Application FAQs

Do you have questions about the application process? Check this page and you can find the frequently asked questions and their answers.

General Information:

Q: How many MBA programs does Guanghua offer at present?

A: Guanghua offers 3 different MBA programs, along with an additional 13 double degree programs available to all MBA students.





Full Time Global MBA


2 years

Beijing, China

Part-Time MBA


2 years

Beijing/Shenzhen/Chengdu, China




2 years

Beijing & Shanghai, China

New York & Ithaca, US

*All elective courses offered in both Chinese and English will be open to all admitted students.

Q: What are the requirements of applying for the Peking University Guanghua MBA Program?

A: Applicants who are interested in applying should visit Peking University Guanghua MBA‘s admissions website. You can find detailed requirements there.

Q: I took the GMAT/GRE test several times with different scores. Which one will you take into consideration?

A: We will take your highest score into consideration and we accept all scores taken within the past 5 years.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A: GPA is not the only factor we consider, although our students usually have very competitive undergraduate GPAs. There are many other equally important components of each student’s application. GPA is just one factor the Admissions Board uses to evaluate a candidate.

Q: Where can I find more information on scholarship opportunities?

A: Please check this page.

Q: Do I need to be able to speak Chinese in order to participate in the English language (GMBA) programs? Are GMBA students permitted to take classes taught in Chinese (PMBA) and vice versa?

A:There are no Chinese language requirements for GMBA program candidates. However, GMBA students can take elective courses taught in Chinese if their proficiency level is high enough (HSK 6 or higher recommended). In addition, both GMBA and PMBA students can take English-taught elective courses.

Students enrolled in the Global MBA program are also provided with a four-week Chinese language training courses before their program officially starts in September. This four-week training course is free for our enrolled Global MBA students to help them learn the Chinese language and quickly adapt to China.

Q: When should I submit my application? When is the deadline for submission?

A: Guanghua uses a rolling admission procedure. You can submit your application any time before April 30 in order to be considered for that year’s beginning class. There are 5 application rounds. Please check the detailed information here.

Q: Is it best to apply early?
A: It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Normally, early application ensures that you will receive an earlier decision from the admissions committee. However, it is important not to rush your application. We encourage you to take the time necessary to submit a thoughtful, well-prepared and complete application which best highlights your individual strengths and achievements in order to be as competitive as possible. Regardless of the round in which your application has been submitted, the admissions committee will give full and fair consideration to your candidacy.

Work Experience:

Q: Do internships and cooperative education count as work experience?

A: No, but they still may be considered valuable life experience.

Q: How much work experience should I have before applying?

A: At least 3 years full time work experience is required for college graduates, and 2 years for applicants with master or higher degrees. We evaluate work experience not in terms of quantity, but rather in terms of quality. Above all, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a strong record of success and possess a clear vision for the future. When referencing work experience, applicants should highlight skills developed, contributions they have made to organizations, and leadership responsibilities.

Q: What type of work experience are you looking for?

A: We seek diversity in the professional backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants’ profiles. No one industry or field is favored over another. We are more interested in the applicants’ contribution to the group or organization than which specific industry the applicant is employed in.  

Letters of Recommendation:

Q: Who may write my letters of recommendation?

A: Recommendations should be from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing your professional performance. At least one, and preferably both of the recommendations should come from an employer or supervisor.

·Recommendations from former professors are not as helpful to the Admissions Committee since they cannot evaluate your performance in a professional setting. Of course there are exceptions, but a recommendation from a current or former employer usually provides more helpful information.

·There are situations in which applicants do not wish to inform current supervisors that they are applying to business school. In this case, a former manager, client, or supervisor from an extracurricular organization may provide a recommendation.

·It is important that recommendations provide details and/or examples to support opinions about an applicant. For example, addressing that "Mike is a great team player" does not provide as much insight as providing concrete examples of how well Mike performed in a team when faced with certain responsibilities and challenges. Recommendations that state strong feelings, either positive or negative, without examples are not helpful.

