Master’s Program in Chinese Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Relations (CPFP)

Masters Program in Chinese Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Relations (CPFP)

1. Introduction

In 1997, Tsinghua University established the Institute for International Studies, the predecessor of the International Relations Department (abbreviated IR department). The Institutes outstanding achievements in teaching and research during the more than ten years of its existence provided a strong basis for the creation of the IR Department. Graduates of the Department have pursued careers at institutions of higher education, major national research institutions, government departments, foreign affairs organizations, media and various corporations. A number of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students have continued their studies at well-known universities worldwide. The IR department has 18 faculty members with significant academic and research experience. They all hold PhD degrees from leading international and Chinese universities such as UC Berkley, Columbia University, Yale University, Cornell University, Tsinghua University and Peking University.

In 2010, the Department launched a Masters degree program in English in addition to its Chinese program. The department is committed to a better understanding of Chinese politics, Chinas role in international relations as well as Chinas foreign policy through inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural dialogue. Graduates of the program will be qualified to be administrative officers and policy analysts in various levels of governments, think tanks, international organizations, multinational corporations and international media. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including completion of the course curriculum and the Master thesis. The name of the program has been changed to Masters Program in Chinese Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Relations (CPFP) since July, 2013.

To provide students with more extra-curricular academic activities, the Department successfully initiated the Carnegie-Tsinghua Distinguished Speaker Program in 2010, in which established scholars and policy makers are invited to give lectures on various aspects of international relations and policy making. The Department also launched Tsinghua Ambassador Talks at the beginning of Spring 2012. This event allows students to connect IR theory with diplomatic practice, providing a unique opportunity to engage in pressing political issues through an informal dialogue with each countrys highest representative in China, the Ambassador.

The CPFP program annually takes in about 30 students. In the 2014 fall semester, 66 students from 33 countries are registered in the program. A total of 160 students from 51 countries have studied in the program by September 2014. The department has some full scholarships, full tuition waivers as well as partial tuition waivers to outstanding applicants on a competitive basis.

2. Courses

Students are expected to complete the program in two years (or four semesters) of full-time study, including completion of required curriculum and a Master thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 26 credits by the end of the 3rd semester, among which 4 credits are from compulsory public courses offered by the University, 6 credits from compulsory training programs and courses, and no less than 16 credits from elective courses. Of the 16 credits from elective courses, students may take courses of no more than 4 credits from other departments and need to get approval in advance from the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs.

1) Compulsory public courses

    Chinese Culture and Society (2 credits)

    Chinese Language (2 credits)

2) Compulsory training programs and courses

     Literature Review and Research Proposal (1 credit)

     Academic Activities (1 credit)

     Academic Introductions to International Relations(2 credit)

     Research Design and Writing (2 credits)

3) Elective courses

    Ancient Chinese Thoughts on International Relations (2 credits)

    Arms Control and International Security (2 credits)

    Comparative Democratization and China (2 credits)

    Comparative Politics (2 credits)

    Contemporary Theories in International Politics (2 credits)

    International and Comparative Political Economy (2 credits)

    Politics and Government in China (2 credits)

    Principles of Area Studies (2 credits)

    Public Diplomacy: Chinese and Global Perspectives (2 credits)

    Regional Diplomacy: China and South Asia (2 credits)

    Research Method in International Relations (2 credits)

    Seminar on Critical Issues and Global Governance (2 credits)

    Theory and Practice of Chinese Foreign Relations (2 credits)

    US-China Relations (2 credits)

    China in the developing world (2 credits)

    Introduction to Chinese Politics (2 credits)

3. Thesis

Research for the thesis is supervised by a faculty advisor. The Master degree requires completion of a thesis of publishable quality. The thesis must be defended before a committee consisting of at least five faculty members in the Department. The research area may be, but is not limited to, one of the following:

(1) International Security

(2) International Political Economy

(3) Chinas Foreign Policy

(4) Regional and Countries Studies

(5) Comparative Politics

(6) Chinese Politics

(7) Public Diplomacy

(8) International Organizations

(9) Foreign Policy Attitudes Analysis

4 Qualification of Applicants

Applicant should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent academic background, and is fluent in English.

5. Documents for Application

(1) The completed Foreigner's Application Form for Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University with 2-inch recent photo, printed and signed by the applicant.

(2) Personal statement.

(3)The original or the notarial degree certificate or proof of education in academic institution (need to submit original or notarial degree certificate after being awarded), and academic transcript. The degree certificate and academic transcript must be officially sealed. All the original or the notarial ones will be permanently kept in students archives by the university.

(4) Two academic recommendation letters from scholars of associate professorship or higher (must show referees phone number and email address on the letter).

(5) Copy of the page with personal information in the passport (personal and ordinary passport).

(6) The completed Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship (if applicable, original).

(7) For students from countries where English is not the native language, some proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, or IELTS, or record of study at English-speaking countries, or other relevant materials) needs to be added to the application materials.

All the above application documents need to be mailed to Ms. Tan Jie, Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China.

The application fee is RMB 600 (non-refundable).

The certificates provided should be the original documents in Chinese or in English, otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. None of the above application documents will be returned.

6. Application Schedule

For applicants who want to apply for scholarships, online application should be completed and all application documents should be received before January 9, 2015.

For applicants who do not apply for scholarships at Tsinghua, online application should be completed and all application documents should be received before March 27, 2015.

First wave of admission and scholarship decisions are expected to be made by late February 2015. Admission decisions for second wave of applications are expected to be made in mid April 2015.

7. Application Procedure

Step 1: Online Application

Complete On-line Application on the website of International Students Office, Tsinghua University ( Print and sign the Application Form produced by the system after the application status changes to verified. For scholarship application documents, please refer section 8 below.

Step 2: Documents Submission

Submit the application documents listed above to the address indicated below by post mail or in person. Please refer to Section 5 Documents for Application.

Step 3Application Fee Payment

Two ways to pay application fee:

1 . Pay online using credit card;

After your application form is approved or the materials are received by Tsinghua University, the staff will make you the online payment draft, and at the same time, an email is sent to remind you to pay the application fee via the online application system.

2 . Pay in cash at the International Students Office (Room 120,Zijing Building 22)of Tsinghua University.

8. Tuition and Scholarship

Tuition: RMB 30,000/year.

Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.

Accommodations: RMB 40-80/daybed for single rooms, AB rooms and double rooms in international student dormitories.

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9. Contact Information

Ms. Li, Bo

Department of International Relations

Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China

Tel: +86-10-62788403