How about degree and certificates?

Degree candidates who have obtained 46.5 credits for both compulsory courses and elective credits, and finished a dissertation, will be awarded the Shanghai Jiao Tong University MBA degree and graduation diploma.

How many months do students have to write their thesis?

For full-time students, it takes about one year. The orientation for thesis writing will be held at the beginning (September) of the second academic year. Students are expected to submit their thesis by April of the second academic year. For part-time students, it often takes more than 15 months. The orientation for thesis writing will be held at the beginning (September) of the second academic year. Students are expected to submit their thesis after the Chinese Spring Festival of the third academic year.

Is dissertation required?

Yes, all MBA students are required to finish a dissertation after the completion of courses.

Are there any breaks between classes? Is there a Summer or Winter holiday?

Since the SAIF MBA program is very intense, there is no clear break between classes during semesters. However, there is a Spring Festival holiday of a month-long duration (from the middle of January to mid-February), and a Summer break of at least 6 weeks duration (depending on the electives you have chosen).

Can I study abroad during my MBA studies at SAIF?

Yes, you may choose to study abroad in any one of our 15 partner schools in leading universities around the world. This takes place during the third semester for 3-5 months. For more information, please refer to:

What career services do you provide for employment in Shanghai?

The SAIF Career Development Center works hard to connect international students with internships and full-time employment upon graduation. Students are encouraged to meet with the CDC staff to discuss employment preferences and their professional background. Conversational Mandarin skills are also very helpful for finding employment in China, as most companies list this as a prerequisite. The CDC works with both multinational and Chinese corporations in Shanghai, and hosts employer presentations and career fairs every semester.

What kind of extracurricular activities does SAIF provide?

SAIF hosts frequent guest lecturers from domestic financial or international corporations in Shanghai. We also have student-led clubs, regular trips to historical and cultural sites in China, intercollegiate sports competitions, and academic competitions. Students often arrange informal trips in Shanghai and around China in their free time.

Can I study in Chinese?

The Full-Time MBA class is taught completely in English. However, if you are fluent in Mandarin Chinese or have an HSK score of 6 or higher, you can apply for the Part-Time MBA programs, which are mainly taught in Mandarin.

Is scholarship funding available?

Yes, SAIF offers a series of scholarships for international students:

Global Citizenship (50,000 RMB) : for non-Chinese citizens with valid passports committed to intercultural communication.
High-tech Talents (50,000 RMB) : for senior technical professionals in high-tech enterprises with outstanding achievements
Entrepreneurship (50,000 RMB) : for successful entrepreneurs with outstanding leadership
Contribution (50,000 RMB) : to support professionals from distinguished enterprises, with contributions to society
World-class University (30,000 RMB) : for holders of a bachelor’s degree from world-class universities (top 100 in QS rankings)
Master’s or Doctorate Degree (30,000 RMB) : for applicants with a master’s or doctoral degree

Talent Special Award (250,000 RMB)
First Prize Talent Award (180,000 RMB)
Second Prize Talent Award (100,000 RMB)
Third Prize Talent Award (50,000 RMB)
All Admission Scholarships are merit-based and offered based upon the applicant’s background, interview performance, and admission scores.

What will the interview be like?

For applicants overseas, our admission team can arrange online interviews on a monthly basis. For international applicants based in China, we recommend an on-site interview at SAIF. The interview is comprised of the following two parts:

1) Personal Statement (8 minutes)
You should prepare a PowerPoint presentation in advance, covering:
• a self-introduction,
• your career development path,
• current working company, functions and performance.
This will help interviewers to quickly and clearly understand your application purpose and plan.

2) Interactive Q&A (25 minutes)
Following the Personal Statement, 2 to 3 interviewers will ask questions regarding the following topics:
• your education and working background,
• the current market,
• your career aspirations,
• your reasons for studying at SAIF, and
• specific questions raised based upon your résumé, transcript, test scores, essays, etc.