Admission Requirements


Applicants for admission to the HKUST MIMT program are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree in business or a related field or the equivalent from a  recognized university or approved institution with satisfactory academic results
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, and whose bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification^ was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English, are required to fulfill the minimum English Language requirements in TOEFL/ IELTS examination (^Qualification with duration equivalent to a full-time bachelor's degree, i.e. at least 3 years)
  • Achieve a satisfactory GMAT/GRE score
  • Possess two languages including English
  • Possess multi-cultural aptitudes and an appetite for an international career
  • Have no more than two years of full-time post-qualification work experience

* Remarks on Language Requirement

ALL students should enter the program with at least two (2) languages.  Students without a third language upon admission must study an equivalent of at least one term of an introductory course to a third language at HKUST and successfully complete the course before graduation. The third language is ideally outside the language family of the declared CEMS languages other than English.


ALL graduates of the program must be proficient in three (3) languages, including English and one of the CEMS languages. The 3rd language can be any language. Only one of these 3 languages can be the student’s mother tongue.


1. The current CEMS Languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Afrikaans, Farsi/Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian/Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

2. The existing entry requirement on English proficiency remains unchanged and competence is assessed by a recent third-party certification (TOEFL/IELTS) or proof of university medium of instruction in English before admission. Students will also need to complete a dedicated English medium Business Communication skill seminar during the MSc program.

3. Students have to show obvious capability and proficiency in their declared mother tongue. 

4. Means of language proof for the 2nd language (CEMS language) which can be accepted include: Secondary education, university degree, existing CEMS accredited courses, accredited commercial exams, in-house language exam at CEMS schools, European Management and Business Communication (MBC) test, or mother tongue.

5. Means of language proof for the 3rd language (introductory level) which can be accepted include all of those listed above stated in point 4, plus language course during MSc program, accredited commercial language courses, or mother tongue. Students who cannot provide valid language proof for the 3rd language are required to study a language course during the MSc program study.

6. Students already mastering more than two languages may take the current MBC test in the third (or more) language. If they demonstrate capability, this will be formally recognized and included as an additional endorsement on their CEMS graduation certificate.


We recognize the vital importance of recruiting a diverse group of students who will both benefit from and contribute to the program. Rather than selecting candidates based on a preconceived formula like academic performance, students are selected on the basis of their potential for an international career, how they will interact with each other as a group, how the program matches their individual needs and objectives, and the extent to which they are driven by and embrace success. Some major qualities that we are looking for are:

  • Intellectual potential and knowledge (formal education, ability to analyse and learn/reflect)
  • Attitude and soft skills (desire to achieve, interpersonal competencies, integrity, critical thinking, motivation)
  • International orientation (curiosity for differences, sensitivity and adaptability, spirit of facing challenges)
  • Empathy with different cultures, values and behaviours
  • Willingness to take responsibility within society

The key selection criteria will be assessed through written and/or online application documents and through a personal assessment interview.