The 2015 Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

 (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree Program

Recruiting Regulations

1. Program Introduction

The Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree Master’s Program is the first dual degree master’s program focused on global politics and economics run cooperatively by Chinese and U.S. institutions of higher education. As an opportunity for students to develop a sophisticated understanding of international affairs and law, the curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary breadth, a solid foundation in economics, and rigorous understanding of key world regions. After graduation, students will be familiar with Sino-U.S. political and economic systems, gain in-depth knowledge of various parts of the world, and grasp advanced analytical techniques. They will be prepared to actively participate in global governance, while at the same time contributing significantly towards China’s development.

After fulfilling the degree requirements of both universities, students will be granted two master’s degrees, a Master of Law degree from Tsinghua University’s Law School and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS.


Established in 1911, Tsinghua University originates from Tsinghua College (清华学堂), which was the first official Sino-U.S. program to prepare the best and brightest students from China to pursue higher education in leading U.S. universities. For over 100 years, Tsinghua has been at the forefront of major endeavors in China, covering social, economic, political, and scientific issues. It is dedicated to academic excellence and integrity as well as the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures. With more than 35,000 students, 19 schools, and 50 research institutes, Tsinghua has become a leading educational institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

In addition to counting numerous internationally renowned scholars and intellectuals among its graduates, Tsinghua is also known as a nurturing ground for China’s political leaders: current and former Chinese Presidents Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao as well as former Premier Zhu Rongji are among its alumni.


China’s leading scholar in international relations, Professor Yan Xuetong, will be the first director of the dual degree program for Tsinghua. The program also plans to endow leading Tsinghua scholars from related fields as chair professors. The professors will interact with students to provide teaching and research advice on high priority issues mutually faced by the United States and China.


The program aims to construct a strong alumni network. Graduates and current students will share resources and maintain mutually beneficial connections throughout their careers. In particular, the numerous Tsinghua and SAIS alumni that work and reside around the world will be valuable resources.


Through excellent academic training and professional preparation, students of the program will be well-positioned to transition into careers in international and domestic governance. They will actively participate in policy analysis, design, and implementation at the global level.

2. Recruiting Process

The dual degree program is open to both Chinese and non-Chinese students. There are two rounds of recruitment. The first round runs from August 1, 2014 to October 10, 2014. Only applicants from mainland China will be reviewed during this round. The second round, which is for non-Chinese applicants, opens in September 2014 and will be conducted in accordance with the regular SAIS admissions schedule for M.A. and dual degree students.

Timeline for non-Chinese students:

Application Launch - Non-Chinese Applicants Early September 2014 Early September 2014
Application Deadline - Non-Chinese Applicants (Early Enrollment) 15-Nov-14 15-Nov-14
Decisions Released - Non-Chinese Applicants (Early Enrollment) 30-Dec-14 30-Dec-14
Response Deadline - Non-Chinese Applicants (Early Enrollment) 13-Feb-15 13-Feb-15
Application Deadline - Non-Chinese Applicants (Regular Enrollment) 7-Jan-15 7-Jan-15
Decisions Released - Non-Chinese Applicants (Regular Enrollment) 13-Mar-15 13-Mar-15
Response Deadline - Non-Chinese Applicants (Regular Enrollment) 1-May-15 1-May-15
All Dual Degree Students Arrive On-Campus Aug-15 Aug-16

3. Application

Applicants will apply to both institutions separately and concurrently. They will be evaluated for admissions by each institution based on their respective requirements and criteria. For administrative identification purposes, applicants for the dual degree program will be requested to indicate their intentions clearly on their applications to both institutions.

To start your application for Tsinghua, please visit:

To apply for SAIS, please visit:

4. Admission

The program will accept up to 20 students each year, 10 Chinese students and 10 international (non-Chinese) students.

Students admitted by both institutions concurrently are considered dual degree candidates once they present a copy of their admission letters to the partner institutions. 

Offers of admission to Tsinghua and SAIS are contingent upon applicants having successfully completed an accredited undergraduate degree and submitting an official, final transcript to each university. Additionally, admitted students must complete principles-level courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics with a B- or higher prior to matriculating at SAIS. Other conditions and requirements, such as additional English preparation, may be added to admission notices.

5. Academic Environment

The entire program will be taught in English.

Generally, students will require five semesters to complete the program, with the first two semesters spent in Beijing at Tsinghua University, and the next three semesters spent in Washington D.C. at SAIS. Students can choose to extend their studies by a single semester at either Tsinghua University or SAIS.

Courses at Tsinghua will be specifically designed to provide policy perspectives on global challenges in the fields of environment, energy, development, security, and migration.

Some topics may include:

• Global Energy and Environment Management

• Ethics of Globalization

• Global Security System Design

• Technological Innovation in Globalization

• Public Diplomacy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

• Contemporary Theories of International Politics

• Contemporary U.S.-China Relations 

• Political Economy of Development

• World Politics and China

•International Migration and its Social Impacts

The SAIS M.A. requires students to complete all of the regular SAIS graduation requirements including a self-selected concentration, an international economics concentration, a quantitative methods requirement, two core courses/exams, the language proficiency exam, and an oral or capstone project.

6. Tuition Fees

At Tsinghua University, mainland Chinese students will pay 8,000 RMB per year, while non-Chinese students will pay 30,000 RMB per year. While at SAIS, both Chinese and non-Chinese students will pay the standard SAIS tuition fees.

Tsinghua University’s International Relations Department will provide sizeable     scholarships and named fellowships for all the admitted students in the program. Applicants can also submit a separate request to SAIS for financial aid according to the SAIS aid policy.

7. Accreditation

In accordance with Tsinghua University and SAIS academic accreditation regulations, students must complete their education plans and fulfill the requirements for both degrees at both universities, after which they will be granted two masters degrees, a Master of Law degree from Tsinghua University’s Law School and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and SAIS.      

8. Contact Information

Tsinghua University, International Relations Department

Contact:   Professor Tang

Office Phone: 010-62788801


Address:  Mingzhai 313, Tsinghua University

Haidian District, Beijing

Fax:   010-62773173

Postal Code:  100084

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Contact:   Sidney Jackson

Office Phone: 001.202-663-5700


Address:  1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036