Master’s Degree Programs




Master Program in Regional Economics

This program aims to produce highly trained researchers and analysts in the field of regional economics, with the objective of meeting the expected demands of China’s opening up. Students will gain a good command of cutting-edge theoretical approaches to and analytical tools of regional economics, as well as the development modes of major metropolitan areas in the world. Research areas include: 1) The Application of Economic Geography in China’s Regional Development; and 2) Regional Economic Effects of Central Cities. In addition, practice-oriented students are expected to undertake internships so as to improve their skills to analyze and solve challenging practical problems by using what they have learned, thus enhancing their social adaptability and employment competitiveness.

  

Master Program in Finance

Authorized to confer master’s degree in finance in 1997, the SIFT School of Finance currently has 134 graduate students. Starting from 2007, finance at SIFT has been named a key discipline by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. Major research focuses include Capital Flows and Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Financial Services Trade, of Commercial Bank Operations and Management, Insurance and Risk Management.

This program has a strong team of academic staff with high educational background and reasonable structure. At present, there are 41 academic supervisors, among which 16 (or 39%) are professors, 80.5% have received doctorate degrees, and 65% have studied abroad. In addition, a number of experts and researchers engaged in management of commercial banks or security companies have been invited to work as visiting professors for the program.

  

Master Program in Industrial Economics

In order to meet the needs of development in China’s national economy and opening up policy, this program aims to cultivate highly qualified researchers and analysts who are competent in theoretical research, data processing and industrial analysis. Students will develop a good command of cutting-edge theories and analytical methods of industrial economics, as well as the development modes of enterprise, market and industry. Fields of research include: 1) Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to Industrial Organization; and 2) Applied Research of Industrial Organization Theory in China. In addition, practice-oriented students are expected to undertake internships so as to improve their skills to analyze and solve complicated practical problems by using what they have learned, thus enhancing their social adaptability and employment competitiveness.




Master Program in International Trade

This program is designed to prepare researchers and analysts in the field of international trade, who are equipped with a solid command of international trade theory and policy, well versed in prevailing rules governing international trade, and competent in both theoretical and empirical approaches. Areas of research include: 1) International Trade Theory and Policy; 2) International Trade Practices; 3) Multilateral Trading System; 4) Regional Economic and Trade Integration; and 5) Trade in Services. In addition, practice-oriented students are expected to undertake internships so as to improve their skills to analyze and solve challenging practical problems by using what they have learned, thus enhancing their social adaptability and employment competitiveness.

  

Master Program in Quantitative Economics

This program provides graduate students with rigorous training in econometrics and management theories, essential quantitative methods, and practical applications. Students will gain a solid theoretical foundation in modern economics and management, and acquire basic methods in quantitative analysis. They will be able to solve challenging practical problems in economics and management using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. They will develop strong skills in computer-based data processing. Fields of research include: 1) Theories, Methods and Applications in Quantitative Economics; 2) Economic Decision Making and Risk Management; and 3) Financial Statistics and Data Mining. For research-oriented students, they are required to have a good command of such courses as Advanced Macro-economics and Micro-economics, Advanced Econometrics, Mathematical Finance, and Mathematical Statistics, and to apply the acquired knowledge in scientific research. For practice-oriented students, they are required to undertake internships, through which students can hone their skills to analyze and solve complicated practical problems by using what they have learned, thus enhancing their social adaptability and employment competitiveness.

  

Master Program in Civil and Commercial Law

This two-and-a-half-year program provides an in-depth training in civil law and commercial law, and aims to cultivate legal specialists with global vision and high professionalism, who can apply legal expertise to real-world cases, and are competent in legal education and research. Candidates should have a solid background in civil and commercial law, a high degree of professionalism, and an excellent command of English. Fields of research include Civil Law, Commercial Law, Maritime Law, Financial Law, and Intellectual Property Law



Master Program in Economic Law

This two-and-a-half-year program provides in-depth training in economic law and aims to cultivate legal specialists with global vision and high professionalism, who can apply legal expertise to real-world cases, and are competent in legal education and research. Candidates should have a solid background in economic law, a high degree of professionalism, and an excellent command of English. Fields of research include laws regulating the market, laws regulating the government, laws regulating the financial system, and laws regulating companies.

