Applicants must

  • possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized university, with a grade average of 3.0 or above out of 4.0
  • possess a TOEFL score of no lower than 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT), or an IELTS score of no lower than 7 (all sub-scores should be 5.5 or above), if their first language is not English or the medium of instruction of the degree program completed previously was not English.


Study Pathways


3+1 Pathway

Recommended by the MGCS consortium universities, non-local undergraduate students in their third year of a four-year program at the time of the application can apply for early admission into the program with proper documentation from their home universities while remaining registered as UGs in their home universities.

These applicants should have completed all their UG coursework requirements with a cumulative grade average (CGA) of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, and have fulfilled the program’s English language requirement.

Upon completion of the MSc (GCS) degree requirements, these students are required to submit a certified copy of their bachelor’s degree certificate and an official copy of their transcript to the MSc (GCS) Program Office in an envelope sealed by the institution that provides the documents no later than August 31 each year in order to be conferred the MSc degree in Global China Studies at HKUST.

Third-year undergraduate students from the following MGCS Consortium universities should apply via their home universities:

  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Nanjing University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Ocean University of China
  • Shandong University
  • Shanghai International Studies University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shantou University
  • Sichuan University
  • South China University of Technology
  • Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou)
  • Xiamen University
  • Waseda University
  • Zhejiang University

Before submitting an application online, applicants from the above universities should print and submit a hard copy of the application form together with supporting documents to their respective home universities. Their home universities will forward the aforementioned mentioned documentation to the MGCS Program Office before the application deadline for the program. We will not consider any “3+1” applications without a nomination by the applicant’s home university.


4+1 Pathway / Regular Applicants

Other qualified applicants, including HKUST undergraduate students can apply directly to the program as regular applicants for MSc (GCS) program.


HKUST UG Students

  1. All HKUST undergraduate students, including BSc in Global China Studies majors, may take up to four MGCS courses , subject to the approval of the course instructor and the Program Office, as surplus to their undergraduate degree during their UG studies without being charged extra fee*.
  2. These students may apply for the MSc (GCS) program upon completion of their undergraduate degree, and can transfer up to 12 surplus MGCS credits to the MSc (GCS) program upon formal enrollment in the program. Students successfully transfer the 12 surplus MGCS credits to the program will be charged the remaining 12 credits at $5,833/credit.

Remark: UG students do not need to pay extra tuition fee for taking PG courses, considering that they are regular UG students who have settled their tuition fee for that term in full. To learn more about cross-career (UG/PG) enrollment, please visit the ARRO Course Registration website for UG students at


Application Deadline

2021-22 Fall Intake
Non-local applicants*: 1 May 2021
Local applicants: 15 July 2021
2020-21 Spring Intake
Non-local applicants*: 1 Nov 2020
Local applicants: 15 Dec 2020

* Applicants, who need a student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong, are considered as Non-Local Students. For details on student visa/entry permit requirements, please click here.

Note: The School reserves the right at all times to suspend the offering of the program as a result of insufficient class enrollment. Should the suspension of a program have to be effected, the deposit or tuition fees paid will be refunded.