⬡  Check out these frequently asked questions from our candidates.


We admit one intake of the Digital MBA for Global Leaders program (DiMBA) every year, which normally commences in February. 

DiMBA core classes are normally run on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:30pm. For flexible core and elective classes, they are arranged on weekday evenings after 7:00pm or weekends during daytime.

All DiMBA core courses are delivered online with interactive virtual classes using our digital learning technology, whereas we offer both digital and face-to-face (subject to availability) flexible cores and electives for you to choose from. 

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.

We normally do not encourage students to extend their length of study. However, we do offer study extensions, subject to the university's approval, for students who cannot complete the program within the defined time frame because of other engagements in life or work.

All students must complete the whole program within 5 years to be able to graduate from HKUST.

General Admissions

You are only required to input the following information and upload your CV by the application deadline, which should take only 20-30 minutes to complete:

⬡ Personal Particulars;
⬡ Academic Qualifications;
⬡ Work Experience and Reference; and
⬡ Test Information

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

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.

To make it easier for applicants from different time zones to manage, the exact cut-off time for each round will be by 11:59pm at your local time on the day of the application deadline.

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

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

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to our admissions interviews, which are normally conducted virtually. 

You will be required to show your personal identify document, e.g. HKID/passport, to confirm your identity during the interviews. 

After successfully submitting your application by the deadline, you will know whether you are shortlisted for interview by the "Interview Notification" deadlines as indicated in our admissions timetable.

All applicants, whether they are invited to an interview or not, will receive the admissions results by email from us by the "Admissions Results" deadlines in the above timetable. 


We do not have a minimum score requirement. As a point of reference, the average GMAT score of our part-time students is 610.

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.

DiMBA 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 university. 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.

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.

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

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 are not required to input your scores in the application system, but need to email us at dimba@ust.hk with your Application ID to inform us that you wish to submit a GRE score in place of GMAT.

If you have not yet taken the GMAT/GRE test, you are highly encouraged to submit a GMAT instead of GRE result. For your reference, majority of our applicants submit GMAT scores which is an indication of their focus on business programs.


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.

We follow the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score requirements set out by the university as follows:

⬡  TOEFL-iBT: 80*
⬡  TOEFL-pBT: 550
⬡  TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
⬡  IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Work References/Other Documents

Work references are written by those you have formerly worked with to give the Admissions 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 is available for your reference.

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.

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 of your education, such as the qualification and its standard, content and results, etc.

You can refer to the Application Checklist here. In the application stage, you are only required to submit the soft copies of these documents. 

We will inform you when the original/hard copies of these documents are required in the later stage of your admissions process. 

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