The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, or HKUST for short, has been making waves from its stunning waterside campus since its opening in 1991. By 2007 the Financial Times had already placed its MBA program amongst the top 20 in the world (where it has remained ever since) whilst The Times Higher Education Ranking adjudges it to be the top university in the world under 50 years old. Throw in the fabled triple-accreditation status, an international reputation for research, and a faculty comprising alumni from the world’s top business schools, and you’ll soon start to see that this is far from a normal business school.

Being such a young institution by higher education standards means that HKUST is naturally inclined toward modern and emerging areas of study such as Computer Science, Environmental Responsibility, and Fintech. It’s located within touching distance of the growing financial powerhouse that is China, meaning students here are in the perfect place to understand the Chinese economy, grow accustomed to its business practices, and of course benefit from the school’s close links with employers both here and worldwide.


The HKUST MBA is a 16 or 12-month Full-time MBA program based in Hong Kong. It ranks 36th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings.

Tuition fees for the program are $600,000 which covers tuition, textbooks, and course materials for some of the required courses, as well as some enrichment activities

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

  • HKUST Professional Awards
  • Jebsen Scholarship (For permanent residents of Mainland China & Hong Kong)
  • “La Caixa” & Casa Asia Scholarship Program to Study an MBA in Asia (For Spanish nationals)
  • Indonesian Education Scholarship 


The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, before joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 89% are international students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 6 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

The median GMAT score for the incoming class is 660. The infographic below depicts the HKUST MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students. 

39% of the class is female.

Source: The official school website


One of the most flexible curriculums in Asia is based on five career tracks. Your academic knowledge will be complemented by credit-bearing practicums and professional career activities that will give you an unparalleled edge. The curriculum is made up of 52 credits. You will gain about a quarter of your credits by studying the required core courses, and the remaining credits through flexible core, elective, credit-bearing practicums, and a variety of career services.

Your MBA journey will begin with three pre-MBA accelerator courses: Accounting, Data Analysis, and Python Programming.

The broad selection of 70+ flexible cores and electives aligned with 5 career tracks enable you to uniquely tailor your skill set. The career-driven electives cover many aspects of various businesses, allowing you to refine your expertise so it is relevant to your chosen career path.

  1. Consulting and Strategic Management
  2. Business Technology and Analytics
  3. Finance
  4. General Management
  5. Marketing

12 and 16-month programs

HKUST provides two study mode options to help you reach your post-MBA aspirations, both having the same credit requirements:


The full-time program is designed for students who are planning a career switch, looking to gain more international experience, or simply want to expand their career prospects in Hong Kong and Asia. You will have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship and an optional full-semester exchange at one of our 60 partner schools worldwide.


The accelerated program will offer you a comprehensive, well-rounded business education to realize your full potential while minimizing your time and opportunity costs. This program is ideal for students who already possess a wealth of professional experience or are studying under company sponsorship and wish to advance their careers.

The exchange program offers students a wonderful opportunity to gain international exposure and maximize their experience at HKUST. All students enrolled in the 16-month MBA program can apply to study for a full term at one of our partner schools in different countries. Conversely, each year you will find exchange students from these top business schools on our campus. 

HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition- Entrepreneurship is not just about ideas, but about putting them into practice to realize your dreams. Each year the MBA students participate in this annual competition to test their start-up ideas. The competition judges are investors and industry experts, who will provide you with valuable advice and feedback throughout the competition. The cash prize can be used as seed money to further commercialize your inventions, and the winning teams from HKUST also get to compete with other teams across Greater China for a more comprehensive learning experience.


Each year, HKUST achieves high employment rates over 95% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given a mean salary after graduation of USD 72,630.

Many students started their own companies this year, while many students joined startups and new ventures.

65% of students were placed in Hong Kong itself and 35% in the rest of the Asia, Europe and America.

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2021

Consulting and Financial Services emerged as the 2 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. 56% of the class was placed in these industries.

Accenture, Deloitte, BCG, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Shoppee, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are among the top recruiters.


Frank Wang, CEO of DJI

Chan Yik Hei is a Young entrepreneur in Hong Kong. 


Admission Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree

GMATExecutive Assessment, or GRE score


if English was not the first language of instruction in your undergraduate/postgraduate course

Letters of Recommendation

2 letters of recommendation are to be submitted before the application deadlines. 

Application Fee: $128

Application Deadlines

Note – Intake 2022 application is currently closed. Application for Intake 2023 will open around September 2022. 

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

HKUST MBA essay #1

The HKUST MBA mission is to inspire and transform individuals to be future business leaders for Asia and the world. We embrace diversity, and are looking for ambitious and open-minded candidates with a passion to contribute. It is the first day of orientation. Please introduce yourself to your classmates, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life. (500 words)

HKUST MBA essay #2

Tell us about your post-MBA goals and based on that, why is the HKUST MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage and enrich our community? (500 words)