Applications should reach the Centre for China Studies office by 17:00 Hong Kong time on the application deadline date, and should include all required supporting documents. Applications submitted after the below-mentioned deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis until spaces are filled.

Application deadlines apply to the MA Class of 2024 (entering Fall 2023):

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Application Deadlines
11 Nov 2022
13 Jan 2023

3 Mar 2023

28 Apr 2023

Decision Notification

Dec 2022

Feb 2023
Apr 2023
 June 2023


Decision Notification

The Admissions Committee considers each application holistically, based on all information provided and the overall strength of the applicant. No single factor is decisive. Due to confidentiality concerns, we will only release your application result via email to the address that is associated with your online application. We do not respond to requests for an early decision, or provide feedback to declined applicants.


Online Application Form

The online application is open from 1 September 2022; the application fee is a non-refundable fee of HK$300. You can access the application form at In your application, please indicate your planned stream of study (Chinese Arts and Culture or Issues in Contemporary China) in the “field of study” section. Processing of your application will be delayed if no study stream is selected.


Supporting Documents

In addition to a completed application form and the application fee, all required supporting documents must be received by the deadline in hardcopy form.

If you need to contact the Centre for China Studies office regarding your application, please email us at from the email address that is associated with your online application. Please quote your full name as written on your application and application number in all communications with the office, incoming enquiries without quoting the above information may not receive a response or be processed.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including references, reach the Centre for China Studies office by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The required supporting documents include:

1. Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be written in English, not be longer than 1,000 words, and should discuss your academic background, your career objectives, and how the Programme will help you meet your educational and career goals.

2. CV
Your CV should be concise and relevant to your application. It should provide details of your qualifications, relevant experience, publications and achievements.

3. Two Letters of Reference (Confidential Recommendations)
You can invite your teacher, supervisor or any person who knows you well to serve as your referee. After you have successfully submitted your application, you can input your referee information through the Online Application System. Your referees will then receive an invitation email to login to the Online Confidential Recommendation System to complete the Confidential Recommendation/ Referee’s Report. Confidential recommendations must reach the Programme Office directly from the referee via Online Confidential Recommendation System or hard copy in a sealed envelope.

4. Copies of University Diplomas
Applicants who have obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are also required to provide an 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 China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC/學信網).

5. Academic Transcripts and Grading Scheme
Transcripts detail your university-level grades to date. They have to be officially issued by an institution and should reach the Programme Office in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution. Transcripts should also contain the official school seal or stamp and the signature of the Registrar. There should be explanatory notes printed/attached to the transcript indicating the grading scheme of the University

6. English Language Test Score Certificate
While you can send us a copy of the score certificate for initial selection, we will only recommend your application to the Graduate School upon receipt of the official scores received directly from TOEFL/ETS, IELTS or GMAT/GMAC. The TOEFL/ETS institution code is 0812. There is no institution code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should provide the below-mentioned address to have their official score sent to the Programme Office.

7. Copies of Identity Card and Passport

8. Optional Item
Applicant may submit an additional statement (limited to 300 words in English) for providing additional information to Admission Scholarship Panel.



All supporting documents must be in English, or translated and certified by a professional translator, an educational or embassy official, or a notary. A copy of the official document should be submitted along with the translation. They should be mailed directly to:

Attn.: MA in Chinese Studies Programme

Centre for China Studies
Room 1102, 11/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

We will not review unlisted materials: video links, CDs/DVDs, photos, etc. Materials submitted as part of your application will not be returned, and copies will not be provided for applicants, nor released to other institutions.