Master’s in China Studies

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in China Studies at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is a 2  year program for international students taught in English.

About Shanghai International Studies University

Upholding the motto of “Integrity, Vision and Academic Excellence”, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is an internationally recognized, prestigious academic institution distinctive for its multidisciplinary and multicultural nature, committed to preparing innovative professionals and future global leaders for a wide range of international expertise to address the critical challenges of our times. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

The China Studies Program (CSP) of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of China. During the two-year program design, overseas students will receive training on Chinese history and culture systematically and study the politics & governance, economy, foreign policy and society of China comprehensively. With the strong research background on foreign languages and cultures in SISU, students are offered the opportunity to deepen the understanding of China through comparative studies on Chinese and foreign cultures and counties. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master’s degree, as recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Graduates from this program will be better prepared for many professional careers related to China as well as for further academic work.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • Applicants shall be Non-Chinese citizens in good health who are university graduates with bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants must have a good command of English, with one of the following: TOEFL IBT (internet based) test result of at least 80 points, TOEFL (computer based) test result of at least 213 points, TOEFL (paper based) test result of at least 550 points, or IELTS test result of at least 6.0. Applicants with IELTS between 4.5 and 6.0 or equivalent may be admitted conditionally. Conditional students will be required to pass an Entrance Examination in English.This requirement does not apply to an applicant who has studied for at least two years at, or received a degree from an English speaking high school, college, or university.

Application Deadline

May 31


All the courses are taught in English, and divided into three divisions, including:

Chinese history and culture:

  • Introduction to China
  • Generalization Overview of Chinese History*
  • Introduction of Classical Works of Chinese Thinkers*
  • Comparative Studies of Chinese and Foreign Cultures
  • Languages and Cultures in Contemporary China
  • Media and Public Opinion in Contemporary China
  • Analysis of the Analects of Confucius*

Chinese Economy and Society:

  • China’s Economic*
  • Social and Political Thoughts in Contemporary China
  • Social Transformation and Trends in Contemporary China
  • The Legal System of Contemporary China

Chinese Politics and Diplomacy:

  • The Strategy and Diplomacy of China*
  • Political and Administrative Systems in Contemporary China
  • Regional Security and Politics in the Asia-Pacific
  • Chinese Diplomacy Practice Series Cathedra*

Courses with * symbol are compulsory. Students are required to finish about 5 – 7 other courses related in the 3 divisions.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB 26,000 per year. The total for the 2 year program is 52,000 RMB.


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