Admission Regulations for the MA Programmes

Admission Regulations 2023-2025

1 Oct 2022 - 10 Feb 2023 Applicants complete the online application form on Embark platform:

MA in Politics and Security:
MA in Economic Governance and Development:

Incomplete applications are not considered!

10 Feb - Early March 2023 (TBC) The applicants are shortlisted based on the following basic criteria: the completeness of the application; the relevance of the candidates’ academic and professional background to the Programmes; academic achievements; the presence of a meaningful personal statement.

March - April 2023 (TBC) Written tests are conducted for shortlisted applicants. Tests are conducted in English only and consist of three parts:

Economic Governance and Development: English grammar test (sample), Economics test (sample), Essay.
Politics and Security (Central Asia): English grammar test (sample), International Relations test (sample), Essay.
Overall, the written tests take 2.5 – 3 hr.  Tests are normally conducted at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (for applicants residing in Kyrgyzstan) and in the capitals of Central Asian republics, for those residing in these countries. No make-up tests are conducted. The Academy doesn’t cover travel expenses of applicants coming for the tests and interviews.

May 2023 (TBC) Based on the results of written tests, the OSCE Academy invites best qualified applicants for the interview. The selection committee consists of the academic management and faculty of the OSCE Academy, a representative of the OSCE Offices or other representatives of international organizations. Selection criteria is based on a variety of factors such as educational background and relevant professional experience, proven academic excellence and leadership qualities, applicants’ general motivation and future career potential, communication, interpersonal and language skills.

June 2023 (TBC) Final decisions are based on the results of the tests and interviews.

The OSCE Academy reserves the right to change the periods and deadlines of the admission process.
Only successful candidates will be contacted for tests and interviews!

The OSCE Academy accepts maximum 25-30 students per year per Programme from all Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, Mongolia and OSCE participating states. Based on the interview, the Final Admission Committee will make a final decision on whom to admit to the Programmes out of applicants, invited for the interview.





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