First Major Selection

General Rules for Taking Part in Major Selection Exercise (MSE)(applicable to SBM programs only)

  • All students, whether admitted through School-based (SBA) or Program-based (PBA) Admission, can join MSE to declare or change their major. Once they have received a major offer, they cannot join MSE again.
  • PBA students must give up their major quota when joining MSE. If no offer is received, they will be placed in the Business and Management Program and can join MSE again to choose a major in subsequent term(s) until the end of the 3rd term where they will be assigned General Business Management Program, GBM if there is still no offer.
  • Senior year entry students (e.g. admitted through local Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) or PBA students admitted to ECOF and QFIN can join MSE in the first two terms.
  • SBA students or PBA students admitted to BBA programs can join MSE in the first three terms.
  • Students will be assigned GBM if they do not have a major by two terms for senior year entry students or by three terms for all other students.

Programs Available for Selection

All SBM programs are available in both Fall and Spring MSE. BIBU, MAEC and DDP will be available in Spring only.

Offered by School of Business and Management

  • BBA in Economics (ECON)
  • BBA in Finance (FINA)
  • BBA in General Business Management (GBM)
  • BBA in Global Business (GBUS)
  • BBA in Information Systems (IS)
  • BBA in Management (MGMT)
  • BBA in Marketing (MARK)
  • BBA in Operations Management (OM)
  • BBA in Professional Accounting (ACCT)
  • BSc in Economics and Finance (ECOF)
  • BSc in Quantitative Finance (QFIN)

Jointly offered by School of Business and Management and School of Science 

  • BSc in Biotechnology and Business (BIBU)
  • BSc in Mathemcatics and Economics (MAEC)

Offered by Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO)

  • BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT)
  • BSc in Risk Management and Business Intelligence (RMBI)
  • Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management (DDP)

Notes: For IPO Programs, please refer to IPO's website for details.

Eligibility

MajorEligibility
ECOF, GBUS, QFIN, EVMT, RMBI, DDP Completion of at least 29 credits, including transferred credits upon admission.
ACCT, ECON, FINA, GBM, IS, MARK, MGMT, OM Completion of:
  • at least 5 out of 7 major foundation courses; and
  • at least 43 credits, including transferred credits upon admission.
BIBU Completion of:
  • CHEM1004 [or attainment of Level 3 or above in HKDSE 1/2x or 1x Chemistry]; and
  • LIFS1901 [or attainment of Level 3 or above in HKDSE 1x Biology]; and
  • LIFS1902
MAEC Completing of:
  • at least 29 credits, including transferred credits upon admission; and 
  • a) MATH1012/1013/1023 and MATH1014/1024; or b) MATH1020

Notes:
1. The 7 major foundation courses are ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113/2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120 and MGMT 2110.
2. Students indicate preference by ranking at least 1 and up to all of the programs that they are eligible to apply.

Program Requirement & Ranking Criteria

MajorRequirementsRanking Criteria
Majors offered by SBM
ECOF CGA 3.0 or above;
B- or above in any MATH course;
C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA,
selected course performance,
CV profile and interview performance
GBUS CGA 3.0 or above;
C+ or above in any MATH course;
B- or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
QFIN CGA 3.0 or above;
B- or above in MATH 1012/1013/1020/1023;
C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
ACCT C+ or above in ACCT 2010 ACCT2010, then BCGA
ECON C+ or above in ECON 2103/2113 or ECON 2123
(Note: C- or below in any of ECON2103/2113/2123 will not be considered)
Holistic assessment based on ECON2103/2113, ECON2123 (if taken), BCGA, selected course performance and CV profile
FINA C+ or above in FINA 2303 FINA 2303, then BCGA.
Holistic assessment based on BCGA, selected course performance, CV profile and personal statement is required for students choosing FINA before completing 3 terms of study in HKUST and those having credit transfer for FINA2303
IS C+ or above in ISOM 2010 ISOM 2010, then BCGA
OM C+ or above in ISOM 2700 ISOM 2700, then BCGA
MARK C+ or above in MARK 2120 MARK 2120, then BCGA
MGMT C+ or above in MGMT 2110 MGMT 2110, then BCGA
Majors jointly offered by SBM and SSCI
BIBU CGA 3.0 or above;
C+ or above in LANG1002 and LANG1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, CV profile, personal statement (Interview may be required)
MAEC CGA 3.0 or above; B- or above in MATH1012/1013/1020/1023; C+ or above in LANG1002 and 1003 Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile and interview performance
Majors offered by IPO
DDP CGA 3.25 or above; Meeting entrance requirements of SENG/SSCI and SBM; HKDSE English Level 5 or above (or equivalent), or LANG1002 & 1003: A- or above Holistic assessment based on pre-admission exam result, CGA, selected course performance, CV profile and interview performance
EVMT HKDSE English Level 4 or above (or equivalent) Holistic assessment based on pre-admission exam result, CGA, selected course performance, CV profile and interview performance
RMBI CGA 3.0 or above preferred; B- or above in MATH 1012/1013/1020/1023 preferred; C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003 Holistic assessment based on pre-admission exam result, CGA, selected course performance, CV profile and interview performance

