FDU Master in Comparative Politics (MCP)
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1. Introduction of SIRPA

Fudan University is a comprehensive university located in Shanghai, China’s most internationalized metropolitan city. It is a top university in the world, ranked at the 88th place in the QS World University Rankings (2013/14). Its campus hosts the biggest group of foreign students in China.

The School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) is a leading school in political and public affairs. Its Political Science and International Relations (including its public management) was ranked by QS ranging from the 40th to the 19th in the world over the past years. Supported by its interdisciplinary structure, strong international publications and exchanges, faculty resources and frontier research, SIRPA has been running several English-taught MA programs, including Chinese Politics and Diplomacy, Europe and Asia in Global Affairs (double degree with Science Po Paris), Chinese Government and Governance, Comparative Politics and international public policy, as well as one English-taught Ph.D. program in International Politics.


2. Introduction of the Program

Master in Comparative Politics (MCP) is a two-year international master program that prepares students to familiarize and analyze various politics around the globe from a comparative perspective. Taught by renowned comparativists and area specialists from Fudan and possibly other prestigious universities, this program offers theoretical resources, analytical skills and practical knowledge not only of Chinese politics, but also of major countries in North and South. Students are expected to finish the program with cross-national insights on 1) state organizations and political institutions; 2) political culture; 3) process and major actors of state governance. This program distinguishes itself by offering an invaluable research perspective to understand the world from China’s vintage point and observe how China is interacting with the world. Students of this program can pursue a variety of potential careers, including doctoral-level training, national governments, think-tanks, international organizations and corporations.


3. Admission

Both degree and non-degree students are admitted to this program.

For application procedures, please refer to the notice of International Students Office of Fudan University. [http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/downloads/yjszsjz_en2015120301.pdf]


For Degree students

• One official copy of diploma from each previous college-level degree program

• One official copy of transcript for each previous college-level degree program

• Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member of your previous academic program

• Official copy of TOEFL (minimum 90) or IELTS score (minimum 6.5) (Applicants from countries where English is the official language are exempt from this requirement.)

• Resume

• Statement of purpose

• Writing sample (approximately 2000 words)

• Copy of passport


Non-degree students

• One official copy of diploma from each previous college-level degree program

• One official copy of transcripts for each previous college-level degree program

• Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable

• Resume

• Statement of purpose


Admission Schedule

Degree students are admitted for fall semester only. The application for 2016 academic year opens from December., 2015 to April 30th, 2016.

Non-degree students are admitted for both fall and spring semesters. Applications should be submitted by May 30, 2016 for the 2016 fall semester and by Nov 30, 2016 for the 2017 spring semester.


4. Degree Requirement

(1) Two years of full-time study

(2) 15 credits in required courses and 15 credits in selective courses

(3) Thesis should be written and defended in English and at least twenty thousand words

(4) Students have to pass proposal defense scheduled at the end of the third semester and final defense scheduled during the fourth semester

(5) Students have to finish all the course work and thesis within five years

(6) After the second year, the students have to pay full tuition for every semester they have stayed in the program until they have defended their thesis, except in cases of sick leave, emergencies and other circumstances approved by the Vice Dean. Students with outstanding balance cannot graduate.


Requirements for Proposal Defence

(1) Average GPA of 2.0 and above

(2) No “F”s at the time of defence

(3) Double -spaced, twenty-page proposal approved by advisor and the defence committee


Requirements for Thesis Defence

(1) Average GPA of 2.0 and above

(2) No “F”s at the time of defence

(3) Passing the blind review

(4) Double-spaced, (at least) sixty-page thesis draft approved by advisor and the defence committee


Drop-out

(1) After the first academic year, students with one “F” are required to submit formal explanations to the program director.

(2) SIRPA reserves the right to ask the students with two “F”s or more after the first academic year to drop out.


5. Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition:

Foreign Degree student: 50,000 RMB per year (100,000 RMB for two years)

Foreign Non-degree student: 25,000 RMB per semester


Scholarships:

Students supported by Chinese government scholarship are entitled to tuition waiver.

Students may be qualified for Chinese government scholarship and/or Shanghai Government Scholarship. Please browse the following websites for detailed information:

http://en.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx?cid=97&id=2052

http://www.study-shanghai.org/Scholarship_en.asp

http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/xuexi_sh.htm

Notes:

1. The applicant should apply online (http://admission.iso.fudan.edu.cn/) as a self-support student first.

2. Application documents for scholarship can be submitted together with admission documents.

3. First get acceptance from the University, then an applicant may have the opportunity to get the scholarship.

Fudan University also offers Fudan Student Fellowship annually to second-year and third-year foreign students based on a campus-wide competition. SIRPA also presents Excellence in Study Scholarship and awards to student each year in October. In addition, SIRPA provide financial support for students to participate in international academic conferences and other activities, subject to SIRPA's relevant funding policies.


