HKDSE Requirements

Minimum Entrance Requirements For Business Programs

In order to be considered for admission to the Business School, applicants are required to achieve the following minimum grades in four core subjects plus two electives.

EnglishChineseMathematicsLiberal StudiesX1X2/M1/M2*
Level 4 Level 3 Level 3 Level 2 Level 3 Level 3

*Remarks:
Extended modules in Mathematics (M1/M2) = Elective
Other language subjects ≠ Elective
Applied Learning subjects ≠ Elective

 

Admission Score Calculation And Subject Weighting

JUPAS CODESPROGRAMSSCORE FORMULAEWEIGHTING
JS5300 Business and Management English x2 +
J35311 BBA Economics Math. (compulsory module) x2 +
JS5313 BBA Global Business Best 4 other subjects#      x1
JS5314 BBA Information Systems
JS5315 BBA Management
JS5316 BBA Marketing
JS5317 BBA Operations Management
JS5318 BBA Professional Accounting
JS5312 BBA Finance English x2
JS5331 BSc Economics and Finance Math. (compulsory module) x2
JS5332 BSc Quantitative Finance

Better of
Best 4 other subjects#
Or
Best of Ml/M2/Econ/Chem/Phys
And
Best 3 other subjects#

x1


x1.5

x1

#Best 3/ best 4 subjects include core subjects, category A electives and M1/M2

 

Example of Admission Score Calculation (Before Bonus)

HKDSE Levels of results are converted as follows:

DSE Subject LevelAdmission Score
5** 7
5* 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

Example of admission score calculation (before bonus) for all BBA programs except JS5312 BBA Finance:

English LanguageChinese LanguageMath (Comp)Liberal StudiesBAFSBiologyGeographyM1
5 3 4 5 5** 5 5* 4

Admissions score (before bonus)

= (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + best 4 other subjects
= (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + BAFS + Geography + Liberal Studies + Biology
= (2 x 5) + (2 x 4) + 7 + 6 + 5 + 5
= 41 (Maximum attainable score: 56)


Example of admission score calculation (before bonus) for two BSc programs and JS5312 BBA Finance:

English LanguageChinese LanguageMath (Comp)Liberal StudiesBAFSBiologyGeographyM1
5 3 4 5 5** 5 5* 4

Admissions score (before bonus)

Option A: Using (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + best 4 other subjects
= (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + BAFS + Geography + Liberal Studies + Biology
= (2 x 5) + (2 x 4) + 7 + 6 + 5 + 5
= 41

Option B: Using (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + (1.5 x best of M1/M2/Econ/Chem/Phy) + best 3 other subjects
= (2 x Eng) + (2 x Math Comp) + BAFS + Geography + (1.5 x M1) + Liberal Studies
= (2 x 5) + (2 x 4) + 7 + 6 + 6 + 5
= 42

We will take higher score: Option B score 42 (Maximum attainable score: 59.5)


Bonus Points And Interviews

Subject bonus

Bonus points will be awarded to the next best subject (i.e. the 7th subject)^ from:

  • Core or elective subjects; or
  • Other languages; or
  • Applied learning subjects

^Level 3 or above (or “Attained with distinction” for Applied Learning subjects) is required for bonus point calculation

Interviews / extra bonus points

Global Business (JS5313) and Quantitative Finance (JS5332)

Interview is required for admission. The interview performance will be incorporated to the final admission score. Selected applicants from the JUPAS Band A and Band B pool will be invited for interviews.

For Global Business (JS5313), shortlisted applicants need to attend both first round School interview in early May 2018 and final round program interview during July 18-20, 2018.

For Quantitative Finance (JS5332), shortlisted applicants need to attend both first round School interview in early May 2018 and final round program interview on June 9, 2018.

Other Business programs

Interview is not a must. Students invited for interview will be considered for admission bonus and top-up scholarships. Final Band A applicants may receive extra bonus points from the higher score obtained from:

  • OEA/500-word personal statement (named "additional information" on the JUPAS from); or
  • Interview (if invited to attend)

The extra bonus points will apply to our Business programs (except Global Business and Quantitative Finance) included in applicants’ final Band A choices.

Selected candidates from the following will be invited for interviews and/ or engagement activities:

  • Applicants from the JUPAS Band A or Band B pool (interviews & engagement activities in May-June)
  • Participants of HKUST activities like Business YoungStars, Business Summer Camp and Summer Institute (Business courses) (interviews & engagement activities in May-June)

 

JUPAS Score Calculator

For more details about admission score calculation, please refer to: https://join.ust.hk/cal/cal.html.

 

JUPAS Admissions Figures 2017

Drawing reference from the lower-quartile score of the 2017 JUPAS intake, the competitive scores for entering the Business School and its programs are as follows.

ProgramJUPAS Main Round OffersCompetitive ScoreAverage Score Per Subject
Business and Management
(School-based admission)
435 ≥ 35/56 4.38
BBA Finance 33 ≥ 42.5/59.5 5
BBA Global Business 24 ≥ 49/56 6.13
BBA Marketing 16 ≥ 35/56 4.38
BBA Professional Accounting 60 ≥ 37/56 4.63
BSc Economics and Finance 30 ≥ 43.5/59.5 5.12
BSc Quantitative Finance 17 ≥ 50.5/59.5 5.94

The entrance score statistics for some programs are not available due to small intake size. For BBA programs not listed on the median & lower quartile table (i.e. Economics, Information Systems, Management, Operations Management), reference may be made on basis of other business programs with similar intake size (e.g. BBA Marketing). Comparable lower-quartile per subject score range around 4.4 to 4.7 for these programs.

Median & lower quartile are available at https://join.ust.hk/docs/adm_figures/2017_adm_figures.html. (Note: The median and lower quartile may change from year to year depending on the pool of applicants. For Global Business and Quantitative Finance, HKDSE score is a major factor but not the only factor for admission.)