Highly Ranked Globally
The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks 8th in Asia and 46th in the world in the field of Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).
Over decades, the CUHK Department of Economics has nurtured many distinguished alumni, who have contributed in different sectors of the community. They include Mr. Vincent Cheng, the first Chinese Chairman of HSBC; Mr. Kwok Kwok Chuen, former Principal Economist at HKSAR Government.
The Department of Economics is renowned for its strength in research in the Chinese economy, economic theory and labour economics.It is also the only economics department in Hong Kong with two Nobel Laureates among its staff.
Endows students with advanced knowledge in economic science including microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and many applied fields so as to lay a solid foundation for pursuing PhD degree studies and doing research work.
Cultivates skills in quantitative analyses involving the application of econometric tools to analysing data sets, deriving estimates, testing hypotheses, and making forecasts.
Equips graduates with economics knowledge and econometrics skills to make economic analysis, especially analysing the Chinese Economy and other Asian economies, so as to excel in professional positions of diverse organizations, such as financial institutions, government departments, and consultancies.
More information on the programme can be found in the programme brochure.
Applicants should submit applications through the online admission system from November 2016.
- 1st round: 25th November 2016
- 2nd round: 30th December 2016
- 3rd round: 6th March 2017
- HK$172,000 per annum (provisional)
Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with outstanding qualifications upon admission and to students achieving distinguished academic performance upon graduation. In 2015-2016, over 30 scholarships were awarded.
Qualification for Admissions
- have graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class or with an average grade of not lower than "B";
- fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement as stipulated by the Graduate School before being considered for admissions. To satisfy this requirement, applicants should
- possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
- Hong Kong Advanced Level Exam (AS Level);
- Hong Kong Higher Level Exam;
- CUHK Matriculation Exam;
- General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level)/ Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level); or
- achieve Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or
- have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country; or
- have obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country; or
- submit one of the following original score reports/ certificates for assessment:
- TOEFL (normally not lower than 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; and 79 internet-based) [Institution code: 0812; departmental code: 84];
- IELTS (Academic) (normally not lower than Band 6.5);
- GMAT (Verbal, normally not lower than 21) [GMAT code: R9H-T1-98].
* TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date.
- possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
- provide favourable recommendations from academic referees.
- with a good background in Mathematics or Statistics are preferred;
- will be assessed on the basis of past academic record, work experience, references and language abilities;
- may be interviewed in person, by telephone or video conferencing.
Supporting Documents Required
Applicants should submit the following supporting documents together with a photocopy of the completed application form by post or in person before the application deadline.
Please quote the "Application No." generated by the online application system on your documents sending to our division.
Address: Room 928, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin (Attn.: MSc in Economics)
- Official Transcripts (with a complete record of courses attended and examination results) and grading scheme of all tertiary level studies*;
- A copy of Degree Certificates (if applicable);
- Original score report showing the applicant has fulfilled the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicable)^;
- Confidential Recommendations from two referees#;
- Application Fee Receipt (not necessary for credit card payment through online application);
- A copy of Identity Card or Passport;
For non-CUHK qualifications: Photocopies will not be accepted. The original official transcript must reach our office directly from the University, or in sealed envelopes and send by the applicants with other supporting documents to our office.
For CUHK qualifications (Bachelor’s or higher degrees): Photocopies of transcript issued by CUHK are accepted, but academic reports and unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted.
For TOEFL/GMAT/IELTS, applicants must request the test organization to send their official score reports directly to the Graduate School. Student copy of score report will NOT be accepted.
|#||Hard copy of Confidential Recommendations must reach our office directly from the referees, or in sealed envelopes and send by the applicant with other supporting documents to our office. The referees can also choose to submit the Confidential Recommendations via internet.|
Students are required to complete a minimum of 27 units of courses for graduation.
a. Required courses: 15 units (3 units per course)
ECON5011, 5021, 5101, 5121 and 5811
b. Elective courses (availability varies from year to year): 12 units# (3 units per course)
ECON5130, 5150, 5160, 5170, 5310, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, 5450, 5460, 5470, 5480, 5490, 6810, 6820, 6830
#Subject to the approval of the Division Head, up to 3 units of these 12 units can be taken from the Economics undergraduate courses or other related courses at the University.
- Students have to complete 9 courses (total 27 units) successfully and obtain a cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.0 in order to graduate. Please refer to Clause 13.0 "Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies" of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School Homepage: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/gss on details of academic probation.
- Students have to attend seminars organized by the Department of Economics.
The career prospects of our graduates are excellent. With their specialized understanding of economic science and quantitative skills, they are among the most desired employees in the job market, particularly in the banking and finance sector. Recent graduates have accepted positions as bank management trainees, investment banking executives, finance analysts and securities traders. Others have been offered positions in the accounting, real estate and marketing sectors. Some of the highlights are as follows:
|AME Mineral Economics (Asia)||Hong Kong|
|Bank of China||Hong Kong|
|Bank of Communication||Hong Kong|
|CBRE (HK)||Hong Kong|
|China CITIC Bank International||Hong Kong|
|China Construction Bank (Asia)||Hong Kong|
|China Development Bank||Xiamen|
|China Galaxy Securities||Hong Kong|
|China Guangfa Bank||Guangzhou|
|China Investment Securities||Shenzhen|
|China Merchants Securities||Hong Kong|
|China Minsheng Bank||Beijing|
|Chiyu Bank||Hong Kong|
|Dacheng Fund Management||Shenzhen|
|Daiwa Capital Markets||Hong Kong|
|DBS Bank China||Shanghai|
|Fubon Bank (China)||Shanghai|
|GF Fund Management||Guangzhou|
|Haitong International Securities||Hong Kong|
|Hang Seng Bank||Hong Kong|
|ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management||Hong Kong|
|Johnson Controls Asia Holdings||Hong Kong|
|Mizuho Bank (China)||Shanghai|
|Resonance Asset Management||Hong Kong|
|Shanghai Clearing House||Shanghai|
|Shenzhen GEM Capital Management||Shenzhen|
|Standard Chartered Bank||Hong Kong|
|The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC)||Shanghai|
|The People's Bank of China, Shanghai Headquarters||Shanghai|
The Department of Economics has dedicated computer laboratory for students' use. Opening hours and available software can be found here. Students can also take advantage of the computer rooms, library terminals and Wi-Fi access available throughout campus. More information can be found on this map.
|Tel:||(852) 3943-5511 (Ms. May Poon)|
Room 928, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin ( Attn.: MSc in Economics)