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Application Procedures

Step 1 – Prepare Application Materials

Applicants are required to upload scanned copies of the following supporting documents to the Online Application System. No need to send the hardcopies documents by post during the application stage.

Copies of Identity Document
  • Applicants in Hong Kong: Hong Kong ID Card
  • Applicants from Mainland China: Mainland ID Card/Passport
  • Other applicants: Passport
Copies of Transcripts and Grading Scheme of Academic Qualifications 

CUHK qualification (Bachelor’s degree or above):

  • Copies of “Student Copy Transcript” issued by CUHK (not applicable to CUHK (Shenzhen) qualifications).
  • Academic reports generated from CUSIS are NOT accepted.

Other qualifications:

  • Final full transcripts with degree awarded information for completed programmes.
  • Latest transcript for applicants who are currently in the final year of study.
  • Applicants with Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes or participated in exchange programme of long duration which constitutes part of your studies should provide copies of the official transcript and certificate of their studies.
  • A proper letterhead and an official chop issued by the Registry or Office responsible for handling student records are accepted.
  • Documents printed from the system or any other documents without a proper letterhead and an official chop are NOT accepted.

Grading scheme:

  • The grading scheme should be attached with the transcript. It normally can be found at the back of the transcript or student handbook.
  • If your University does not have a grading scheme, please seek assistance from the Registry to issue a certifying letter confirming that no grading scheme is adopted by your University.

 

Remarks:

  • Documents in Chinese or English version are accepted. If not, an official certified translation in English should be provided.
  • The University may require applicants to provide verification reports of the qualification obtained. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate Division concerned/Graduate School separately.
  • Admitted students are required to submit original copies of those official documents or final full official transcript for verification by the condition fulfilment deadline. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to register and commence studies at the University.
Copies of Certificates of Academic/Professional Qualifications
  • Copies of certificates of academic/professional qualifications may include university certificates of graduation, examination certificates and proof of other qualifications.
  • Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are required to provide copies of the following certificate:
    • Graduation certificate (畢業證書)
    • Degree certificate (學位證書)
    • Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表) issued by the CHESICC (學信網)
Research Proposal (For PhD, MPhil & DEd)

Candidates applying to the following programmes need to submit the research proposal:

PhD & MPhil

A Research Proposal (to be written in English) with the following contents:

Introduction:

Introduce the problems and identify two to three research questions. The introduction needs to argue for the theoretical and empirical significance of the research. 

Literature Review:

Elaborate on the key concepts related to the research questions and provide clear and concrete support for the needed research. While seminal research papers need to be cited, current findings (references within the most recent three years) should be included to convince the reviewers about the timeliness of the research topic. The review also needs to succinctly map out the interconnections of the key concepts and associated challenges in the research area.

Methods:

A clear methods section on how the research questions can be answered should be articulated. This will include the presentation of the research design and rationale, participants, sampling methods, instruments and data analyses. The proposal needs to identify the possible threats to validity and reliability (or equivalent concepts for qualitative and mixed-methods research) as well as how they are to be addressed.

Length: 20 double-spaced pages inclusive of references

 

Doctor of Education

A Research Proposal (to be written in English or Chinese) with the following contents:

Introduction:

Introduce the problems and identify two to three research questions. The introduction needs to argue for the theoretical and empirical significance of the research. 

Literature Review:

Elaborate on the key concepts related to the research questions and provide clear and concrete support for the needed research. While seminal research papers need to be cited, current findings (references within the most recent three years) should be included to convince the reviewers about the timeliness of the research topic. The review also needs to succinctly map out the interconnections of the key concepts and associated challenges in the research area.

Methods:

A clear methods section on how the research questions can be answered should be articulated. This will include the presentation of the research design and rationale, participants, sampling methods, instruments and data analyses. The proposal needs to identify the possible threats to validity and reliability (or equivalent concepts for qualitative and mixed-methods research) as well as how they are to be addressed.

Length: 15 double-spaced pages inclusive of references

A Paper on “Objectives and Outline of Study” (For Master Programmes)

Candidates applying to the following programmes need to submit the paper in Chinese or English with required contents:

MA in School Guidance and Counselling

  • Applicant’s choice of Specialised Stream within this programme (please indicate clearly your first choice and second choice). Please explain why you choose these Specialised Streams;
  • Description of how academic pursuit in counselling and school guidance will enhance the applicant’s professional capacity; and
  • Future career plans (maximum 1,000 words)

MA in School Improvement and Leadership

  • Reasons for choosing this programme; and
  • Beliefs about leading school improvement

Other Master’s Degree Programmes

  • The applicant’s reasons for choosing the specialised area of study/the programme;
  • Demonstration of a basic understanding of the specialised area of study if applying for the Programme with Specialisations/the area of study;
  • A description of how the proposed academic pursuits will enhance the applicant’s professional capacity; and
  • Future career plans
Assessment Report from the HKCAAVQ (if applicable)

Applicants with degrees awarded by overseas universities by distance learning or by completing a curriculum of short duration may be required to provide assessment report from the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) on the level of qualification obtained. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate Division concerned separately.

 

Important Notes

  1. Uploaded copies of supporting documents must be complete, legible and without any masked information.
  2. The University may require applicants to submit additional information or documentary proof if deemed necessary. All documents submitted will not be returned. If the application is unsuccessful, all documents will be destroyed. Applicants are required to provide true, accurate and complete information in support of their applications. Any misrepresentation in the documents and information provided will result in disqualification of their applications and subsequent enrolments in the University.

 

Step 2 – Submit Online Application

–  Submit online application and upload required supporting documents before the deadlines.

–  State the area of study wished to apply for in the “Field of study” box at Online Application System.

–  Settle application fee.

 

Step 3 – Submit Confidential Recommendations from Two Referees

Applicants are required to invite TWO referees to complete the Confidential Recommendations Report. Please input information of the TWO referees through the Online Application System. The University will send invitations for confidential recommendations to the referees.

Step 4 – Check Your Application Result

–  Attend interview (if any).

–  Check your application result and relevant information at Online Application System.

 

Step 5 – Accepting Offer

PhD and MPhil applicants

Follow steps listed on Graduate School website to accept offer and complete registration.

Other applicants
  • Accept your admission offer online and settle the admission deposit by the payment due date. If you are admitted by more than one programme, you can only choose to study one programme. You have to decline the previous offer before accepting the new offer. Please note that the admission deposit paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Send original copies of below documents to relevant Programme by post by the conditions fulfillment deadline. Otherwise, students will not be allowed to register and commence studies at the University.
  1. Official transcripts together with the grading scheme should be sent directly to relevant Programme in a sealed envelope from the issuing university. Please quote your name, application number and admitted programme on the envelope. Some universities may only issue electronic official transcripts to other institutions. In that event, official electronic transcripts should be sent to relevant Programme directly from the issuing university.
  2. Original valid official score report of TOEFL (University’s institution code: 0812)/IELTS (Academic)/GMAT (Verbal) should be sent directly from the test organization to the Programme.
  • For non-local students, please follow the instructions on Graduate School website to prepare your student visa application.