HKUST is home to Asia’s premier accounting programme, combining world-leading research, award-winning teaching, outstanding students, and a state-of-the-art curriculum to train tomorrow’s leaders. All faculties have PhDs from the world’s top research universities.
In recent years, the Department of Accounting consistently has ranked among the best globally for publications in leading accounting research journals. For example, according to the University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, the Department ranks 15th worldwide based on publications in the top three accounting journals over ten years (2003-2012).
HKUST is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 1999, HKUST became the first accounting programme outside of North America to win accreditation from AACSB, the premier accrediting agency for business schools. In 2003, HKUST became the first university outside North America awarded a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the world’s premier accounting honorary organization.
The Department hosts the international Summer Symposium on Accounting Research on the HKUST campus which is now a significant event on the calendars of accounting academics worldwide.
Our PhD programme is similar in structure and content to those at other top universities in the world. Students are required to undergo rigorous course training in the first two years to build up a solid foundation of knowledge on economic theories, statistics/econometrics, finance, as well as accounting. Upon passing the qualifying examination, they formally enter the dissertation stage. Throughout the programme, faculty advisors work closely with students to provide advice and guidance on coursework and research development.
Faculty members focus mainly on: financial accounting and capital markets, securities pricing, China-related topics, earnings management, financial media, the real effect of accounting information, auditing and corporate governance.
i. General Admission Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:
- obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
ii. English Language Admission Requirements
You have to fulfil English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:
- TOEFL-iBT 80
- TOEFL-PBT 550
- TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
- IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.5 & All sub-scores: 5.5
*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.
iii. Programme-Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants should have a satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE, on top of (i) and (ii) above
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