The School offers a four-year, full-time Undergraduate Program leading to degrees of Bachelor of Management and Bachelor of Economics. The program requirements consist of three aspects: curriculum, other activities, as well as thesis and defense.
The undergraduate study is divided into two stages. For the first two years, all undergraduate students follow the same curriculum with courses in areas of general management and economics (it is called platform curriculum). Towards the end of the second year, each student selects a major area of study from the following three choices: Information Management and Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Accounting. In the next two years, students follow a curriculum specific to their "major."
The Academic Services Office promulgates a four-year instructional curriculum, which is disseminated to students upon their registration for the Program and acts as a guide for students during their undergraduate study. Students have some flexibility in selecting elective courses based on their interests and career development needs.
In general, undergraduate students of Tsinghua SEM are required to obtain at least 170 credits in their 4-year studies, including 140 credits of coursework study, 15 for summer practices, and 15 for comprehensive graduation thesis.
Other Learning Activities
In addition to the requirements on course studies, there are some other required activities, assigned with 15 credits. Students should get these credits before they are eligible to be conferred bachelor's degree. These required activities include: freshmen orientation, apprenticeship, summer English language camp, social survey, summer industrial internship, etc. All these activities are to cultivate the students with sense of social responsibility and skills of interpersonal communication, speaking and presenting in English, as well as experience of solving real-world problems.
These activities must be completed before thesis composition and defense process, and are organized and supervised by the Academic Services Office.
Thesis and Defense
Individual graduation thesis composition and defense come in the last semester of the Program under the guidance of individual faculty members, called thesis supervisors. The primary goal of this process is to train students to solve problems with acquired knowledge and techniques, and to cultivate their creative thinking ability. It starts with thesis proposal that has to be presented orally and approved by a group of three faculty members. The group provides collective advice to students in terms of topic and scope appropriateness, necessary literature review, research plan and method, etc. Students also have to pass mid-term checkup, which again is conducted by a group of faculty members. The purpose of the checkup is to make sure whether the thesis work is on track or needs some modification in any sense. Before thesis defense, thesis supervisor and another faculty member review the completed thesis and if necessary, thesis would be revised accordingly. Students should defend their thesis orally before a committee consisting of at least 3 faculty members.