Shanghai Conservatory of Music Admission Brochure of Master’s Degree Program for International Students 2019

Release Date: 2017-11-13

About Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Since its establishment on November 27, 1927, Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) has been exerting great efforts to improve China’s professional music education and has successfully developed a music education system and diverse teaching modes. With its time-honoured history and distinctive tradition, SHCM has had a significant impact on the development of professional music and the construction of professional music education system in modern and contemporary China. It has gradually established a comprehensive music disciplinary system which focuses on composition, theories of composition techniques and musicology while featuring its excellent music performance art disciplines. SHCM has long been reputed as “the cradle of musicians” owing to the large number of well-known music talents it has fostered. Since the Chinese economic reform started in 1978, the conservatory has continued to adhere to the strategy of quality education by taking the path of connotative development, leading to remarkable achievements in discipline construction, talent cultivation, music creation, art practice, and scientific research. In the 1990s, SHCM was twice ranked top ten among internationally renowned music academies and conservatories in terms of comprehensive strength and international influence by American & European and Japanese education intelligence agencies. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of SHCM in 1997, Comrade Jiang Zemin, the then General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, wrote an inscription for SHCM which reads “promoting top quality music education and establishing itself as a leader in the international music community”. This reveals Mr. Jiang’s recognition to the education quality of SHCM and further clarifies the goal of the school.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, SHCMers have won 920 awards in major national and international music competitions and performances. Among them, there are 230 Chinese national prizes such as the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music and the Splendor Award of the Ministry of Culture of China, and 245 top awards in the most important international music events, e.g. the Paganini International Violin Competition, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, the Besancon International Symphony Composition Competition, the Marguerite LONG International Piano Competition, the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, the International Singing Competition of Toulouse, the “Ciutat de Tarragona” International Award for Musical Composition, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. All these honors and awards show the outstanding achievements of SHCM and its extensive influence at home and abroad.

Currently, the faculty and all the students, under the leadership of the Party Committee of SHCM, are working hard to establish the conservatory into a world-class music school in accordance with the requirements of Comrade Jiang Zemin’s inscription. We are striving to make new contributions to the construction of socialist material and spiritual civilization by further improving the disciplinary structure, sticking to the connotative development strategy, strengthening the faculty and discipline construction and improving the quality of teaching to enhance the vitality of the school, thus achieving greater success and glory for SHCM.


Majors and Research Fields (See Appendix I)


Duration of the Program

The duration of the program is basically three years.


Enrollment Quota

We plan to enroll 46 students on the basis of competitive selection according to the candidates’ performance.


Application Qualifications

Applicants should be citizens of any country other than the People’s Republic of China and have a valid passport of that country. He/she must be 18 years old or above and be in good health with good moral character.
Applicants should comply with the Constitution and laws of the People’s Republic of China.
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree or a degree equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree or above.
Applicants should have certain music knowledge and good professional ability.
Language requirements: HSK 6 of the former Chinese Proficiency Test or HSK 4 Certificate of the current Chinese Proficiency Test (not less than 210 points).


Application Process

Submission of Application Materials

Applicants should post the application materials to SHCM’s Graduate Admissions Office (subject to the date of the postmark) and email the electronic version of the application materials to (with the title: Your Name+Country+Master Program Application Materials) before Nov. 20th. 2018.

List of Application materials:

A copy of main page of valid passport
Shanghai Conservatory of Music Postgraduate Program Application Form for International Students 2019
Photocopy of the original Diploma (expected graduation certificate is required for recent graduates) and Degree Certificate. A Chinese or English translation is required for certificate in other languages than Chinese and English.
Original copy of transcripts of all courses the applicant has taken during his/her undergraduate years. A Chinese or English translation is required for transcript in other languages than Chinese and English.
Application materials related to applicant’s major (See Appendix I for details)
3 identification photos in the size of 2.5cm * 3.5cm
A photocopy of the original Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate


※ No matter whether accepted or not, application materials submitted by the applicants will not be returned. For details of the examination schedule, please refer to the Entrance Examination Schedule which you can get during on-site information confirmation.

On-site Confirmation

International Education Office will send exam notices by email to those whose application materials have passed the review. Qualified applicants should confirm his/her information and pay the application fee (RMB 600 yuan) on-site in SHCM’s Graduate Admissions Office on Dec. 26 – 27, 2018. Applicants will get the Exam Attendance Docket and the Entrance Examination Schedule after his/her information is verified.

※ Materials required for the on-site confirmation include:

Original passport, exam notice, original diploma, original degree certificate, original HSK certificate

※ Where an applicant applying for chamber music program needs an ensemble as the accompaniment, he/she should confirm it on site one week in advance so that we can arrange it properly.



Exam methods: the approach of written test/ computer test + interview; or interview (including major test) depending on different majors,  Please see Appendix II for details.
Exam date: Dec. 28-30, 2018
Exam venue: Shanghai Conservatory of Music, No. 20, Fenyang Road, Shanghai, China
The specific exam requirements for different majors are detailed in Appendix II.
Please see the appendix to Shanghai Conservatory of Music Admission Brochure of Postgraduate Program for information about the designated books.




SHCM will make admission decisions on the basis of competitive selection by taking into consideration both the applicants’ academic performance and the enrollment quota.
International Education Office will notify applicants of the admission results by email before the end of March 2019.
SHCM will issue and send the Admission Letter in mid-July 2019.


Tuition and Scholarship Policy

The tuition for international graduate students is RMB 40,000 / year.

The scholarship policy is based on relevant official documents of the Chinese government and Shanghai municipal government, and will be implemented in conjunction with the Detailed Rules on the Review of Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarships and Grants of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Please see Appendix III for details.



SHCM will provide accommodation for international students and the accommodation fee is RMB 40 / day.


Contact Information

International Education Office of Shanghai Conservatory of Music:

Address: Room 203, Old Administration Building, No. 20, Fenyang Road, Shanghai

Tel: (021) 64316745/64310305

Contact: Ms. Wu/ Ms. Le


Contact Email:

Application materials email:

Zip Code: 200031


Graduate Admissions Office of Shanghai Conservatory of Music:

Address: Room 104, South Building, No. 20, Fenyang Road, Shanghai

Tel: (021) 64330407

Contact: Ms Lu/ Ms Zhi

Zip Code: 200031


2019-Application Form of Master Degree Program

Appendix I

Appendix II: Examination Approach and Specific requirements for different majors

Appendix III—Regulations on Application for and Review of Shanghai Government Scholarships for International Students