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About the Program

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York offers a collaborative program for a Master's in Art Business with Tsinghua University.

During two semesters in Beijing and two semesters in New York, ending with a final capstone project, students receive their MA in Art Business degree from Sotheby’s Institute and gain official recognition from the Ministry of Education of China. The capstone project can be completed in New York, Beijing, or off-campus under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students may enroll in an optional third semester at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in a second area of study at Sotheby’s Institute in New York or London.

Over the course of their studies, students take courses across three fundamental areas: markets (the context for art business), management (the organizations of art business), and connoisseurship and collecting (the objects of art business).These areas encompass art law, marketing and strategy, finance and accounting, and specialized courses include emerging art markets, valuation, collection management and curating. Students seeking practical work experience in Beijing may be eligible for internships at organizations such as 798 Cultural & Creative Industry Investment Co., Ltd, Baoku China, China Minsheng Bank Private Banking, Taikang Space, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

All coursework and instruction at Tsinghua University is conducted in Mandarin. Instruction and coursework in New York is conducted in English. The curriculum table below includes all courses subject to the agreement. Students must complete all 12 transferable credits at Tsinghua University prior to starting two semesters of coursework in New York with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (Please note that transfer credits are not applicable to the Sotheby's Institute-New York cumulative GPA).

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates receive official recognition from the Ministry of Education of China and a Master’s Degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York. Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York holds permanent degree-granting authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is a 100-year-old research university that is regarded as the top higher learning institution in China. Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. Tsinghua has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research. Courses in the the MA in Art Business program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art–New York transfer credit agreement with Tsinghua University are taught by faculty from Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design and the School of Economics and Management.


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The Details
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Tsinghua University:

    • 348,000 CNY

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art:

    • Semester 3 $13,500

    • Field Study Fall 2020

    • Field Study Spring 2021 $700

  • Field Study

    Field Study

    First-hand encounters with art works, exhibition spaces, and the people who run them are an integral part of the learning experience and key to this program. New York is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are fundamental to the framework of the Institute. As the host to The Armory Show, Frieze, the Winter Antiques Show, and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York City provides many opportunities for students to meet gallerists and experts from around the world.
    The program also includes two field study courses during which students will immerse themselves in the local art community. The culmination of the field study course contextualizes art market, art historical and art object information through daily visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artist studios, and more. Students are expected to be active participants and to discuss ideas with local art world professionals. Trip locations vary per year to include timely and relevant exhibitions, fairs, and art world events. Past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Beijing, and the Venice Biennial.
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    All applicants wishing to transfer credits from Tsinghua University to the Sotheby's Institute MA in Art Business must apply online to Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY prior to starting course work in Beijing. Download the application.
    All MA applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.
    Required Application Documents

    • Academic transcripts/mark sheets from all undergraduate and post-secondary academic institutions*

    • Two letters of reference

    • Personal statement

    • Writing sample

    • CV or Resume

    • English language proficiency exam scores (IELTS level 7.0: TOEFL 100 IBT)
      Interview (in New York or online)

    • A non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD)

    *International transcripts must be accompanied by certified credential evaluations. The evaluation will convert the grades and GPA into the United States grading scale. For more information please visit World Education Services at
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    Students in the MA in Art Business program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York transfer credit agreement with Tsinghua University must have Mandarin language proficiency (fluent university-level reading, writing and speaking) in order to complete coursework at Tsinghua University.
    Deadlines & The Rolling Admissions Process 
    Sotheby’s Institute of Art operates a rolling admissions process, which means that applications are processed as soon as they are submitted. Therefore, it is advisable that applicants apply as early as possible to ensure places are still available. Traditionally, we receive the highest number of applications from March until June. Processing times during this period may be slower than the customary 3-4 weeks.

    • January 15: Candidates submitting their completed application prior to January 15, 2019 will receive an application fee waiver and priority with financial assistance grants.

    • March 1: Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance grants or scholarships should apply before March 1, 2019.

  • Contact


    Telephone: +1.646.438.7234
    Admissions Office
    Sotheby's Institute of Art
    570 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
    New York, NY 10022 USA