Accommodation at Fudan Campus

An on-campus International Students Dormitory is available. Please check the website of International Student Office for further information.


6. Curriculum

Required Courses

Month

Year One

Year Two

Sept.

Orientation and welcome party (optional)

First two weeks of the semester: course registration (drop)

Student Registration

First two weeks of the semester: course registration (drop)

Oct.

Moon Festival get-together (optional)

National holiday

Application for University scholarship

Submit thesis advisorship agreement

Nov.

 

Submit thesis proposal to advisor

Dec.

Christmas party (optional)

The first two weeks of Dec.: proposal defense

Jan.

New Year Holiday

Jan 1st-20th: Final exam or course paper due;

Winter break begins

New Year Holiday

Jan 1st-20th: Final exam or course paper due;

Winter break begins

Feb.

Spring semester Begins

Course registration (drop)

Spring semester Begins

Course registration (drop)

March

 

 

April

Memorial Day Holiday

Fill in student book

Pre-defense

Submit thesis for blind review

May

Labor Day Holiday

Dragon Boat Day Holiday

Graduation procedure

Graduation trip

The last week of May: final defense

June

Talk to thesis advisor and specify thesis topic

June 15th-30th: Final exam or term paper due

Complete graduation procedure

Commencement and farewell party

July

Summer Break begins

 



Selective Courses

Sino-US Relations and American Politics

3

Fall

Sino-Russian Relations and Russian Politics

3

Fall

Sino-EU Relations and EU Politics

3

Fall

Comparative Politics of East Asia

2

Fall

International Relations of East Asia

2

Fall

Chinese Diplomacy

3

Spring

Chinese Society

2

Spring

Chinese Modern History

2

Spring

Chinese Foreign Economic Policies

2

Spring

Global Governance

3

Spring

Chinese Security Policies

2

Spring

International Politics and Theories

3

Fall

Qualitative Research Methods

3

Fall

Quantitative Research Methods

3

Fall

Public Economics

3

Fall

Chinese (level 1-4)

2

Fall/Spring

Traditional Chinese Political Thoughts

2

Spring

Note: Students can take 4 credits of selective courses in 2 years from the English Master Programs of the following institutions: Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of Philosophy, School of Social Development and Public Policy, School of Journalism and School of Economics. SIRPA will pay for 4 credits in maximum. Beyond that, the students have to pay extra credits by themselves. There are no limits for the language courses students can take, but no more than 4 language credits can be accepted for graduation.


Program Calendar

Month

Year One

Year Two

Sept.

Orientation and welcome party (optional)

First two weeks of the semester: course registration (drop)

Student Registration

First two weeks of the semester: course registration (drop)

Oct.

Moon Festival get-together (optional)

National holiday

Application for University scholarship

Submit thesis advisorship agreement

Nov.

 

Submit thesis proposal to advisor

Dec.

Christmas party (optional)

The first two weeks of Dec.: proposal defense

Jan.

New Year Holiday

Jan 1st-20th: Final exam or course paper due;

Winter break begins

New Year Holiday

Jan 1st-20th: Final exam or course paper due;

Winter break begins

Feb.

Spring semester Begins

Course registration (drop)

Spring semester Begins

Course registration (drop)

March

 

 

April

Memorial Day Holiday

Fill in student book

Pre-defense

Submit thesis for blind review

May

Labor Day Holiday

Dragon Boat Day Holiday

Graduation procedure

Graduation trip

The last week of May: final defense

June

Talk to thesis advisor and specify thesis topic

June 15th-30th: Final exam or term paper due

Complete graduation procedure

Commencement and farewell party

July

Summer Break begins

 


7. Contact Information

The MCP program

Dr. Jing LI

Email: jingli718@fudan.edu.cn

Address: Room 703, Wenke Building, 220 Handan Rd., Shanghai, China 200433


International Office of SIRPA

Ms. Qianjie LIU

Email: liuqianjie@fudan.edu.cn

Tel: +86-21-55665488

Fax: +86-21-65647267

Address: 609 Wenke Building, 220 Handan Rd., Shanghai, China 200433

Website: http://www.sirpa.fudan.edu.cn/english/


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