FAQ

Program

How many intakes do you have each year? When do they start?

We have one intake of 2 years' MBA for Professionals (Bi-weekly Part-Time Program) every year. Program orientation and an Immersion program for all incoming students start in January 2018. Candidates should start their applications around December 2016 for the intake 2018.

What is the MBA for Professionals (Bi-Weekly Part-Time program) class size each year?

The regular class size is 50-60 students.

When are classes held?

MBA for Professionals (Bi-weekly Part-Time Program) courses run bi-weekly on weekends for intake 2018 at the HKUST main campus and Shenzhen campus whole day from 9:30am to 6:00pm.

Can I claim course exemptions for my previous study?

Yes, but credits for exempted courses have to be replaced by electives. Some courses can be exempted for students who have obtained certain qualifications with proof provided, such as transcripts and syllabuses of courses taken within the past 7 years, when the content and level of the previous courses are equivalent to those of the exempted courses and satisfactory grades were achieved.

Is it possible to extend the length of my study?

We normally do not encourage students to extend their length of study. However, we do offer study extensions for students who cannot complete the program within the defined timeframe because of other engagements in life or work. All students must complete the whole program within 5 years.

Exchange Program

Will I be able to join any of the partner schools in your exchange program?

Yes, provided that space is available from the partner schools after priority of exchange program is given to full-time MBA students and if part-time students can make arrangements to study abroad for one semester. The exchange program for MBA for Professionals (Bi-weekly Part-Time Program) takes place in the second year of study.

Do I need to pay tuition fees at the exchange school?

Students continue to pay HKUST tuition fees for the credits they take at exchange schools. Other expenses such as flights, accommodation and living expenses during the exchange are borne by the students.

Admissions

Do I need to submit application material by the application deadline?

Yes, you have to submit the online application form, application fees, two reference forms, and copies of supporting documents by the application deadline. Only scanned/faxed copies of the supporting documents are required at the application stage. It is strongly recommended that applicants make use of our document upload function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents. Note that each scanned document should not extend 1 MB.

The GMAT is required for application and you are required to take TOEFL or IELTS unless your first language is English or your qualification is awarded by a university or an institute where the language of instruction is English. You are advised to have the test scores ready when you submit the application. In either case, you are required to submit your scores within one month after application deadline.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you are required to show the original documents and/or submit the certified true copies, with official imprint and signature, by the issuing authorities.

What do you mean by work references?

Work references are written by those you have previously worked with to give the admission committee insights into your previous work experience and your personal and professional qualities and attributes such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, and confidence. The referee should be someone who knows you well enough and can attest to your work performance and personal and professional qualities. You are recommended to submit work references from your current or former work supervisors, you may also invite colleagues or partners you have previously worked with to provide work reference.

How should the work references be submitted?

You will be asked to input the names and contacts of your referees in the online application, after which the application system will automatically send an email to your referees and ask them to fill out reference forms. You can check the status of the references in the application system once you have completed the application form and submitted the application fee.

Is a minimum GMAT score required for admission?

We do not have a minimum score requirement. As a point of reference, the GMAT mid 80% range of our students is 540-690.

Can the GMAT requirement be waived?

Generally, a GMAT score is always required for our MBA program.

As applicants come from different academic backgrounds at different education institutions, with various levels of work experience, the GMAT score allows us to assess these applicants’ academic ability for an international MBA program. Extensive research also supports that it is a consistent measure reflecting how well an applicant will handle the MBA studies, particularly on required courses.

MBA for Professionals (Bi-weekly Part-Time Program) candidates with over 7 years of extensive work experience and a strong academic background might have the GMAT requirement waived subject to approval by the School. Admitted candidates will be notified of the result of their GMAT waiver upon receiving the admissions offer from us.

It is possible for the request to be rejected, after which the candidate will still be required to submit a satisfactory GMAT score as an admissions condition. Therefore, those seeking to have their GMAT requirement waived should apply in the first round to allow sufficient time to take the test in case the waiver request is unsuccessful.

I have not taken GMAT yet. Should I submit the application?

You can submit your application first, and indicate your scheduled test date in the application form. You are advised to schedule GMAT within a month after the application deadline.
An unofficial GMAT score report will be available right after the test, you should email the report to our office for reference.

How long is my GMAT result valid for?

Your GMAT result is valid for 5 years prior to the commencement of study.

Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS-Academic score for the application?

A TOEFL/IELTS-Academic score is not required if your first language is English or English was used as the medium of instruction in your undergraduate studies.

Is a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

As a point of reference, for TOEFL, our students typically get a score of at least 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) or 100 (Internet test). For IELTS, our students typically get 7.0 or above for the overall score and 6.5 or above for all the sub-scores.

The school does set a minimum English requirement for admission to all postgraduate studies (see if we would like to mention in our website): http://pg.ust.hk/cgi-bin/pg/eng/detail.php?catid=3&sid=8&tid=35 

Proficiency TestMinimum Scores
TOEFL-iBT 80
TOEFL-pBT 550
IELTS Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

How do you count work experience?

We take into account full-time work experience after the first degree/professional qualification up to the January of the year in which study commences.

Does the Admissions Committee favor applicants with certain undergraduate majors or work experience?

Our admissions aim to bring together a group of participants with diverse backgrounds, and we do not favor any particular academic training or work experience.

Is a personal interview required?

Yes. A face-to-face interview will be arranged for short-listed candidates in Shenzhen.

What do I need to bring along to the interview?

You should bring along a personal identity document, i.e. HKID/passport, in addition to any essential supporting documents that you have not provided to the MBA Program Office.

How and when will I know the result of my application?

Applicants who are short-listed for interviews are notified by eight weeks after the application deadline. Admissions results are sent out via mail twelve weeks after the application deadline.

What is a diploma supplement? Do I need to submit it?

Candidates who completed their degrees in Europe may be required to provide the diploma supplement (DS) issued by your university. According to the European Commission, a diploma supplement is an official document accompanying a higher education diploma which provides details, such as the qualification and its standard, content and results, etc. of the study. You may refer to http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/ds_en.htm for the detailed content of the DC and any further information.

Financial Aid

Is the program fee paid in a lump sum or by installments?

A successful applicant who accepts an offer from the program is required to pay a deposit of HK$50,000, which will be offset against their outstanding program fee. The remainder of the program fee will be paid in four installments, at the beginning of each semester.

Are any scholarships or financial assistance offered to part-time students?

Student from the CNS (Company Nomination Scheme) participating companies can apply for a scholarship of HKD 40,000 for intake 2017. The scholarship policy is subject to change each year.