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If you want to come to China to study MBA, and you don’t know much about the application for MBA in China, then today I will give you a detailed introduction about studying MBA in China, so if you want to know, just keep reading.


Program Introduction

MBA, the full name of the master of business administration. It is a professional master’s degree corresponding to the academic master’s degree in business administration. The establishment of this degree aims to cultivate practical, compound, and applied high-level management talents who are competent for the high-level management work of business enterprises and economic management departments in the future.


The entrance examination of the general master of business administration is divided into the first examination and the second examination. The first examination is the national unified entrance examination for postgraduates at the end of December every year. The results must reach the national line of the postgraduate entrance examination or the school’s self-marking before they can take the second examination, and they can be admitted only after they pass the second examination. The MBA students admitted to the national postgraduate examination are all ordinary higher education (Unified enrollment degree), which can be divided into full-time graduate students and part-time graduate students according to the form of learning.


MBA requires the combination of theory and practice, while other postgraduates only cultivate research-oriented and teaching-oriented talents, preferring theory rather than practice; The Enrollment Requirements of MBA are generally graduates with more than three years of practical work experience. Through case analysis, practical observation, analysis, and decision-making skills training, students are trained to have more professional competitiveness.


MBA  Degree originated in the United States, is a century-old “antique”, is the earliest professional degree in China.


MBA introduction


Courses Introduction

Business administration is a science that studies the law of business activities of profit-making organizations and the theory, method, and technology of enterprise management. It is mainly to cultivate talents in the departments of business administration and enterprise economic management. Therefore, MBA focuses on cultivating students’ comprehensive skills. This major covers a wide range of courses, covering many courses of economics and management. It can be divided into four parts: strategic management, financial management, management, and marketing. The four knowledge blocks can be divided into several sub knowledge systems. The curriculum of MBA mainly includes:

1. Compulsory courses

In order to make MBA students fully understand the basic knowledge and skills of management.

Compulsory courses are the same in most schools, generally including:

Management; Managerial Economics; Organizational Behavior; Data, Model and Decision; Accounting; Financial Management; Operation Management; Marketing Management; Strategic Management; Human Resource Management; Business English; Commercial Law


2. Professional elective courses

It enables MBA students to have a deeper understanding of the knowledge and skills in a certain professional field on the premise of a comprehensive understanding of the basic knowledge and skills of management. General schools have financial direction, marketing direction, innovation and entrepreneurship direction, industrial analysis and investment management direction, enterprise decision-making and leadership direction, etc.

For example, finance courses include:

Financial Strategy Management; Investment Science; Securities Investment Funds; Financial Markets and Institutions


3. Public elective courses

It is helpful to improve the quality of MBA students, facing all MBA students.

Such courses mainly include:

Project Management; Macroeconomics; International Trade; Analysis and Forecast of Practical Business Data; Introduction to Probability Theory


The MBA courses of major universities are specifically formulated according to the training direction. The following summarizes the MBA training direction of some universities for reference.


Beijing University of Technology: Global economic operation module, Special topic module, Financial management module, Marketing management module, Human resource management module.

Antai School of economics and management, Shanghai JiaoTong University: Marketing methods, Financial direction, Humanistic direction, Economic and policy direction, Enterprise strategy and leadership direction, E-commerce and operation direction, Integrated management direction.


MBA courses


Corresponding institutions(top 30)


Academy name

Total score


School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University



Guanghua School of Management, Peking University



China Europe International Business School



Antai School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University



School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences



BiMBA Business School of National Development Institute of Peking University



School of Management, Fudan University



School of Management, Lanzhou University



Business School of Renmin University of China



Business School of Nanjing University



Xuri School of Business Administration, Donghua University



Business School of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics



School of Management, Zhejiang University



School of Management, Xiamen University



Guoqiu School of Business Administration, Shanghai International Studies University



Business School of Nankai University



School of Economics and Management, Tongji University



School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University



School of International Business, University of International Business and Economics



School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University



School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China



School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics



School of economics and management, Harbin Institute of Technology



School of Management and Economics, Beijing University of Technology



Business School of East China University of Science and Technology



School of Management, Jinan University



School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology



School of Economics and Business Administration, Beijing Normal University



Economics and Management of Southeast University



School of Business Administration, Hunan University



MBA university



There seem to be many MBA schools in Guangdong, but a large part of them are schools in other provinces that have set up classes in Shenzhen. The MBA tuition in the Guangzhou-Shenzhen area is relatively not that expensive, especially the full-time MBA tuition in Guangzhou is generally less than 70,000 yuan.


The tuition fees of Beijing MBA colleges are basically 100,000-200,000, and the tuition fee for Tsinghua University and Peking University is 300,000—400,000 yuan.


One of the characteristics of Shanghai’s MBA programs is that the tuition fees are expensive, which are concentrated between 250,000 and 450,000 yuan. There is a relatively large number of admissions.


