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UC San Diego School Of Global Policy & Strategy Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA)
UC San Diego School Of Global Policy & Strategy

Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA)

San Diego, USA

2 Years


Full time

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Sep 2024

USD 11,442 / per year *


* California Residential Tuition


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The Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs at GPS allows students to combine UC San Diego’s rigorous professional training with a specialist’s interest in China. Students are trained to use cross-disciplinary tools to dig deeply into the economics and politics of China, as well as to consider its place in the Asia Pacific region and its relationship with the U.S.

The expertise of the degree’s core faculty covering economics, management, political science, and policy analytics, is supplemented by other UC San Diego scholars who specialize in Chinese politics, society, history and language. The result is academic and professional training that prepares graduates for an array of academic, business, diplomatic and government positions.

The cornerstone of the degree is the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary capstone project. This research project is closely guided by our preeminent faculty over the last six months of the degree program. The capstone fosters a mastery of research design and methods for the study of contemporary China and requires critical analysis of original and secondary Chinese sources. The ability to use original language source material is essential for serious professional analysis of China, thus students must possess language skills that are appropriate to the type of research they propose to conduct.

Program Overview

The MCEPA requires 96 units for completion. All students take 28 required core units of economics, management, political science and quantitative methods training during the first year. Another 24 units consist of China-specific coursework, and 24 units are selected to form an individualized program tailored to from the student’s chosen area of specialization: Chinese Economy, Chinese Environment, Chinese Foreign Relations and Security or Chinese Politics and Public Policy.

The final 20 units are divided into a three-course research series, starting with “Sources and Methods” and followed by a two-quarter capstone requirement. The capstone allows for one-on-one work with a faculty member and students will be strongly encouraged to undertake field research as part of their project.

Core Curriculum

All candidates must complete the following courses with a C- or better.

Required Core (28 units; 7 courses):

  • Managerial Economics.
  • Globalization.
  • Quantitative Methods I.
  • Quantitative Methods II.
  • International Politics & Security or Accounting and Finance for Policy Makers.
  • International Economics or Policy-Making Processes.
  • Quantitative Methods III or an appropriate quantitative methods course.

Required China Courses (24 units; 6 courses):

  • Three required China core courses will be taken during the first year of study:
    • Chinese Politics.
    • Economic and Social Development of China.
    • Chinese International Relations and Security.
  • Then three additional courses will be chosen from a list of China-specific elective courses.

Areas of Specialization

All candidates must complete the following courses with a C- or better.

Required Areas of Specialization Courses (24 units; 6 courses):
Areas of specialization include:

  • Chinese Economy.
  • Chinese Environment.
  • Chinese Foreign Relations and Security.
  • Chinese Politics and Public Policy.

Students work with a faculty adviser who teaches and/or conducts research in their chosen area of specialization. Students must build an individualized program of six courses with faculty approval. These courses include both advanced work in disciplinary subfields and comparative cross-country content.

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