About the Master's program in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science and Technology at Peking University seeks top international students to join our Master program and make innovative and impactful research in a world-class research environment. 


· This program includes many outstanding faculty members who taught and conducted research at prestigious institutions overseas previously, such as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), University of Minnesota (USA), York University (Canada), University of Liverpool (UK), University of Tokyo (Japan) and CNRS (France).

· We value diversity. Currently we have students from Canada, Australia, Spain, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

General Information of the Program

1 Program disciplines: Computer architecture, computer applications, computer software and theory

2Full-time enrollment;

3 3-year program;

4The language of teaching is English.

Application Requirements

1)    Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens;

2)    Applicants must have obtained a bachelor degree and students who graduated from non-Chinese universities must hold a bachelor degree from a university accredited by the Ministry of Education of China. Applicants who are currently in their senior year in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all requirements before enrollment.

3)    Applicants must be proficient in English. Non-native English speakers or candidates whose undergraduate education was not conducted in English are required to submit a TOEFL, GRE, or IELTS test score as proof of English proficiency. Applicants with the following scores would be considered competitive:

-    TOEFL 100 + in iBT (Internet-Based TOEFL);

-    Or, GRE 320 +,

-    Or, IELTS 6.5 +.

4)    All applicants shall be in good physical condition and carry no infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health, or which fall under any of the health situations prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations.

Application Deadline and Mailing Address

Date: March 20, 2020.

Address: Room 1122, Science Building No.1, Department of Computer Science and Technology, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing, China,100871. Tel: +86-10-62750278.

The Checklist of Application Materials



Original   copy



PKU Application Form

Please visit http://www.studyatpku.com, fill in the application form   and submit, print a hardcopy and sign, and attach a portrait photo within the   last 6 months.




Graduation certificate and degree diploma

Original documents or certified copies   need to be prepared (Students expecting to graduate should provide an   official letter stating expected graduation date)




Official Transcripts

Official transcripts of your   academic achievement up to the present, including courses taken and standard   achieved, must be original documents or certified copies either in Chinese or   English.




Personal Statement

1500 words for master program, personal statement must be   written in English. It shall cover essential information such as applicant’s   academic background, work experience, achievements, and future career plans,   including a research plan. Please click here (http://www.isd.pku.edu.cn/personalstatement.doc) to download the template.




Recommendation Letters

Two recommendation letters from your referees. The referees should   be professors or persons with relevant academic title. At least one of them   should have knowledge of your recent academic work. The format of the   recommendation letter must be original documents either in Chinese or   English. Please click here (http://www.isd.pku.edu.cn/recommendation.doc) to download the template.




English Language Proficiency Test   Results

Applicants who are not native   English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not conducted in English   shall provide required TOEFL, GRE or IELTS test scores.




Photocopy of   a Valid Passport

Passport type must be ordinary. All   successful candidates must enter China and register with Peking University   using the same passport as used for applying for the program.




Proof of academic achievements

Table of contents and abstracts of   your academic publications and any other original achievement in your field.





In English.



Note: None of the materials submitted will be returned.

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of 800 RMB or equivalent US dollars. International applicants are required to use the online payment while applying through the PKU online application system.

Department Examination

The eligibility of all the applicants will be evaluated by the Admission Committee, organized by Department of Computer Science and Technology. The committee will select qualified applicants and schedule an interview in March, 2020.

An interview is required before an applicant can be admitted, including Q&A on personal scientific research experience and research achievement, personal acknowledgement and perspective related to the research area of the program, research plan and initial career path plan. The Admission Committee will give a comprehensive evaluation for applicants and submit the admission recommendation to the Graduate School of Peking University.


After the department examination, International Students Division will declare the names of successful candidates accepted to our program via http://www.isd.pku.edu.cn. The admission letter will be posted out in late June 2020 together with other necessary documents for the visa application.

Tuition and Scholarship

The tuition fee of the Master program is RMB 50,000 Yuan per year, and RMB 150,000 Yuan in total for three years.

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships.

1. Chinese Government Scholarship. The scholarship application should be directed to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s home country. The application time is from now to April 2020 (it may vary for different countries). Please find out the application deadline for your country in advance. Part of the tuition fee and some other fees like dormitory fees, allowance and insurance can be covered if the application is successful.

2. Beijing Government Scholarship for International Students. Please contact the International Students Division at Peking University for details of this scholarship.

3. Peking University Scholarship for International Students. Please contact the International Students Division at Peking University for details of this scholarship.

More details can be found at www.isd.pku.edu.cn and www.cs.pku.edu.cn.


Students are required to successfully complete all course work, a Master thesis and the defense of the thesis within the required time period. After meeting all above requirements and with the approval of University Degree Committee, the Master's Degree in Computer Science at Peking University will be awarded.

Contact Information

l International Students Division, New Sun Student Center, Peking University, Tel: (86-10) 62751230

l Office for Admission, Graduate School, Peking University, Tel: (86-10) 62751354

l Department of Computer Science and Technology, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Tel: (86-10) 62750278, Email: gradadmissions.cs@pku.edu.cn