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  • English-Taught Graduate Programs
  • Starting in 2011, Beijing Normal University has offered "English-Taught Master Programs" in Faculty of Education, School of Social Development and Public Policy, School of Environment, and School of Economics and Business Administration, hoping to enroll promising overseas students. So far, there are six PhD programs and eight master programs and all the courses in the programs are taught in English, aiming to cultivate talents who not only possess a high professional proficiency but are also familiar with Chinese society and culture. BNU will provide scholarships for excellent applicants.

    NOTES: Please find the program you wish to apply for in the form below; click the program name to see specified instrcution of the program for important dates and additional requirements.

    Doctoral Program

    School Name

    Program Name


    Study Period


    Faculty of Education

    Educational Leadership and Policy

    Educational Administration & Innovation

    Advanced Learning Technology

    Teacher Education Policy & Practice

    1. Comparative Education

    2. Educational Economics & Administration

    3. Educational Technology

    4. Teacher Education

    3 years

    RMB 98,000

    School of Environment

    International Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science and Engineering

    1. Population, Resources and Environmental Economics
    2. Environmental Science
    3. Environmental Engineering

    3 years

    RMB 98,000

    School of Business
    International Development Theoretical Economics
    3 years
    RMB 98,000

    Master's Programs

    Faculty of Education

    Educational Leadership and Policy

    Comparative Education

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    Faculty of Education

    Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

    Management of Higher Education

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    School of Social Development and Public Policy

    Development Studies of Contemporary China (DSCC)

    Public Management

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    School of Environment

    Ecological Environment Protection and Management

    Environmental Science

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    School of Business

    World Economy and China

    World Economy

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    Law School

    Laws (L.L.M.) Program in Chinese Law


    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    School of Philosophy

    Chinese Philosophy

    Chinese Philosophy

    2 years

    RMB 60,000

    The Belt and Road School Belt and Road School Program

    Business Administration
    Public Administration

    2 years RMB 60,000

    I.    Application Eligibility

    1. Applicants should be non-Chinese citizens holding a foreign passport and under 50 years old (Note for Chinese Government Scholarships applicants: master's degree applicants should be under 35 years old; doctorate degree applicants should be under 40 years old).

    2. Applicants should be in good health and of good character, respect Chinese habits and customs and be willing to abide by both Chinese Law & Regulations and School Rules & Regulations.

    3. Applicants for Masters Degrees should have a degree equivalent (or above) to a Bachelor’s degree from a Chinese university. Applicants for Doctoral Degrees should have a degree which is equivalent (or above) to a Master’s degree from a Chinese university.

            4. Applicants from non-English speaking countries should submit proof of English language proficiency. Please refer to the form above to see specific requirements of the program you wish to apply for.

    II. Application Period

    Online Application lasts between December 9th, 2019 and April 15th, 2020.

    Application documents should be mailed/submitted from March 16th, 2020 to April 15th, 2020. Deadline is based on documents mailed/submitted before April 15th)

    For scholarship applicants, the application deadline is subject to the application date of various scholarships.

    III. Application Materials                                              

    Applicants must first visit, complete the online application procedure and pay the application fee. The following documents should be mailed or submitted in person to BNU Provost’s Office and Academic Affairs, Admission Office (A103, Main Building).

    1) Application Form for International Students with a photograph. Please fill in the application form, submit online and print a hardcopy. Please make sure that the application form is signed by the applicant and the guarantor of the applicant. Application form without the applicant and the guarantor’s signatures will be invalid.

    2) Two recommendation letters from two associate professors or scholars with higher academic titles. (There is no specified format for the recommendation letters, all letters must be signed by the referee).

    3) BNU Personal Statement Form (Master's Program, Ph.D. Program); please complete the form in either Chinese or English and make sure to sign);

    4) Masters’ degree applicants: Graduation certificate, degree diploma and official transcripts of your undergraduate program. The documents must be original or authenticated/notarized copies, either in Chinese or English (Chinese or English notarized translations are required for other languages).

    Ph.D. applicants: Graduation certificate, degree diploma and official transcripts of your master’s program; the abstract of your master’s degree thesis. The documents must be original or authenticated/notarized copies, either in Chinese or English. (Chinese or English notarized translations are required for other languages).

    * All academic records should bear the original/true stamp or seal of the institution. Notarized copies should bear the original/true stamp or seal of the notary office.

    * Applicants who will graduate in 2020 must submit Certificate of Expected Graduation. After being admitted by the University, the official graduation documents must be submitted during registration, otherwise the admission will be withdrawn.

    * Applicants from Pakistan please see here.

    5) Proof of Chinese language proficiency (HSK certificate and transcript) or proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.); please see “III. Application Requirements” for detailed information.

    6) Application fee of 600 RMB (non-refundable). It should be paid online or by UnionPay cards during application. (Please note: Application fee is also required for scholarship application.)

    7) Two passport-sized photos (with white background, not including the one on the form, with the name of the applicant and the faculty/department applied for written on the back)

    8) Two photocopies of applicant's passport information page (only ordinary and valid passport is allowed);

    9) (Optional) Academic papers, patents, or other academic achievements, CV/Resume (originals or photocopies).

    10) CSC Scholarship applicants must submit the following additional materials:

    a. CSC Scholarship application form (two copies);

    b. One copy of “Foreigner Physical Examination Form” (the applicant may keep the original document).

    Please click and download “Foreigner Physical Examination Form”, which is printed by Chinese quarantine authority. It is only for those whose study period in China will last up to six months (filled in Chinese or English) and should be printed on both sides. The medical examination must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. Please choose the appropriate time to take medical examination as it is valid for only 6 months.

    11) Beijing Government Scholarship and Beijing Normal University Scholarship applicants should submit "APPLICATION FORM OF SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS".

    Incomplete or unpaid applications will not be processed; electronic copies of application materials sent through email will not be accepted.

    The University keeps the right to require additional materials from the applicants.

           ★ Application materials and application fee are non-refundable and will not be returned, regardless of whether the applicant is admitted by the University.

    IV.    Selection Criteria

    Selection is based on a process of comprehensive review.

    The comprehensive review includes a professional assessment of the applicant’s academic background and achievements. If necessary, some faculties/departments may organize interviews as a part of the review. The purpose of the interview is to examine the applicant's professional knowledge of their specialty, language proficiency and their overall qualification.

    V. Scholarship

    In order to encourage and support excellent applicants to study at BNU, the school offers scholarships. For details, please refer to: “SCHOLARSHIP” at:

    A. Chinese Government Scholarship

    B. Beijing Government Scholarship

    C. BNU Scholarship for International Students

    VI. Contact Information:                    

    Mailing Address:

    Provost’s Office and Academic Affairs (Graduate School), Admission