China's Practice in Crisis and Public Management


I. Introduction

The program aims to provide students with both theories and practices in crisis and public management. The curriculum emphasizes on enhance students’ understanding of the crisis and public management practice in China, including institutional frameworks, regimes, and policies. On completion of all the required subjects, the graduates will be equipped with professional knowledge, research skills, and interdisciplinary competence in responding to challenges in today’s global risk society. After completing all course work and succeeding in thesis defense, students will receive a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

School of Governance, NJU, on which the program relies, is one of the top institutes for public administration and governance. Its discipline of crisis management is in a leading position nationwide and enjoys a good academic standing internationally. It has a faculty of 55 full-time teachers, including many renowned scholars and leading figures. It has 4 undergraduate programs and 7 master’s and doctoral programs, with a mature, comprehensive and internationalized educational system.



II. Objectives of the Program

The program meets the actual needs of governments and NGOs in the context of world risk society, provides academic training and practices in crisis and public administration, and cultivates high-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-talented individuals with an international vision, specialized knowledge and operating skills.


III. Requirements

1. Admission

(1) Applicants should be non-Chinese citizens in good health.

(2) Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or above.

(3) Applicants whose native language is not English should submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (minimal requirement: TOEFL 85; IELTS 6.0).

(4)Applicants should be willing to learn Chinese and reach Level 3 of Chinese Language Proficiency Scales For Speakers of Other Language(Elementary Chinese) before graduation.

2. Medium of Instruction: English

3. Study DurationThe program, beginning in the fall semester, takes 2 years of full-time study, including classroom instruction, lectures series, practicum, and thesis writing.


IV. Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition: RMB 35,000 (about $5,000) per academic year

Scholarships: If you would like to apply for the international student’s scholarship, please contact the Institute for International Students.


V. Core Curriculum & Faculty

1. Core Curriculum


Course Title



General Courses

Overview of China



Chinese Language



Core Courses

China’s Politics and Society

Wang Shaoguang and Chen Wei


China’s Public Policy Analysis

Wei Shu and Yang Lijing


China’s Crisis Management

Zhang Haibo and Lin Xue


Empirical Research Method & Writing

Tao Peng and Ding Xiang


Geographic Information Systems & Technologies

Dou Wen


Elective Courses

Understanding Risk Culture

Zhang Ziyuan


Crisis Communication

Farland Chang



Cutting-Edge Lecture Series on China’s Crisis Management

Louise Comfort, Tong Xing, Gao Xiaoping, Kong Xiangtao, Kong Xiangyong



Social practicum




Graduation thesis




2.Faculty Profiles

Louise Comfort, Distinguished Professor and Global Vision Lecturer, NJU. She is a professor of public and international affairs and director of the Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in political science and philosophy, Macalester College, a MA in political science, University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in political science, Yale University. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Her field of research focuses on decision making under conditions of uncertainty and providing administrators with information technology application of decision support system under emergency circumstances.


Tong Xing is a professor and doctoral supervisor at the School of Governance, NJU. He is director of the Center for Societal Risk and Public Crisis Management Studies, NJU; director of Jiangsu Social Risk Research Base. He is also a winner of special government allowance awarded by the State Council.


Zhang Haibo received Ph.D. in management from NJU. He is a professor, doctoral supervisor and a vice dean of the School of Governance, NJU. He is the executive director of the Center for Societal Risk and Public Crisis Management Studies, NJU; executive director of Jiangsu Social Risk Management Research Base; editor-in-chief of Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research; and an editorial board member of China Emergency Management. He is in talent-support projects such as Changjiang Scholar of Ministry of Education, and Distinguished Professor of Jiangsu Province.


Wei Shu received Ph.D. in law from NJU. She is a professor and doctoral supervisor at the Department of Administration and Supervision, NJU. Her field of research focuses on government personnel management, public policy, and local governance.


Farland Chang holds a B.A., Cornell University, and a M.A., Columbia University. He has over 30 years of experience working in the field of journalism, including working as an NBC correspondent and the news anchor for Business, CNN International. He is also an Emmy Awards winner.


Wang Shaoguang, Schwarzman Scholars professor, Tsinghua University; professor emeritus, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Gao Xiaoping, member of the Emergency Management Experts’ Team, State Council; former executive vice chair, Chinese Public Administration Society; adjunct professor, School of Governance, NJU


VI. Application Method

Please turn to for the detailed application instructions.

VII. Contact

School of Government, Nanjing University

Contact: Zhang Haibo, Lin Xue, Zhuang Lei

Tel.: 86-25-89681355




Institute for International Students

Contact Person: Lu Yishuo

Tel: 86-25-83593586




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