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How to apply

The EMBA-Global Asia application process is focused on understanding your unique strengths and potential. The process requires you to demonstrate your individual contribution to the EMBA-Global Asia learning experience, and how you will benefit from the programme.

Online application

Begin the online application now.

Applications for the EMBA-Global Asia programme are completed online. Full instructions are included within the online application system itself. Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to check your application status through the same system.

There is no time restriction in which you must complete the application, so register now to familiarise yourself with the system. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us.

Many of our students also receive financial support from their employers. To secure this, you will usually have to draw up a detailed business case outlining your reasons for wanting to take part on EMBA-Global Asia and the benefits it will bring you and your company.

Application checklist

To be considered for an interview for the EMBA-Global Asia programme, we require you to provide all of the following:

  • a completed online application, including application form, essays and personal statement
  • a one-page CV or resume 
  • official academic transcripts or certificates  
  • a current GMAT test score 
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for non native English speakers 
  • two references, one of which should be from your current manager 
  • a  signed statement of employer support
  • copy of your passport identification page
  • a non-refundable application fee.

GMAT score

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) provides us with useful information about your quantitative and verbal reasoning abilities, and is a useful indicator of your likely success on the programme. It also acts as a benchmark against which we can evaluate applicants across degree subject, academic institution and nationality.

This should be current and within the five year validity period at the start of the programme. The GMAT score is considered on a non-judgemental basis and the committee give equal consideration to all the components of your application.

GMAT is one of our requirements for admission to the EMBA-Global Asia programme. We recommend that you sit the GMAT before applying, or submit your application with the test date booked.

When you register for the GMAT, you should ask for your score to be sent to The University of Hong Kong, as we cannot confirm an offer of a place until we receive the original score. The University of Hong Kong GMAT institution code is FS2-WL-33.

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GMAT requirements

Candidates may submit their applications before they have taken the GMAT. There is no 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. The GMAT is one of the many criteria we use when assessing an applicant's suitability, since it provides useful information about quantitative and verbal reasoning abilities. In their personal statements and references, applicants are encouraged to emphasize areas in their work experience and academic background that demonstrate those abilities as well.

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.

You may take either of these standardised tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English)

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

As part of your application, 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, CEO or head of HR.

Many EMBA-Global 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.

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

One reference should be from your current manager. References for Executive MBA programmes are usually professional rather than academic. If you are uncertain about who should provide your references we encourage you to contact the Admissions office.

Application fee

There is an application processing fee of US$250.

Application processing

Once you have submitted your complete online application and provided supporting documentation, it will be processed by The University of Hong Kong. An Admissions Committee representing all three schools will evaluate each application. Please note that an application is complete when all the required components have been submitted.

We will inform you as to whether you have been selected for interview within three working weeks of the stage deadline, provided you submitted a complete application by the deadline for that stage. See the Admissions page for details of deadlines.

The Admissions Committee interviews all short-listed candidates. After your interview, you will normally be given a final decision on your application within three working weeks. We reserve the right to defer decisions in order to ensure the highest calibre and best mix of participants in the programme.

If you have questions or require further information to help you complete your application, please contact us.

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