EPM5301 Thesis 1 3 13
Total 12 28 Total 15 32

Total for Program: 27 course credits (60 ECTS)

MA in Educational Policy and Management (MA EPM) Course Descriptions

EPM5101 Strategic Management in Education (2 credits, 3 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the concept of strategic management through case analyses, and considers the basic direction and goals of an educational organization, the environment factors, education market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is on the development of strategy to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets.


EPM5102 Business Research Tools for Education (2 credits, 3 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The course develops the student’s ability to understand and apply basic quantitative and statistical methods in education research. It covers the following topics: elements of the probability theory, sampling surveys, statistical modeling, hypotheses testing, non-parametrical method


EPM5103 Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Education (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The course enhances the knowledge, core leadership skills, and ability to communicate and to effectively manage and lead others in educational organizations. It requires a clear understanding of human behavior and social processes. The course moves progressively through individual, group, and organizational levels of behavior drawing on theory and best practices.


EPM5104 Curriculum Development and Management (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course familiarizes students with the curriculum theory and the procedures involved in curriculum development, management and evaluation. The course covers the following topics: history of curriculum change, sociocultural and political curriculum agendas, models and theories of curriculum, models and frameworks in curriculum design, curriculum evaluation, and curriculum management in practice.


EPM5105 Educational Assessment (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The course examines research theory and practice relevant to assessments. The general instructional objective is to critically review of types, politics, purposes, procedures, uses, and limitations of assessment strategies and techniques, including standardized testing. It also teaches assessment strategies including developing the skills to select, score, and interpret educational assessments.


EPM5211 Educational Equity (1 credit, 2 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on factors that impact decisions educators must make regarding design and implementation of curriculum, teaching strategies, and materials in order to provide equity and excellence for all learners. The course covers the following topics: education, equity and social justice; tracking and inequality; measuring inequalities; educational strategies for socio-culturally disadvantaged students.


EPM5212 Instructional Design (1 credit, 2 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course examines theoretical and practical issues in instructional design. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to learning theories, models and steps involved in instructional design. Using a systems approach, students will design, develop, implement and evaluate an instructional unit for a diverse group of intended learners in a specific learning environment.


EPM5213 Leadership and Ethics in Education (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This module introduces students to leadership theories, effective leadership styles and methods. The focus is on the role of decision-makers in resolving ethical issues and dilemmas in educational organizations. Using case analysis students will examine managerial leadership, motivation, and interpersonal relationships and their influence on effectiveness of educational organizations.


EPM5214 Language Education Policy (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The course is a comprehensive introduction to language education policies as a form of human resource development planning and social impact of language policies. The focus is on critical analysis of explicitly stated language policies (legislation, curricula and other educational documents), implicit language ideologies and language practices in education.


EPM5215 Finance and Budget in Education (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introductory examination of financial, economic, and budgetary issues in education. Students will review the political, economic, and social issues influencing education finance, examine revenue streams and expenditure patterns, develop the ability to examine and analyze financial information, and assess the budget as an instrument of strategic planning, resource allocation, and control.


EPM5111 Analyzing Educational Policy (2 credits, 4 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The objective of this course is to develop students’ capacity to conceptualize educational policy issues and problems, devise strategies for addressing them, and comprehend policy documents. Students will gain an understanding of what how the political, social, cultural and the social contexts shape educational policy, and how the policies are typically made, implemented and evaluated.


EPM5301 Program Evaluation (3credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course provides an introduction to the major concepts and theories in the field of program evaluation, such as: defining the different components of a program evaluation, its role in program and policy development, etc. Students will design, collect and analyze, and write up an evaluation report based on a field-based program evaluation project that the entire class will participate in.


EPM5216 Comparative Education (2 credits, 4 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The aim of the module is to help future researchers make connections between the local and global, the relationship between education, development and society. The course overviews different theories and methods in comparative education and critically analyzes Education, Globalization and the Nation State; Power, Culture and the Politics of Identity; and Education and Development.


EPM5201 Research Methods in Education Policy and Management (3 credits, 5 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to familiarize students with a variety of scholarly and scientific approaches and methods for research in education settings, theory development, data processing, scholarly writing, and organization of a research paper related to education research. It also emphasizes developing an understanding about the ethics of academic research and writing.


