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To qualify for admissions to HKUST, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.


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1. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree or postgraduate diploma program should have:

  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.


Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have:

  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.


2. English Language Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): 80 (in one single attempt)
  • TOEFL - Paper-based Test (pBT): 550
  • TOEFL - Revised Paper-delivered Test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and all sub-score: 5.5


Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • Their first language is English, or
  • Their bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English.


3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Some programs may stipulate additional requirements for admissions. For more information on the program-specific admission requirements, please click here.