Master Program in International Relations
China Foreign Affairs University（CFAU）
I - Program Description
II - Program Features
III- Program Structure
IV- Application and Admissions
V- Contact Information
Part I - Program Description
China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) is the institution of higher learning which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the most distinguished universities in China offering international relations programs.
From 2009 fall semester, CFAU has been offering a two-year Master of International Relations Program, approved by the Ministry of Education, the People’s Republic of China. The program is open to students with professional background of International Relations, Diplomacy, Politics and World History, and with the relevant ability of research. The target of the program is to provide professional training for personnel in Foreign Service, Higher Education and Research Institutes.
Most faculty members are renowned professors from CFAU colleges and departments. Our adjunct faculty includes the best academics and professionals from universities and research institutes abroad.
The courses, thesis writing and exams are conducted in English. And the Chinese language (Mandarin) course will be offered as a compulsory one.
Applications are open to students from all developing countries. Preference is given to applicants with working experiences in International Relations and Diplomacy.
Part II - Program Features
Objectives of the program are: (1) to build up the students’ knowledge of the contemporary International Relations and China’s foreign policy; (2) to provide systematic training in methods and theories of international relations; (3) to enhance the students’ analytical skills and abilities to deal with foreign policy issues.
Focus of the program will be on applying multidisciplinary perspectives, theories, and methodologies in order to further understand the history and current situation of International Relations. Students’ theoretical training will be combined with field work, policy study projects, internships, and related extra-curricular activities.
Graduates of the program will be distinguished by their mastery of International Relations theories and research methods, ability to conduct original policy analysis, and outstanding leadership skills in a variety of foreign affairs environments.
Part III –Program Structure
Length of study
Students are expected to complete the program in two years. Time table of the year：
The first semester：September, 2012-January , 2013.
Winter Holiday：January -February, 2013.
The second semester：February –July, 2013.
Summer Holiday：July, 2013- September, 2013.
The third semester：September, 2013-January , 2014.
Winter Holiday：January -February, 2014.
The fourth semester：February –July, 2014.
Students are required to finish the full time course-work, thesis writing and thesis defense by the end of the second academic year.
The International Relations program is taught in English. Courses are given through workshops, seminars, lectures, discussion groups, and team and individual projects. Students could also take some courses taught in other programs at CFAU.
The program consists of two semesters of courses, with a minimum course requirement of 30 credits to complete the degree.
1. Compulsory Courses (19 credits)
Introduction to International Relations (6 credits)-Prof. Wang Fan, Prof. Zhao Huaipu.etc.(First & Second Semesters)
Theories of International Relations (3 credits)-Prof. Sun Jisheng, etc. (First Semester)
Diplomacy of Contemporary China (3 credits)-Prof. Su Hao, etc. (First Semester)
Comparative Political Analysis (3 credits)-Prof. Tang Xiao, etc. (Second Semester)
Chinese Language (4 credits)-Prof. Liang Chunyan (First& Second Semesters)
2. Selective Courses (15 credits)
Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences (3 credits)-Prof. Wei Ling, etc. (Second Semester)
China’s Economy and China’s Economic Relations with Foreign Countries (3 credits)-Prof. Liu Saili, Prof. Fan Ying, ect. (First Semester)
Sino-US Relations and US Diplomacy (3 credits)-Prof. Xiong Zhiyong, Prof. Li Haidong, etc. (Second Semester)
Foreign Policy Analysis (3 credits)-Prof. Lin Minwang, etc. (Second Semester)
International Law (3 credits)-Prof. Jiang Guoqing, Prof. Su Mingzhong, etc. (First Semester)
Students should find their own research topics related to international relations and foreign policy, as a part of thesis research preparation. Towards the end of the second semester, faculty members who are experts in their specializations will be invited as potential thesis supervisors, and the Institute of International Relations of CFAU will help students choose their supervisors. The thesis is expected to combine theoretical perspectives, analytical skills and practical experiences of international relations and foreign policy, and aims at solving practical problems. Students must pass oral defense for the thesis.
Students are required to earn 30 credits and finish a master thesis and thesis defense within the required time period. After meeting the above requirements and obtaining the approval of University Degree Committee, they will be awarded a Master Degree of Law.
Part IV-Application and Admissions
1.Applicants must have one bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the following areas: International Relations, Diplomacy, International Politics or International Political Economy. Previous work experience in International Relations preferred.
2.For applicants whose native language is not English, evidence of fluency in English must be demonstrated by a minimum of 95 in TOEFL ibt Test or 6.5 in IELTS Test.
3.Statement of Purpose. The statement of purpose should outline your interest in international studies and foreign policy analysis, why you have chosen CFAU, and what your previous experience and future career development plans are.
4.Curriculum Vitae. Your CV should include the following information: all employment held; academic degrees, achievements and honors; extracurricular activities and interests. The recommended length for a CV is not more than two pages.
5.We plan to enroll 5 students for the 2012 academic year.
Application Deadline: May 30th, 2012
Admission Notice Issued: Early July, 2012
Registration: date to be confirmed, usually in the beginning of September, 2012