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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree —ideally in economics, public policy, social policy, or a related field—from an accredited institution. Strong academic ability, including quantitative proficiency, is required.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of past academic performance, work experience, references, language skills, and an in-person or virtual admissions interview. Although applicants are considered separately by CUHK and Northwestern, final admissions decisions are jointly made; only one application is required.

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

Students must obtain the appropriate Hong Kong and US student visas as required by law. Successful applicants receive assistance with their visa applications, housing search, and general transition issues.

Note: If extraordinary circumstances temporarily render US travel impractical, the entire program could be delivered in Hong Kong.

Application Timeline

Applicants should submit applications through the online admission system. All required documents must be received before an application is considered. Those not selected in one round will be reassessed in the next round until admissions close.

Round 1

October 22nd 2021

Round 2

December 10th 2021

Round 3

February 25th 2022

Tuition

The tuition for the August 2022– December 2023 academic year is HK$395,000. Students are required to pay the tuition fee to CUHK in three installments. Additional costs—including fees for student visas, travel, housing, meals, and insurance—vary. Tuition for the optional winter quarter is $11,550 USD and payable to Northwestern University.

Tuition fee and other fees (e.g. application fee) are NOT refundable or transferable once paid.