Applicants seeking an MBA with high placement rates throughout Asia may find HKUST the perfect fit for their needs. HKUST offers two options for its MBA: a 16-month option that offers hopeful career switchers the opportunity to hold an internship in their target industry and even an experience in an exchange program abroad, and a 12-month accelerated version for students with more experience and/or who plan to return to their current employer/industry.
The Financial Times ranks HKUST #14 in the world, 72% of the class successfully changes functions following the MBA, and 69% changes industries. Thirty-nine percent of the latest graduating class found roles in the financial industry upon graduating, with respectable numbers also entering the consulting (12%), and IT/Technology (17%) industries. In terms of job functions, HKUST graduates thrive in finance roles (42%), general management (26%), and sales and marketing (11%).
The HKUST application has stayed the same this year. My tips are below in blue.
HKUST MBA Application Essays:
HKUST MBA Essay #1
The HKUST MBA mission is to inspire and transform individuals to be future business leaders for Asia and the world. We embrace diversity, and are looking for ambitious and open-minded candidates with a passion to contribute. It is the first day of orientation. Please introduce yourself to your classmates, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life. (500 words)
The small class of around 100 students hails from over 20 countries, with 95% of the class coming from outside of Hong Kong. Since HKUST strives for diversity throughout this small group, each applicant must demonstrate a unique perspective and experiences. If your professional background is in a heavily represented group – IT or finance for example, then I highly recommend highlighting not only your most exceptional professional experience in this essay but also the personal qualities, extracurricular involvement and values that differentiate you. When in your professional or personal life have you demonstrated an open mind and contributed? These will prove your potential at HKUST.
HKUST MBA Essay #2
Tell us about your post-MBA goals and based on that, why is the HKUST MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage and enrich our community? (500 words)
This is a traditional goals essay with a twist of tying those goals to your future engagement and enrichment of the HKUST community. The admissions office is making it clear that they expect to hear how you will enhance the education of your peers. What aspects of the program will you be able to contribute to most and how will your fellow classmates benefit?
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HKUST MBA Application Deadlines for August 2019 Intake:
|Application Deadline||Admission Notification|
|Phase 1||November 7, 2018||February 1, 2019|
|Phase 2||January 9, 2019||April 5, 2019|
|Phase 3||March 13, 2019||May 31, 2019|
Ideally, international students should send through their applications by the first or second deadline to allow sufficient time to process their visas and for making other travel arrangements to Hong Kong. Late applications after all deadlines may be considered subject to place availability.
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