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International Relations

Teaching Medium: English
Degree Awarded: Master's Degree
Entry Requirements: Bachelor's Degree
Duration: 2 Years
Starting Date: Sep.2024
Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2024
Tuition Fee:
CNY 30,000 per year
Application Fee:
250 USD (Non-Refundable)
Schools: Other


The program aims to provide students with solid training on major international relations theories and modern methods, deepen their understanding on Chinese classic and modern thoughts on international relations and enhance their capabilities to apply international relations theories and Chinese approaches to the analysis of the international issues and foreign affairs.

To provide students with more extra-curricular academic activities, the Department successfully initiated the Carnegie-Tsinghua International Relations Lecture Series in 2010, in which established scholars and policy makers are invited to give lectures on various aspects of international relations and policy making.

The 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.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, 61 students from 31 countries are registered in the program. The department has distributed some full scholarships, full tuition waivers as well as partial tuition waivers to students on a competitive basis.


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 the faculty advisor and at least two other faculty members in the Department. The research area may be one of the following:

(1) International Security
(2) International Political Economy
(3) China’s Foreign Policy
(4) Regional and Countries Studies
(5) Comparative Politics
(6) Chinese Studies
(7) Public Diplomacy
(8) International Organizations
(9) Foreign Policy Attitudes Analysis


Students are required to complete a minimum of 28 credits from the following:

1) Compulsory public courses

(1) Chinese Culture and Society (2 credits)
(2) Chinese Language (2 credits)

2) Compulsory training programs

(1)Literature Review and Research Proposal (1 credit)
(2)Academic Activities (1 credit)
(3)Academic Introductions to International Relations(2 credit)

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 and Government Administration (2 credits)
Contemporary Theories in International Politics (2 credits)
International and Comparative Political Economy (2 credits)
International Organization and Global Governance (2 credits)
Politics and Government in China (2 credits)
Public Diplomacy: Chinese and Global Perspectives (2 credits)
Regional Diplomacy: China and South Asia (2 credits)
Research Design and Writing in International Studies (2 credits)
Research Method in International Relations (2 credits)
Theory and Practice of Chinese Foreign Relations (2 credits)
US-China Relations (2 credits)

Application Schedule

Phase 1: Before December 24, 2011

Phase 2: Before February 22, 2012

Both the Online Application and a complete set of Application documents should be completed and the package should be received by February 22, 2012.

Please note that for the Government or University scholarship applicants, online application and all the application documents should be submitted before December 24, 2011.


Tuition of 2012 is still to be determined. Tuition fee of 2011 is RMB 30,000/year.

Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.

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

Applicant should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent academic background.
1 Photocopy of valid passport
With photo, passport number &expiration date and name included.

2 Passport-sized photo
A passport-sized photo taken recently of the applicant.

3.  Bachelor's degree diploma
Graduation certificate should be in Chinese or English.If not, it should be translated into Chinese or English and be notarized.

4.  Transcript of undergraduate school

5.  Two recommendation letters
From professor,associate professor or equivalents.

6.  Certificate of English proficiency test
IELTS or TOEFl will only be required if the applicant is not a native English speaker.

7.  Personal Statement
Personal Statement with the applicant's signature, written in Chinese or in English. You can download a template or sample from here.

8.  Resume
Written in Chinese or in English