Qualifications for Admission
The programme is open to all prospective applicants who are interested in pursuing philosophy as a second degree. Applicants whose bachelor degree is in a discipline other than philosophy are eligible to apply the programme. Applicants should meet (I) General Entry Requirements according to the Graduate School and (II) Requirements by Division of Philosophy .
I. Graduate School General Entry Requirements
All applicants shall:
- have graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; OR
- have graduated from an honours program of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than “B” in undergraduate courses; OR
- have completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.
*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 and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) on the level of qualification obtained.
English Language Proficiency
All students should fulfil the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed below before they are admitted:
- possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations in English
- Hong Kong Advanced Level Exam. (AS Level);
- Hong Kong Higher Level Exam;
- CUHK Matriculation Exam; OR
- have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; OR
- submit one of the following scores for assessment:
- GMAT (Verbal)
- IELTS; OR
- obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English speaking country.
II. Division of Philosophy Requirement
All applicants shall:
- submit an essay of motivation (about 2,000 words, in either Chinese or English) stating the level of knowledge and main field or interest in philosophy and expectation of this programme.
- two confidential recommendation
Applicants with prior training in philosophy (not required, but preferable) should also specify the level attained and provide relevant documentary proof.
Chinese Language Proficiency
Applicants who are not a native Chinese speaker shall provide public examinations results, academic records, or other relevant documentary proof for assessment.
For year 2018-19: 50,004
Applicants may follow the following steps to complete their applications via the Internet:
- Enter Graduate School web page http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/
- Select “Admission”
- Select “How to Apply “
- Select “Online Application”
- Select “Apply Now ” in Step 1
- Select “Faculty of Arts”
- Choose “Master of Arts” under Philosophy Programme, and click “Application Form” at the bottom
Mark sure in the application form the programme selected is “PHILOSOPHY,” degree “MASTER OF ARTS” and the Mode of study “Part-time.”
Online applicants should quote the “Application No.” generated for their applications when they send the hardcopies of their supporting documents to the Division of Philosophy.
Apply In Person / By Post
Application materials are obtainable at the Graduate School office (4/F, Academic Building No.1, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.) OR at our Department. If you want to receive the application materials by post, please submit an online enquiry to Graduate School.
Submitting Application Form with Supporting Document
All applicants are required to submit an essay of motivation (about 2,000 words, in either Chinese or English) stating their level of knowledge and main fields of interest in philosophy and expectation of this programme. Applicants with prior training in philosophy should also specify the level attained and provide relevant documentary proof.
Completed application forms and the required supporting documents should be returned to the Division of Philosophy, as specified in the “Notes for Applicants” of the application form. All supporting documents, including motivation essay, transcripts from the universities attended by the applicants and confidential recommendations from two referees, must reach the Division of Philosophy before the application deadline (i.e. February 28, 2018).
Application for 2018-19 September intake
2018-19 MA Programme Application
28 Feb, 2018