What will I learn?

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Economics emphasizes coursework to strengthen students’ general background in economics and their ability to apply such knowledge to analyze real world problems. The program aims to provide solid economics and analytical training for students in order to prepare them for further pursuit of higher academic degrees or industry jobs. The variety of applied courses offered in the program equips students with sufficient knowledge to enter the job market. They can benefit from the good employment opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Solve advanced economic models using mathematical methods related to real analysis, static optimization, and dynamic optimization;
  • Assess the underlying insights of these economic models;
  • Construct simple economic models using the above methods;
  • Explain firms’ and individuals’ behaviors in given economic and industry environments using an understanding of theories and knowledge from microeconomics;
  • Explain the effects of economic policies on monetary and business cycle stability, trade and economic growth using an understanding of theories and knowledge from macroeconomics;
  • Evaluate the implications of empirical data analysis using an understanding of theories and tools from empirical data analysis;
  • Explain and apply econometric principles;
  • Decide how to collect and deal with raw data;
  • Construct proper econometric models and use relevant software to conduct empirical analysis on given data;
  • Make predictions on economic and business outcomes based on results from empirical analysis;
  • Explain economic models and intuition to academic people using professional language in economics;
  • Present economic insights or their empirical findings to industry people using both economic and business languages; and
  • Use various approaches including graphs, diagrams, figures, etc. to enrich their communication.

Which department am I in?

Department of Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$245,000.00 (US$ 31,605) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2021


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

Applicants have to fulfill 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 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or
  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a distinguished research university of global renown.

  • 27th among the world’s top universities
  • 1st among the world’s top young universities
  • 10th in global employability in the world
  • Faculty - 100% with a PhD degree