Admissions

1. Do I need to submit all of the materials by the application deadline?

Yes, you have to submit the online application form including application fees, 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 the document uploading function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents.

The GMAT or GRE are highly recommended 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 any case, you should submit your scores within one month after the application deadline.

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

2. Is a minimum GMAT score required for admission?

We do not have a minimum score requirement. Applicants’ English ability will also be assessed during a face-to-face interview.

3. Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived?

We highly recommend applicants to take GMAT/GRE. As applicants come from different academic backgrounds, different education institutions, and different countries of origin, the GMAT/GRE score allows us to assess their academic ability to participate in an international program. Extensive research also supports the GMAT/GRE as a consistent measure of how well an applicant will handle postgraduate studies, particularly required courses.

If an applicant does not have GMAT or GRE scores, his/her English level will still be assessed during the interview.

4. I have not taken the GMAT/GRE yet. Should I submit my application?

You could first submit your application and indicate in the application form your scheduled test date. You are advised to schedule the GMAT/GRE within a month after the application deadline. An unofficial GMAT/GRE score report will be available right after the test and you upload the report in the application system for our reference.

5. How long is my GMAT/GRE result valid for?

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

6. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with my application?

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required if your first language is not English or your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

7. Is a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

For TOEFL, a score of 550 (paper test) or 80 (Internet test) is required. For IELTS, a minimum score of 6 is required.

8. How long is my TOEFL/IELTS result valid for?

Your TOEFL/IELTS result is valid for 2 years prior to the commencement of study.

9. What is the Institution Code for HKUST for GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS?

GMAT- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - HKUST Business School, Other master's degree programs, Full-Time or Part-Time

GRE - 3834

TOEFL - 0170

IELTS - Name of department: Postgraduate Outreach and Admissions Team
           Name of institution: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
           Address: Room 6418, Lift 25-26, Academic Building, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (No postal code is required for Hong Kong)

Please note that applicant is not required to send in the score report during application. Instead, the Program Office will ask for the certified true copies when you are being admitted into the program.

10. I have more than two years of full-time work experience. Will I have an advantage in being selected?

The HKUST MSGO program is a one-year full-time pre-experience postgraduate degree program. It is tailor-made for fresh graduates or those with short time working experience after graduation, and who possess multi-cultural aptitudes and aim to take up international leadership positions in their careers.

We also recognize the vital importance of recruiting a diverse group of students who will both benefit from and contribute to the program. Rather than selecting candidates based on a preconceived formula like academic performance and work experience, students are selected on the basis of their potential for an international career, how they will interact with each other as a group, how the program matches their individual needs and objectives, and the extent to which they are driven by and embrace success.

11. Who can be my referees?

As two reference letters are required, you should nominate two academic referees who know you well and can inform the University about your academic ability, character and capacity for postgraduate studies.

12. Is a personal interview required?

Yes. A face-to-face interview will be arranged for shortlisted candidates residing in Hong Kong. Otherwise, video interviews via the internet are conducted. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

13. What do I need to take to the interview?

If you are attending a face-to-face interview, you should bring along a personal identity document and the official certificate(s) of your degree/professional qualifications, in addition to any essential supporting documents that you have not provided to the Program Office.