PhD PROGRAMS - Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements
Prior Educational Background

Applicants for admission to PhD programs must possess a good first degree from a recognized university or an approved institution. An applicant's undergraduate background is not a precondition for admission. We encourage students from both business and non-business majors, such as science, engineering, arts and other areas, to apply.

Application Date

Admission to PhD programs is for the beginning of the fall semester. Applicants are urged to submit all application materials (including copies of GMAT and TOEFL scores) by the designated deadline. Applications submitted after this date will be considered only if spaces are available. As not every department will consider admission to their PhD program for each year, applicants should check with individual departments before they apply. Applicants will be notified of the decisions no later than May.

Applications for PhD study in the academic year of 2017/18 will start in September 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), which was established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's institutions.

The Fellowship provides the awardee with a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (~USD2,500) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~USD1,300) per year for a maximum period of three years. For more details, please visit here.

Important Dates to Note

Deadline for completing the initial HKPFS application via RGC System: 1 December 2016 (12:00nn)

Deadline for HKPFS application via HKUST Online Admissions System: 4 December 2016 (11:59pm)

Deadline for non-HKPFS application:  1 Feb 2017 (11:59pm)

Applications must be submitted to the online admission system.

GMAT/GRE Requirements

An applicant must demonstrate his/her capability for graduate studies by obtaining a satisfactory score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or other equivalent means. The test score is not the primary deciding factor for admission to doctoral studies. However, applicants with a GMAT score below 600 must have a strong academic record and/or extensive experience in their chosen field to demonstrate their potential.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English will also have to meet the English requirements.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test (PBT) score ≥ 550

Internet-based test (iBT) score ≥ 80

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score ≥ 6.0, all sub-scores ≥ 5.5

N.B. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

In addition to the above, individual departments may require higher English proficiency results.

Study Cost

Application Fees
Online application (per program)
Tuition Fees
Full-time RPg tuition fees* per annum
*Payable in two equal installments at the beginning of each semester.

For other fees and expenses, please visit here.

Other Information

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