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2024-2025 Application Schedule and Program Requirements

The Global Business Journalism program is a partnership between Tsinghua University, the International Center for Journalists and Bloomberg News. It is the premier English language business journalism master's program in Asia, and it has attracted students from more than 70 nations since its creation in 2007.

Starting your application

Applicants should complete the Online Application on the website of the THU Graduate Programs Application System for International Students during the designated THU application period. Applicants should fill in the application information online, upload the application documents listed below to the Online Application System, and pay the application fee online at the time of submission. The online application system for the GBJ program for 2024-2025 applicants opened on November 1, 2023, and closes on April 1, 2024. The URL for online application website is

Please visit the official website to get all the admissions information for Tsinghua University international graduate programs:

NOTE: Chinese applicants should apply to Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication through the Tsinghua University graduation admissions process. During orientation, you can sign up for Global Business Journalism. The online portal for Chinese applicants is




Expected Application Schedule (Hours are listed in Beijing Time; dates are subject to change)

1st Round: 8:00 a.m., Nov. 1, 2023 to 17:00 p.m., Dec. 31, 2023

2nd Round: 8:00 a.m., Jan. 1, 2024 to 17:00 p.m. March 1, 2024

Important note: Early applications are vital to maximize your chances of financial aid. The deadline for the Chinese Government Scholarship will be no later than Feb. 1, 2024, and could come as early as the end of 2023.


Required Qualifications of Applicants

  1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport.

  2. Master's degree program applicants should have a bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree to a bachelor's degree (or above) in China.

  3. Applicants should be in good health and of good character, be well-behaved and be willing to abide by China's laws and regulations, as well as Tsinghua's rules.

  4. Language competence requirements: Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant's native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application.



Q: What kind of applicant will benefit from this program?

A: The program is tailored to passionate candidates who demonstrate both academic competency and aspire to be journalists, in general, business journalists specifically, or any other job that requires expertise in China or international economics.

Q: Do I have a better chance of being admitted if I apply early?

A: No. But your chances of receiving financial assistance, particularly a Chinese government scholarship, are better if you apply by Dec. 31.



Q:  Do I have to speak and write fluent English?

A: Yes. You must be adjudged proficient in English by an international test if you are not a native English speaker. You are attending a master's degree program in English at the top university in China. You are expected to write English fluently and to be able to participate in class discussions in English.


Q: What are the required English test-scores?

A: All non-native English speakers are required to take language exams. Students with an IELTS score of below 6.5 are not eligible for the GBJ program. A score of 7 for IELTS and 100 for TOEFL is required for scholarships.


Q: Are all the classes taught in English?

A: Yes.


Q: Do I have to speak and write Mandarin Chinese?

A: No, you do not need to be a Chinese speaker to attend the program. However, familiarity with Mandarin is an asset, and we welcome bilingual applicants. All international students are required to take the Chinese language during their time in Global Business Journalism. A placement test will determine your level.





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