Dual Master’s Degree in Applied Economics (CUHK) and Social and Economic Policy (Northwestern)

Dual Master’s Degree in Applied Economics (CUHK) and Social and Economic Policy (Northwestern)

Chinese University of Hong Kong and School of Education and Social Policy

Now Accepting Applications For Fall 2021

Earn two master of science degrees from two top-tier global universities—The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Northwestern University in the United States—in an innovative 17-month program.

Overview

Modern economic and public-policy decisions demand mastery of quantitative methods and data-driven analysis. A pathbreaking dual-degree program—jointly designed by the Department of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University—opens the door to the study of economics and its application to real world policies in both Chinese and US contexts.

Students spend 10 months at CUHK, taking courses team-taught by CUHK and Northwestern faculty, then transition to Northwestern for 7 months of additional coursework. Upon completion of the program, students receive a master of science in applied economics from CUHK and a master of science in social and economic policy from Northwestern.

The CUHK Department of Economics is among Asia’s top-tier schools, known for its leading research on Chinese economic issues. Northwestern University, with a main campus just north of Chicago and fronting Lake Michigan, is ranked ninth-best in the US. Its School of Education and Social Policy, ranked seventh-best in the US, is world-renowned for the study of social, educational, and economic policy. Both universities have multicultural student bodies and alumni networks that span the globe.

The CUHK-Northwestern dual-degree program is expected to attract highly qualified students who will become leaders in their professions: as policy makers in civil service and nonprofit organizations and as economic analysts and thought leaders in public and private industry and academia. The program is distinctive for its academic concentrations and rigor, the prestige of its institutions and faculty, its affordability, and its incomparable student experience.

Curriculum | Timeline | Deadlines

The program requires completing 15 courses for a total of 36 units of credit, including 22 units in economics, policy, and quantitative analysis and 14 units in electives.

August 2021–May 2022 at CUHK

Fall Semester Spring Semester
4 required courses (semester-equivalent) at 3 units each
2 elective
CUHK courses (semester-equivalent) at 3 units each

3 required/elective Northwestern courses (quarter-equivalent) at 2 units each

12 units

12 units

June 2022–December 2022 at Northwestern

Summer Quarter Fall Quarter

Required/elective courses (quarter-equivalent) at 2 units each
Required/elective courses (quarter-equivalent) at 2 units each

6 units

6 units
  • Application Deadlines


    • Round 1: Oct. 16, 2020
    • Round 2: Dec. 11, 2020
    • Round 3: Feb. 26, 2021

    All required documents must be received before an application is considered. Those not selected in one round will be reassessed in the next round until admissions close.