In addition to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, Zhejiang University and Xiamen University are also popular MBA schools in the first echelon. Wuhan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Xi’an Jiaotong University are also popular MBA schools in the second echelon. The registration fees of these schools range from 100,000 to 300,000 yuan.


The following is the MBA registration fee of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. You can refer to it for agricultural machinery.


1. Application Fee: Non-refundable application fee of RMB ¥800 (payable online)

● Tuition Fee for 2021 intake

Full-time Global MBA: RMB188,000

Part-time MBA: RMB398,000


● Double Degree Program: pay the first-year tuition to the University and the second year tuition to the cooperative school.


MBA expense


Application eligibility

1. Applicants must hold non-Chinese citizenship.

Previous Chinese citizens, including China mainland, Hongkong, Macau, and Taiwan residents, who migrated to foreign countries and now apply to MBA as international applicants, must submit effective foreign passports or other foreign citizenship documentary proof, and proof of Chinese citizenship cancellation.


2. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and have relevant work experience.


3. Competitive GMAT or GRE score, or attend university MBA Entrance Exam.


4. Required Documents

All application documents should be submitted online. A completed application includes:

  • Completed online application. For the website of the online application, please check the official website information of the applied school.
  • Resume/CV(no more than 2 pages)
  • University degree diploma
  • University transcript
  • Essays (topics are included in the online application form)
  • Two recommendation letters submitted by referees via an online application system
  • Scanned passport page with personal information
  • Official GMAT/GRE score report or the university MBA Entrance Exam score. The MBA Entrance Exam is an alternative option that provides to applicants to substitute GMAT/GRE.
  • Certificate of new HSK Level 6 within two years of application deadline-total score above 210 and writing section above 65. (Only required for international candidates applying to the Part-Time MBA Program taught in Chinese)


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Application procedure

1. Application file review

The application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Once the application file is complete, the university MBA admission committee will review the file and decide whether an interview invitation will be given.


2. Interview

There will be four or five rounds of applications. An interview will be organized after each round. Each candidate will only be invited to interview once on a round basis.


3. Admission results

The admission result will be released by email within 1-2 weeks after the interview.



University offers entrance scholarships based on merits, ranging from full tuition waiver, half tuition waiver to various amounts of monetary support.


Students can also apply for Chinese government scholarships (CSC).


For details of the Chinese Government Scholarship, you can check another article on our website: The Ultimate Guide of Applying for China Scholarships.


MBA scholarship


Matters needing attention

1. Starting from yourself, choose the most beneficial MBA program for your career development

According to incomplete statistics, there are 13,000 business schools in the world. On the surface, most of the courses they set up are similar, and they are all necessary soft skills for professional managers, such as interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and negotiation skills. However, after an in-depth investigation, it will be found that different business schools still have differences in the direction of training.


You can obtain this information in 3 ways:

  • Visit the official website of the institution.
  • Communicate with previous alumni or current students.
  • Try to talk directly with the admissions officer of the school.


Don’t blindly rely on the MBA rankings and the consistent views of others to judge whether a school is right for you. For example, if you plan to manage a hospital, then you may need to choose a health service MBA. Similarly, if you want to work in the IT industry, then you have to choose a school that is closely related to this industry.


2. Prepare high-quality application materials and deliver them correctly

After systematic screening and research, you may already have a list of schools suitable for you, ready to submit your resume to them at the same time. So, what can be done to achieve the best delivery effect?


First of all, before applying, you should read the application instructions of these schools very carefully, figure out the differences between them, prepare multiple application materials according to local conditions, and strive to leave a good impression on the admissions officer within the scope of the school’s regulations.


Secondly, this work tests a person’s organizational coordination and time management ability. It is recommended that applicants make a form for submitting application materials to follow up on the progress of applications from different schools, to avoid making mistakes on the job. Because once your application material is missing or violates its application requirements, the admissions officer will question your sincerity and even label you “disrespect the school”.


3. Pay attention to your own words and deeds, and don’t lose out on the “impression score”

In the MBA application stage, it is necessary to communicate with the admissions officer at a suitable opportunity to leave some impression on them. What needs to be reminded is that when you communicate with the admissions officer of the school or any faculty and staff, you must pay attention to your words and deeds. The business school has an “impression score” link within the admissions team. In this link, all teachers who have been in contact with you can evaluate you. These evaluations will be used as an important reference for decision-making admission results. If the evaluations are all On the negative side, your chances of being admitted will be very low.


4. Actively adjust the mentality and calmly deal with various situations

MBA application is a long-term process. When you submit the carefully prepared information, you will be in an anxious waiting state. For admissions officers who need to read thousands of application materials, this time is not easy either. They need to abide by professional ethics and handle every material fairly, and sometimes omissions and negligence will inevitably occur. For example, if your information was misplaced, the admissions officer contacted you a few days later than the expected time… When the school contacts you and hopes that you add information or verify information, you need to actively adjust your mind and calmly The facts are clearly stated to the school, and good communication is maintained. I believe the problem will be solved satisfactorily. A positive attitude and self-emotional management are also factors for success in applying for an MBA!

