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

Yes, you have to submit the online application form together with the personal statement, application fee, and copies of supporting documents onto the Online Application System by the application deadline. Only 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/GRE is always required 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.

The MIMT Program Office will only process the application with a completed set of supporting documents.

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

2. I have already got 2 reference letters from my academic referees. Is it acceptable? 

For the academic references, you are required to give us the name and the contact method of the referees in your online application. Once you have submitted your application, the system will send an invitation email to the referees directly and ask them to fill out the references for you on the online application system. We highly recommend you to communicate with your academic referees for their earliest reply. We will only review the application once all the documents have been received. In case the referee did not receive the referee form, you may resend the referee form to them via the system. The referees can upload a scanned copy of the written reference letter as supplementary information. The scanned copy of the written reference letter cannot be used to replace the online reference form.

3. Do I need to possess three (3) languages at the time of application/admission? 

All students must have three (3) languages, which include English and a 2nd and a 3rd language, in order to graduate. The 2nd language and 3rd language can be any language. Either of these languages is your mother tongue.

Students entering the program with only two (2) languages must study an equivalent of at least one term of introductory course of a third language at the home term of the MSc program and complete the course successfully before graduation. For the 2nd or 3rd languages you have indicated, please supply us with copies of any documentation that will help prove that you are proficient in your chosen language (e.g. course papers, exam results).

4. Which level should I attain for the 2nd/3rd language?

The 2nd language must be at intermediate level while the 3rd language should be at least at introductory level. Please check out the recognized language examinations at the CEMS website at

5. What means of language proficiency proof will be accepted?

English proficiency and competence are assessed by a recent third-party certification (TOEFL/IELTS) or proof of university medium of instruction in English. 

The acceptable means of language proof for the 2nd or 3rd languages include: secondary education, university degree, existing CEMS accredited courses, accredited commercial exams, in-house language exam at CEMS schools, or mother tongue. Students who do not possess or cannot provide valid language proof for the 3rd language are required to study a language course at the home term during the MSc program study.

6. Is a minimum GMAT/GRE score required for admission? 

We do not have a minimum score requirement but a GMAT score of 600 or above is preferred and a GRE score of 310 is preferred.

7. Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived? 

As applicants come from different academic backgrounds, different education institutions, and different countries of origin, the GMAT/GRE score allows us to assess various applicants’ academic ability for an international program. Extensive research also supports that it is a consistent measure reflecting how well an applicant can handle postgraduate studies, particularly required courses.

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

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

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

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

10. Does the University accept GMAT/GRE online test results?

For applicants who are not able to take the regular GMAT/GRE tests due to the suspensions of physical exams, the University is now accepting the following online test results as alternatives in meeting the admission requirements. It is a special arrangement applicable to applicants admitted in Fall 2022/23 under COVID-19; subject to change when the regular GMAT/GRE tests become available again.

GMAT Online Exam
GRE General Test at Home

11. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with my application? Does the University accept any test alternatives for the English Language admission requirements?

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required if your first language is not English nor your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English.

For applicants who are not able to take the TOEFL or IELTS due to the test suspensions, the University is now accepting the following test results as alternatives in meeting the University English Language admission requirements. It is a special arrangement applicable to applicants admitted in Fall 2022/23 under COVID-19; subject to change when the regular TOEFL or IELTS tests become available again.

TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition: Total score of 100 in one single attempt
IELTS Indicator: Overall score of 7 and All sub-score of 5.5
Duolingo English Test: Score of 120

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

For TOEFL, a score of 100 (Internet test) is preferred. For IELTS, a score of 7 is preferred.

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

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

14. What is the Institution Code for HKUST for GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS?

GMAT- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - HKUST Business School, Other master's degree programs, Full-Time or Part-Time

GRE - 3834

TOEFL - 0170

IELTS - Name of department: HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School
           Name of institution: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
           Address: Room 6418, Lift 25-26, Academic Building, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (No postal code is required for Hong Kong)

Please note that applicants are not required to send in the score report during application. Instead, the Program Office will ask for the certified true copies when you are admitted into the program.

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

The HKUST MIMT program is a pre-experience postgraduate degree program tailor-made for fresh graduates or those with no more than two years of full-time post-qualification work experience who possess multi-cultural aptitudes and aim to take up international leadership positions in their careers. Thus, applicants with more than two years of full-time work experience will not have an advantage in being selected and will be recommended to pursue other advanced studies.

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.

16. 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 will be conducted. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

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

If you are attending a face-to-face interview, you should bring along with you 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 Programs Office.

18. Is there any financial aid or scholarships for the program? 

Eligible candidates will be considered for scholarships automatically. Students' eligibility for the scholarship will be assessed after an online application has been submitted and an interview has been conducted on a case by case basis.