Study in China Overview: Master Degree Programs

With the recent QS World University Rankings Asia 2022, it’s now apparent that Chinese Universities have attained the internationalization phase and are becoming players in the higher education industry.

Chinese Universities have become a force to reckon with when it comes to growth in the higher education market. They have defied all odds to appear in the top elite global University list. The current university ranking list is reflecting the realities at a fast pace. With the recent QS World University Rankings Asia 2022, it’s now apparent that Chinese Universities have attained the internationalization phase and are becoming players in the higher education industry.

A Master’s degree is the second stage of higher education. You can enter a master’s degree only after completing a bachelor’s or specialist’s degree. Education in the master’s program is the possibility of more complete development of the chosen specialty and a chance for career prospects because now many jobs require this degree.


1. Popular Programs

The majority of Chinese universities offer two types of master’s degrees: course-based (taught) and research-based. You can study these programs for different qualifications such as Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes), Master in Business Administration (MBA), and more.

The normal length of a full-time master’s program is two years with a select few completed in three years. The academic year starts in the spring semester which starts in March and ends in mid-July and the fall semester which starts in mid-September and ends in January. However, semester dates may vary depending on the length of the summer break and Chinese New Year. The popular master’s degree programs among international students are below:

1)      Computer Science & Technology

2)       Business Administration/Management

3)       International Trade/Business

4)       MBA

5)       Civil Engineering

6)       Finance

7)       Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

8)       Economics

9)      Electrical and Electronic Engineering

10)    Pharmacy

11)   Chemical Engineering

12)    Tourism Management

13)    International Politics/Relations

14)    Accounting

15)    E-commerce

16)   Architecture Design


2. Tuition Costs

China is developing, especially in its industries, economy, and higher education. The country is very affordable, the cost of living and tuition fees are much lower on average compared to other countries. The Chinese government is investing excessively in education to get more international recognition. Thus, you will get a chance to get the top education at an average price you can afford. Below are the annual tuition fees for the more popular courses.

1)       Computer Science & Technology: RMB 11000-48000 Per Year

2)       Business Administration/Management: RMB 22000-229000 Per Year

3)       International Trade/Business: RMB 23000-99160 Per Year

4)       MBA: RMB 11000-229000 Per Year

5)       Civil Engineering: RMB 12000-60000 Per Year

6)       Finance: RMB 15000-229000 Per Year

7)       Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering: RMB 11000-40000 Per Year

8)       Economics: RMB 8000-229000 Per Year

9)       Electrical and Electronic Engineering: RMB 13000-50000 Per Year

10)    Pharmacy: RMB 18000-55000 Per Year

11)    Chemical Engineering: RMB 12000-60000 Per Year

12)    Tourism Management: RMB 8000-34000 Per Year

13)    International Politics/Relations: RMB 21000-100000 Per Year

14)    Accounting: RMB 16000-110000 Per Year

15)    E-commerce: RMB 20000-115000 Per Year

16)    Architecture Design: RMB 20000-80000 Per Year


3. Scholarship Opportunities

With more and more international students studying in China, the Chinese government offers numerous scholarships for international students. China is one of the most generous countries in providing scholarships to foreign students and there are currently over 50,000 international students in China with scholarships (Study in China for Free: 3 Ways to Get Full Scholarship in China).

CSC Scholarship

CSC which stands for China Scholarship Council is a non-profit institution that offers Chinese Government Scholarship under the Chinese Ministry of Education (List of 279 China Universities Admitting Chinese Government Scholarship Students: Apply for Scholarship in China). It not only provides funds for Chinese to study abroad but also for international students to study in China.

You can apply on the official CSC website. And you can take a look at the application guidance and agency number list of Chinese universities if you want to apply for China Government Scholarships.

Local Government, University Scholarship, or other scholarship

Except for the CSC scholarship which provides a Chinese Government Scholarship, there are also particular Local Government Scholarship (such as Beijing Government Scholarship, and Shanghai Government Scholarship) and University Scholarship (such as Peking University Scholarship).

CUCAS Fu Scholarship Website

Through CUCAS Fu Scholarship Websiteif you want to apply for university or other scholarships. CUCAS is an experienced team in this industry. And it provides a scholarship application service to guide you through all the application procedures such as choosing a university and program, application documents review, study plan guidance, etc. Check master's degree program scholarships available on CUCAS>>


4. Career Prospects

In January 2017, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education "Notice on Matters Concerning Allowing Outstanding Foreign College Graduates to Work in China" (Ren She Bu Fa [2017] No. 3) [1] (hereinafter referred to as "Notice") issued, for outstanding foreign graduates who have achieved a master's degree or above and professional counterparts, there is no longer a 2-year relevant work experience requirement, and they are allowed to directly work in China.

The "Notice" clearly stipulates that foreign students who have obtained a master's degree or above in colleges and universities in China and have graduated within one year of graduation must be at least 18 years old, in good health, with no criminal record, excellent academic performance, and an average score of not less than 80 points (percentage system). , other points system is converted into 100% system) or B+/B (grading system) and above, and the workers engaged in after graduation corresponds to the major of study, can apply for a foreigner employment permit.

l  Work in a Chinese-funded company in your home country

l  Work in local Chinese related enterprises in your home country

l  Doing business with China


5. University Recommendation

China has 58 institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2022, six of these make it into the top 100:

1)       Tsinghua University (17th)

2)       Peking University (18th)

3)       Fudan University (31st)

4)       Zhejiang University (45th)

5)       Shanghai Jiao Tong University (50th)

6)      University of Science and Technology of China (98th).

Other popular universities in China are as below:

1)       School of Economics and Management, Tongji University

2)       Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen

3)       Dalian Medical University

4)       Zhengzhou University

5)      Huazhong University of Science and Technology

6)       Hangzhou Normal University

7)       Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

8)       Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

9)       Donghua University

10)    Fujian Medical University


China is one of the most prominent economic powers in the world. To support its economy the country needs highly qualified professionals. Therefore, Chinese universities provide the highest level of preparation to their students. Each university in the country is strictly monitored by the government to ensure the best quality of education at a world-class level.

  • Submitted at May 17, 2022
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