How to apply

How to apply

The EMBA-Global Asia application process is focused on your unique strengths and potential. You’re required to demonstrate your individual contribution to the learning experience, and how you'll benefit from the programme.

Begin your online application now.

The application process

1. Applications are completed online. Full instructions are included within the online application.

Tip: There is not a time restriction in which you must complete the application, so register now to familiarise yourself with the system.

2. Completed applications will be processed at The University of Hong Kong.

3. An Admissions Committee, representing all three partner schools, will evaluate each application.

4. Within three weeks of the stage deadline you’ll hear whether you’ve been selected for interview.

5. You'll normally receive a final decision within three weeks of your interview. We reserve the right to defer decisions in order to ensure the highest calibre, and best mix, of participants in the programme.

To maintain the highest standards, 100% of shortlisted candidates are interviewed prior to offer. 

The following dates are guidelines to help you to plan your application. Places are allocated on a rolling basis, meaning the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll receive a decision.

Admission is very competitive, therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend applying as early as possible. Applications received after 31 March 2016 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Round 1      31 December 2015 (scholarship deadline)

Round 2      15 February 2016

Round 3      31 March 2016

As you begin discussing your development plans with your employer, be sure to read our advice on Creating a Business Case. This document will help you build a case for your employer's support, either financial or time away from the office.

Application checklist

To be considered for an interview you should provide:

  • a completed online application, including the application form, essays and a personal statement
  • a one-page CV/résumé
  • official academic transcripts or certificates
  • a current Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score*
  • evidence of completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing System (IELTS) / Personal Test of English (PTE) - for non-native English speakers
  • two references
  • a signed statement of employer support
  • a non-refundable application fee of US$250. 

GMAT score

Candidates are expected to take the GMAT, and submit their applications before they have taken the test.

There is not a minimum score but we recommend that applicants take adequate time to prepare for the test so that the admissions team can use it as an indication of their quantitative and verbal proficiency at the time of application.

We would also encourage applicants to demonstrate these proficiencies in their personal statements and references (in relation work experience and academic background).

When you register for the GMAT, please ask for your score to be sent to The University of Hong Kong, as we can't confirm an offer of a place until we receive your original score. 

The University of Hong Kong GMAT institution code is FS2-WL-33.

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*The GMAT can be waived in exceptional cases. Typically, this would only be for candidates who are very senior level managers and have demonstrated strong quantitative skills in their professional career. We invite candidates who feel they might merit a waiver to speak with an admissions officer for more information. 

English language certificate

If your native language is not English and you have not obtained a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction, you are required to submit official evidence of your English language proficiency.

There are three standardised tests you may take:

  • PTE.

Official academic transcripts

You are required to submit academic transcripts from your undergraduate or graduate educational institutions, with certified translated copies if they are not in English.

Signed statement of employer support

Proof of support from your employer for the time you will be out of the office is required to apply to the programme. You must provide a signed letter from an authorised person within your company stating that they agree to allow you the required time away from the office to complete the programme. The authorised person may be your department head, president, chief executive officer or head of HR.

Many EMBA-Global Asia students are also financially sponsored by their employers - either fully or partially. If you are financially sponsored to any extent, you must submit complete information on the terms of this financial support, signed by the authorised person within your company. Be sure to read our advice on Creating a Business Case.

If you are self-employed, you must submit a letter stating that you understand the time commitment needed away from work to successfully complete the programme. You may also be required to provide evidence of your current engagements/contracts. 

Reference letters

References for Executive MBAs are usually professional rather than academic. One reference should be from your current manager.

If you're unsure who to ask for a reference please contact the admissions office

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the application process or your eligibility for the programme, please contact us.