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To be eligible, a candidate should:

  1. hold a Bachelor's degree of this University; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
  2. obtain statements from two referees, regarding his/her suitability for the Programme; and
  3. obtain a TOEFL/IETLS* score if he/she is not from an English teaching university.

For the Financial Technology Stream, candidates with computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics, or science and technology related background are highly preferred.

* A score of 577 or above (paper-based test), 233 (computer-based test), or 90 (internet-based test) in TOEFL, or a minimum overall band of 7 with no subtest lower than 6.5 in IELTS is required.

Exceptional performance in one dimension may compensate another dimension.  

We will consider the overall assessment of the degree honors/GPA, referees' recommendation and working experience, if any.

An applicant who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from an university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or examination is not English is required to obtain a score of 577 or above (paper-based test), 233 or above (computer-based test) or 90 or above (internet-based test) in the TOEFL. Test scores that are more than 2 years old will not be accepted.

A minimum overall band of 7 with no subtest lower than 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted as an equivalent standard.

TOEFL: 9671;
GMAT: FS2-WL-65;
GRE: 2482 

GMAT/GRE scores are not required, but a good GMAT/GRE score will be favorably considered and can be helpful for marginal cases. Should candidates wish to submit a GMAT or GRE score, they should upload a copy of the test report together with other supporting documents to the application system.

Supporting documents as listed below should be uploaded to the on-line application system by logging in https://sweb.hku.hk/tola/servlet/CreateUserScreen/loginForm before the application deadline or expiry of the application account (which is valid for four weeks only), whichever is earlier:

  • Graduate transcript / interim transcript if graduate transcript is not available yet
  • Graduate Certificate (畢業證書), if available
  • Latest CV
  • Award certificate/degree certificate (學士證書), applicable to candidates from Mainland institutions only
  • TOEFL or IELTS report that was taken within 2 years before your application submission, if you are not from an English-medium university
  • GMAT / GRE score report, if applicable
  • Certificates for professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA, CFA, CPA), if applicable
  • Proof of internship experience of all positions, or most recent full-time employment, whichever is applicable

The original copy of supporting documents is NOT required at the application stage. Should a candidate be given an admission offer by the Programme, he/she will receive notification of the need to submit original/certified true copy of the documents by one of the following methods:

  • get your documents duly declared as true copies before a notary public (e.g. A Commissioner for Oaths at a District Office in Hong Kong), or certified by the appropriate officials of your institution if you are an overseas applicant; or
  • send your documents directly by the issuing authority.

The above is also applicable to HKU undergraduates.

Applicants should download the form of reference from the application website and invite two referees to complete the form. Completed forms of reference should be emailed to mfinref@hku.hk by referees via their official email accounts before the application deadline.

The proposed tuition fee for the 2020-21 intake is HK$396,000*. The fee shall be payable in 3 installments over one year, irrespective of the number of courses taken in each module.

Upon receiving the admission offer, candidates will be required to arrange an offer deposit of HK$95,000* to confirm offer acceptance. The deposit will be deducted from the first instalment of the tuition fee.

Subject to the approval of the MFin Programme Director and committees concerned, advanced standing of core courses, except the capstone course, may be granted and the tuition fees will be deducted by HK$33,000* per course accordingly. There is also a non-refundable application fee of HK$300.

*Note: The fees are subject to final approval of the University.

Local students of the MFin Programme can apply for Non-means Tested Loan Scheme offered by the HKSAR Government.

The Master of Finance Scholarship shall be awarded to new students in the Master of Finance Programme on the basis of academic merit at the time of admission. The number of scholarships to be awarded shall not exceed 10% of the intake number in the relevant academic year. The value of each scholarship shall range from 10-50% of the prevailing Master of Finance tuition fee, subject to the performance of the candidates. All eligible candidates will automatically be considered and no application for the Scholarship is required.

Fargo Wealth Excellence Scholarship is donated by Fargo Consulting Limited which was set up by a group of Master of Economics (MEcon) and Master of Finance (MFin) alumni. Up to 10 scholarships shall be awarded, starting from the academic year 2019-20, to Year One students of MFin and other masters programmes offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics on the basis of academic performance in the respective programmes and their contributions to the community of master programmes. The Scholarship shall be of the value of HK$10,000 each.

Courses are offered on a modular basis to allow students to focus on one area of study at a time. Normally, each module consists of 7-8 weeks including the examination week. Courses are normally scheduled in the daytime at HKU Town Center in Admiralty or Cyberport Campus or HKU Main Campus. Some classes are offered in weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Examinations are normally on Saturdays.

The curriculum shall extend over a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of two academic years. Students normally need to take four classes each week.

Course Exemption

Course exemption of up to four required courses, except the capstone course, may be granted (normally by examination) if candidates

  1. can produce evidence, such as transcript and course syllabus, that a course is equivalent in content to another course taken elsewhere for which a satisfactory grade has been obtained; or

  2. are holding relevant professional qualifications which were obtained before admission to the programme.

No credits will be given for the exempted course and candidates shall be required to take an approved alternative course of the same credit value.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing of up to two (for single concerntration) or three (for double concentration) required courses, except the capstone course, may be granted if

  1. the course is completed at a graduate, postgraduate or master level from a recognized programme elsewhere within the last four years before admission to the programme and achieved a good grade in the course; or

  2. the candidate possesses a relevant professional qualification which was obtained before admission to the programme.

In such cases, no replacement courses will be required and the tuition fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Applications for course exemption and advanced standing are subject to the approval of the MFin Programme Director and committees concerned.

Students registered to read for a postgraduate curriculum at this University MUST NOT be registered simultaneously to read for another qualification in this University or at another institution, except with the approval of the Board of Faculty of Business and Economics given in advance. A breach of this Regulation in Hong Kong or elsewhere may result in the student concerned being required to discontinue studies at this University.

Full-time postgraduate students are eligible to apply for accommodation at a monthly rental charge for a single room in a number of designated halls. For details about housing for postgraduate students, please visit the website of the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) at http://web.cedars.hku.hk/pg_housing/files/docs/general-info.pdf.

CEDARS also collects and compiles data on off-campus privately-owned rooms or flats, in the vicinity of the university campus that are available for rental to students.

The MFin Programme has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purpose. The Institution Code for HKU is 001 and the Course Code for “Master of Finance” is 23M02189-1. Please visit the following website for more details:


Applications for both account opening and fee reimbursement for CEF course(s) should be sent to the MFin Programme Office, together with a self-addressed envelope, for checking and stamping upon successful completion of the programme. Please note, in accordance with the policy of CEF Office, CEF claimants in the MFin Programme would be eligible for fee reimbursement only upon their successful completion of the entire programme. They are not eligible for fee reimbursement upon completion of individual courses.

Application Deadlines:
Round 1: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), October 22, 2019
Round 2: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), December 30, 2019
Round 3: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 13, 2020
Round 4: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 3, 2020
Round 5: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 27, 2020
Round 6: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), May 25, 2020 


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Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong,
Level 3, Block B, Cyberport 4,
100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong


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+852 3962 1258

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