HKDSE

1. What is the minimum entrance requirement 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

*M1/M2 refers to extended modules of Mathematics

2. How can I calculate the admission scores?

HKDSE Levels of results are converted as follows:

Admission scoreDSE subject level
7 5**
6 5*
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

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

Subject bonus (Applied to Business programs except JS5331 BSc in Economics and Finance)

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

For 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.

For 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 applicant may receive extra bonus points from the higher score obtained from:

  • OEA/500-word personal statement (named "additional information" on the JUPAS form); 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)

Please click here for example of admission score calculation (before bonus).

3. What were the median / lower quartile sample scores in 2017 intake?

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 5.0
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, reference may be made on basis of other business programs with similar intake size, e.g. BBA Marketing.

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.)

4. If I take more electives, will I get extra bonus points for all of them?

No. Only the next best core or elective subject (7th subject) will be awarded bonus points. (bonus point = course grade x a bonus factor %)

5. Will the two extended modules in Mathematics (M1/ M2) be counted as an elective?

Yes.

6. Will additional language subjects or Applied Learning subjects be considered as an elective?

Not for the core admission score. However, they can be considered for the 7th subject bonus calculations.

7. Are there any subject requirements for business programs?

No. Students from all subject areas are welcome to apply.
For Global Business (Program code: 5313), Level 5 or above in English Language is normally expected.

8. Can I use other English tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) to fulfil the English requirement?

No. Only HKDSE English Language subject will be considered for JUPAS applicants.

9. Can I use alternative Chinese/ other language subjects to fulfill the Chinese requirement?

Non-Chinese speaking students meeting specified circumstances set out by EDB may use alternative Chinese (i.e. Grade E or above in a GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Chinese Language subject), an HKDSE Other Language Subject (Grade E or above) or an Applied Learning Chinese subject (Attained or above) to satisfy the University's Chinese Language requirement.

The specified circumstances are:

  • a) Students who have learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or
  • b) Students who have learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools.

10. How will my ‘Other Experiences and Achievements’ (OEA) be used in considering admission?

Students are encouraged to prepare a precise and accurate record of their OEA and a 500-word personal statement (named "additional information" on the JUPAS form) for admission consideration.

Please note that we emphasize quality of your activities rather than the quantity. In your personal statement, we wish to learn more about your personality, aspirations and motivation/suitability for the programs.

Bonus points will be awarded to final Band A applicants with impressive records and statements.

11. Will I have any advantages if I have participated in HKUST Business School activities/ events?

If applicants have comparable HKDSE scores, tie-breaking bonus will be given to those who have participated in any of the following:

  • Business Preview
  • Business YoungStars
  • Business Summer Camp
  • Summer Institute (Business courses)

12. Do I need to attend an admission interview?

For 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.

For other Business programs

Interview is not a must. Students invited for interview will be considered for admission bonus and top-up scholarships.

13. Do students receive conditional offer?

In general, we do not issue conditional offer for JUPAS applicants.

14. Do I still have a chance to be admitted to HKUST Business School if I put your programs in Band B choices at the end?

Our admission standard in the past has been consistently high. If you can fulfill our admission requirements, it is likely that you can also fulfill the admission requirements of your first choice program and be admitted to that program through the JUPAS system. Also, in 2012 to 2017, 100% of our admitted students via JUPAS came from the Band A pool. If you are really interested in our program above all, you should put it as your first choice.

15. Do institutions know the order of my JUPAS program choices?

No. We do not know the order of your choice.

16. Should I put school-based admission (JS5300 Business & Management) or specific major programs in my JUPAS choices?

The Year 1 curricula of all business programs are identical. If you are interested in business study in general and would like to take time to explore your program interest and aspiration, you should choose JS5300 Business & Management to enter the School first and select your desired major(s) by the end of the 3rd semester. At least half of the program seats for each major are reserved for students admitted into JS5300 Business & Management to enter the programs via the major selection exercises.

If, however, you have particular interest and understanding in a specific business major program (e.g. Accounting), you should put JS5318 BBA Professional Accounting as your top choice, followed by JS5300 Business & Management to maximize your chance to be admitted to HKUST Business School (given the smaller intake size of program-based admission versus that of school-based admission). Drawing reference on the 2017 intake results, it is expected that the minimum scores for entering business major programs would be higher than that of entering the School via JS5300 Business & Management.

Applicants who intend to put only one business choice in Band A, the School-based admission route of JS5300 Business & Management is recommended.

17. I am re-taking HKDSE, will I be considered? Will there be any penalty?

We accept combined certificates as long as the minimum admission requirements are met. There will be no score penalty.

18. Will there be any credit transfer available for HKDSE applicants?

Yes. currently JUPAS students with the following English attainment will be granted 6 transfer credits for English Common Core Courses:

  • Level 5* or above (with no subscore lower than 5) in HKDSE English Language

For details, please refer to http://arr.ust.hk/ust_actoe/types_of_credit_b.php.

19. Are there any scholarships for JUPAS applicants?

On top of the JUPAS Scholarships under the University’s scheme, HKUST Business Scholl offers top-up scholarships for eligible applicants. Those with excellent interview performance may be awarded further scholarship. For details, please refer to here.

20. Can JUPAS students apply for the World Bachelor of Business (WBB) program?

WBB is a self-financing program jointly offered with University of Southern California (USA) and Bocconi University (Italy). Students may submit a separate WBB application via USC’s Common Application in addition to their JUPAS application.

Please note that SAT or ACT with writing component scores is required for admission. Please refer to the program website http://wbb.ust.hk for more information.