MSc in Information Technology

MSc in Information Technology
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Information Technology
The program is designed for those who wish to obtain broad-based and leading-edge skills in Information Technology and provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in all areas of IT. The courses give students insight into the application areas of all the subject materials that they study. The dual emphasis on a strong theoretical foundation and practical application, combined with extensive skill-set training, gives our students a broad array of expertise to draw on, enabling them to meet both the present and future needs of the IT industry.


Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits of coursework.  Subject to approval, students may take a maximum of 3 credits of courses from the Master of Science in Big Data Technology. All the courses are normally held on weekday evenings as well as Saturday mornings or afternoons at HKUST campus. For details, please refer to the Postgraduate Program Catalog and Course Catalog.

With effect from the 2024/25 academic year, a new Cybersecurity concentration will be available in the MSc(IT) program. For more details, please visit the concentration page.

Admission and English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science, or a related field from a recognized university or tertiary institution. For English Proficiency Requirements, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School.

Program Fee

The nominal program fee for 2024/25 Fall intake for full-time study is HK$220,000 (paid in 2 installments) and part-time study is HK$187,000 (paid in 4 installments) respectively.  


All applications are considered on a competitive and rolling basis. Early online application is strongly recommended. For admission details and procedures, please refer to HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School

For 2024/25 Fall intake (September 2024)

  Application Deadline
All Applicants

1 November 2023 (Round 1)

1 January 2024 (Round 2)

1 March 2024 (Round 3)


HKUSTx's Big Data Technology MicroMasters® Program

With effect from 2023/24 academic year, applicants who have met the program admission requirements and with a certificate of MicroMasters Program in Big Data Technology from HKUST and edX would be eligible to apply for:

  • credit transfer of 9 credits; and
  • tuition fee reduction of HK$13,000

Details of the MicroMasters program are available here. When submitting online application for MSc IT program, please also upload the MicroMasters Program Certificate and send an email notification to For those who have accepted the program’s offer, students would be required to submit a softcopy of the MicroMasters certificate to before Aug 15, 2024 to seek for approval for credit transfer and arrange the deduction of tuition fee in the second term.

Career Prospect

Graduates of this program have gone on to find jobs in technology and financial companies as Program Analysts, Business Analysts, Cloud Architects, Cyber Security Analysts, Data Analysts, Data Engineers, Database Administrators, IT consultants, IT Specialists, Information Systems Managers, Machine Learning Engineers, System Engineers, and others.

Many found such jobs in their home countries, while others stayed in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, some have decided to pursue further study, and enrolled in MPhil and PhD programs at HKUST or other universities around the world.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
#1 in Hong Kong
Prof. Dit-Yan YEUNG has been awarded "AI 2000 Most Influential Scholar Honorable Mention in Data Mining"
Prof. Shing-Chi CHEUNG introduced testing tools for deep learning systems
Prof. Raymond WONG Chi-Wing has been awarded Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching
Prof. Sai-Kit YEUNG appointed as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)
Student Sharing
It has been a precious and joyful journey for me to study at MSc IT Program.
MA Xiao
(Mainland China)
The diversity among the students, as well as outstanding professors, provided an unparalleled learning atmosphere.
Joergen Fosseng DULEY
An esteemed teaching faculty encourages you to follow your passions, providing you with all their expertise and resources. Overall, HKUST has a conducive atmosphere that continually reminds you to never cease to learn.
Subleen KAUR
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