Application Deadline Extended to April 1 for Global Business Journalism's 2024-2025 Academic Year

By: GBJ Staff | 03/07/2024

Candidates interested in applying to join the Global Business Journalism program for the 2024-2025 academic year now have an extra month to apply.

The Global Business Journalism program has extended its final application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year until April 1 amid a record-setting pace of applications to the Tsinghua University master's degree program.

After a four-year slump in applications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program received a significant increase in the quantity and quality of applicants in its early rounds of applications, co-director Rick Dunham said. But because of a continuing wave of inquiries from students who are still deciding on their plans for the next academic year, the program decided to extend its final deadline by one month to April 1.


"We are encouraged by the overwhelming interest in Global Business Journalism and Tsinghua University," Professor Dunham said. "Our reputation for diversity, academic excellence and intellectual creativity has spread around the world. We are expecting to welcome an outstanding group of young journalists in September."  

Prospective applicants for the 2024-2025 academic year can get detailed information and tips for applying on the website. They must formally apply on the official Tsinghua graduate school site.

The GBJ Admissions Committee has already conducted a first round of admissions interviews and will conduct additional interviews around March 15. The final interviews will be scheduled in early April. All candidates should receive updates about their status by mid-April.

Founded in 2007, the Global Business Journalism is a partnership among Tsinghua University, the International Center for Journalists and Bloomberg News. It is the first English language journalism master's program in China, and it remains the only business journalism master's program on the Chinese mainland. Tsinghua University is widely considered Asia's top university and the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication has been ranked as China's top graduate school of journalism.

GBJ has built a stellar reputation for enhancing the quality of business journalism around the world and preparing a multimedia-savvy group of young journalists for the rapidly changing media landscape. The program has trained about 500 students from more than 70 nations, and its alumni have worked for some of the leading news agencies in the world, including Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, CGTN and CNBC.

The program – featuring both Chinese and international students – provides a challenging, multicultural education teaching how the cover the intricacies of global economics, finance and business. The faculty, composed of veteran international journalists, Chinese media scholars and economics experts teaches students how to skillfully cover China’s economy and the rapidly changing world economy.

Global Business Journalism offers an array of specialized courses including data mining, corporate strategies, international accounting standards, multimedia journalism, New Media practice, advanced news writing, intercultural communication, and documentary filmmaking. The program also offers internship opportunities at major media organizations.

The Global Business Journalism website has detailed instructions on the application process and tips to maximize your chances of winning admission and landing scholarships.

Rick Dunham is a professor and director of the Global Business Journalism (GBJ) program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The two-year master’s program is a partnership between ICFJ, Tsinghua University, and Bloomberg News. The program update has been cross-published from GBJ’s website.



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