Application Deadline
May 16, 2022 - first priority deadline
June 13, 2022 - second priority deadline
Admission Period
August 15-28, 2022
Start of semester
August 25, 2022
3 years
Study Type
KZ, Almaty
Mission of the program

The objective of the Ph.D. program in economics is to foster creativity and academic excellence, to produce successful teachers and independent researchers with the ability to make contributions at the frontier of their field of specialization and to provide graduates with the skills to be highly competitive in the international academic labor market.

Learning Goals and Objectives
The Ph.D. program in Economics aims at producing graduates who
  1. have expertise and the skills to employ innovative methods and find creative solutions to a range of problems in economics and social sciences;
  2. are excellent communicators in the class room with a firm background in a range of fields in modern economics and versed in modern didactical methods;
  3. are creative and innovative contributors with the ability to conduct rigorous economic analysis and the ability to publish in high-ranking journals;
  4. are academics with the ability to take a leading role in scientific investigations, communicate effectively with the scientific community and defend positions.
Research Areas
The department’s areas of expertise are
  1. Environmental economics;
  2. Financial regulation;
  3. Inequality and social policy;
  4. Labor economics;
  5. Monetary policy;
  6. Public economics;
  7. Regional integration;
  8. Social evaluation and capabilities in human development;
  9. Trade and development economics;
  10. Transition economies.
Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Ph.D program are as follows:

Requirements Credits ECTS
Course Work 15 25
Core Courses 6 10
Specialization Courses 9 15
Pedagogic Internship 3 10
Research Internship 3 10
Experimental Research Work Including Dissertation and Research Practice 49 123
Final Attestation 5 12
Total 75 180
Grade Point Average

A student must maintain a cumulative 3.33 GPA throughout the program. Courses in which grades below “B-” are received but are not accepted for the Ph.D. degree. Grades received in courses transferred from another institution are not included in the calculation of the grade point average. If a grade of “C+” or lower is received, the student should repeat the course. More than one retake should acquire approval from the Council. When the GPA is calculated, the grade for the repeated course will substitute for the original grade. Grades of “I” turn to “F” if work is not completed by the 7th week of the following semester.

Core Course (6 credits/ 10 ECTS)
Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS Prerequisite
ECN6801 Research Methodology 3 5 none
CSS6103 Academic Writing for Ph.D Students in the Social Sciences 3 5  
Total 6 10  
Specialization Courses: (9 credits/15 ECTS)

Students may choose one of the following courses

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS Prerequisite
ECN6042 Behavioral Economics 3 5 none
ECN6191 Development Economics 3 5 none
ECN6192 Political Economy 3 5 none
ECN6226 Industrial Organization 3 5 none
ECN6014 Econometrics 3 5 none
ECN6199 Current Topics in Economics 3 5 none
Pedagogic, Industry Internship and Research Work including Dissertation (Total of 55 credits, 143 ECTS)
Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
ECN6588 Pedagogic Internship 3 10
ECN6888 Research Internship 3 10
ECN6990 Experimental Research Work and Dissertation 46   118
ECN 6888.1 Research Practice 3 5
Final Attestation (5 credits/ 12 ECTS)
Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
ECN6991 Dissertation and Defense 5 12
Industry and Pedagogic Internship or Organizational Internship

Internship gives Ph.D. students an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, get some business and academic experience, and be better prepared for their future careers. Details of this requirement are specified in the Ph.D. Handbook.

Experimental Research

Under this component of the PhD program, requirements are twofold: (1) a student must take a qualifying exam in order to demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge acquired through course work and be admitted to the candidate status; and (2) undertake appropriate research activities that lead to conference presentations and journal publications. Details of this requirement are specified in the PhD Handbook.

Dissertation and PhD Dissertation Defense

PhD dissertation is a scholarly research work, involving the analysis of a specific problem in the area of specialization, and evaluation of the results of the analysis, which serves as a basis for developing specific proposals and implementing the appropriate solution to the problem. The student will present an oral defense of their dissertation in front of the members of the dissertation committee, in a public forum. Details of this requirement are specified in the PhD Handbook.

Program Plan

Students may take courses in any order they wish as long as courses meet all prerequisites. The following schedule is suggested to ensure that students make orderly progress towards degree completion, by taking prerequisites before the courses that require prerequisites.

Career Opportunities
The Ph.D. program in Economics invites applications from candidates with master degree in economics or a related field who seek a top-level career in
  • Academia and think-tanks;
  • Consultancy;
  • Top management of financial and business companies;
  • Government and government institutions and agencies;
  • Non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations and development agencies.
Core Faculty
  • Dr. Gerald Pech, PhD (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
  • Dr. Eldar Madumarov, PhD (University Oldenburg, Germany)
  • Dr. Nadeem Naqvi, PhD (Southern Methodist University, USA)
  • Dr. Dr. Alma Kudebayeva, PhD (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr. Altay Mussurov, PhD (University of Wales Aberystwyth, Wales, UK)
  • Dr. Leon Taylor, PhD (University of Maryland, USA)
Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. Admission is granted to candidates deemed most likely to complete and benefit from the program. The final decision on admission is based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s overall qualifications, motivation, determination and commitment to the program.

1. Completed graduate degree
  • Copy of a diploma confirming the completion of a graduate degree “master”
  • Copy of transcripts (diploma supplement) with grades
2. Possession of the valid international certificates proving the knowledge of the English Language
  • IELTS – at least 5,5
  • TOEFL IBT – at least 46
  • TOEFL PBT – at least 453
Additional consideration by a selection committee:
  • At least three years of experience in academia;
  • The graduate GPA shall be 3.0 out of 4.0 and above or more than 69% equivalent when converted into a scale comparable to the KIMEP grading scale
  • Valid KGET (KIMEP graduate entrance test) score of 25 and above or a valid GMAT or GRE certificate with a score that the Economics Department considers equivalent
  • A typed statement of purpose of up to 500 words that states the applicant’s academic and professional interests; how the applicant will benefit from the Ph.D. program professionally and personally; the applicant’s strengths and qualities that will enable them to complete a rigorous doctoral program;
  • A 2-3 page research proposal: In this proposal, the candidate should lay out the general idea of their intended research and some indicative description of the method they intend to use. The candidate should demonstrate familiarity with current research, the ability to identify open research questions and the ability to create an original research proposal;
  • An interview with program admissions committee where admissions committee may consider additional evidence of excellence or aptitude such as prior publications of work experience and have the final decision making authority on the recommendation of the candidate for admission to PH.D. program;
  • Additional exams required by MES.
For enquires about the program:

College of Social Sciences
Program Director:
Dr. Eldar Madumarov,
Tel.:+7 727 270 42 71, (ext. 3071)

For enquiries about the admission

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