Over the years, we have received many valuable referrals from our global HKUST alumni for candidates to join the HKUST MBA programs. The support from our alumni has made the community stronger and better.

Candidates referred by our MBA or EMBA alumni often have an in-depth understanding of HKUST and our programs through their engagement with our alumni. They usually prove to be a great fit for our programs and are keen to join the HKUST MBA family.

Benefits of the Scheme

Eligible candidates will be entitled to:

  • an application fee waiver (HK$500)
  • a guaranteed admissions interview
Eligibility for the Scheme

Eligible candidates must be:

  • referred by an HKUST MBA or EMBA alumnus or
  • a graduate of any HKUST degree program (excluding short-term courses)
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HKUST MBA/EMBA Alumni Identify Talents and Act as a Referee

All HKUST MBA and EMBA alumni are encouraged to recommend talents to join the HKUST MBA program by serving as a referee. To be a referee, you must submit an online reference form as part of the recommended candidate’s application. (See Step 3 for details)

Each MBA or EMBA alumnus can recommend up to 5 candidates in each academic year.

Candidate Nominates an HKUST MBA/EMBA Alumnus as Referee in the Online Application

The recommended candidate must nominate an HKUST MBA or EMBA alumnus/alumna as his/her referee and input the referee’s contact details and official name in the referee section of the online application. Upon receipt of the alumnus’ contact details, an online reference form will be sent automatically to the email address provided.

* A change of referees is not allowed once the reference form has been sent to the referee(s).


Alumnus/Alumna Referee Completes the Online Reference Form

Upon receipt of the online reference form (see sample form), the alumnus reference should provide his/her

  1. Program Name (MBA or EMBA)
  2. Year of Graduation
  3. Student ID Number

in the reference form for verification of alumnus/alumna status.

Candidate Selects “HKUST Alumni Referral Waiver” Before Application Submission

It is important that the candidate nominates his/her referee as one of our HKUST MBA or EMBA alumni before clicking the “Send Reference Form” button in the online application. No subsequent changes can be made once the reference form request has been sent.

Before submitting the online application, the candidate must select “Alumni Referral” as the payment method for the application fee in the online application, otherwise the candidate will be asked to settle the application fee by online payment. Once a payment has been made, no subsequent changes are allowed. The application fee waiver request will be reviewed and approved by our Admissions Team once they have verified the alumnus referee’s identity.


Candidates who are HKUST alumni are automatically eligible for the Scheme. Such candidates must indicate “HKUST” as their undergraduate or postgraduate university on the online application. Before submitting the application, a candidate must select “Returning Alumni” as the payment method for the application fee on the online application. The application fee waiver request is reviewed and approved by our Admissions Team once they have verified the identity of the alumnus. The HKUST MBA Alumni Referral Scheme is mutually exclusive with the Company Nomination Scheme and other scholarships or professional awards offered by HKUST. Candidates can only claim a fee waiver, reduction or allowance through one of these schemes.

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