Notes:

1. Credits transferred for the corresponding required courses are considered meeting the requirements.
2. Students without the corresponding major foundation course grade at HKUST will be assessed based on selected course performance and CV profile, in some situation interview may be considered.
3. BCGA includes the following courses: ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113, ECON 2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM 2500, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120, MGMT 2010 and MGMT 2110.
4. There will be MATH test for selected group of students who apply for ECOF program and do not have MATH grade in HKUST.
5. In Fall MSE, students in the first term of study who have taken LANG1002 only may be considered by ECOF, GBUS, QFIN & RMBI.

Quota for 2017-18 Intake

The quotas indicated below are indicative and may be adjusted depending on the size and the quality of the application pool.

MajorTotal QuotaFirst Major QuotaFall 2017
First Major Quota
[Indicative]
Major offered by SBM
ECOF 60 60 3
GBUS 60 60 3
QFIN 40 40 3
ACCT 200 180 9
ECON 100 55 3
FINA 130 100 4
IS 180 100 7
OM 120 70 5
MARK 215 160 11
MGMT 190 70 5
Major jointly offered by SBM & SSCI
BIBU 60 60 Not available in Fall
MAEC 36 36 Not available in Fall
Major offered by IPO
DDP 40 40 Not available in Fall
EVMT 30 30 -
RMBI 45 45 -

Notes:

1. "Total Quota" and "First Major Quota" include students admitted to respective programs upon admission.
2. For ECOF, GBUS and QFIN, unfilled quota in Fall 2017 (first term) will be carried forward to Spring 2018 (second term).
3. For BBA programs except GBUS,
a) In Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018, quotas will be distributed roughly at 8%, 10% and 82% of the total 1st major quota respectively.
b) Unfilled quota in Fall 2017 (first term) and Spring 2018 (second term) will be carried forward to Fall 2018 (third term). Unfilled 1st major quota in Fall 2018 will be added to the 2nd major quota in Spring 2019.
4. Quota for BIBU, DDP, EVMT, MAEC and RMBI are subject to the size and the quality of the application pool.
5. In Fall MSE, Quota for ECOF & QFIN are subject to the size and the quality of the application pool.
6. BIBU, MAEC and DDP will be available in Spring only.

Timeline

Fall 2017 MSE

DEC-JAN

Application period

  • December 20, 2017 -
    noon, January 3, 2018
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 8-9, 2018
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 12, 2018

Spring 2018 MSE

APR

Application period

  • April 2018
MAY

Interview (if required by programs)

  • May 2018
JUN

Re-prioritization of first major choices after grade release

  • Early June 2018
JUN

Result announcements

  • Late June 2018

 

 

Fall 2018 MSE

DEC-JAN

Application period

  • December 2018 - Early January, 2019
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 2019
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 2019

General Rules for Taking Part in MSE (applicable to SBM programs only)

  • All students, whether admitted through School-based (SBA) or Program-based (PBA) Admission, can join MSE to declare or change their major. Once they have received a major offer, they cannot join MSE again.
  • PBA students must give up their major quota when joining MSE. If no offer is received, they will be placed in the Business and Management Program and can join MSE again to choose a major in subsequent term(s) until the end of the 3rd term where they will be assigned General Business Management Program, GBM if there is still no offer.
  • Senior year entry students (e.g. admitted through local Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) or PBA students admitted to ECOF and QFIN can join MSE in the first two terms.
  • SBA students or PBA students admitted to BBA programs can join MSE in the first three terms.
  • Students will be assigned GBM if they do not have a major by two terms for senior year entry students or by three terms for all other students.