EPM5217 Thesis 1 (3 credits, 13 ECTS)

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of the course is to complete a capstone project culminating students ’experiences in program and validating them as master practitioners. The course prepares students to successfully defend their theses by guiding them through key issues in research design, reviewing literature, conducting research, drawing conclusions and summarizing the results in written form.


EPM5218 Thesis 2 (3 credits, 12 ECTS)

Prerequisites: EPM5217 Thesis I (or concurrent enrollment); a minimum of 13 credits in the program

This is the second course for working on and defending the master’s thesis, where students execute their research plan, with regular supervision.

Scholarship opportunities
There are many opportunities for merit-based scholarships for Kazakhstani and international students.
While studying at KIMEP University, students may also apply for part-time positions available on the University campus.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you would like to apply for scholarship.

Tuition & Fees

What specific jobs will this degree qualify me for?
The MA in Education Policy and Management program is a multidisciplinary field that can qualify you to work as an administrator, an education expert in government and private agencies, a lobbyist, a curriculum designer, an advisor in legislative and legal settings, or an analyst.

With this degree, you can follow a variety of wide-ranging, distinct career pathways. Here are a few of the job titles open to those who hold a master’s in education policy and leadership:

  • Principal positions at private and public schools
  • Education management positions in state and government structures
  • Educational consultant
  • Education policy analyst
  • Curriculum and educational content developer
  • Educational policy developer
  • Corporate trainer
  • You might also pursue further studies at the Ph.D. level

Juldyz Smagulova, PhD

Associate Professor, Dean


Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics

Dr. Juldyz Smagulova received her Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from King’s College London (2012, UK), her Candidate of Philological Sciences from al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2004, Kazakhstan), and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota (1999, USA).

Her research interests and expertise include language bilingualism, language socialization, interactional sociolinguistics, language education and teacher training, language policy and planning. She co-edited the Language Change in Central Asia (Mouton de Gruyter, 2016); and co-authored the bilingual Kazakh-Russian Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (Arman PV, Kazakhstan, 2008) and the Kazakh language textbook for Russian-medium schools (Grade 5, Atamura, 2015). She has articles published in Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingualism, and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Dr. Smagulova teaches graduate courses Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition Research, Introduction to Sociolinguistics, and Introduction to Bilingualism as well undergraduate Academic English courses. She provides consulting in the areas of language planning and policy and conducts trainings for language teachers.


  • Smagulova, J. (2017). Ideologies of language revival: Kazakh as school talk. International Journal of Bilingualism. Special issue “Ideology, agency, and imagination in multilingual families” edited by K. King and E. Lanza. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/13670069166849202015
  • Smagulova, J. (2019). (adapted with Bekzhanova G., Tutbayeva Zh., Tutbayeva N. and Akisheva R.) English Sciences: Student’s Book. Grade 10. Cambridge University Press.
  • Ahn, E. & Smagulova, J. (Eds.) (2016). Language change in Central Asia. Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter. [In the Contributions to the Sociology of Language series edited by Joshua Fishman].
  • Ahn, E. & Smagulova, J. (Eds.) (2016). Examining education change in urban Kazakhstan: A short spatial story. In Silova, I. & Niyazov, S. (Eds.), Globalization on the margins: Education and post-socialist transformations in Central Asia (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Ahn, E., Bahry, S., Niyozov, S. , Shamatov, D. & Smagulova, J. (2016). Bilingual education in Central Asia. In O. García et al. (Eds.), Bilingual and multilingual education, encyclopedia of language and education, (3rd ed.) New York, NY: Springer International Publishing.
  • Smagulova, J. & Yernazarova, Z. (2016). Teaching Kazakh literature in Kazakh to Russian speakers: Symbolic value or effective pedagogy? In Bakić-Mirić, N. & Gaipov, D. (Eds.), Going Forward: Recent developments in higher education (pp. 127-136). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Dr. Timothy Barnett, Ph.D

Provost and General Deputy to the President


Provost and General Deputy to the President

Assists the President of the University and represents the President as commissioned. Acts on behalf of the President as instructed by the President. Oversees all University matters: academic and economic operations, as well as innovative and strategic operations of the University.


