Master’s in International Relations (IR)

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in International Relations (IR) 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

This program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of regional and international affairs, with a special focus on China’s domestic and foreign affairs. This knowledge will not only help to upgrade their understanding of regional and global affairs but will also ensure that they have a better understand of current China’s domestic and foreign affairs. It will provide advanced training for students seeking to upgrade their knowledge of China, China studies skills as well as their trans-cultural communication skills and capacities.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • Applicants shall be Non-Chinese citizens with reliable financial support and custody who are university graduates with bachelor’s degree and in good health.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

May 31

  • Public Academic Courses-4
  • Basic Academic Courses-4
  • IR Major Courses-6
  • IR Elective Courses-3
    Total Courses required: 17

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB 23,000 per year. The total for the 2 year program is 46,000 RMB.


There are several different options for accommodation at Shanghai International Studies University. For further information visit the accommodation page here.

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