Master of Science in Supply Chain and Project Management (On-Campus and Distance Learning)


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Program Description

The MS in Supply Chain & Project Management program provides a state-of-the-art education that enhances students' knowledge and experience and prepares them for successful careers in various areas. The program is designed for graduates entering the industry and professionals currently working but desiring to enhance their skills and qualifications.

The program offers two specializations: Project Management and Supply Chain Management. The program partners with globally recognized international institutes and draws international faculty with high academic qualifications and global professional experience. Along with the On-Campus program, we offer Distance Learning opportunity which is uniquely suitable for students who live or work out of Almaty. It is the only program in the CIS region seeking the Project Management Institute (PMI) accreditation.

Program Specializations

The program offers three specializations: Project Management, Supply Chain Management, and Facilities Management. Prospective applicants must select one of the three specializations when applying to the program.


The mission of the Master of Science (MS) in Supply Chain & Project Management program is to provide students with the best practices, knowledge, and skills necessary for their successful career in supply chain and project management business domains. This is achieved through a blend of practical and academic multi-disciplinary approaches to learning.


To serve its mission, the overall goals of MS in Supply Chain & Project Management program are:

  • to prepare professionals who can effectively manage supply chains and projects to increase the business performance of organizations in Kazakhstan and the region;
  • to nurture in our students the highest level of integrity and ethics and an understanding of their critical importance for their professional domains.


To achieve its goals, the MS in Supply Chain & Project Management program seeks accomplishing the following focused objectives:

  • Knowledge: Equip students with fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and best practices of Supply Chain and Project Management fields and professions necessary to increase the performance of business operations in a changing environment.
  • Solving & Thinking: Develop critical and analytical problem solving and transferable skills for effective decision making and dealing with increasing uncertainty in complex business chains and projects.
  • Path Breaking & Implementation: Develop path-breaking and implementation process skills which are based on inter-disciplinary and issue-based learning for their effective application in students’ professional domain
  • Integration & Environment: Nurture in our students the core competencies, ethics, social and professional responsibilities for successful managing of teams, changes, risks, cultural diversity, communication, cooperation, and effective interaction with stakeholders in their professional domains.

Common and Unique Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOS)

At the successful completion of MS in Supply Chain & Project Management program, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

Common ILOs:

  • Proficiency in core principles, techniques, and culture of modern project management approached in chronological order of a project life cycle;
  • Proficiency in core principles, basic techniques, and culture of modern supply chain management and business operations with their importance for the effective management of organizations
  • Proficiency in the analysis of business environment and issues, using quantitative and qualitative tools as well as information technology, necessary for effective management of projects and organizations;
  • The undertaking of supervised consultancy and research, involving the synthesis and application of theoretical constructs to topics in the field of the student’s professional domain, with a specific focus on Kazakhstan and Central Asia;
  • Thorough understanding of ethics and professional responsibility and business communication tools required for student’s professional careers.

Unique ILOs (Specialization – Project Management):

  • Advanced knowledge in utilizing project management tools and techniques especially for scope development, schedule and cost estimation and control, risk and quality management, and contracting;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and finance concepts and how it relates to and overarches the management of projects;
  • Advanced knowledge of project management process groups and knowledge areas as defined by the Project Management Institute, also necessary for seating for PMI’s certification exams.

Unique ILOs (Specialization – Supply Chain Management):

  • Advanced knowledge in utilizing tools and techniques necessary for sourcing, strategic selection, and purchasing of goods and services important to an organization;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and finance concepts and how it relates to the management of supply chains;
  • Advanced knowledge of transportation and international logistics in international trade and global economy by applying various modes of transport given their geographic perspectives, stressing regional specificities of key logistics complexes.

Program Facts

  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Duration: 15 Months
  • Delivery Mode: On-Campus: Evenings 3 times a week + Full Saturday; Distance Learning
    • 10 months (9 courses)
    • 6 months (Internship consultancy and Research project courses, Comprehensive Exam)
  • Starting date: September 2020
  • Tuition fees: 2 090 000 KZT
  • Discounts are available for KBTU graduates and Diploma with honors holders
  • Admission: July 2020

Advantages of the program

  • Study and work concurrently – Integrating your experience and widening your business horizons.
  • Eligibility for students and alumni to apply for student and professional membership of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Knowledge & skills, necessary to take exams for global professional certifications (like CAPM®, PMP®, IPMA Levels, PRINCE2®).
  • Save up to 1000 US dollars in preparing for the above professional certification exams.

Bloomberg Financial Lab

  • KBTU is the 1st university in Kazakhstan to install Bloomberg Professional, a global platform for real-time data and analytics used worldwide by business professionals for investment opportunities.
  • The Bloomberg Financial Lab’s main goal is to help our students, faculty, and researchers advance in the field of finance, economics, supply chain, and project management using real-life cases, actual data, and advanced analytics on global financial markets, macroeconomics, and companies all over the world.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 6 core courses (270 contact hours), 3 specialization courses (180 contact hours); an Internship consultancy course, a Research project course, and a Comprehensive exam (all three 12 credits). The program total: 42 credits.

Core Courses

  • Project Management
  • Supply Chains & Operations Management
  • Business Analysis & Planning
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Communications
  • Business Research Methods

Specialization Courses

  • Project Management
    • Specialization – Project Management
    • Strategic Project Management & Finance
    • Professional Body of Knowledge
  • Supply Chain Management
    • Procurement & Purchasing
    • Supply Chain Strategy & Finance
    • Transportation & International Logistics
  • Construction Management
    • Design/Construction Planning and Control
    • Strategic Construction Management and Finance
    • Construction Administration and Contracting

Career Opportunities

MS in Supply Chain & Project Management is an interdisciplinary program that enables you to cross different sectors and industries and position yourself in roles in specialist areas like Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Logistics & Transportation, Sales & Marketing, Engineering & Development, Contracting and Procurement, Operations Management, Risk Management, Project Finance, and Facilities Management.

The demand for Supply Chain and Project Management specialists, especially those with a graduate degree in the field is growing rapidly as more organizations are adopting project management approaches and are being involved in complex business chains. Recent industry studies by PMI, IPMA, and CIPS reveal that salaries and career opportunities of such professionals are also increasing.

Enrollment Process

Step 1: Submit the required documents to KBTU Business School (July 2020)

  • Filled out an application;
  • Notarized copy of Higher Education Diploma (the original of the Diploma and Transcript);
  • Resume (in English);
  • 2 recommendation letters (in English);
  • Motivation letter (in English);
  • 6 photos 3x4;
  • Identification Document (copy and original);
  • Medical Reference No086-y + X-ray;
  • Copy of the Work Record Book or other documentary proof of employment history (if applicable);
  • Notarized copy of IELTS (6.0 or more) Certificate (if applicable) or a copy of payment receipt for English test.

Step 2: Subject Examination/Interview

Step 3: Admission of Successful Applicants

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

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KBTU considers its mission to provide high-quality education for future leaders in business and industry, to promote innovative technologies and research in the most advanced and prospective areas of science for the benefit of the region and the country as a whole. The strategic vision of the University is to promote the ideals of academic excellence, scientific progress, and national well-being, to maintain the status of an undisputed leader in the field of technical and business education. The major goals and ambitions of the university are the creation of a scientific and educational center with highly qualified scientific and pedagogical potential and a developed modern material and technical base, the development of a dual vocational training, training of highly qualified specialists who have professional and personal competencies with emphasis on financial, power-generating sector, spheres of high and information technologies and the maritime industry. Read less