HKUST is a dynamic and forward-thinking University that embraces a truly global outlook and an innovative spirit. Founded in 1991, they have rapidly established themselves as a top global institution and built a respectable reputation in the region. The MBA program has developed a unique east-west educational ethos centered on the core values of excellence, diversity, open-minded curiosity and an upbeat “can do” spirit. It was one of the first business schools in Asia to be awarded accreditation by both the US-based AACSB International and Europe-based EQUIS. According to the Financial Times the HKUST MBA consistently ranks among the top business schools in Asia and the top 15 globally. The Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program, jointly organized with Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University was ranked number 1 in the world.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 7 November 2018

Round 2: 9 January 2019

Round 3: 6 March 2019

Application Fee: $200

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 16 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 67%

Average age of new entrants: 30

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 670

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5-6 years

Application Essay

Season: 2018


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)


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)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

  1. I strongly recommend with reservations/do not recommend this applicant to be admitted to the HKUST MBA Program due to the following reasons:
  2. Please rate the applicant’s characteristics in comparison with his or her peers. Communication, Motivation, Self-awareness, Flexibility, Leadership, Results Orientation, Strategic Thinking and Teamwork.

Admissions Verdict



“Based in Hong Kong, a bustling financial centre, the school is extremely strong in Finance placements with 57% of the class getting placed in the industry. Majority of the graduates - 63% - work in Hong Kong and other parts of China while about 25% of the class find work in other parts of Asia. Those looking for a career in China will find will few schools better than HKUST.” Consultant2018

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