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, must join MSE if you want 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

Major Selection Exercises are conducted at the end of Fall and Spring. BIBU, MAEC and DDP will be available in Year 1 Spring only, while EVMT and RMBI will be available in Year 1 Fall and Spring.

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, School of Engineering and School of Science 

  • BSc in Risk Management and Business Intelligence (RMBI)

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)
  • 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 Requirements & Ranking Criteria

MajorRequirementsRanking Criteria
Majors offered by SBM
ECOF (Note 3i & ii) 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 (Note 3ii) CGA 3.0 or above;
C+ above in MATH course (B+ or above in ISOM2500 for those who fail to meet the Math course requirement);
B- or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
QFIN (Note 3ii)
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 (Note 3iii) C+ or above in FINA 2303 FINA 2303, then BCGA
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 (Note 3iv)

CGA 3.0 or above;
A
t least one course obtained B- or above, or both courses obtained C+ or above in MATH1012/1013/1023 and MATH1014/1024; or B- or above in MATH1020
At least one course obtained C+ or above, or both courses obtained C- or above in LANG1002 and 1003

Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile  (Interview may be required)
Majors jointly offered by SBM, SENG and SSCI
RMBI (Note 3ii)

B- or above in MATH 1012/1013/1020/1023 preferred; C+ or above in LANG 1002 & 1003 preferred

Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile and interview performance
Majors offered by IPO
DDP

Meeting entrance requirements of SENG/SSCI and SBM; HKDSE English Level 4 or above (or equivalent), or LANG1002 & 1003: B or above

Holistic assessment based on pre-admission exam result, CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement 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

Notes:

1. BCGA includes the following courses: ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113, ECON 2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM2020, ISOM 2500, ISOM2600, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120, MGMT 2010 and MGMT 2110.
2. Credits transferred for the corresponding required courses are considered meeting the requirements.
3. Students without the corresponding major foundation course grade at HKUST will be assessed based on BCGA, selected course performance and CV profile, in some situation written exam, interview and personal statement may be required.
i. ECOF: A group of shortlisted students will be invited to attend an interview and to take a MATH test.
ii. ECOF, QFIN, GBUS and RMBI: In Fall MSE, students in the first term of study who have taken LANG1002 only may be considered.
iii. FINA: For students with credit transfer for FINA 2303, a holistic assessment based on written exam, BCGA, selected course performance, CV, personal statement and interview performance is required.
iv. MAEC: Placement test will be required for students who have got credit transfer for MATH1020.

Quota

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

MajorTotal QuotaMajor QuotaFall 2021
Major Quota
Major offered by SBM
ECOF 60 60 TBC
GBUS 60 60 TBC
QFIN 45 45 TBC
ACCT 210 165 TBC
ECON 110 60 TBC
FINA 145 110 TBC
IS 200 110 TBC
OM 150 75 TBC
MARK 220 160 TBC
MGMT 205 75 TBC
Major jointly offered by SBM & SSCI
BIBU 64 64 TBC
MAEC 38 38 TBC
Major jointly offered by SBM, SENG & SSCI
RMBI 45 45 TBC
Major offered by IPO
DDP TBC TBC TBC
EVMT TBC TBC TBC

Notes:

1. "Total Quota" and "Major Quota" include students admitted to respective programs upon admission.
2. For ECOF, GBUS and QFIN, unfilled quota in Fall 2021 (first term) will be carried forward to Spring 2022 (second term).
3. For BBA programs except GBUS, unfilled quota in Fall 2021 (first term) and Spring 2022 (second term) will be carried forward to Fall 2022 (third term). Unfilled major quota in Fall 2022 will be added to the additional major quota in Spring 2023.
4. All quotas are indicative; quotas for ECOF and QFIN are subject to the size and the quality of the application pool.
5. BIBU, MAEC and DDP are available in Year 1 Spring only.
6. EVMT and RMBI are available in Year 1 Fall and Spring.

Timeline

Fall 2021 MSE

DEC-JAN

Application period

  • December 20,  2021 -
    January 2, 2022
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 6-7, 2022
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 12, 2022 by noon

Spring 2021 MSE

APR

Application period

  • April, 2022
MAY

Interview (if required by programs)

  • May, 2022
JUN

Re-prioritization of first major choices after grade release

  • by early June, 2022
JUN

Result announcements

  • late June, 2022

 

 

Fall 2022 MSE

DEC-JAN

Application period

  • December 2022 - Early January, 2023
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 2023
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 2023

 

 

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 (Note 3i & ii) 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 (Note 3ii) CGA 3.0 or above;
C+ or above in any MATH course (B+ or above in ISOM2500 for those who fail to meet the Math course requirement);
B- or above in LANG 1002 & 1003
Holistic assessment based on CGA, selected course performance, CV profile, personal statement and interview performance
QFIN (Note 3ii) 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 (Note 3iii) C+ or above in FINA 2303 FINA 2303, then BCGA.
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. BCGA includes the following courses: ACCT 2010, ECON 2103/2113, ECON 2123, FINA 2303, ISOM 2010, ISOM2020, ISOM 2500, ISOM2600, ISOM 2700, MARK 2120, MGMT 2010 and MGMT 2110. 
2. Credits transferred for the corresponding required courses are considered meeting the requirements. 
3. Students without the corresponding major foundation course grade at HKUST will be assessed based on BCGA, selected course performance and CV profile, in some situation written exam, interview and personal statement may be required. Please see the below details specifically for ECOF and FINA programs: 
i. ECOF: A group of shortlisted students will be invited to attend an interview and to take a MATH test.
ii. ECOF, QFIN and GBUS: In Fall MSE, students in the first term of study who have taken LANG1002 only may be considered.
iii. FINA: For students with credit transfer for FINA 2303, a holistic assessment based on written exam, BCGA, selected course performance, CV, personal statement and interview performance is required 

Quota

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

MajorTotal QuotaMajor QuotaFall 2021 
Major Quota
Major offered by SBM
ECOF 55 55 7
GBUS 55 55 15
QFIN 40 40 3
ACCT 200 160 84
ECON 100 55 29
FINA 130 100 51
IS 180 100 58
OM 140 70 53
MARK 205 150 93
MGMT 190 70 35

Notes:

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

2. Unfilled major quota in Fall 2021 will be added to the additional major quota in Spring 2022.

Timeline

FALL 2020 MSE

DEC
-
JAN

Application period

  • December 20, 2021 - early January 2, 2022
JAN

Interview (if required by programs)

  • January 6-7, 2022
JAN

Result announcements

  • January 12, 2022