Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Master of Science in Economics

MSc 2

Department Highlights

Highly Ranked Globally
The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks 46th in the world in the field of Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).

Distinguished Alumni
Over the last few decades, the CUHK Department of Economics has nurtured many distinguished alumni, who have contributed in different sectors of the community. Some of them have become professors in prestigious universities. Others have become well-known businessmen and government officials, for example, Mr. Vincent Cheng, the first Chinese Chairman of HSBC, and Mr. Kwok Kwok Chuen, former Principal Economist at HKSAR Government.

Research Excellence
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.


Programme Features

More information on the programme can be found in the programme brochure.


2018/19 Admissions

Applicants should submit applications through the online admission system from 18 September 2017.



  • 1st round: 16th October 2017
  • 2nd round: 6th December 2017
  • 3rd round: 26th February 2018


Tuition fee

  • HK$185,000 per annum (provisional)



Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with outstanding qualifications upon admission and to students achieving distinguished academic performance upon graduation. In 2016/17, over 30 scholarships were awarded. Outstanding students have the chance to receive one or more scholarships amounting to half of the total tuition fees.


Qualification for Admissions

Applicants shall

  1. 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";

  2. fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement as stipulated by the Graduate School before being considered for admissions. To satisfy this requirement, applicants should
    • obtain a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English (If the degree is not awarded by the universities in Hong Kong, applicants please provide an official document to show the medium of instruction. The CUHK Graduate School may also request applicants to provide additional supporting documents to prove their English proficiency) ; or
    • 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
    • obtain a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English; or
    • submit one of the following original score reports/ certificates for assessment:
      • TOEFL (not lower than 550 paper-based and 79 internet-based) [Institution code: 0812; departmental code: 84];
      • IELTS (Academic) (not lower than Band 6.5);
      • GMAT (Verbal, not lower than 21) [GMAT code: R9H-T1-98].

                        * TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date. GMAT is considered valid for five years from the test date

  3. provide favourable recommendations from academic referees.


Additional Information


  1. with a good background in Mathematics or Statistics are preferred;
  2. will be assessed on the basis of past academic record, work experience, references and language abilities;
  3. 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)

  1. Official Transcripts (with a complete record of courses attended and examination results) and grading scheme of all tertiary level studies*;
  2. A copy of Degree Certificates (if applicable);
  3. Original score report showing the applicant has fulfilled the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicable)^;
  4. Confidential Recommendations from two referees#;
  5. Application Fee Receipt (not necessary for credit card payment through online application);
  6. A copy of Identity Card or Passport;
  7. Resume.

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.


Please visit the Graduate School homepage and Note for Applicants for further information on general qualifications for admission, application periods, application procedures et cetera.


Coursework Requirement

Lecture courses

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.


Graduation Requirements
  1. 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: on details of academic probation.

  2. Students have to attend seminars organized by the Department of Economics.
Class Arrangement
Most classes are scheduled on weekdays during daytime, but some classes might be held in the evenings or on Saturday mornings and afternoons.

Career Prospects

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
Company Location
Agricultural Development Bank of China Beijing
Bank of China Hong Kong
Bank of Communication Hong Kong
BNP Paribas Hong Kong
CBRE (HK) Hong Kong
China CITIC Bank International Hong Kong
China Construction Bank (Asia) Hong Kong
China Development Bank Xiamen
China Foreign Exchange Trade System Shanghai
China Galaxy Securities Hong Kong
China Guangfa Bank Guangzhou
China Investment Securities Shenzhen
China Merchants Securities Hong Kong
China Minsheng Bank Beijing
China Securities Beijing
Chiyu Bank Hong Kong
Dacheng Fund Management Shenzhen
Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong
DBS Bank China Shanghai
Deloitte Hong Kong
Fubon Bank (China) Shanghai
GF Fund Management Guangzhou
GF Securities Guangzhou
Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited Hong Kong
Haitong International Securities Hong Kong
Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong
ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Hong Kong
Johnson Controls Asia Holdings Hong Kong
KPMG Shanghai
Minsheng Securities Beijing
Mizuho Bank (China) Shanghai
PwC Beijing
Resonance Asset Management Hong Kong
Shanghai Clearing House Shanghai
Shenzhen GEM Capital Management Shenzhen
Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong
Tencent Shenzhen
The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) Shanghai
The People's Bank of China, Shanghai Headquarters Shanghai


The department organizes various events throughout the year, ranging from academic seminars and conferences to career support and student events.


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.

Contact Us


Tel:   (852) 3943-5511 (Ms. May Poon)
Fax:  (852) 2603-5805

Room 928, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin ( Attn.: MSc in Economics)