Major Selection Exercise (For Students Admitted in 2017/18)

Students are able to choose major when they meet the requirements of the respective programs. Two rounds of Major Selection Exercise (MSE), namely Fall MSE and Spring MSE, are conducted after the end of Fall and Spring respectively. Details are listed below:






First Major Selection

Programs Available for Selection

All SBM majors are available in both Fall and Spring MSE. For BIBU, MAEC and DDP, they 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 Mathematics 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.

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

(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) 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 only.
(d) SBA students or PBA students admitted to BBA programs can join MSE in the first three terms.
(e) 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.


Eligibility

Major Eligibility
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:
1. at least 5 out of 7 major foundation courses; and
2. at least 43 credits, including transferred credits upon admission.
BIBU Completion of:
1. CHEM1004 [or attainment of Level 3 or above in HKDSE 1/2x or 1x Chemistry];and
2. LIFS1901 [or attainment of Level 3 or above in HKDSE1x Biology]; and
3. LIFS1902
MAEC Completion of:
1. at least 29 credits, including transferred credits upon admission; and
2. 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

Major Requirements Ranking 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.

Major Total Quota First Major Quota Fall 2017
First Major Quota
[Indicative]
Major offered by SBM
ECOF 55 55 TBC
GBUS 55 55 TBC
QFIN 40 40 TBC
ACCT 200 180 TBC
ECON 100 55 TBC
FINA 120 90 TBC
IS 180 100 TBC
OM 120 60 TBC
MARK 215 160 TBC
MGMT 190 70 TBC
Major jointly offered by SBM & SSCI
BIBU 60 TBC Not available in Fall
MAEC 36 TBC Not available in Fall
Major offered by IPO
DDP TBC TBC Not available in Fall
EVMT TBC TBC TBC
RMBI TBC TBC TBC
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 10%, 10% and 80% 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.

Timeline

Fall 2017 MSE Spring 2018 MSE Fall 2018 MSE
Application period December 2017 -
Early January, 2018
April 2018 December 2018 -
Early January, 2019
Interview
(if required by programs)
January, 2018 May 2018 January, 2019
Re-prioritization of first major choices after grade release Not applicable early-June 2018 Not applicable
Result announcements January, 2018 late-June 2018 January, 2019

BBA First Major Selection  - Major Foundation Course Grades (2015/16 Entry)



Major Corresponding
Major Foundation Courses
Major Foundation Course
Mean Median 25th
Quartile
ACCT ACCT2010 B+ B+ B
ECON ECON2103/2113 or ECON2123 B+ B+ B
FINA FINA2303 A- A- A-
IS ISOM2010 B+ B+ B+
OM ISOM2700 B+ B+ B+
MGMT MGMT2110 B B B-
MARK MARK2120 B- B- C+
Note:
1.  The summary is for reference only.
2. Students without the corresponding major foundation course grade at HKUST are not included on the above statistics.
3. BBA GBUS & BSc majors are excluded in the table.
 

Additional Major Selection


Programs Available for Selection

All BBA majors except GBUS and GBM

Eligibility

1. Must already have a first major. GBM students are not eligible;
2. CGA: 2.3 or above;
3. Passed or have credit transfer for the following business core courses at the application term, including ACCT2010, ACCT2200, ECON2103/2113, ECON2123, FINA2303, ISOM2010, ISOM2500, ISOM2700, MARK2120, MGMT2110, MGMT2010, MATH1003/1012/1013/1020/1023;
4. Students who are at the end of Year 2 are eligible to apply (after 4 terms for first year entry students, and after 2 terms for senior year entry students).

Program Requirements and Ranking Criteria

The program requirements and ranking criteria for additional major are the same as first major.

Additional Major Quota

Major Additional Major Quota Quota in Spring 2018
[Indicative]
ACCT 20 TBC
ECON 45 TBC
FINA 30 TBC
IS 80 TBC
OM 60 TBC
MARK 55 TBC
MGMT 120 TBC
Notes:
Unfilled additional major quota in Spring 2018 will be carried forward to Spring 2019, together with unfilled first major quota in Fall 2018.

Timeline


Spring 2018 MSE
(For Senior Year Intake Students)
Spring 2019 MSE
(For Regular Students)
Additional Major
Application Period Late June, 2018 Late June, 2019
Interview Early July 2018 Early July, 2019
Result Announcements Mid-July 2019 Mid-July, 2019

Notes:
Students will choose their additional major at the end of 4th term of study in Spring 2019. For senior year entry students, they will choose the additional major at the end of 2nd term in Spring 2018.


(Last Update: June 8, 2017)