FAQ

 

 

Program

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

We have one intake of Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) every year. Program orientation and an Immersion Program for all incoming students usually start in August each year. Candidates could start their applications around September every year for the next year's intake.

What is the Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) class size each year?

The typical intake size is around 80 students.

When are classes held?

Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) core courses are run on Saturdays at the Clearwater Bay campus, usually from 9am to 6pm. Occasionally some elective courses are held in weekday evenings downtown. Electives are taken by full-time, Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) and exchange students.

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 professional certificates, transcripts, and syllabuses of courses taken, 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.

Careers

What kind of career support does the program offer students?

Please click HERE for more information on career service.

Admissions

How to complete the online application form? What kind of application materials are required to be submitted by the application deadline?

After the application portal upgrade on Feb 1st 2021, you are only required to complete the 4 required parts, i.e. 1/ Personal Particulars, 2/ Academic Qualification, 3/ Work Experience and Reference and 4/ Test Information, and uploaded your CV by the application deadline.

This process should take 20-30 minutes to complete. Click HERE for the sample online application form.

If your GMAT and/or English test scores (if applicable) are not available at the point of your application submission, you can indicate the exact availability date of the concerned test score.

Access our online application portal HERE

**Additional information and supporting documents will be required only if you have passed our preliminary shortlisting. You will receive email notification on your shortlisting status.

What will happen after submitting the application?

After submitting the application, you will be notified by email if you pass our preliminary shortlisting. You will have to provide the following additional information in the online application portal within 1 week after being shortlisted. Click HERE for the short-listed sample online application form. No admissions interview will be arranged if the required additional information is not received on time.

  1. Essays
  2. Skills & Professional Qualifications
  3. Study Allowance & Other Information
  4. Personality Assessment
  5. Supporting Documents

Only scanned 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.

If your official GMAT/GRE and/or IELTS/TOEFL score report is not yet available at this point, you can skip the relevant supporting documents and upload them as soon as they are available.

Remarks: You are required to submit the official documents and/or submit the certified true copies, with official imprint and signature, by the issuing authorities if you pass our admissions interview. You will receive detailed information from our Admissions Team in later stage.

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. A sample reference form (in PDF format) is available for 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 typical GMAT range of our students is 570-710.

Can the GMAT requirement be waived?

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

As applicants come from different academic backgrounds, different education institutions and 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.

Part-time MBA 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 are suggested to apply in either Round 1 or 2 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 could 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 score for the application?

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

Is a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

We follow the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score requirements set out by the university. Please refer to the HKUST Office of Postgraduate Studies (Admission Requirements) for more information: http://pg.ust.hk/cgi-bin/pg/eng/detail.php?catid=3&sid=8&tid=35

You will fulfill the English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

Proficiency Test Minimum Scores
TOEFL - iBT 80
TOEFL - pBT 550
IELTS

Overall Score: 6.5 and All sub scores: 5.5

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.

Are GRE scores accepted in place of GMAT?

If you have already completed your GRE exam and have a valid score from the past five years, you are welcome to submit the report. You should enter the test date of your GRE score, and upload the scanned report when prompted. You do not need to input your scores in the application system, but kindly email us at applymba@ust.hk with your Application ID to inform us if you wish to submit a GRE score in place of GMAT.

Do note that if you wish to submit your application and sit for an exam within the month after application submission, you are encouraged to take the GMAT exam instead of the GRE. For your reference, majority of our applicants submit GMAT scores which is an indication of their focus on business school programs.

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 https://europa.eu/europass/en/diploma-supplement for the detailed content of the DS and any further information.

How do you count work experience?

We take into account full-time work experience up to July 1st 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 residing in Hong Kong. Otherwise, a video interview via internet will be conducted. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

* In view of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering virtual admissions interview via Zoom for Intake 2021.

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 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.

International Program

What kind of overseas exposure or international study program is available under the Part-time MBA Program?

HKUST, being the only member school in Hong Kong in the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), gives our Part-time MBA students the opportunity to pursue credit-bearing Small Network Online Courses (SNOC), which are virtual networked education programs offered by other member schools including renowned universities such as Yale, Oxford, Berkeley, HEC across 28 countries. 

Please click HERE for more information about GNAM.

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 non-refundable deposit of HK$50,000 (equivalent to US$6,400), which will be offset against their outstanding program fee. The remainder of the program fee will be paid in two installments, in September when the program commences and in the following February respectively. (Exact payment schedule to be announced upon admissions)

Are any scholarships or financial assistance offered to Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) students?

Local students can apply for the Government's non-means tested loan and Continuing Education Fund, the latter offers reimbursement of up to HK$20,000 to eligible candidates.

 

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