FAQ

Program

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

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

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

The typical intake size is around 120 students, split into two classes.

When are classes held?

MBA for Professionals (Weekly Part-time Program) 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, MBA for Professionals (Weekly Part-time Program) 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 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 MBA for Professionals (Weekly Part-time Program) students can make arrangements to study abroad for one semester. The exchange program for MBA for Professionals (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.

Careers

What kind of career support does the program offer students?

Admissions

Do I need to submit all 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 copies of the supporting documents are required at the application stage. It is strongly recommended that applicants make use of our document uploading function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents.

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. Otherwise, please schedule your tests as early as possible and put your scheduled test date on 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 submit the official 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.

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 540-710.

Can the GMAT requirement be waived?

Generally, a GMAT score is always 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.

MBA for Professionals (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 are suggested to apply in either Phase 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 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: 6.0 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 http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm 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 after the first degree/professional qualification 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 in Hong Kong. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

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.

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, 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 MBA for Professionals (Weekly Part-time Program) students?

Local students can apply for the Government's non-means tested loan and Continuing Education Fund, the latter offers reimbursement of up to HKD 10,000 to eligible candidates.