1. Is there any preferred academic or professional background for applicants of this program?
For the Master of Science in Business Analytics programme (MSBA), there is no specified requirement on the field of applicants’ undergraduate studies. Applicants from different fields are welcome to apply.
2. What are the prerequisites for admission?
To be eligible to apply to our program, you should:
- Hold a recognized Bachelor's degree;
- Obtain statements from two referees, regarding the suitability for the programme; and
- Obtain a TOEFL/IELTS score if not from an English-medium university.
Exceptional performance in one area may compensate another area.
3. Can I join the programme if I have a full-time job?
The core courses of MSBA Programme are usually scheduled in the weekday afternoons and the elective courses in the weekday evenings or weekends. Therefore, you need to have a flexible work schedule to commit to the full-time study mode of our Programme. We may launch a part-time mode our programme for intake 2018-19. Please stay turned for the latest announcement in our website.
4. What factors are considered in the admission decision?
We will consider the entire profile of the applicant, including previous academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS test scores (if applicable), referees' recommendation, working experience and professional qualifications, etc.
5. What school code number should I use when sending TOEFL/GRE/GMAT score report to you?
Please use these school codes to send the reports to us:
- TOEFL: 9671 | GRE: 2482 | GMAT: FS2-WL-82
6. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score and what are the minimum scores required?
If your previous degree was obtained from a university where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, you are required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. For TOEFL, the minimum score required is 550 in the paper-based test, 213 in the computer-based test, and 80 in the internet-based test. For IELTS, a minimum overall band of 7 with no subtest lower than 6 is required. If you do not meet the minimum scores but demonstrate exceptional strengths in other parts of your application, you may still be admitted with a lower score. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
7. How to arrange the two references required for the application?
After inputting your referee details in the application form, you need to send the reference form to your two referees. The completed reference forms should be emailed to us at MSBAadmissions@hku.hk directly from your referees’ email accounts, which should be the same as the ones you put down in the Referees section of your application form. If you would like to provide additional reference letters, you can upload them to the application website as supporting documents.
8. Do I need to submit my GMAT/GRE score?
GMAT/GRE scores are not required, but a good GMAT/GRE score will be favorably considered and can be helpful for marginal cases. If you want to submit a GMAT or GRE score, you should upload a copy of the test report together with other supporting documents to the application system.
9. How can I add or amend information in the application form after the submission?
Since the application system doesn’t allow any changes in the application form after submission, you can email the updated/additional information to MSBAadmissions@hku.hk directly and we will help you make the changes in your application files.
10. How can I add or update the supporting documents?
You can log into online application system at http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg/login.html and go to the upload page. If your application account—valid for four weeks only—has expired or the file size is too large to be uploaded, you can email the supporting documents to MSBAadmissions@hku.hk directly. We will add them to your application file at the backend.
11. Will there be any interview?
Interviews may be required for some candidates. We will email the interview notification directly to shortlisted candidates if an interview is required. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted for local candidates and Skype video interviews for non-local candidates.
12. When can I get the admission result?
The Admissions Committee will start to review the applications after each application deadline. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for the admission results to be ready after the deadline. We will contact admitted applicants directly by email. For those who do not receive an offer, their applications will be considered again in the following round until the end of the whole admissions cycle.
13. Can I apply for exemption and/or advanced standing?
Course exemption may be granted (normally by examination) to core courses, except the capstone course, if you:
(a) 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,
(b) Are holding relevant professional qualifications which were obtained before admission to the programme.
No credits will be given for the exempted course and you will be required to take an approved alternative course of the same credit value.
Advanced standing of core courses, except the capstone course, may be granted if:
(a) 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 a good grade in the course was achieved; or,
(b) You possess 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 MSBA Programme Director and committees concerned.
14. Is concurrent registration allowed in HKU?
Students registered to read for a postgraduate curriculum at our University MUST NOT be registered simultaneously to read for another qualification in our 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 our University.
15. Can I apply for on-campus accommodation?
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 at HKU. For details about housing for postgraduate students, please visit the website of the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) here. However, please note that competition for on-campus housing is very competitive and you should be prepared to seek accommodation elsewhere.
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.