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What are the prerequisites for admissions?

  1. Recognised bachelor’s degree
  2. Satisfactory GMAT/GRE score
  3. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based)/80 (Internet-based) or IELTS band 6.5, with no subtest score less than 5.5
  4. At least two years of postgraduate full-time work experience


What factors are considered in the admissions decision?

We make an overall assessment of candidates’ degree honours/GPA, work experience, GMAT/GRE score, referees’ recommendations, personal statement and interview performance. Every short-listed candidate takes part in video interview conducted with overseas applicants.

I am not sure whether I need to take the TOEFL.

Any applicant who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/ or examination is not English is required to take the TOEFL.

How do I take the TOEFL?

You should make your own arrangements to take the test. Details and forms are available from the International and Professional Examinations Division of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (Tel: +852 3628 8787).

What is the HKU MBA code number for the TOEFL?

The HKU MBA code number for the TOEFL is 9671(Institution code) and 02(Department code).

I took the GMAT/GRE a year ago. Is it still valid?

Test results are valid for five years from the date you take the test till the date of completing the online application.

What is the HKU MBA code number for the GMAT?

The HKU code number for the GMAT is FS2-WL-61 (Institution: University of Hong Kong School of Business & Economics – MBA/IMBA).

What is the HKU MBA code number for the GRE?

The HKU code number for the GRE is 4136.

How much work experience is required to qualify for admissions?

The normal cut-off is two years of postgraduate full-time work experience. On average, our students have six to seven years of work experience.

No industry is favoured over another. Experience in both the private and public sectors is considered relevant.

I have been self-employed / running a family business since graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Will my application be considered?

Yes, if you can provide the proof that you have been doing so for at least 2 years.

Do you count military service as work experience?

Yes, we believe that military experience is very valuable. We strongly encourage former military personnel onto our programmes, as they have proven leadership and interpersonal and team-building skills.

If I’ve been denied admission, may I receive feedback on my candidacy and appeal the decision?

We understand the enormous commitment of time and energy that goes into applying to business school, but unfortunately we're not able to offer individual feedback on denied applications. The Admissions Committee reviews each candidacy with great care and thoughtful consideration. The review process is extremely thorough, and all decisions are final. There is no process for appeal.

Can I apply more than once for admission?

Please note that candidates may only apply once per each academic year/intake. To re-apply, you will need to wait until admissions open for the next MBA class and then complete a whole new application.

What materials must be submitted along with my online application?

Please refer to Procedures/Guidelines

May I request  a waiver of the application fee?

Waiver of the application fee is not available. The application fee is HK$300 (non-refundable) paid online by Visa or MasterCard credit card.

What is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee for the full-time MBA is HK$588,000, payable in three instalments over one year and subject to change and the final approval of The University of Hong Kong.

Are any scholarships or financial aid available?

A limited number of scholarships is available each year. They are granted to selected full-time MBA students on the basis of individual merit.

Local students on the MBA programme, whether studying in full- or part-time mode, can apply for a loan from the Non-means Tested Loan Scheme. They can also apply to the Continuing Education Fund for reimbursement of their course fees up to a maximum of HK$20,000.

Timeline of the programme

What are the average living costs in Hong Kong?

Monthly Spending (HK$) Average
Accommodation 6,500 - 7,000
Food 4,500
Transportation 1,000
Miscellaneous 2,000
*These are average figures, and will vary considerably by individual living standards and requirements.

What are the average living costs in London, New York and Shanghai?

To help you to estimate the financial resources required to attend London Business School, Columbia Business School and Shanghai’s Fudan University, the following estimated budget is provided. It is based on the expenses that students incurred in the past academic year. These are average figures, and will vary considerably by individual living standards and requirements.

Estimated living expenses in London
Monthly Spending (GBP)  
Food & Accommodation (on campus) 1,000
Other Expenses 500
Total Monthly Spending 1,500

Estimated living expenses in New York
*These estimates are based on a moderate student lifestyle.
Monthly Spending (USD)  
Food & Accommodation 1,800
Other Expenses 600
Total Monthly Spending 2,400

Estimated living expenses in Shanghai
*These estimates are based on a moderate student lifestyle.
Monthly Spending (RMB)  
Food & Accommodation 4,500
Other Expenses 3,000
Total Monthly Spending 7,500

How can I obtain a student visa?

We welcome overseas applicants, and successful applicants will need to arrange their own student visas, which are fairly easy to obtain in Hong Kong.

The Office of Student Affairs can assist students in obtaining visas. The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) acts as the local sponsor for international students, and the China Affairs Office (CAO) sponsors students from mainland China. Both offices also assist students in obtaining visas.

How can HKU help me in gaining a placement?

Please refer to the career page of this website.

What is the programme’s accreditation status?

The Faculty of Business and Economics is fully accredited by the European Quality Information System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).