Q: What if I don't want to use my current employer as a reference?

A: We understand having concerns about using a current employer. Previous employers, college professors, clients, and other supervisors can be used as references if you are uncomfortable with requesting one from your current employer. Your reference should be familiar enough with you and your work to give us a clear and accurate understanding of your abilities and experience.


Q: When will the interview be conducted?

A: Usually, shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interviewin November, December, March or April.Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required prior to acceptance into the program. An invitation to interview is a positive indicator no matter when you receive it.

Q: How long will the interview be?

A: The interview will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will be conducted by Guanghua faculty, a member of the MBA Admissions Board, as well as alumni or industry experts.

Q: When will I receive the interview result?

A: Usually, we will issue an unofficial offer letter via email within 1-2 weeks of the interview. A hardcopy admission letter will be mailed to all accepted applicants in late June each year.

Visa,Accomodation & Medical Insurance:

Q: Which department should I contact for issues related to VISA, Residence Permit, the payment of tuition, or Medical Insurance?

A: Guanghua School of Management is ONLY in charge of admissions, interview, course development and arrangement, teaching, and other academic issues. The International Students Division (ISD) of PKU is responsible for the payment of tuition, issuing of medical insurance and assisting international students with visa and residence permit issues. The International Students Division (ISD) of PKU can be contacted at:


Tel:  86-10-62751012;

Location: Room 330, Building 3, New Sun Student Center of Peking University

Q: How and where can I apply for a Visa?

A: You can apply for a student visa at Embassy or Consulates of the People’s Republic of China within your country with our offer letter and the standard visa application form (JW 202).

Q: Which type of visa should I apply for?

A: MBA students should apply for an X-visa, and exchange students (studying less than 6 months) should apply for an F-visa.


Residence Time

Required Certificate


One month maximum residence time with 1 or 2 entries.

No documents required from PKU.


Up to 180 days

Students can either enter China with an L-Visa, and transfer to F-Visa with the assistance of the ISD, PKU; or get an F-visa outside of China with the invitation letter (the ISD will then assist students in switching to an X visa if needed after they have arrived and registered with Guanghua).  


More than 6 months

JW202 application form with official stamps from Peking University required (obtained after arriving andregistering with Guanghua).

Q: Do I need to apply for a residence permit?

A: Students with an X-visa who will study for more than 6 months should apply for a temporary residence permit, while an X-visa holder who will study for over a year should apply for a “Foreign Business Permit” (Again, the ISD will assist registered Guanghua students in this process).

Q: Do I need to buy medical insurance?

A: All students are required to be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students must at least be insured against Accidental Injuries and Hospitalization costs.

Q: Where can I buy medical insurance?

A: Students can either buy the insurance from PKU before coming to China or buy it in China on registration day this year. Even students possessing individual international medical insurance must participate in the PKU health insurance program.

Q: Is housing available for overseas students?

A: For overseas students, you can choose to either live on campus or rent an apartment outside.

w Zhongguanyuan Global Village, PKU (On-campus)

5 minutes walking distance from PKU East Gate

Tel: +86-10- 62752288-70818

You can also find information from rental agencies’ websites.



Application Fee, Tuition and Scholarships:

Q: Do I need to pay an application fee?

A: A nonrefundable application fee of RMB 800 is required for all applications.

Q: How much is the tuition and when should I pay for it? How about Double MBA Degree students?

A: For Guanghua Full-time Global MBA Program (in English), the tuition fee is 188,000 RMB for the whole program.

For Guanghua Part-time MBA Program (in Chinese), the tuition fee is 398,000 RMB for the whole program.

For Cornell-Peking MMH/MBA program, the tuition fee is 319,000 RMB paid to Guanghua and 45,000 USD paid to Cornell.

For Double Degree Programs, the tuition may vary. Please check this page and learn more.

Tuition fees are subject to change each year at the discretion of PKU.

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