Postgraduate Programs 2017/18
Master of Science Program in Accounting
Award Title

Master of Science in Accounting

Program Short Name


Mode Of Study


Normative Program Duration

1 Year

Program Fee


The program fee covers tuition, textbooks, and course materials for some of the core courses, and some enrichment activities. Students will be charged an extra fee of $10,000 per course for taking undergraduate basic courses for fulfilling the entrance requirement of HKICPA QP.

Program Advisor

Academic Director:
Prof Tony SHIEH, Associate Professor of Business Education of Accounting


The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Accounting provides students with an interest in accounting a prime opportunity to further their study with a premier accounting curriculum at postgraduate level. The program is both practical and academically rigorous. It is based on a foundation of carefully designed courses and components, and intends to cultivate “thinking” professional accountants, nurturing them to become successful business professionals across different business functions within diverse organizations.

The program caters for accounting and non-accounting majors from business disciplines who are thinking of developing, or further enhancing, their careers in accounting and other related fields. Through this program, graduates will derive knowledge in accounting and business related areas at advanced level and be accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) Qualification Program (QP).

The program provides students access to professionalism and the opportunity to master future success.

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

  1. Think critically and creatively solve business problems and make effective decisions with respect to the conceptual and practical aspects of mainstream accounting disciplines;
  2. Communicate clearly, and strategically, after considering relevant circumstances as well as work and manage themselves effectively within a team environment to accomplish established goals;
  3. Understand and practice responsible citizenship and professional standards;
  4. Explain and analyze accounting issues raised by various professional accounting organizations and caused by evolving global business environment; and
  5. Apply ethical principles and the code of ethics issued by accounting professional bodies in accounting practices.

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • 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.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

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.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree in a business discipline, or
  • (i) A bachelor’s degree in a non-business discipline and (ii) one of the following:
    • Having studied courses in Accounting, Economics, and Statistics at undergraduate level with satisfactory performance
    • Having passed the module/paper on Financial Reporting or Financial Accounting from a recognized Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination
    • Two years’ full-time post-qualification work experience in an accounting related field
4. Additional Information
  • A bachelor’s degree in a business discipline is preferred.
  • Work experience will add weight to the consideration.
  • GMAT or GRE score will also be considered if it is available.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

30 Credits


  1. Core Courses

    18 Credits

ACCT 5160
ACCT 5170
ACCT 5180
ACCT 5210
ACCT 5410
ACCT 5510
ACCT 5630
ACCT 5640
FINA 5120


  1. Elective Courses

    12 credits

    A list of program specific electives offered in a particular year will be announced at the beginning of each intake. The elective courses are a selection of courses in various business disciplines which are chosen from the portfolio of the School of Business and Management.


  2. HKICPA Qualification Program (Optional)

    The HKICPA Qualification Program (QP) stipulates the following six basic subjects as entry requirements. Students interested in QP but lack those subjects in college will need to make up with the equivalent HKUST courses designated. The program will not admit students who missed more than two courses in their undergraduate studies.


  1. Accounting
ACCT 2010


  1. Economics
ECON 2103


  1. Information System
ISOM 2010


  1. Management
MGMT 1110


  1. Marketing
MARK 2120


  1. Statistics
ISOM 2500

Credits earned from the above undergraduate courses cannot be counted toward the credit requirements of the program.


  1. Course Substitution

    Students who have taken equivalent courses during their undergraduate studies may apply for exemption of up to three courses (6 credits). Subject to the approval of the Academic Director, they need to substitute with courses that are offered in the School’s MBA or other MSc Programs. The course exemption of students who plan to enter HKICPA QP requires the approval of the Institute.


    Last Update: 31 July 2018