Your questions about JUPAS – HKDSE admissions to business programs

1. What is the minimum entrance requirement for business programs?
2. How can I calculate the admission scores?
3. What were the median / lower quartile sample scores in 2016 intake?
4. If I take more electives, will I get extra bonus points for all of them?
5. Will the two extended modules in Mathematics (M1 / M2) be counted as an elective?
6. Will additional language subjects or Applied Learning subjects be considered as electives?
7. Are there any subject requirements for business programs?
8. Can I use other English tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) to fulfil the English requirement?
9. Can I use alternative Chinese/ other language subjects to fulfill the Chinese requirement?
10. How will my ‘Other Experiences and Achievements’ (OEA) be used in considering admission?
11. Will I have any advantages if I have participated in HKUST Business School activities/ events?
12. Do I need to attend an admission interview?
13. Do students receive conditional offer?
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?
15. Do institutions know the order of my JUPAS program choices?
16. Should I put school-based admission (JS5300 Business & Management) or specific major programs in my JUPAS choices?
17. I am re-taking HKDSE, will I be considered? Will there be any penalty?
18. Will there be any credit transfer available for HKDSE applicants?
19. Can Are there any scholarships for JUPAS applicants?
20. Can JUPAS students apply for the World Bachelor of Business (WBB) program?


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.

English Chinese Mathematics Liberal Studies X1 X2/ M1/ M2*
Level 4 Level 3 Level 3 Level 2 Level 3 Level 3

*M1/M2 refers to extended modules of Mathematics

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2. How can I calculate the admission scores?

HKDSE Levels of results are converted as follows:

DSE subject level 5** 5* 5 4 3 2 1
Admission score 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Admission score calculation and subject weighting

#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 (“Attained with Distinction” will be counted as Level 3)

^ Level 3 or above 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), interviews will be conducted in early May 2017 (first round) and July 19-21, 2017 (final round).

For Quantitative Finance (JS5332), interviews will be conducted in May 2017.

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 applicants 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).

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3. What were the median / lower quartile sample scores in 2016 intake?

Drawing reference from the lower-quartile score of the 2016 JUPAS intake, the competitive scores for entering the Business School and its programs are as follows.

Program JUPAS Main Round Offers Competitive Score Average Score Per Subject
Business & Management (School-based admission) 435 ≥ 37/56 4.63
BBA Professional Accounting 49 ≥ 38/56 4.75
BBA Finance 25 ≥ 40.5/59.5 4.76
BBA Global Business 22 ≥ 48/56 6.0
BSc Economics and Finance 20 ≥ 43.5/59.5 5.12
BSc Quantitative Finance 12 ≥ 51/59.5 6.0


As 2016 is the first year that the hybrid school-based and program-based admission model was introduced, 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 Finance.

Median & lower quartile are available at https://join.ust.hk/docs/adm_figures/2016_adm_figures.html.
(Note: HKDSE score is a major but not the only factor for admission. The median and lower quartile may change from year to year depending on the pool of applicants)

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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 %)

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

Yes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

JUPAS applicants verified by their secondary schools as non-Chinese speaking students* may replace HKDSE Chinese Language with alternative Chinese (GCSE/ IGCSE Chinese, GCE O-level/ AS-level/ A-level Chinese) or HKDSE Other Language Subjects in category C.

* Non-Chinese speaking students refer to (a) those who have learnt Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or (b) have learnt Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in our local schools.

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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.

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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)

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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), interviews will be conducted in early May 2017 (first round) and July 19-21, 2017 (final round).

For Quantitative Finance (JS5332), interviews will be conducted in May 2017.

For other Business programs

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


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13. Do students receive conditional offer?

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

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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 2016, 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.

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

N0. We do not know the order of your choice.

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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 2016 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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