Partnership Programme

Partnership Masters Program in Economics

CUHK-Shenzhen and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) are establishing a partnership between master's degree programs in economics, which starts in the fall of 2018. This joint program offers a unique opportunity for students to receive world-class education from a prestigious US program and obtain knowledge about the Chinese economy and practical trainings/internships/job opportunities in China. All classes are conducted in English. UW-Madison will award the degree of Master in Economics to students that successfully complete all credit requirements after they transfer some credits taken at CUHK-Shenzhen.

Degree Requirements
Admission Requirements

Students will be offered two Master degrees after successfully completing the graduate studies at both UW-Madison and CUHK-Shenzhen.


30 credits in total with a minimum of 21 credits taken in Madison

Students who have completed a semester of courses at CUHK-Shenzhen as Associate Students would be expected to graduate from UW-Madison after two additional semesters of coursework at UW-Madison.


36 credits in total with a minimum of 18 credits taken in Shenzhen

Students who have completed two semesters of courses at UW-Madison would be also expected to graduate from CUHK-Shenzhen after one more year of coursework at CUHK-Shenzhen.

Study Plan (for reference only)

Year 1

Fall Term — CUHK-Shenzhen

Quantitative Methods in Economics

Advanced Econometrics

Advanced Macroeconomics

Spring Term — UW-Madison

ECON 701: Microeconomics I

ECON 690: International Financial Economics

ECON 704: Econometrics I


Summer Term — UW-Madison

Students may have the following two options:
Option A: Stay at UW-Madison and take courses
Option B: Participate in internship (0 credits).

Year 2

Fall Term — UW-Madison

ECON 708: Microeconomics II

ECON 705: Econometrics II


Graduate from UW-Madison

Spring Term — CUHK-Shenzhen

Advanced Programming for Economics


Summer Term — CUHK-Shenzhen


Fall Term — CUHK-Shenzhen

Graduate Internship (off campus)

Graduate from CUHK-Shenzhen


UW-Madison offers the following master's courses:

Core CoursesElective Courses
ECON701 Microeconomics IECON442 Macroeconomic Policy
ECON704 Econometrics IECON460 Economic Forecasting
ECON708 Microeconomics IIECON475 Economics of Growth
ECON705 Econometrics IIECON521 Game Theory & Economic Analysis
ECON702 Macroeconomics IECON548 Economics of Health Care
  ECON666 Issues-International Finance
  ECON690 Data Analytics for Economists
  ECON690 Economics of Machine Learning

CUHK-Shenzhen offers the following master's courses:


Admission Requirements

To join the partnership program, applicants must:

Hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university and have achieved an average grade of not lower than “B”; or equivalent;

Take the TOEFL/IELTS examination (required only if you are a non-native English Speaker). In most cases, students required to take the test must achieve a TOEFL score of 92 or better, OR a IELTS score of 7 or better;

Applicants for the Partnership Maters Program (2022 intake) are exempt from GRE/GMAT.

Application Checklist

Applicants MUST apply online via the online application system (https://pgapply.cuhk.edu.cn/) and submit the following supporting documents:

Curriculum Vitae (English);

Personal Statement (English);

Official Bachelor's or Master's Degree Certificate or Student Status Certificate in Chinese and English (must have stamp/seal of school and signature of an authorized school official);

Official Transcript in Chinese and English (must have stamp/seal of school and signature of an authorized school official);

A Copy of TOEFL/ IELTS,GMAT/ GRE score sheet;

Three Reference Letters in English (An invitation email will be sent automatically to your references by the application system);

Math Preparation Form from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Download (Please download the form and fill it out in English);

Other supporting documents

Note: Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of RMB 300.

Admission Process:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. An admission interview will be arranged for qualified candidates.

Students will be notified of the admission decision within two weeks following the interview.

Tuition Fee and Scholarships

Tuition Fees: CUHK-Shenzhen and UW-Madison are responsible for setting and collecting tuition/fees through their own university. Fulltime Enrollment Tuition at UW-Madison is currently $2000-$2200 US dollars per credit.

Scholarship: The students admitted to the partnership program have the opportunity of receiving scholarships from both CUHK-Shenzhen and UW-Madison to cover full/part of their tuitions.

Scholarship offered by UW-Madison: Up to USD20,000

Scholarship offered by CUHK-Shenzhen: Up to RMB216,000

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