MCPD Program

Chinese Politics and Diplomacy (CPD)

School of International Relations and Public Affairs

Fudan University, China

1. Introduction

Chinese Politics and Diplomacy (CPD) is a two-year international master program that prepares students with theoretical toolkits, practical knowledge and analytical capacity of Chinese politics and international relations. Taught by established professors and seasoned policy experts with global vision, the program distinguishes itself by its wide array of courses, unique academic atmosphere and first-hand observation of Chinese politics and policies. Students are expected to leave the program with considerable exposure to Chinese state institutions, political culture and diplomatic practices. Upon graduation, they can pursue further training in prestigious academic programs, as well as advance careers in a wide range of public and private institutions around the globe, including national governments, international organizations, transnational corporations, think-tanks and NGOs.

Starting from 2005, CPD has established itself as one of the most prestigious English-taught graduate-level programs both at home and aboard. We accept both degree and non-degree students on a competitive basis. Throughout the decade, hundreds of international students have graduated from CPD program, who are now working as diplomats, government officials, private managers and other professionals. Besides, the program also offers a great opportunity for exchange or non-degree students to experience Chinese culture and politics.

2. Application for Admission

The program admits both degree and non-degree students.

Application Procedure

1. Log in to the website ( to register and complete the application form online, upload the application documents and submit the application.

2. Pay application fee RMB 800 (Degree) / RMB 400 (Non-degree) online after preliminary review. Afterwards any application information cannot be modified.

3. Send the following paper application documents (2 sets, place documents of each set in right order as follows) to the International Office of SIRPA, Fudan University.

Mail address: Room 609, Liberal Arts Building, Fudan University, No. 220, Handan Road, Shanghai 200433 P.R. China.

Application documents should include:

For Degree students

One original application form with the applicant’s signature and photo.

One official copy of diploma from each previous college-level degree program or proof of impending graduation (for applicants in their final year of study).

• One official copy of transcript for each previous college-level degree program.

• Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member of your previous academic program (applicants who have submitted the electronic recommendation letters online should also submit originals of both two recommendation letters.).

• Evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they received a bachelor's or postgraduate degree from an institution in which the official language of instruction is English and he or she was enrolled in that school for at least two years. The program requires a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL test or 6.5 on the IELTS test.

• Resume.

• Statement of purpose.

• Writing sample (approximately 2000 words). It can be your previous research (published or unpublished) or your future research plan, which is to show your ability of academic writing.

• Copy of valid passport identification page, and it should be an ordinary passport and be valid until Sept. 30th. 2023.

Non-degree students

• One official copy of diploma from each previous college-level degree program.

• One official copy of transcripts for each previous college-level degree program.

• Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable.

• Resume.

• Statement of purpose.

Admission Schedule

Degree students are admitted for fall semester only.

Non-degree students are usually admitted for both fall and spring semesters.

3. Financial Support


Foreign Degree student: 100,000 RMB per year (200,000 RMB for two years)

Government & University Scholarship:
Fudan University offers Fudan New Student Scholarship annually to newly-enrolled foreign students based on a campus-wide competition. Students who are financially self-supported are qualified for applying for this fellowship based on their academic performance. Fellowship application is made in September after the enrollment.

Accommodation at Fudan Campus

There is on-campus Foreign Students Dormitory available. Please check the website of the Foreign Student Office:

4. Contact Information

International Office of SIRPA


Tel: +86-21-55665488

Fax: +86-21-65647267

Address: Room 609, Wenke Building, 220 Handan Rd., Shanghai, China 200433


Program Director

Dr. Jie WU


Address: 702 Wenke Building, 220 Handan Rd., Shanghai, China 200433

Program Website:

5. Course Profile

Public Courses (10 credits required):

EMAP620002: Political Development in Modern China (3 credits)

EMAP630096: Chinese Society: Past and Present (3 credits)

Chinese Language I (2 credits)

Chinese Language II (2 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits required)

EMAP620016: Research Methods for Political Science (3 credits)

EMAP620001: Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy (3 credits)

EMAP620003: International Politics and Theories (3 credits)

EMAP620004: Chinese Public Administration (3 credits)

Elective Courses (12 Credits required)

EMAP620058: Comparative Politics (3 credits)

EMAP620077: Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)

EMAP630001: Studies of China’s Foreign and Security Policies (3 credits)

EMAP630192: Party Politics in the Developing World (2 credits)

EMAP630014: China-EU Relations (3 credits)

EMAP630163: Cross-Culture Communication (2 credits)

EMAP630166: Political Philosophy in Traditional China (2 credits)

EMAP630176: Workshop on Democratization (2 credits)

EMAP630018: Sino-Russian Relations and Russian Politics (2 credits)

POLI630034: International Relations in East Asia (2 credits)

EMAP630019: Sino-American Relations and American Politics (3 credits)

EMAP820006: International Political Economy (3 credits)

EMAP630052: China’s Foreign Economic Policies (2 credits)

EMAP630236: Thesis Writing (2 credits)

EMAP630233: Political Game Theory (2 credits)

EMAP630234: Political Culture and Public Opinion in Contemporary China (2 credits)

POLI630037: Comparative East Asia Politics (2 credits)

Other Elective Courses Given by SIRPA

Note: Although not a required course, Thesis Writing is strongly recommended for CPD students. Students can also take courses from the English Master Programs of the following institutions: Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of Philosophy, School of Social Development and Public Policy, School of Journalism and School of Economics. SIRPA will pay for 4 credits in maximum. Beyond that, the students have to pay extra credits by themselves.

6. Graduation Requirements

1. Accomplishment of all required courses and required total credits (31)

2. Pass the thesis defense

3. Finish all above requirements in up to 5 years

4. Average GPA of 2.0 and above

5.  After the second year, the students have to pay full tuition for every semester they have stayed in the program until they have defended their thesis, except in cases of sick leave, emergencies and other circumstances approved by the Vice Dean. Students with outstanding balance cannot graduate.

7. Program Calendar


Year one

Year two


Orientation and welcome party;

First two weeks of the semester: course add/drop;   Moon Festival get-together (optional)

Student   Registration; First two weeks of the semester: course add/drop; Submit thesis   advisorship agreement

Proposal defense


National holiday

Application for   scholarship


Submit thesis   proposal to advisor


New Year party   (optional)


New Year   Holiday; Final exam or course paper due; Winter break begins

New Year   Holiday; Final exam or course paper due; Winter break begins


Spring semester   Begins

Spring semester   Begins


Course   registration (drop)

Course   registration (drop)


Memorial Day   Holiday; Fill in student book


Submit thesis   for blind review


Labor Day   Holiday; Dragon Boat Day Holiday

Graduation   procedure; The last week of May: final defense


Talk to thesis   advisor and specify thesis topic; June 20th – July 1st: Final exam or course   paper due

Complete   graduation procedure; Commencement and farewell party


Summer Break   begins

Note: Due to the COVID-19, the teaching method may be adjusted accordingly.

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MCPD Program