Master in Environmental Engineering and Management

In an effort to develop technical and sustainable solutions in a rapidly changing world, the International Master Program in Environmental Engineering and Management focuses on two main areas:

  1. Environmental engineering and science
  2. Environmental management and planning

The program is designed to provide students with solid theoretical and systematic specialized knowledge as well as practical skills in the field of environmental engineering and management. In addition, the program aims to prepare students for the forefront of environmental engineering and management with a combination of coursework and research components. A key distinguishing feature of this program is its highly flexible curriculum, which enables students to pursue either an intensive or comprehensive course of study.

Courses Structure

Students are required to take Chinese and specialized courses and to participate in internships and academic activities. The normal period of this program is 2-3 years and the course period is 0.5-1 year.

The program provides a comprehensive professional education and opportunities for research in the areas of water/wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste control, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, environmental planning and management, environmental policy, etc. The courses are scheduled to permit either intensive study in a single area or interdisciplinary study between areas.

Comprehensive introductory courses are given to provide a common basis for understanding among those with varied backgrounds. Students select specialized courses in consultation with the graduate coordinator or a faculty advisor to meet his/her academic and career goals. An internship is designed for students to gain professional experiences in either a company or environmental protection organization in China.


Based on the coursework, the Master program requires an internship/on-spot survey. During the on-spot survey, the student will design and conduct a scientific survey on China-specific issues with the help of supervisors. A diverse number of practice opportunities are available in water plants, wastewater treatment plants, waste treatment and recycling facilities, environmental companies, environmental protection bureaus, multinational corporations and other national or international organizations. During the on-spot survey, students will be exposed to methods and techniques used by natural and social scientists to identify, analyze and interpret environmental problems. The on-spot survey will usually be conducted in the summer after the first academic year.


Students are required to conduct an independent research project supervised by a faculty member with an interest in the particular topic or issue of their own research. A written Master thesis research proposal and a formal presentation are required in the second term. Students are required to submit a thesis in English with an executive summary in Chinese. A final oral defense is also required.

Qualification of Applicants

Applicant should have a B.S. degree, majoring in Environmental Science and Engineering, Environmental Economics and Management, Civil Engineering, or other relevant fields.

Application Documents

  1. The Completed Foreigner’s Application Form for Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University with 2-inch recent photo, signed by the applicant.

  2. Personal statement

  3. The original or the notarized degree certificate or proof of education in an academic institution (need to submit original or notarized degree certificate after being awarded), and academic transcript. The degree certificate and academic transcript must be officially sealed.

  4. Two academic recommendation letters from scholars of an associate professorship or higher (must show referee’s phone number and email address on the letter).

  5. Copy of the page with personal information in the passport (personal and ordinary passport).

  6. The completed Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship (if applicable, original)

  7. The application fee is RMB 600 (non-refundable).

  8. The certificates provided should be the original documents in Chinese or in English, otherwise notarized translations in Chinese or English are required. None of the above application documents will be returned.

Application Schedule

November 1, 2012 -- February 28, 2013

Both the Online Application and a complete set of Application documents should be completed and the package should be received by February 28, 2013.

Note: For those who wish to apply for a scholarship, the hard copies of application documents should be received by January 15, 2013.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Complete Online Application on the website of Foreign Student Affairs Office, Tsinghua University. Once all the required information is provided and verified, the online Application System will generate “The Application Form and Scholarship Application Form “. Print out and sign the forms.

Step 2: Submit the application documents listed above to the address indicated below by post mail or in person.

Tuition Fee and Scholarships

Tuition Fee: RMB 39,000/year.

Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship, Beijing Government Scholarship, and Tsinghua University Scholarship.

Due to the limited number of this scholarship, we encourage applicants to apply for other kinds of scholarships at the same time. School of Environment also provides a scholarship for excellent candidates.

Students who will study in Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University (GSST) may be eligible for GSST Scholarships.

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