About the Program
  • The School of Philosophy at Beijing Normal University, one of China’s premier institutes of higher education, offers a two-year Master’s Degree in Chinese Philosophy.
  • The program offers a comprehensive range of courses in the major traditions of Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, as well as an inclusive range of courses in the Chinese philosophies of history, ethics, and politics. Courses emphasize comparative and international perspectives while engaging with the Western and other great traditions of world philosophy.
  • The program is conducted in English and is offered to students who intend to go on to pursue Ph.D. or other graduate-level international and professional studies in philosophy, comparative philosophy, or Chinese philosophy, as well as in international law, international political studies, and international cultural studies. It is also offered to students who intend to enter the professional work force at any international level with relevance to China.
  • The International MA Program is fully accredited by Beijing Normal University and the Chinese Ministry of Education.
  • Applications for admission beginning in Fall 2023 will end on April 30.
 Aims of the Program
  • To provide English-speaking students from all parts of the world the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the rich traditions of Chinese philosophy nurtured over the last three thousand years.
  • To direct a rigorous graduate-level academic program in which students develop a solid foundation for pursuing in-depth topics in Chinese philosophy.
  • To encourage personal growth through a close engagement with Chinese philosophy from comparative perspectives.
  • To enhance international philosophical and cultural exchange between China and other nations.
  •  Distinguished Faculty
  • The Core Faculty of the International MA Program includes internationally acclaimed Chinese and Western scholars with the highest levels of academic training.
  • Each year the program invites world-renowned scholars to serve as International Guest Faculty.
  • The program is run in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The School of Philosophy publishes Frontiers of Philosophy in China, the only English-language academic journal of philosophy from China, published by Brill with world circulation.
  • Faculty