The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative Master of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country's leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China's expanding role in the world.

The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, a workplace experience, a network of mentors, and site visits and excursions to gain a greater understanding of contemporary China.


All students participate in a two-week for-credit Orientation program when they arrive at the College. Orientation includes information sessions on academics, activities focused on team building and intention-setting, practical elements required for living in the College and in China, and formal convocation ceremonies for both Tsinghua University and the program.

Academic Curriculum

All students participate in a two-week for-credit Orientation program when they arrive at the College. Orientation includes information sessions on academics, activities focused on team building and intention-setting, practical elements required for living in the College and in China, and formal convocation ceremonies for both Tsinghua University and the program.

Core Courses

Core Courses

All Schwarzman Scholars share a core curriculum that serves as an anchor for the rest of their studies and builds connections among them as a cohort. Schwarzman Scholars will complete much of the core curriculum together early in the program, in the summer and fall of their year in Beijing. Core courses include:


At the beginning of the program, students will be able to choose from among three concentrations:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics & Business
  • International Studies

Concentrations developed from Public Policy courses will provide future leaders with the conceptual framework and practical skills necessary to succeed in public service and to understand the influence of public policy on business and civil society. The program will focus on the major policy areas of science, technology and environmental policy; public health, education, urban planning; and other emerging governance issues affecting China and developing economies around the world.

  • 1. Environment, Climate, and Governance
  • 2. Strategic Management of Public Organizations
  • 3. Public and Corporate Ethics
  • 4. Chinese Political Institutions
  • 5. Political Development: A Comparative Perspective

Economics and Business concentration courses will offer both the theory and knowledge needed to prepare scholars for careers in international finance, public policy, and economic and business development in the public and private sectors. Students will obtain a firm foundation in the functioning of the international economic system, with a particular focus on rapidly growing economies such as China.

  • 1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China
  • 2. Managing Risk: Insurance, Financial, and Accounting Perspectives
  • 3. Comparative Study on International Business
  • 4. Comparative Economic Institutions and Economic Policy
  • 5. Ambicultural Strategic Management
  • 6. Financial Markets and the Global Economy

The Schwarzman Scholars International Studies concentration course offerings will develop professionals with a deep knowledge of international issues necessary to be successful leaders in global business, policy and civil society. These courses will provide a strong foundation in policy, diplomacy, trade, legal studies and other important drivers of relations between China and the world.

  • 1. Global Media & Communication and China: Theories, Practices, and Trends
  • 2. Reforms and Social Changes in China
  • 3. Major Powers and International Security
  • 4. Comparative Law in the Global Context
  • 5. Political Economy of Developing Nations

Leadership Development

Leadership development is woven throughout the Schwarzman Scholars program, both in its academics and in the student experience. To provide a foundation for the interactions students will have through mentors and internships, the program offers courses and workshops focused specifically on leadership development.

The leadership workshops are an academic credit bearing series throughout the year. These workshops are a valuable complement to the didactic and practical training components of the unique Schwarzman Scholars curriculum, and are a required element of the program.

Language Classes

All international students take required Mandarin classes during the fall term as part of their coursework. Courses are then optional for the remainder of the year. Beginner to advanced level courses are available – scholars will take a placement test prior to the start of classes to determine their class.

Chinese students will take advanced English language classes, focusing on writing and presentation skills, and professional and academic English.

Mentors Network

Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with a senior mentor. Leading members of the Beijing business, academic, government, and NGO communities will help advance students’ understanding of Chinese society, culture, and career paths, and support personal growth.

Deep Dive

The Deep Dive is a one-week, mandatory, for-credit field based course that gives students the opportunity to learn about a different region of China as well as explore a research topic related to broader themes of economic, social, and political development. Deep Dive destinations have included Xi’an, Baoji, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Shijiazhuang/ Xiong’an New Development Zone. Deep Dives that focus on business development visit prominent state-owned and private companies as well as start-ups to learn how these companies and their leaders are adjusting to the rapidly changing business landscape of China. Deep Dives that focus on social development visit schools, nursing homes, community centers, and small business incubators to see how cities and communities are addressing issues such as rural development, left-behind children, and China’s rapidly aging population. Students also have the opportunity to meet with local government officials in each city to discuss business and social development-related issues. Faculty join each of the Deep Dives in order to contextualize what the students are seeing and experiencing, to lead discussion sessions, and to help connect the visits to courses taught in the program.

Course-Related, Optional, and Self-Organized Travel

Many of the courses at Schwarzman College include afternoon or day-long fieldtrips to businesses, NGOs, or government offices related to the course. Beyond purely academic trips, the Student Life team organizes regular trips to cultural sites in and around Beijing, including to off-the-beaten-path locations as well as major sites such as the Summer Palace and Lama Temple. Students are also able to take advantage of long weekends and holidays to travel throughout China.

Career Development

Career Development encompasses a broad array of post-program goals – from pursuing a job search across myriad industries and geographies, to applying to graduate school, to developing professional skills to further strengthen your long-term career aspirations. Support is available via individual coaching, programs and events, site visits, and resource materials and databases.

Practical Training Project

The Practical Training Project (PTP) program enables students to apply what they have learned in the classroom by working in small groups on consulting-style projects for leading Chinese and international companies in a variety of fields, including finance, consulting, manufacturing, law, accounting, and sports, as well as nonprofit organizations addressing issues related to the environment, women, children, and education. Schwarzman Scholars works with host organizations to identify projects that meet their business or institutional needs, while also enabling students to get first-hand experience working within the Chinese context. The PTP is a mandatory course.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is a requirement for scholars to complete their program. The project is the culmination of students’ Schwarzman College experience and a final presentation of students’ experience, learning, and growth in their one-year residence and study. There are three Capstone project options: a research paper, a case study, or a policy analysis. Students are highly encouraged to utilize their Deep Dive and classroom learning experiences in their capstone project. Scholars work with a faculty advisor on the Capstone Project, which is due at the end of the academic year.

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Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, P.R. China