Doctoral Degree Programs for International Students

Field of Study: Click here for list of Doctoral Degree Programs.

Program Length: 3 years for both English-taught and Chinese-taught programs.



● Chinese-taught programs: Undergraduate or above, under the age of 40, healthy foreigners, HSK 4 holders.

● English-taught programs: Undergraduate or above, under the age of 40, healthy foreigners, TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.0 (or above)

● Chinese citizens who apply to study abroad as an international student after they have immigrated to a foreign country must hold a valid foreign passport or nationality certificate for four years or more. Applicants should provide proof of residence abroad for more than two years.


Tuition: RMB 29000 per year.


Application Deadline:

Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS): April 30, 2020.

Shanghai Government Scholarship (SGS): June 10, 2020

Self-financed Applicants: June 30, 2020


Term starts each year in September (The exact date will be written on the Admission Letter).


Application Method:


  1. International students applying as a self-financing applicant should click here to download SMU application form.  After completing all application requirements, send the documents to this mailbox: Students applying for scholarship programs must first apply using the online application portal through the following mode of application: CSC website (, SGS website ( After completing the online application, the applicant must download and sign the form. Additionally, all supporting materials used in the application process, including the completed application form should be e-mailed to
  2. A preliminary review will be conducted on all documents received from the mailbox.
  3. Applicants who passed the preliminary review will receive a language test notice.
  4. Applicants who passed both preliminary review and language test will receive a scheduled interview notice.
  5. Scholarship applicants who pass the interview process will be notified of their scholarship status in June.



Application Documents:

● Scholarship applicants (thus CGS and SGS students) should apply using the online application portal (for SGS visit ; CGS visit; self-sponsored applicants can also apply using SMU

    application form which can be download here  (SMU_application_form)

● Degree certificate or official proof of expected graduation (the degree certificate must be in Chinese or English with official school stamps or a notarized version in Chinese or English);

● Relevant transcripts (transcripts must be in Chinese or English with official school stamps or a notarized version in Chinese or English);

● Two recommendation letters from Associate Professors/ Professors (written in Chinese or English);

● HSK level-4 certificate, applicants whose previous diploma was officially issued in Chinese are exempted from this language requirement (for Chinese-taught program);

TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.0, native English speakers and applicants whose previous high school diploma was officially issued in English are exempted from this language requirement (for English-taught program);

Statement of purpose - around 1500 words for master’s degree candidates. Topics to cover: study and work experience, academic research results, planned research proposals, and personal development objectives after graduation;

● Catalogue and abstracts of published papers, as well as other documents that can prove academic ability;

● Copy of your passport bio-data; thus, the page with your biographical data (name, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, place of issue, and passport type information) and passport-sized photo;

● Medical examination report.


Enrollment: Shanghai Maritime University reserves the right to admit international students by written test or interview.



● All applicants are to ensure that the Shanghai Maritime University application form or scholarship (CGS or SGS) form is signed before sending it to the e-mail above.

Contact us


Postal address: International Education College, Shanghai Maritime University, Room B 808-1, Library Building,1550 Hai Gang Avenue, Lin Gang New City, Pudong District, Shanghai, zipcode: 201306