5. Be confident

Self-confidence should be the applicant’s first mental outlook for admissions officers, and it is easier to win their favor, especially when you enter the MBA interview. When you receive the interview notice, it means that your excellence has been recognized by the school. The next interview is just a way for the school to get to know you, so you don’t need to be too nervous.


In the interview process, I believe that everyone has already prepared for regular questions. However, if you encounter a question that is more difficult to answer, please remember to keep smiling and use some transitional words, such as that’s a good question/I also agree that, slow down appropriately, and buy time for yourself to think. I believe I will make a good answer. Of course, it is necessary to find out in advance what types of questions the admissions officers like to ask!


MBA test



1. How does the admissions committee review applications?

Of course, the application review process for each project is different, but in general, the situation is like this:

Step 1-Review the completion of the application

The staff will review your application form to make sure it is complete. If it is incomplete, your application will be put aside until you can submit the missing materials. Because this process may switch back and forth between you and the admissions staff, the admissions committee may not see your application for several weeks.


Step 2-First review by the Admissions Committee

At least two admissions committee members will independently review your application and extract a one-page summary. They will give you points: school scores, GMAT/GRE, essays, work experience, and letters of recommendation.


Step 3-Interview decision

If the admissions committee member who reviewed your application independently decides to give you an interview opportunity, you will be given an interview opportunity. If both members decide to refuse admission, you will be denied. If one member wants to offer an interview opportunity, but the other member is unwilling, your application will be reviewed by two different admissions committee members to further determine whether an admission decision can be made. If you still cannot make a decision, you will be placed on the waiting list and your application will be reviewed again at a later date.


Step 4-Interview

If you can get to this step, you will have a half chance of being admitted. The interviewer will have a pre-set interview guide and will record your answers and add them to your application materials.


Step 5-Second (or third) review

At this time, your application will be reviewed by the new admissions committee member for the second or third time. Some schools conduct the review independently, while others conduct the review through discussions with all committee members. At this time, most reviewers need to agree to admit you before you will be admitted. At this point, your application materials will be placed in the “admission” group and enter the final step.


Step 6-Final review

Your application will also be reviewed by the Director of Admissions. If he/she signs on it, congratulations, you have been taken by this MBA category!


2. Which items should I apply for?

The only way to create your MBA program application list is to know what you want in a program. At least for now, ignore the rankings and think about why you are interested in an MBA. What are your long-term and short-term goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? Think about which business field you are interested in, which MBA major you want to study, and what are the most important project factors for you (such as curriculum rigor, school resources, school size, school location, post-graduation employment rate and opportunities , Extracurricular activities, etc.). A knowledgeable counselor can help you through this process and help you make a list of schools that meet your specific criteria.


After making the list of MBA projects, you will need to conduct research. Don’t simply visit the university’s website, but contact the admissions staff, current students/alumni, and companies that work with the business school. Ask about the current course syllabus, understand what the project is like, and consider the internship and social opportunities you will have. Participate in admissions activities and, if possible, go to school to see if you can fit into the community.


When you complete these steps, you should have a clear list of MBA programs to apply for.


MBA choices


3. When should I start applying?

The sooner the better. You need to give yourself plenty of time to prepare an excellent MBA application. I suggest that you give yourself 4-5 months to research the project appropriately, establish a strong connection between your experience and academic/career goals, write a few personal statements and draft resumes, and find a recommendation letter to write a recommendation letter. And tailor each application according to the project. Each school’s application process is different, both in-depth and time.


4. Should I choose a specific subdivision of the MBA?

Similar to undergraduate majors, this major consists of courses in a specific business field and is based on MBA requirements. MBA courses are very popular in the United States, and some schools even require students to take MBA courses.


But is studying for an MBA the right choice for you? It depends on the situation. There are two reasons why professional segmentation can help you choose your career: it can better prepare you for the career path you are interested in, and it can also make your resume stand out from other recent MBA graduates. However, some universities are only famous because their graduates are stronger in one field than in another, so it may not be necessary to choose a subdivided major.


The most common MBA courses include business analysis, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, international business, marketing, and supply chain management. However, there are more options. Because you will not be asked to choose the subdivision direction until the second year, so you don’t have to make a choice right away.


In other words, when you research and apply for an MBA program, it is best to have an understanding of your target majors to ensure that they meet your personal interests or standards.


5. If my grades are not good, can I apply for an MBA?

Yes, it is. Many candidates with lower grades have been admitted, but you either need to explain the extenuating circumstances that led to your poor grades (such as illness or family emergencies), or you need to accumulate a wealth of business experience after graduation.


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