Consider the following before filling out your application. Click to expand the items below to find out more.
Self-reflection: The Right Program and the Right Timing
What is your motivation for applying for an MBA? Which program best fits your personal and career development goals?
If you are ready to make a radical career change and immerse yourself in a 12-month or 16-month MBA experience, consider the full-time MBA.
If you would like to accelerate your career in your current professional domain, consider the part-time MBA.
If you want to earn an MBA degree no matter where you are, consider joining our online Digital MBA for Global Leaders (DiMBA) program.
Preparing Your Application
The application process is straightforward and takes only 20–30 minutes to complete. Before you start, make sure that you have your identification document and latest C.V. to hand. These are the only two documents you will need when you submit your application. Other information (e.g., academic qualifications and test scores) can be filled in directly as you navigate the online application portal.
You can find more application details on the Apply Now page.
Scheduling Tests and Providing Test Scores
If you are required to take the GMAT/GRE or English proficiency test (IELTS/TOEFL) and haven’t yet done so, now is the time for you to schedule your test.
You should submit your score(s) to us within one month of your application.
If your test results are not yet available, you can indicate your test date in your application and our Admissions Committee will review the rest of your application while awaiting your test results.
Approaching Your Referees
References allow the Admissions Committee to better understand you from the perspective of someone who has worked with you or who knows you well. Your referees’ level of understanding about your suitability for the program is more important than their corporate title. Applicants should avoid inviting their family members to be their referees.
Think carefully about who you want to write your references. It never hurts to start the conversation with them at the early stages of your application. Their feedback can inspire and help you to formulate your goals and devise an even more solid MBA plan.
Starting the Admissions Process
Submitting the application is only the first step of your MBA journey. There are a few more steps to complete before you attend an interview and gain successful admission to the program.
Preparing Your Essays
If you are shortlisted for admission, you will be invited to complete four short application essays. We want to see how you envision your HKUST MBA journey.
The essays have a word limit, but you can write less if you wish: conciseness is always welcomed.
Connecting with the HKUST MBA Community
You can meet our students and connect with our student ambassadors via instant messaging HERE. Find out how they prepared for and aced their applications, while learning more about life in Hong Kong and how they master the art of time management to handle their busy schedules.
AFTER RECEIVING AN OFFER OF ADMISSION
Admission Offer and Acceptance
Successful candidates will receive an official offer of admission via email. If you receive an offer, you will have 2–3 weeks from the date of the offer email to indicate acceptance in the online application portal and upload proof of your deposit payment.
Request for Academic Transcripts and Official Documents
You will be required to provide official academic transcripts issued by the institution that you attended. Make sure that you review the documentation submission requirements listed in your offer letter. It is worth liaising with your institution early in case of delays.
Please approach our admissions advisor if you have any questions about what is required.