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Program

1. How many intakes are there each year? When does the year start?

There is one intake every year. The Fall Term starts in September at the HKUST campus. 

2. What is the class size?

The intake is expected to be around 50-60 students.

3. What is the course length and how many class hours will it cover?

For a 2-credit course, there are a total of 28 contact hours. There is usually one class per week for each course, so it takes 8 weeks (normally with the final week allotted for examination) to complete a course of 2 credits.

4. Can I claim course exemptions for my previous study?

Yes, but credits for exempted courses have to be replaced by electives. Some courses can be exempted for students who have obtained certain qualifications with proof provided, such as transcript and syllabuses of courses, when the content and level of the previous courses are equivalent to those of the exempted courses and satisfactory grades were achieved.

5. Is it possible to extend the length of my study?

Normally we do not encourage students to extend their length of study. However, we do offer study extensions to students who cannot complete the program within the defined timeframe because of health reasons. All students must complete the whole program within 5 years.

6. Do I need a student visa for studying in Hong Kong?

Yes, students who do not have the right to reside in Hong Kong are required to apply for a student visa for entering into Hong Kong and studying a program. The Program Office will coordinate with the University's  Office of Postgraduate Studies to arrange student visas for all incoming non-local students upon admission and prior to the commencement of the program. The duration of the student visa will last for one year. 

7. What is the major difference between the part-time study mode and the full-time study mode?

The part-time study mode is mostly for working executives in Hong Kong or nearby regions. It takes normally two years to complete for the part-time program. Students in the part-time study mode must have at least two years of full-time post-qualification work experience in order to be considered. 

The students of the full-time study mode are mostly recent graduates or junior professionals who dedicate their full attention to the master study. Students attend most of the classes on weekdays and a few classes on Saturdays. Student can complete the program in one year.

8. Will I be able to do program transfer between the full-time and part-time study modes?

Program transfer between the full-time and part-time study modes after program commencement is normally NOT encouraged. Students have to be clear about their interest and time commitment in either study modes at the time of application and admission, and commit to their enrolled study mode throughout the course of study. Transfer between the study modes is considered on a case by case basis only with strong reasons, and is also subject to the approval of the Academic Director.