Heather Ann McCollum, Ed.D.

Dean of General Education


Dean of General Education

Directing the academic design, delivery of general education courses and developing long-term strategic planning and developmental initiatives within KIMEP University’s baccalaureate curriculum. The Dean maintains the sequence of general education courses attended by all undergraduate students.

Dennis Soltys (7)

Dennis Soltys, Ph. D. in Political Science

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Professor Dennis Soltys obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

He has served on many KIMEP committees, especially concerning accreditations and quality assurance, and is currently the chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Development.

In his 15 years at KIMEP Dr. Soltys has taught a wide variety of courses, including graduate courses in research methods and thesis-writing, public policy of Kazakhstan, comparative education policy, and organization theory. He has publications in top international journals such as Journal of Central Asia, Comparative Education, International Journal (Canada) and Foreign Policy (USA), complemented by numerous conference papers published in Kazakhstan.

His main research interests include the cultural foundations and systemic design of public education in developed and transitional countries, development of civil society in transitional countries, and the public policy of Kazakhstan.

Email: dsoltys@kimep.kz
Tel. (727) 270-4303

Research and Publications:

Soltys, D. (2017). Social transformation with conflict avoidance in Ukraine between the maidans of 2004  and 2014. Post-Soviet Affairs, USA, (submitted, September, 2017).

Soltys, D. (2017). The central role of humanities and social sciences education in powering economic innovation.  Vcheni zapysky (Scientific Notes), Kyiv, (forthcoming, July 2017).


Vivienne Ruth Westbrook, PhD



Dr. Vivienne Westbrook received her Ph.D. in Reformation Biblical and Cultural Translation from the University of Manchester (1998), her M.Phil. in Renaissance Paratext (1995) and her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (2000). She received her M.A. in Screenwriting from the University of London and The London Film School (2008). She holds a range of degree-level qualifications, including Business Studies (1984), Literary Studies (1992), English Literature and Language (1994), Psychology (2000) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (2018).

Her current research interests and expertise include Renaissance culture and its subsequent transformations and adaptations, philosophies of humour, maritime environmental humanities and screenwriting. She is the General Editor of the two Routledge series: Humour in Literature and Culture, and Oceans, Seas and Shorelines: a natural and cultural environmental history. She has three books and two more series currently in process. She is an experienced international conference presenter and book and journal editor who has also published five books, sixteen articles and twelve book chapters. Her eighteen scripts for teaching Business English have been televised in China and Taiwan repeatedly. Her most recent work is Westbrook, Vivienne and Shun-liang Chao (Eds.), Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives(London and New York: Routledge, 1 August, 2018; 2019) and Westbrook, Vivienne, Shaun Collin, Dean Crawford and Mark Nicholls, Sharks in the Arts: from Feared to Revered(London and New York: Routledge, 17 May, 2018).

Dr. Westbrook has devised and taught numerous graduate courses, and supervised theses, in the areas of Renaissance Literature and Culture, Film Adaptation, Humour and Screenwriting. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses in Academic Writing, Creative Writing and Shakespeare for Business.

Askat Tleuov

Askat Tleuov

Assistant Professor


PhD in Education

Dr Askat Tleuov received his PhD in Education from the University of Bath, UK in 2017. He has significant experience in English language teaching, working as an EFL teacher, lecturer, teacher educator and researcher in Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom.

Askat specializes in teacher cognition, teacher education, and teacher professional development. He has a particular interest in teacher knowledge, beliefs and perceptions; how these are enacted in practice; and the personal, educational and professional experiences which influence their development. Another strand of his research focuses on policy studies and politics of education. His recent research project involves the investigation of state and institution-wide research internationalization policies in Kazakhstan.

Dr Tleuov has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses that range from Academic English course to Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Research Methods, and Learning Evaluation & Assessment in Language Education. He has supervised a number of Master level dissertations as well.

Konstantinos Kristofer Dimitriou (6)

Konstantinos Kristofer Dimitriou

Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor

PhD in Education (University of Bath, UK), MSc Educational Research (University of Manchester), M.A. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (University of Birmingham), Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher & Professional Education (Institute of Education, London)

Dr. Dimitriou has over twenty years of teaching experience in Academic Literacy and Applied Linguistics. His previous experience ranges from Queen Mary University of London to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His doctoral research investigation was on tertiary academic literacy processes. His present research is into gamification and intercultural communication. Konstantinos has previously studied and presented on the topics of bilingual language development, bilingual parenting, academic culture, feedback processes, tertiary student writing voice & critical writing, corpora in teaching, and academic plagiarism.

