Admission Route


For JUPAS and Non-JUPAS candidates

To enroll into GBUS program, candidates must fulfill the minimum requirements of SBM admission. The admission score calculation of GBUS program is the same as the SBM admission score calculation.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview for admission purpose. 

Key Important dates:

For Non-JUPAS candidates: Early Round application deadline is on 20 November 2020; Main Round application deadline is on 14 January 2021. Interview is conducted on a rolling basis. 

For JUPAS candidates: First Round Interview will be held in early May 2021(tentative) and the Final Round interview will be held on 31 July-1 Aug 2021(tentative). No make-up interview will be arranged.

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For detailed information, please refer to the SBM admission website here.

For students who are already enrolled in the B&M program


Students who have already entered HKUST Business School can apply to join the GBUS program through Major Selection Exercise in each semester. The last window to apply is at the end of Year 2 Fall semester.

Interested students could join the Major Selection Information Session in each semester to learn more of the details.


Figures and Statistics


Composition of a GBUS cohort (figures from GBUS2023 cohort)

JUPAS: 49%
Non- JUPAS: 29%
Mainland: 4%
International: 18%

JS5013 Global Business - JUPAS admission figure in 2020



Application in general

1. What is the average class size of a GBUS cohort?

Ans: The average cohort size is around 55 students.

2. Are there any preferred subjects in the public examinations? 

Ans: No. We do not have any preferred subject in any public examinations as we value the diversity of our students' backgrounds.

3. Are GBUS students expected to only work in the banking or consulting industry?

Ans: The GBUS program supports students to pursue wherever their true passion lies. Although we have many alumni working in the finance and consulting industry, we also have many graduates working in different management trainee program, marketing industry, government, start-up etc.

For JUPAS candidates

1. Is there any application interview for JUPAS applicants?

Ans:  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview if you are applying to the GBUS program. For JUPAS candidates, there will be two rounds of interviews usually. One before the DSE exam and one after the DSE exam.

2. What is the interview format? What are some of the interview questions asked?

Ans: The format of interview this year is to be confirmed, as it differs every year. The purpose of interview is to assess your critical thinking, presentation skills, teamwork skills, etc. Interview questions cover a wide range of areas, and their purpose is to know whether there is a good fit between the candidate and the program.

3. What is the weighting of the interview?

Ans: There is a minimum level of academic excellence you have to attain, but the program looks for promising students with good attitude, presentable demeanor and a good fit for a career in business. The weight of the interview score shall not be bigger than 40% of the total admission composite score.

4. When will the final round interview take place?

Ans: The interview date is 31 July to 1 August 2021 (tentative).

5. When will I receive interview invitations? 

Ans: We will send out interview invitation to shortlisted candidates after the JUPAS result is released and choices reprioritized.

6. Will I receive feedback for the interview?

Ans: Yes. If you are invited to the First Round interview, you will receive a formal feedback letter from us on your interview performance. We do not provide formal feedback to the Final Round interview, however, our interviewers are happy to share their feedback with you if you approach them.

7. Will my OEA/OLE being considered in my admission application.

Ans: Yes. Please remember we emphasize the quality of your activities rather than the quantity. Bonus points will be awarded to final Band A applicants with impressive records and personal statements.

8. Do DSE re-takers receive any penalty in the admission process?

Ans: No. We accept combined certificates as long as the minimum admission requirements are met. There will be no score penalty.

9. Do JUPAS applicants receive conditional offer?

Ans: In general, we do not issue conditional offer for JUPAS applicants.

For Non-JUPAS candidates

1. What is the expected IB admission score for GBUS?

Ans: For admission for IB students, an IB score of 40 or above will typically be considered competitive in academic achievement. Again, we do not have any preferred subject as we value the diversity of our students' backgrounds. Apart from your IB score, we also review the overall strength of the application.

2. What is the expected GCEAL admission score for GBUS?

Ans: We review the overall strength of the application in addition to the GCE AL score.  From our previous admission statistic, we admitted students with 3 A*/ A*A*A in the GCE AL result. Again no specific subject requirement or preferred subject. 

3. Should I apply in the Early Round Application or Main Round Application? 

Ans: Our admission is carried out on a rolling basis, thus we encourage students who are interested in joining us to apply in the Early Round Application.

4. When will the interview take place? What is the interview format?

Ans: We start conducting interviews with shortlisted candidates since late November. Interview invitation will be sent to shortlisted candidates on a rolling basis. We usually will arrange a face-to-face interview. If the candidate could not attend a face-to-face one, video interview could be an alternative.

5. Are there any differences between Early Round application and Main Round application? 

Ans: No. As our interview invitation and offers are given out on a rolling basis, we strongly encourage applicants who are certain of their university and program choice to apply at the early round application. 

6. Can I apply to both Early Round application and Main Round application?

Ans: You do not have to apply to both Early Round and Main Round. If your Early Round application does not succeed, we would automatically consider you for the Main Round, you do not need to submit a new application.

6. Can I still submit supporting documents after submitting my application?

Ans:  Yes, you can still submit updated supporting documents after submitting your application. Please make sure the updated supporting document is submitted as soon as possible. For documents that are not yet available at the point when the application is submitted, please make sure you indicate the "Expected Upload Date" in the "Supporting Documents" section. 

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