  

Master Program in International Law

This two-and-a-half-year program provides an in-depth training in international law and aims to cultivate legal specialists with global vision and high professionalism, who can apply legal expertise to real-world cases, and are competent in legal education and research. Applicants should have a solid background in international law, a high degree of professionalism, and an excellent command of English. Fields of research include International Economic Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, International Financial law, Public International Law, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), and International Trade Organization Law.

  

Master Program in Marxism in China

This program provides students with a good command of the development process and theoretical results as well as basic experience and patterns of Marxism in China. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the essence of the spirit and methodology of Marxism, Mao Zedong Thought and the Theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, to examine and analyze practical issues in the development of China and the world with Marxist theories and to understand emerging trends and cutting-edge issues in related disciplines. Upon completion of graduate study, students will be able to take up teaching and research, publicity, management and related jobs, or to pursue further study at the PhD level. Fields of research include: 1) theories and experiences of Marxism in China; 2) Marxist economic theories and socialist economic construction in China; 3) Marxism in China and modern historical development of China; 4) history and practice of Marxism in China; and 5) Marxism in China and ideological research. The program has 17 academic advisors, 9 of which are professors.


Juris Master (J.M.) for students with or without a first degree in law

This two-and-a-half-year program provides in-depth training in law for students with or without a first degree in law, and aims to cultivate interdisciplinary legal specialists with global vision and high professionalism, who are familiar with domestic and international trade and finance. Grounded in the discipline of law, this program integrates academic resources from other disciplines such as international trade and finance, and takes advantage of the favorable geographic location of Shanghai and social influence of SIFT in business circles. Students should have a solid background in law, a high degree of professionalism, and an excellent command of at least one foreign language.

Master Program in English Language and Literature

This 2.5-year program trains students to be a researcher in literary theory and criticism. Students will develop a good command of English, essential research skills, and effective cross-cultural communication competence. Upon completion of graduate study, students will be able to take up teaching, research, and translating jobs or to pursue further study at the PhD level. Students who have successfully completed the coursework within the required time can apply for an extension for a maximum of one year to complete their thesis. Fields of research cover British Literature, American Literature, Australian Literature, Irish Literature, and Literary Theory. The program adopts a variety of pedagogic models including lectures, seminars and thematic research tasks. Students are taught in the tutorial system.

  

Master Program in French Language and Literature

This 2.5-year program aims to produce highly trained individuals with a good command of French in such fields as foreign affairs, business and trade, education, journalism and publication, and tourism. Students will develop a sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and upon completion of graduate study, will be able to take up teaching and research, translating and interpreting, management and other related jobs. Students who have successfully completed the coursework within the required time can apply for an extension up to one year to complete their thesis project. Fields of research include French Linguistics, Business French, French Cultural Studies and French Literature. The program adopts a variety of pedagogic models including lectures, seminars and thematic research tasks. Students are taught in the tutorial system.



Master Program in Japanese Language and Literature

This 2.5-year program aims to produce highly qualified individuals with a good command of Japanese in such fields as foreign affairs, business and trade, education, journalism and publication, and tourism. Students will develop a sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and upon completion of graduate study, will be able to take up teaching and research, translating and interpreting, management and other related jobs. Students who have successfully completed the coursework within the required time can apply for an extension up to one year to complete their thesis project. Fields of study include Japanese Linguistics, Business Japanese, Japanese Cultural Studies and Japanese Literature. The program adopts a variety of pedagogic models including lectures, seminars and thematic research tasks. Students are taught in the tutorial system.

  

Master Program in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

This two-and-a-half-year program aims to produce highly trained individuals in the field of foreign linguistics and applied linguistics equipped with sound theoretical knowledge, independent research abilities, and effective cross-cultural communication skills. After the completion of graduate study, students will be able to take up teaching and research, translating and interpreting, business and other related jobs. Students who have successfully completed the coursework within the required time can apply for an extension up to one year to complete their thesis project. Fields of research include Applied Linguistics, Business English, English Teaching Methodology, and Translation Studies. The program adopts a variety of pedagogic models such as lectures, seminars and thematic research tasks. Students are taught in the tutorial system.

