Master’s in Journalism (Chinese Media & Global Corporate Communication)

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Journalism (Chinese Media & Global Corporate Communication) 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

Globalization has made this world a true “global village,” characterized by growing impacts of global media to all the spheres of our human life. All the villagers of this “global village” are being influenced by global media and their interaction with the respective societies.

This program aims to develop you intellectually as well as enhance your professional skills. You will explore global media systems and their political and economic and cultural relationship with different societies around the world.

The program will have a core module on global media, which you will gain an overview of the contemporary landscape of global media by drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches of social and technological development. You will explore the powerful role of ideas, beliefs and values in media production and consumption. By engaging with theory and research you will develop your understanding of the historical, social and political contexts in which the media industries are located and the academic debates revolving around such concepts as global news flows, cosmopolitanism, connectivity and the emergence of new social and cultural forms which are no longer tied to territorial nation-states and hierarchical power relations between nations.

The program will also host a public communication module in which you have a chance to explore how global media models have helped communication in various countries (particularly inside China) for global entrepreneurship in terms of public relations, global advertising and global cultural issues. You will examine and participate in the process of content creation and distribution and develop your understanding of the role of strategy and planning, based on practices in China. You can learn how to communicate strategically for business and cultural purposes and think more critically, by tapping into the sphere of global communication and by finally involving yourself into the major Media Project in Shanghai or at your home country.

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


Basic Courses (three courses, 8 credits)

  • Chinese Language (Level 1, Level 2)
  • Culture and Media in China

GMS Major Courses (five courses, 10 credits)

  • Globalization, Social Development & Media
  • Public Relations and e-Media Practice
  • Advanced Writings for Media
  • Communications Ethics and Regulation
  • Research Methods and Applications

GMS Elective Courses (three courses, 6 credits, four courses required for a MA Report)

  • Data Analysis and Public Opinion
  • Comparative Media Systems
  • Media Relations Management
  • Communication Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Change Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Leadership & Organizational Communication

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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