Application Deadlines and Procedures

Application procedures
  • We invite applications from September onwards for our annual intake the following August. For the full-time MBA program, we are targeting an intake of 100-120 students, split into two class sessions.
  • Admissions Timetable
    We recommend that international applicants apply by the first or second deadline to allow sufficient time for visa arrangement, personal preparations and arrival at Hong Kong for the MBA. Consideration of late applications will depend on the availability of places. Application deadlines for the 2017 intake are as follows.
  • Phase Application Deadline Interview Notification
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    Admission Results
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    1 Nov 9, 2016 (Wed) Jan 6, 2017 (Fri) Feb 3, 2017 (Fri)
    2 Jan 11, 2017 (Wed) Mar 10, 2017 (Fri) Apr 7, 2017 (Fri)
    3 Mar 8, 2017 (Wed) May 5, 2017 (Fri) Jun 2, 2017 (Fri)
  • Making an Application
    Applications can be made through our online system. Simply register as a user and you will be able to take as much time as necessary to complete the application form before the deadline.
  • Your application should include:
    • Completed online application form, including essays
    • Two online work reference forms
    • Academic transcripts 
    • GMAT score report
    • TOEFL/ IELTS score report (if applicable) 
    • Employment proof of all job positions after university graduation
    • Salary proof of the last 12 months
    • Application fee of HK$1,560
    Reference forms can be completed online by work referees. Scanned copies of academic transcripts, GMAT score reports, TOEFL/ IELTS score reports, as well as employment and salary proof are sufficient at the application stage. Applicants will be notified individually if original copies of supporting documents are required at this stage.
  • Application Fee
    The non-refundable application fee of HK$1,560 (approximately US$200) can be paid by:
    • Credit card as indicated in the online application form; or
    • Cash deposit to HKUST’s Hang Seng Bank account number 024 262 324999 014 in Hong Kong; or
    • Bank draft payable to “The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology”.  The original pay-in slip or bank draft, if applicable, should be mailed to the MBA Program Office.
  • Short listing
    Candidate profiles are reviewed upon full completion of online applications and full payment of the application fee. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.
  • Interview
    We conduct face-to-face interviews with shortlisted applicants residing in Hong Kong where possible. For candidates in other regions, video interviews via the Internet are arranged. Phone interview requests are not considered. Motivation, interpersonal and communication skills, career plans and maturity are assessed during the interviews.
  • Admissions Decision
    Evaluation is based on the information provided in the application, work references and interview performance. Admissions decisions are not formula-driven, and depend on the applicant’s overall profile. Applicants are notified of the admissions results via mail by 12 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Accepting an Offer
    Each successful candidate is required to return a signed acceptance form together with a non-refundable deposit of HK$50,000 before the stated offer acceptance deadline.



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