School of Design devotes into building an academic research and talent training platform that integrates science and technology with humanities and arts, gathers world-renowned design masters, and creates a highland for international cooperation in running schools, as well as forms a distinctive and innovative design discipline group. Our graduate programs aim to cultivate professional leading talents who acquire not only Chinese cultural heritage, noble ethical values, international vision and truth-seeking spirit, but also devote themselves to contribute to the common destiny of mankind and to thoughts of world design.

2024 Graduate Programs:  Now open for application!

Doctoral Program

Including Design (Major Code: 130500) and Architecture (Major Code: 081300) 

Aims at trends and latest development frontiers of the design and architecture discipline, student who receive this degree should be able to systematically grasp the solid and broad basic theoretical knowledge of this subject, have a deep understanding of the progress and the ability to independently engage in scientific research and design innovation, as well as obtain creative research results in theory or practice, be competent in teaching, tutoring, carrying out scientific research, product development or design management in colleges and universities; as well as possess comprehensive qualities of high-end talent in design and architecture.​

Duration: 4 years

Program type: Full time

Taught language: English

Campus: Minhang

Tuition: 45,500 RMB/year

Training Program: Click here

Online application system:


Professional (International) Master Programs 

Including Architecture (M.Arch), Industrial Design Engineering(IIDE) and Landscape Architecture (M.LA)

1. M.Arch Program (Major Code: 085100) cultivates candidates who are competent in the current career and future challenge of architectural design, historical architecture and heritage protection, urban design, design of building technology and other fields. Student in this program will be trained comprehensively. They will be capable of designing and researching in architectural design firms, as well as the work in architectural design management, education, development, consulting and other relevant aspects. We believe students who graduate from this program will have the potential to become an outstanding professional and senior management in Architecture. Main research directions include Architectural Design and Theory; Architectural History and Theory; Urban design and Theory and Architectural Science Technology.

For details of this program, please see: M. Arch. (International) launched by Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design​

2. IIDE Program (Major Code: 085500) is mainly based on the actual needs of national development, and is oriented to innovative design in the fields of high-end equipment, intelligent manufacturing, and internet digital, cultural and creative industry. It features three research directions: Design and Intelligent Technology, Design and Social Transformation, Design and Lifestyle. Through curriculum construction, teacher construction, talent cultivation resource construction, students will become senior professionals of industrial design engineering with international vision. Main research directions varies from: Intelligent Design; Information and Interaction Design; User Experience Design; Design Strategy and Management; Design Culture and Social Innovations.

For details of this program, please see: ​IIDE (International Industrial Design Engineering) Launched by Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design

3. M.LA Program (Major Code: 086200) aims to achieve harmony between human and nature with a comprehensive application of scientific, technical and artistic approaches, Students who graduate from this program will be inter-disciplinary, creative, and internationalized high-quality talents engage in the professional field of landscape architecture planning, design, construction and management. Main research directions include Landscape Architecture Planning and Design; Landscape Architecture History and Theory; Landscape Plant Resources and Applications; Landscape Planning and Ecological Restoration.

For details of this programme, please see: Master of Landscape Architecture (International) Launched by the Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design

Program Summary:

Duration: 2.5 years

Program type: Full time

Taught language: English

Campus: Xuhui/Minghang

Tuition: 120,000 RMB/2.5years in total

Training Program: to be updated

Online application system:


The following are general requirements for application to SJTU International Graduate Programs, also applied to School of Design.

  • Non-Chinese citizen.
  • Good health both physically and mentally.
  • Outstanding academic performance and potential.
  • Bachelor’s degree for master program applicants. Master’s degree for doctoral program applicants.
  • Proficiency in Chinese and/or English. For details please refer to Language Requirement for SJTU International Graduate Programs: Click here

 Important Dates

  • Oct 1, 2023        Application opens
  • Dec 15, 2023     Deadline for 1st Round Chinese Government Scholarship application
  • Feb 15, 2024     Deadline for 2nd (Last)Round Chinese Government Scholarship application
  • Mar 31, 2024    Deadline for SGS Scholarship, SJTU Scholarship application
  • May 31, 2024    Deadline for self-supported application
  • Sept 16, 2024    Enrollment


How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Complete and submit an online application at Study@SJTU ( before the application deadline. If you wish to apply for the scholarship at the same time, please complete the application before the scholarship deadline.

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee 

The application fee is RMB 800 (approx. USD 120), non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made in RMB or USD. You can choose online payment or bank transfer in the online application system.


Materials to Prepare

1. Degree certificates, in scanned files

Applicants who have not graduated by the time of application are required to provide an official letter from their current university stating the expected graduation date.

2. Transcripts, in scanned files

Master’s program applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts. Doctoral program applicants are required to submit both undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. Proof of Language proficiency

4. Scanned copy of passport

5. Passport-size photo

6. Personal statement and study plan.

7. Two letters of academic recommendation 

From scholars who are associate professors or above, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters with original signatures.

8. Portfolio (maximum size 3MB)

9. If you are applying for Doctoral Program or you are a Polimi Double Degree student, you are required to contact the supervisor beforehand and provide the signed acceptance letter by the supervisor. Please refer to this link for supervisors name list: School of Design Supervisors List | 上海交通大学设计学院 ( and the attachment for the template of acceptance letter.

Note: If your documents are not in English or Chinese, please have them translated into either English or Chinese by an authorised translation agency. Then upload both the translated and original documents onto the application system.


Tuition and Housing

  • RMB 45,500/Year for Doctoral programs (Approx. USD 6,600/Year)
  • Tuition of Master programs varies with the program, so please check the above program list for details.
  • On-campus housing: RMB 50-160/Day (Approx. USD 8-25/Day) which has limited capacity and is not guaranteed.



Basically, for incoming international graduate students, there are two channels for scholarship application: through Shanghai Jiao Tong University or through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country. Applicants may choose only one application channel. Replicated applications through more than one channels is not allowed.


How to Apply:

  • Apply for scholarships through SJTU

​Starting from 2023, scholarships for doctoral programs will consist of: SJTU Fellowship, CSC/SGS Scholarship, SJTU Scholarship. And scholarships for Master programs will consist of: CSC/SGS Scholarship, SJTU Scholarship, School/College Scholarship. Details of each scholarship will be on the application system.

When applying at applicants should choose “apply for scholarship through SJTU” and follow the steps online. Applicants should complete the scholarship application procedures in time according to the requirements of the university. The earlier an applicant completes the application, the sooner he/she receives an offer of admission and scholarships if the review result from the university is positive. Applicants can check the scholarships result through the application system.


  • Apply for scholarships through Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country 

Applicants may also apply to the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the home country for scholarship opportunities. The application schedule varies from country to country (usually from November to April). Please consult the Chinese Embassy/Consulate about its application schedule, eligibility, requirements, procedures, documents, agency number, program category type and so on in advance. For the contact information of Chinese Embassies/Consulates, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China at



  • In general, scholarships duration cannot be extended.
  • Applicants for doctoral scholarships only enjoy basic scholarship before passing the qualification examinations. In the second semester after passing the qualification examinations (starting from March in spring semester, September in autumn semester), they will enjoy an additional academic scholarship (1000 yuan/month) for the duration of the scholarship.
  • All scholarship recipients are obliged to participate in the annual scholarship review in April and/or May which will confirm their scholarship status in the next academic year. 




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