The range of graduate and undergraduate level courses which Dr. Dimitriou has taught include Research Methods, Thesis writing, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research and Writing for Law.

Maganat Shegebayev (1)

Maganat Shegebayev, MA TESOL

Assistant Professor


KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Almaty (2012)

Dr. Shegebayev is an assistant professor of KIMEP Language Center.  One of the Kazakhstan’s first-wave Bolashak International Scholarship awardees, he received a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from Fairfield University, USA; he then received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from KIMEP University.  Dr. Shegebayev has had twenty years of teaching and administrative experience and has been distinguished with the awards for academic and service achievements.  Three times in his pedagogical practice he has been awarded with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

In his activities, Dr. Shegebayev has served as a task force member to develop national program Intellectual Nation-2020 for the government of Kazakhstan.  He has authored and co-authored a number of international publications; he has been involved in various educational and research projects across Kazakhstan and abroad, which include collaboration with Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), Institute Aminuddin Baki (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Oslo, Norway).  His research interests include topics related to linguistics, language policy and planning, critical thinking, business communication and educational management.

The range of graduate and undergraduate level courses which Dr. Shegebayev has taught includes Academic English, Critical Thinking, Educational Technology, Business Correspondence and Communication, General & Business English, and Foundation English.  He has also taught Business English certificate courses of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI English for Business, levels 1, 2 and 3) to corporate clients from Central Asian countries.  As a part of the international teaching mobility, Dr. Shegebayev has been invited as a visiting professor to universities in Turkey and Hungary.


Selected research publications:

Shegebayev, M. (December, 2015).  Corpus Building in Kazakhstan: An Examination of the Terminology Development in the Oil and Gas Sector.  A chapter for Language Change in Central Asia, Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton. (E. Ahn & J. Smagulova (Eds.)), http://www.degruyter.com/view/books/9781614514534/9781614514534-010/9781614514534-010.xml

Ahn, E., Shegebayev, M. (in progress). In the Absence of Research Governance: Constructing a Contextually-Informed Research Ethic.  A chapter for Reimagining utopias: Theory and method for educational research in post-socialist contexts volume (I. Silova, N. Sobe, A. Korzh, & S. Kovalchuk (Eds.)).

Shegebayev, M., Seitova, A. (in progress).  A chapter on Kazakhstan in Perceptions of Educational Leadership and Culture: a Comparative Study book project coordinated by the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership, Malaysia.

Shegebayev, M. (in progress).  Linguistic diversity and business communication in today’s Kazakhstan.  A  chapter for Sociolinguistic transition in former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries: Recent developments in two decades after the regime change (P. Laihonen, M. Sloboda & A. Zabrodskaja (Eds.)) for Peter Lang’s series Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction / Prager Arbeiten zur Sprache, Gesellschaft und Interaktion, edited by Jiří Nekvapil, Tamah Sherman and Petr Kaderka.

Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2012) Critical Thinking as Culture: Teaching Post-Soviet Teachers in Kazakhstan.  The International Review of Education (Vol. 58, 1), http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11159-012-9285-5

Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2010).  The Critical Thinking Movement in Kazakhstan: A Progress Report.  Research in Comparative and International Education (RCIE), December issue, http://rci.sagepub.com/content/5/4/434.full.pdf+html

Smagulova, A., Shegebayev, M., Garkavenko, V. & Boolaky, M., (2009). Ethical Practices & Social Responsibility of Kazakhstani Tourism Business: A Pilot Study in the Tour Operator Sector. Central Asia Business Journal, November issue, Vol. 2, http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=


Contact Information:

Phone: (7-727) 270-43-67, ext. 2137

Office: #225/Dostyk

E-mail: magas@kimep.kz

Skype: maganatkz

DBA KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Almaty (2012)

Assel Koldassova (7)

Assel Koldassova

Senior Lecturer


KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Almaty (2015)