Programs Available for Selection

Offered by School of Business and Management

  • BBA in Economics (ECON)
  • BBA in Finance (FINA)
  • BBA in General Business Management (GBM)
  • BBA in Global Business (GBUS)
  • BBA in Information Systems (IS)
  • BBA in Management (MGMT)
  • BBA in Marketing (MARK)
  • BBA in Operations Management (OM)
  • BBA in Professional Accounting (ACCT)
  • BSc in Economics and Finance (ECOF)
  • BSc in Quantitative Finance (QFIN)

Eligibility

MajorEligibility
ECOF, GBUS, QFIN Completion of at least 29 credits, including transferred credits upon admission.
ACCT, ECON, FINA, GBM, IS, MARK, MGMT, OM Completion of:
  • at least 5 out of 7 major foundation courses; and
  • at least 43 credits, including transferred credits upon admission.

Notes:
1. The 7 major foundation courses are ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113/2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120 and MGMT 2110.
2. Students indicate preference by ranking at least 1 and up to all of the programs that they are eligible to apply.

Program Requirements & Ranking Criteria

MajorRequirementsRanking Criteria
Majors offered by SBM
ECOF CGA 3.0 or above;
B- or above in any MATH course;
C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA,
selected course performance,
CV profile and interview performance
GBUS CGA 3.0 or above;
C+ or above in any MATH course;
B- or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
QFIN CGA 3.0 or above;
B- or above in MATH 1012/1013/1020/1023;
C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
ACCT C+ or above in ACCT 2010 ACCT2010, then BCGA
ECON C+ or above in ECON 2103/2113 or ECON 2123
(Note: C- or below in any of ECON2103/2113/2123 will not be considered)
Best of ECON 2103/2113 and ECON 2123, then BCGA
FINA C+ or above in FINA 2303 FINA 2303, then BCGA.
Holistic assessment based on BCGA, selected course performance, CV profile and personal statement is required for students choosing FINA before completing 3 terms of study in HKUST and those having credit transfer for FINA2303
IS C+ or above in ISOM 2010 ISOM 2010, then BCGA
OM C+ or above in ISOM 2700 ISOM 2700, then BCGA
MARK C+ or above in MARK 2120 MARK 2120, then BCGA
MGMT C+ or above in MGMT 2110 MGMT 2110, then BCGA

Notes:

1. Credits transferred for the corresponding required courses are considered meeting the requirements.
2. Students without the corresponding major foundation course grade at HKUST will be assessed based on selected course performance and CV profile, in some situation interview may be considered.
3. BCGA includes the following courses: ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113, ECON 2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM 2500, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120, MGMT 2010 and MGMT 2110.
4. There will be MATH test for selected group of students who apply for ECOF program and do not have MATH grade in HKUST.

Quota for 2016-17 Intake

The quotas indicated below are indicative and may be adjusted depending on the size and the quality of the application pool.

MajorTotal QuotaFirst Major QuotaFall 2017
First Major Quota
[Indicative]
Major offered by SBM
ECOF 55 55 5
GBUS 55 55 3
QFIN 40 40 5
ACCT 200 180 114
ECON 100 55 45
FINA 120 90 44
IS 180 100 82
OM 120 60 46
MARK 215 160 137
MGMT 190 70 61

Notes:

1. "Total Quota" and "First Major Quota" include students admitted to respective programs upon admission.

2. Unfilled 1st major quota in Fall 2017 will be added to the 2nd major quota in Spring 2018.

Timeline

FALL 2017 MSE

DEC
-
JUN

Application period

  • December 20, 2017 - noon, January 3, 2018
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 8-9, 2018
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 12, 2018