PhD Program in Management at HKUST

The Department of Management of the School of Business and Management at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recognized internationally as a significant force in research.  We recruit PhD students in every Fall and the deadline, usually, set in early Spring.

PhD Program in Management

The PhD program in management prepares students for a research and teaching career in research universities. The program has a global perspective with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Students can specialize in one of the following four management areas: a) human resource management, b) organizational behavior, c) organizational theory, and d) strategic management. Our program provides:

  • Generous fellowships for all qualified PhD students and Research Travel Grant for PhD students to present papers in international conferences.

  • Well-planned, sequenced PhD coursework covering core topics in management including Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Theory, and Strategic Management.

  • Elective PhD seminars taught by distinguished visitors from around the world (e.g., Prof. Matthias Brauer, University of Mannheim; Prof. Xiao-Ping Chen, University of Washington; Prof. Charles Eesley, Stanford University; Prof. Yves Guillaume, University of Liverpool; Prof. Nan Jia, University of Southern California; Prof. Arie Lewin, Duke University; Prof. Yong Li, University of Buffalo; Prof. Philipp Meyer-Doyle, INSEAD; Prof. Torben Pedersen, Bocconi University; Prof. Mo Wang, University of Florida; and Prof. Eric Zhao, Indiana University.)

  • Intense hands-on research experiences through working with faculty members on joint research projects.

  • Frequent faculty research seminars and PhD student research colloquiums.

  • Successful placement of graduates in research institutions (Please click here to see the list of our PhD graduate placement.)

Please visit our department website for further information about the department, the faculty, publications, and recent events.

Application Procedure and Contacts:

Application requirements and on-line application are available at Office of Postgraduate Studies.

Important dates:

Important notes:

  • Applicants should indicate their preference(s) for different funding schemes (multiple options are allowed).

  • Funding sources for Ph.D. students:

    • Option 1: HKPFS fellowship

    • Option 2: Regular PGS, MPhil (2 years) PLUS Ph.D (3 years)

    • Option 3:
      2 years MPhil (with one of the following faculty: Prof Brad Bitterly, or Prof Kun Zhang) PLUS other fundings in additional 3 years

For further inquiry about the PhD program and admission, please contact: Ms Ruby Chow ( or Prof. Meldoy Chao (; and for further inquiry about the study and life as a graduate student at HKUST, please contact our PhD student representative(s): Ms Susie Lee ( and/or Mr. Macksey Mao (


All are welcome!