The MA & MSc programs (MACC, MAILE, MASS, MSc GCS) offered by the School of Humanities & Social Science are designed for those who have no Social Science or Humanities background. They are taught programs and focus on coursework. No thesis is required, and they can be completed in one year of full-time study.The MPhil degree programs, such as MPhil in Social Science or Humanities, focus mainly on research work and are primarily for Social Science and Humanities majors and for graduates with a strong social science or humanities background. They include one year of coursework and are mainly designed for the preparation of a written thesis.

MA in Chinese Culture : HK$120,000
MA in International Language Education : HK85,000 (Local applicants); HK$120,000 (Non-local applicants)
MA in Social Science : HK$126,000
MSc in Global China Studies : HK$140,000 ; HK$210,000 for Academic Research Concentration (optional 2nd year program)

The standard medium of instruction is English. However, subject to approval by the School of Humanities and Social Science, the medium of instruction and/or materials used in some of the courses may be in Chinese. Students who wish to enroll in courses where Chinese materials are used and/or where Chinese is the teaching medium must demonstrate competency in the Chinese language as well.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology requires all applicants to take an English proficiency test. The University considers a minimum score of TOEFL (IBT) to be 80, and that of TOEFL (PBT) to be 550. As for IELTS, the overall minimum acceptable score is 6.5 and all sub-scores should be 5.5 or above. Please note that certain programs would have higher English language requirements. You are reminded to check the admission requirements before submitting an application. Should you have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country, you are not required to provide English test scores.

The application requirements are the same for both local and non-local applicants. However, non-local students must obtain a valid permit/visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department before registration. You may refer to our Admission Office for the general qualifications for admission.

Yes, as long as you obtain the bachelor’s degree before registration into the MA program. For students from our partner universities, please check out our MSc program which offers an accelerated pathway to elite students for a master’s degree.

Online application is usually available starting in September each year. Academic qualifications need to be supported by transcripts and diplomas. Please complete the “Reasons to Apply” in English (200 words or above).

You are required to submit the following application documents:

  • Completed online application;
  • Copies of the official transcripts of academic records issued by your universities*;
  • Copy of degree certificate;
  • Documentary proof of fulfilling the English language requirement (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL score reports)^;
  • Confidential recommendations from 2 referees#.

* The Official transcript(s) should be uploaded via the online application system. Once applicants are given the admission offers, the official transcript(s) should be sent directly from the applicant’s university or you may arrange a declaration in person with the Public Enquiry Service Center (PESCs) in any of the 18 districts.  For details, click HERE.

^ Applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English will also have to meet the stipulated English language requirements.


# Confidential recommendation form will be sent to each referee to fill out by e-mail. Referees do NOT need to write and send confidential recommendation letters to the graduate division separately.

You may contact us by phone or e-mail. For Postgraduate admissions enquiry, please contact Postgraduate Outreach &  Admissions Team (PGOA) by phone at 2623 1120 or ask a question via here.

For TPG programs enquiry, please contact us by phone at 2358-8274 / 3469-2096 or e-mail.

MA in Chinese Culture:
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MA in Social Science:
MSc in Global China Studies:

Offers for the Fall intake will normally be made in the period from March to July. Email notifications will be sent to successful applicants. Applicants are also encouraged to check their application account regularly for any admission updates.

The full-time teaching staff of the Division of Humanities, Division of Social Science and Center for Language Education will teach the programs.

The Board of Committee will review each case mainly based on applicant’s academic performance, working experiences, English proficiency and motivation of application.

Continuing Education Fund is for local students to apply only. Students may apply CEF for any course that is listed as “CEF course” in “Program Requirements”. Interested students may check the following link: