Apply through Independent Application Process
This new program gives the world’s best students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.
- Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins in August 2019. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
- Grade point average/class rank. Academic excellence will be a requirement for the program, but leadership potential will be the distinguishing factor for successful candidates. Because applicants will have studied in education systems around the world with different grading systems, there is no required minimum GPA, but applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.
- English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the language of instruction was English for at least two years of the program.
- Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2019.
Selection CriteriaThe Schwarzman Scholars selection process strives to understand candidates as individuals and to assess them within their own academic, professional and cultural contexts. Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement and outstanding leadership potential.
Required Forms and Records include:
- A complete and successfully submitted online application, including the requested personal statement(s) and supplementary components below.
- Uploaded transcripts/academic records from every college or university attended (degree or non-degree, full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate).
- Three electronic letters of recommendation. Four recommendation letters will be required. At least one of these letters must come from a recommender who has had direct experience working with the candidate and can describe the candidate’s leadership potential. For currently enrolled students, one of these letters should come from the Fellowships and Awards Committee.
- Two essays: A personal statement/leadership essay AND a current affairs essay will be required. The word limits are 750 words for the personal statement and 500 words for the leadership essay.
- Personal Statement/Leadership Essay (up to 750 words): Describe your professional interests and goals; how they have evolved over time, and how will the Schwarzman Scholars program and a deeper knowledge of China’s role in the world help advance your goals? Based on your prior professional and personal experiences, how do you think you will contribute to the community of Schwarzman Scholars and to the program’s mission? Include specific situations in your professional, academic, or personal life when you have demonstrated the leadership qualities outlined below. Guidance on describing your leadership qualities and experience in the Statement of Purpose and Leadership: Candidates must describe specific examples of their leadership that (1) explore their intellectual/analytical abilities to understand challenges and opportunities, and envision solutions, (2) take initiative to act, (3) use strong interpersonal skills to inspire a team effort, and (4) push through resistance and/or challenges in reaching results. The applicant's example(s) of leadership might address some but not all of these characteristics.
- Current Affairs Essay (up to 500 words): Choose an issue in contemporary social, international, business, environmental, diplomatic, arts, or other policy that is of interest to you. This essay should lay out the current factors and trends influencing the topic and make a realistic recommendation of how local, national, or international leaders should intervene to contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous future.
- Current resume/CV: not to exceed two pages.
- Video (optional): Submission of a video is strongly recommended but not required. The video can be up to one minute in length, and candidates are invited to introduce themselves in any style or setting they think best conveys their interests and personality. Note: the file must be less than 20MB in order for you to upload it to the application.