Master’s in Chinese Religion


Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Chinese Religion at Fudan University is a 2 year Master’s degree program taught in English.

About Fudan University

Fudan University was founded in 1905 and located in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Fudan is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university with many highly-ranked majors and programs, and is a member of the C9 League, Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

China has been called the “land of gods” since ancient times. Chinese people have a unique religious experience and practice, their religions being quite distinct from the Abrahamic
faiths or Hinduism.In recent decades, discussion in the public sphere and academic research on Chinese religions are becoming cross-cultural phenomena in the tide of globalization and revitalization of faith.For the purpose oftraining future experts  and  promising young scholars in this field, the School of Philosophy, Fudan University resolves to launch a master program for Chinese religious studies in English.

About The School of Philosophy

Fudan University was founded in 1905. It is one of the top universities in Mainland China. The School of Philosophy ranked 17th (the highest in Asia) in the QS World University Rankings (2013). The affiliated Department of Religious Studies is well-known for its tradition and academic reputation. It is among the very few institutes that have undergraduates who have majored in religious studies in Great China. Some famous professors teach in the department, among whom more than 20 give lectures in English. Their research fields cover Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, popular religions and new religious movements. The department is undisputedly one of the best institutes for religious studies in Great China. Professors from other departments (such as Chinese literature, history, historical geography, sociology and international relationship) in Fudan University, in Shanghai, as well as from all over China, will be integrated in this program, too, in order to build up a cross-disciplinary teaching team.

Start Date of the Program

September 1

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an acknowledged bachelor degree.

Application Deadline

April 10


The courses in this program cover almost all religious traditions in China, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity and popular religions. They also aim to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of Chinese religions from multiple approaches, such as history, classical studies, philosophy, theology, ritual, psychology, anthropology and sociology etc. Some subjects are listed as below (incomplete, for your reference only):

  • History of Chinese Buddhism and Sutra-reading;
  • Study of Confucian Classics and rites ;
  • Muslim ethnical groups in China, Islam-Confucian dialogue, Menhuan system;
  • Contemporary urban religion and field research;
  • Festivals and rituals of Chinese popular religions;
  • History and prospect of Sino-Christian theology;
  • Chinese translation of Bible, indigenization of Christian theology in China;
  • Christianity and Judaism in Chinese context;
  • Relationship between religion and politics, religious policy in China;
  • Faith and ritual of ethnical groups in south-western China;
  • Sociological study of Chinese religions;
  • Hermeneutics of classical texts of Chinese religions

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB50000 per year. The total for the 2 year program is 100,000 RMB.


Fudan Foreign Student Dormitory is constituted by the Main building and the Supplementary building. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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