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Ameer Khatri MBA Consultant


May 26, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for HKUST MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at HKUST MBA is 650 for the last entering class. If you score above 690, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after HKUST MBA?

The average salary at HKUST for the last graduating class was HKD 659,000. 100% of the class was placed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (13%), Finance (40%) and technology (11%) oriented functional roles. 

The Career and Professional Development Team of HKUST works closely with you on your professional development and support you, so your job search process stays on track.

Key Employers


placed within 3 months of graduation


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$ 76,930 

Tuition Fee

$ 33,240

Living Cost


Cost of Attendance

Tuition Fees & Scholarship at HKUST

The Tuition fees for HKUST MBA is US$ 76,930 and an additional  US$ 33,240 is the living cost. 

Enrolling in an MBA program is an important commitment; thus, good financial planning is essential. Non-Hong Kong residents must apply for a student visa, which requires proof of sufficient financial resources to support your studies.

Important Scholarships

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HKUST Application Essays 2022-23

  • Tell us your mid-term and long term post-MBA career goals. (max. 50 words)
  • Discuss how to achieve them through HKUST MBA. (max. 200 words)
  • How do you plan to enrich our MBA community during and after the MBA program? (max. 150 words)

HKUST Recommendation Ques. 2023

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the candidate? (No word limit)
  • If this is a work-related reference, in what position is/was the candidate employed and for how long? (No word limit)
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s principal strengths/talents? (No word limit)
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s weaknesses or areas that need improvement? (No word limit)

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about HKUST

We do not have a minimum score requirement. As a point of reference, the average GMAT scores of students in our different programs are as follows:

• Full-time MBA Program: 660

• Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode): 620 . Part-time MBA Program (Bi-Weekly Mode): 630

Digital MBA for Global Leaders Program: 610

All shortlisted candidates must attend an interview. Under special circumstances, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we arrange virtual admissions interviews. Face-to-face interviews may be arranged for candidates residing in Hong Kong subject to the situation. Requests for phone interviews will not be granted. Typically, each candidate attends one panel interview. DIMBA shortlisted candidates will also be invited to attend admissions interviews, which are normally conducted virtually

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be notified within 8 weeks of the application deadline. Admissions decisions are sent in the mail approximately 12 weeks after the application deadline.

After submitting your application, you will be notified by email if you have been shortlisted. You will then be required to upload the following additional information to the online application portal within 1 week of being shortlisted:


• Skills & Professional Qualification • Scholarship & Other Information

Supporting Documents

Only scanned copies of the supporting documents are required at the application stage. It is strongly recommended that applicants use our document upload function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents. Note that each scanned document should not exceed 1 MB.

If your official GMAT/GRE and/or IELTS/TOEFL score report (if applicable) is not yet available, you can skip the relevant supporting documents and upload them as soon as they are available.

You will be required to submit official documents and/or true copies certified by the issuing authorities with official imprint and signature if you pass the admissions interview. Detailed information will be provided by our Admissions Team in the later stages of the admissions process.


Work references can be written by people for or with whom you have previously worked to give the Admissions Committee insights into your work experience and your personal and professional qualities and attributes, such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, and confidence. A referee should know you well enough to attest to your work performance and personal and professional qualities. A sample reference form (in PDF format) is provided for your reference.

All reference forms should be submitted online. Paper reference forms/letters will not be accepted. You will be asked to provide the names and contact details of your referees in your online application, after which the application system will automatically send an email to each of your referees and ask them to fill out an online reference form. You can check the status of your references in the application system once you have completed the application form and submitted the application fee

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