  

Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI)

The MTI is a highly vocational program designed to prepare students with advanced bilingual proficiency for careers as professional translators and/or interpreters in a wide range of settings in both government and private sectors. Students will develop academic expertise and hand-on skills necessary to practice as professional translators and/or interpreters. In addition, state-of-the-art translation technologies and digital interpreting suites provide excellent teaching and practice opportunities. The duration of study is three years. Students who have successfully completed the coursework within the required time can apply for an extension up to one year to complete their thesis project. Students may choose to focus on translating or interpreting between Chinese and English. In light of the requirements of the China National Committee for MTI Education, students are encouraged to undertake placements or internships in the language services of various organizations during the program. Before submitting their thesis, MT students must accomplish translation practice of no less than 150,000 Chinese characters and MI students must accomplish interpreting practice of no less than 600 tape hours. MTI students are not required to take the MA Candidacy Academic Examination. Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, thematic research tasks, and intensive translation and interpreting training, offering plenty of time for informative discussion. Students are taught in the tutorial system.


Master Program in Accounting

This program was first launched in 1987. Over the years, an exceptional team of experienced staff with strong expertise led by Professor Zhang Xiaolan has been formed, among which 8 are professors and 10 associate professors. In recent years, the team has achieved substantial success in research, including 4 national research projects and 11 ministerial or provincial research projects. Areas of study currently include: 1) corporate governance and accounting information supervision, 2) behavioral accounting and tax planning, and 3) managerial accounting and performance assessment.

  

Master Program in Corporate Management

Designed to produce highly trained individuals in the field of corporate management, this program provides students with a solid theoretic background of corporate management, a good command of English, and a cross-disciplinary education in economics, management, finance, law and the humanities. Upon completion of graduate study, students are expected to solve complicated business problems through the application of relevant theories. Focuses of research include Corporate Strategy Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Cross-Cultural Management, and Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions. Launched in 2004, this program currently has 30 academic advisors.

  

Master Program in Tourism Management

Fields of study in this program include: (1) Tourism Service Management, which covers tourism service system, business etiquette, service design in tourism, internationalization of tourism services, tourism service marketing, branding strategies for tourism services, international marketing of tourism services, and marketing channel development strategies for tourism services; (2) Urban Tourism, which centers on the development of urban tourism, the role and function of urban tourism in social and economic development of cities, and strategies and planning for urban tourism development; and (3) Event Economics and Management, which focuses on the planning, organizing, managing and operating of diverse events, the development modes and prospects of the event industry, and the integrated development of the event industry with tourism industry and other related industries.

Master Program in Technology Economics

At present, the mainstream scholarship in the discipline of technology economics focuses on three key issues: 1) the law of technology development in economic field, 2) the law of economic activities in technological field, and 3) management methods to achieve technological and economic objectives. The technology economics discipline at SIFT contributes to theoretical research and social services in terms of enterprise innovation and the construction of innovation-oriented cities for the development of Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta metropolitan region and beyond. Areas of study, which integrate technology economic analysis with financial analysis, include: 1) project investment and assessment, 2) technology innovation and venture capital, and 3) capital market and risk analysis.

  

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Launched in 2011, this MBA program is designed to train professional managers and entrepreneurial talents with integrity and ability, strategic foresight, extensive knowledge, high level of professionalism, and strong sense of social responsibility. Students are expected to blaze new trails, be good at communication and cooperation, be able to identify and solve challenging practical issues, be adapted to the demands of economic globalization, be well versed in the science, art and wisdom of management, and be rich in strategic and creative thinking. Fields of study include Marketing Management, International Business and Cross-cultural Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Financial Investment and Capital Operation. There are currently 21 academic advisors.

  

Master Program in Financial Management

First launched in 2006, this program has been cooperating with international partner universities since 2009. Over more than a decade, an exceptional team of experienced staff with strong expertise led by Professor Li Wanli and Professor Yang Shu-e has been formed, among which 7 are professors and 10 associate professors. In recent years, the team has yielded fruitful results in research, including 3 national research projects and 8 ministerial or provincial research projects (4 of which are priority projects). Fields of study currently include: 1) financial management and risk control, 2) behavioral corporate finance and performance evaluation, and 3) tax policy in international trade.








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