FAQ

Program

1. How many intakes are there each year? When does the year start?

There is one intake every year. The Fall Term starts in September at the HKUST campus.

2. What is the class size?

The intake is expected to be around 40-60 students

3. What is the course length and how many class hours will it cover?

For a 2-credit course, there are a total of 28 contact hours. There is usually one class per week for each course, so it takes 8 weeks (with the final week allotted for examination) to complete a course of 2 credits.

4. Can I claim course exemptions for my previous study?

Yes, but credits for exempted courses have to be replaced by electives. Some courses can be exempted for students who have obtained certain qualifications with proof provided, such as transcripts and syllabi of courses taken within the past 7 years, when the content and level of the previous courses are equivalent to those of the exempted courses and satisfactory grades were achieved. Subject to the approval of the MSGO Academic Director, students may apply for credit transfer of no more than three (3) courses (6 credits) in the program.

5. Is it possible to extend the length of my study?

We normally do not encourage students to extend their length of study. However, we do offer study extensions for students who cannot complete the program within the defined timeframe because of health reasons. All students must complete the whole program within 5 years.

6. Do I need a student visa for studying in Hong Kong?

Yes, students who do not have the right to reside in Hong Kong are required to apply for a student visa for entering into Hong Kong and studying a full-time master degree program. The Program Office will coordinate with the University’s Office of Postgraduate Studies to arrange student visas for all incoming students upon admission and prior to the commencement of the program. The duration of the student visa will cover the whole period of study in the program.

 

 

Internship

1. Will I be able to get an internship during my studies and how can I do this?

Students can opt to take up an internship to be conducted in the summer after they have completed all general core and required courses of the program. The internship offers a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience in planning and executing a real business project and to apply what they have learned in other courses in solving business problems.

2. Do I need a work visa to do the internship?

Some locations require students to get a work visa in order to do an internship. Students are recommended to coordinate with the company which offers the internship for application of the work visa, if needed.

3. Are there any career services that help with getting the internship?

In order to facilitate students’ entry into the world of work and help companies track down the right profiles for recruitment, career services and advice are provided on both internships and graduate employment.

 

Admissions

1. Do I need to submit all of the materials by the application deadline?

Yes, you have to submit the online application form including application fees, and copies of supporting documents by the application deadline. Only scanned copies of the supporting documents are required at the application stage. It is strongly recommended that applicants make use of the document uploading function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents.

The GMAT or GRE are highly recommended for application and you are required to take TOEFL or IELTS unless your first language is English or your qualification is awarded by a university or an institute where the language of instruction is English. You are advised to have the test scores ready when you submit the application. Otherwise, please schedule your tests as early as possible and put your scheduled test date on the application. In any case, you should submit your scores within one month after the application deadline.

If you are being admitted, you are required to show the original documents and/or submit the certified true copies, with official imprint and signature, by the issuing authorities.

2. Is a minimum GMAT score required for admission?

We do not have a minimum score requirement. Applicants’ English ability will also be assessed during a face-to-face interview.

3. Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived?

We highly recommend applicants to take GMAT/GRE. As applicants come from different academic backgrounds, different education institutions, and different countries of origin, the GMAT/GRE score allows us to assess their academic ability to participate in an international program. Extensive research also supports the GMAT/GRE as a consistent measure of how well an applicant will handle postgraduate studies, particularly required courses.

If an applicant does not have GMAT or GRE scores, his/her English level will still be assessed during the interview.

4. I have not taken the GMAT/GRE yet. Should I submit my application?

You could first submit your application and indicate in the application form your scheduled test date. You are advised to schedule the GMAT/GRE within a month after the application deadline. An unofficial GMAT/GRE score report will be available right after the test and you upload the report in the application system for our reference.

5. How long is my GMAT/GRE result valid for?

Your GMAT/GRE result is valid for 5 years prior to the commencement of study.

6. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with my application?

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required if your first language is not English or your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

7. Is a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

For TOEFL, a score of 550 (paper test) or 80 (Internet test) is required. For IELTS, a minimum score of 6 is required.

8. How long is my TOEFL/IELTS result valid for?

Your TOEFL/IELTS result is valid for 2 years prior to the commencement of study.

9. I have more than two years of full-time work experience. Will I have an advantage in being selected?

The HKUST MSGO program is a one-year full-time pre-experience postgraduate degree program. It is tailor-made for fresh graduates or those with short time working experience after graduation, and who possess multi-cultural aptitudes and aim to take up international leadership positions in their careers.

We also recognize the vital importance of recruiting a diverse group of students who will both benefit from and contribute to the program. Rather than selecting candidates based on a preconceived formula like academic performance and work experience, students are selected on the basis of their potential for an international career, how they will interact with each other as a group, how the program matches their individual needs and objectives, and the extent to which they are driven by and embrace success.

10. Who can be my referees?

As two reference letters are required, you should nominate two academic referees who know you well and can inform the University about your academic ability, character and capacity for postgraduate studies.

11. Is a personal interview required?

Yes. A face-to-face interview will be arranged for shortlisted candidates residing in Hong Kong. Otherwise, video interviews via the internet are conducted. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

12. What do I need to take to the interview?

If you are attending a face-to-face interview, you should bring along a personal identity document and the official certificate(s) of your degree/professional qualifications, in addition to any essential supporting documents that you have not provided to the Program Office.

 

Campus Life

1. Is on-campus accommodation available?

On-campus accommodation at HKUST is not available due to heavy demand. Students will have to explore short-term off-campus accommodation. The University’s Student Housing Office will help to provide information on short-term off-campus housing options for non-local students.

2. Do I need a laptop for study?

We strongly recommend that students have laptops. There are, however, several computer barns on campus equipped with over 100 computers. Those who intend to buy a laptop can join the laptop scheme on campus (discounted sales of laptop computers to students at the beginning of the academic year), though it will take some time before the product can be picked up.

3. How far is the campus from the city center?

The campus is just 10 minutes’ ride away from the nearest Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station at Hang Hau. A supermarket, banks, bookstore and food outlets are also available on campus. The city center, Central, can be accessed by bus or mini-bus from campus within 45 minutes.