Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

Global Business Journalism (GBJ)

: August, 2021
: English
: March, 2021
: RMB 39,000
: RMB 800
: 081217178800 / 081214567888



There is soaring demand for journalists who can help the public understand the complexities of global business and the economy. Students in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University learn these skills firsthand in China, the world's emerging economic powerhouse. This is the only master's program in business journalism in China taught completely in English.

Students benefit from a faculty that includes award-winning journalists from media such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times as well as renowned Chinese scholars with degrees from prestigious international institutions.


Cutting-edge courses such as “Multimedia Business Reporting,” “Data Mining,” “Economics and Accounting for Journalists” and "Corporate Strategies” make full use of the school's premier facilities.

Students get practical training in writing about Chinese and international companies and financial instruments such as stocks, bonds and collateralized debt obligations. They learn how macroeconomic concepts such as fiscal and monetary policy affect businesses and individuals.

They create videos, slideshows with sound and graphics that help them tell business stories in multiple dimensions. They do presentations that compare coverage of news events by Chinese and foreign media. They learn to analyze balance sheets and income statements to produce stories that go beneath the surface and explain the meaning of events.

A survey of GBJ alumni found that they placed highest value on their courses in writing and coverage of business and economic issues.


Students may elect to complete either a formal academic thesis or a professional journalism portfolio.

Students who choose to write a thesis are required to conduct an independent research project under supervision of a faculty member and produce a paper of no less than 20,000 words.

As an alternative to the thesis, students may submit a portfolio of journalistic work. The portfolio should demonstrate the student’s ability to research and produce a substantial work of news reporting totaling at least 5,000 words along with a description of the development and research involved totaling at least 5,000 words.

Course requirements

This two-year program, taught fully in English, has a minimum requirement of 30 credits for international students.

1. Basic Courses(12 credits required for graduation)

Mass Communications and Society in Contemporary China 3 credits

Media Research Methods 2 credits

Intercultural Communication 2 credits

Chinese 2 credits 

Workshop for Academic Training and Ethics 3 credits

2. Core Courses (12 credits required for graduation)

Business News Writing and Editing 3 credits

Economics and Accounting Basics for Journalists 3 credits

Business News Data Mining and Analysis 3 credits

News Writing and Multi-media Business Reporting 3 credits

3. Elective Courses (6 credits required for graduation)

Corporate Strategies, Case Studies of Chinese and Global Companies 2 credits

GBJ Learning on Practice for New Media Skills2 credits Corporate Communication 2 credits

Workshop on Film and TV Production 2 credits

Feature Writing in English2 creditsHot Topics in the Global Economy 2 credits

Public Speaking 2 credits

Media Management 2 credits

Opinion and News Commentary 2 credits

4. Required Courses(4 credits)

GBJ Internship 3 credits

Literature Review and Thesis Proposal 1 credit


Students gain valuable professional experience in their second year through internships at leading news organizations and businesses in China. Top students are selected for prestigious overseas postings. In previous years, GBJ students have interned at China Daily, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Ogilvy & Mather, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Economic Observer, to name a few. Internships may last from two to four months.

An internship report is required with a minimum of 1,000 words in English. Students should get a letter with official stamp from the organization or company to verify the internship.

Academic activities

Students are required to attend at least 10 academic activities, such as lectures and workshops and submit a summary of 500 words for each activity.


The GBJ program has borne rich fruit, with nine graduating classes of 326 master's degree recipients from 60 countries, who are establishing themselves in domestic and foreign media, government, communications and educational fields.

Graduates are working in major media such as China Daily, South China Morning Post, People's Daily, Economic Observer, China Securities Journal, Korean Broadcasting System, Xinhua News Agency, Global Times, Radio Beijing and China Radio International, as well as multinationals such as Deloitte, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, Shell and IBM.

Results from an ongoing survey of employers shows they give high marks to the graduates for their journalism skills as well as their knowledge of business and global economics.


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.

Application Documents

1. Personal statement. Master's degree program applicants should submit a Personal Statement.Doctoral degree program applicants should submit both a Personal Statement and a brief introduction of their research experience or research plan. (The Personal Statement should be filled out in accordance with the requirements of university template). Click here for template

2. Degree certificate. Master's degree program applicants should submit their bachelor's degree certificate. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate first, and the degree diploma must be submitted before registration. (Applicants who have graduated are recommended to provide a certified copy or an authentication of the degree diploma at the same time. The certified copy / authentication and the original degree diploma should be combined into one PDF file and uploaded to the application system.) Please click here for the issuing method of the certification.

3. Academic transcript. Master's degree program applicants should submit the academic transcript of their undergraduate study. Doctoral degree program applicants should submit academic transcripts of both graduate and undergraduate studies. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide their current academic transcript. In this case, the completed academic transcript must be submitted before registration.

4. For non-English-speaking students, please provide English level certificates. e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. Applicants who complete their undergraduate or master's studies in English must provide a certificate issued by the university they graduated from. After obtaining the permission of the GBJ Office, they can be exempted from submitting the English level certificate.

5. Two academic recommendation letters from scholars who hold the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by references .

6. Passport personal information page (personal and ordinary passport). (According to Article 3 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, any individual who was a Chinese national and then acquired a foreign nationality shall provide a Certificate of Cancellation of Chinese Household registration issued by the police station where the original household registration is located.)

7. Some programs may require additional application documents; please check the program remarks in the "Catalogue of Graduate Programs 2021" or the program admission brochures.

Note: Use the online application to apply. The online application system offers tools for collecting and submitting some, but not all of, the documents and information required for application.

1. Application Fee: RMB 800

2. Tuition Fees: RMB 78.000 In Total

3. Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 800/year

4. Accommodation in students dormitories on Tsinghua campus, Beijing: RMB 80/day per person for single rooms and AB rooms, RMB 40/day per person for double rooms.