Admission Requirements

Applicants to the HKUST MScFinTech program are expected to have the following credentials:

1. A Good First Degree

Applicants should have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification. Applicants preferably should have a programming and mathematics background.

2. English Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English, and whose Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification* was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English, are required to fulfill the minimum English Language admission requirements of the University.

Remarks: 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 2021/22 under COVID-19; subject to change when the regular TOEFL or IELTS tests become available again.

TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition: Total score of 80 in one single attempt
IELTS Indicator: Overall score of 6.5 and All sub-score of 5.5
Duolingo English Test: Score of 105

3. GMAT/GRE

Applicants are highly recommended to have a satisfactory GMAT/GRE score, but it is not compulsory.

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 2021/22 under COVID-19; subject to change when the regular GMAT/GRE tests become available again.

GMAT Online Exam
GRE General Test at Home

4. Work Experience

For full-time applicants, no minimum work experience is required. However, any relevant work or business experience will add weight to the application under consideration.

For part-time applicants, at least two years of full-time post-qualification work experience is highly recommended, but it is not a compulsory requirement.

* Qualification with duration equivalent to a full-time Bachelor’s degree (i.e. at least 3 years)