The program’s curriculum has been designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context.


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 fall of their year in Beijing. Core courses include:

  • Chinese Culture, History, and Values
  • Leading Issues in the Global Economy
  • Leadership
  • Comparative Government
  • Leading Issues in International Relations


In addition to the core curriculum, students will pursue a set of concentration course. The concentration course offerings will fall into one of three broad fields, corresponding to Tsinghua’s schools and departments that have partnered with Schwarzman College to develop course offerings.

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

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Concentrations developed from Public Policy courses will provide an introduction to 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.

Students will sharpen their analytical skills, learn management best practices, and build the confidence and judgment needed for strong leadership. They will focus on identifying, addressing and finding solutions to pressing policy challenges and failures that impact current world affairs. The program will recruit faculty from around the world who are distinguished policy experts and/or successful public leaders.


Economics and Business concentration courses will introduce 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.

Coursework in international trade, finance and global business will ensure that students are prepared to engage in real-world issues. The program will recruit distinguished, publicly recognized figures to serve as visiting scholars and residents at the College.


The Schwarzman Scholars International Studies concentration course offerings will provide an introduction to knowledge and skills in policy, diplomacy, security, trade, legal studies and other important drivers between China and the world. Students will have the opportunity to design a concentration in this field to explore the practical application of their knowledge on diverse international organizations and issues in the public and private sectors. The program will recruit faculty from related academic disciplines as well as internationally experienced political leaders, statesmen, business leaders and legal experts.


Mandarin instruction is offered at all levels throughout the year.  Mandarin classes are mandatory for international Schwarzman Scholars as part of orientation and in the summer and fall terms, and then become optional the remainder of the year.  International students who already speak Mandarin will have instruction to improve their writing and presentation skills.

Advanced English language instruction, focusing on writing and presentation skills, will be available for Chinese students.

Curriculum Collaboration

The Schwarzman Scholars curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world.

Taught in English and designed for students of exceptional caliber, courses will draw on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors as well as visiting scholars from leading global institutions. Entrepreneurs, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world will enrich regular classes.

Partnership with Oxford Saïd School of Business

Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and Schwarzman Scholars have partnered to allow their students the opportunity to complete both the full-time Oxford Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Schwarzman Scholars-Tsinghua University Master of Global Affairs.

As part of the collaboration, students apply independently but simultaneously to both programs, and if successful would start the Oxford MBA upon successful completion of their Master of Global Affairs as Schwarzman Scholars. Students will receive coordinated advice through the admissions process to both programs, and through their first year, to allow them to combine the two degrees and the resources of both programs to maximum benefit.