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Programme Information
Programme Description The Master of Arts Programme in Social Policy (MASP) aims at providing high quality postgraduate education to those who either are or plan to be social workers, policy analysts or practitioners. The programme is designed for students who have a good bachelor degree in any discipline to develop a career in social policy, social services, and public services. For details, please visit here.
Qualification for Admission

Academic Qualification

Applicants shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally with an honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

 

Those who expect to obtain a Bachelor's degree in the current academic year may also apply for admission.

 

Applicants with degrees awarded by overseas universities by distance learning or by completing a self-financed undergraduate programme 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

Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for details:

  • Website
  • Section: “All students should fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed below before they are admitted”
Target Group of Applicant
  1. Bachelor’s degree holders (in any disciplines) who wish to pursue an advanced study in social policy.
  2. Academic professionals or practitioners in social work who wish to consolidate their academic and professional knowledge in social policy.
  3. People who are currently working in other disciplines and wish to equip themselves for challenges they face in their own career.

Study Mode and Study Length

Normative Study Period

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: not offered in 2016-17

 

Details on “Period of Study”

Please refer to Clause 5 and Annex of “General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies.

Medium of Instruction English, Putonghua and Cantonese
Tuition Fee

The provisional tuition fee for full-time students admitted in 2017-18 is HK$134,000 for the whole programme (HK$67,000 per installment x 2 installments).

 

Remarks: Students taking courses beyond the normative study period shall pay extra tuition fees calculated according to the tuition fee of students admitted in the academic year when the courses are taken.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

Scholarship offered by the Department of Social Work

  1. Master of Arts in Social Policy Scholarship
    This is an Admission Scholarship.It is awarded to outstanding students of the Programme. The Scholarship amount will be equivalent to full, half or a quarter of the total programme tuition fee. Applicants who receive admission offers will be automatically considered to compete for the Scholarship.
  2. Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Arts in Social Policy Students

 

Scholarship and Award offered by the University

The University also administers a number of scholarships and prizes, which are awarded on the basis of academic performance or other non-academic achievements. For details, please visit here.

 

Government Loan

Students who satisfy conditions may apply for “Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme” administered by the Student Financial Office Working Family and Student Assistance Agency of the Hong Kong Government.  For details, please visit here.

Student Hostel In view of the current shortage in hostel places, no on-campus accommodation can be provided for students taking self-financed taught postgraduate programmes.
Prospectus and Leaflet
Postgraduate Prospectus of Taught Programmes (English)

Division of Social Work: (click to download)

TPg Eng

Full Version

Postgraduate Prospectus of Taught Programmes (Chinese)

Division of Social Work: (click to download)

TPg Chi

Full Version

Application Guidelines
Application Period

Important Notes
Due to keen competition, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and application materials as soon as possible since (i) The Admission Panel will start reviewing applications once all required application materials are received. Applications will not be reviewed only until the end of every Round; (ii) Competitions at later rounds are more and more competitive as places are fewer and fewer. Offers could be made only when places are still available.

 

First Round
Online Application Deadline: 15 November 2016
Document Arrival Deadline*: 16 November 2016

 

Second Round
Online Application Deadline: 13 January 2017
Document Arrival Deadline*: 17 January 2017

 

Third Round
Online Application Deadline: 16 March 2017 14 April 2017
Document Arrival Deadline*: 20 March 2017 18 April 2017

 

* "Document" refers to all required supporting documents such as Official Transcript and Confidential Recommendation. "Arrival Deadline" refers to the date when the Graduate Division of Social Work receives the documents (i.e. not the postage stamp date).

Application Procedures
  1. Complete an Application Form
    Applicants can submit applications via the Internet through “Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes
    . For details, please visit here and read “Notes For Applicants (Internet Application)”.

    Before clicking "Submit" at the System, please ensure all information is complete and accurate. If you have not yet completed filling out the application form, please click "Save" instead of "Submit". It is because very soon after you click "Submit", you will be unable to revise your application form via the System as our Admission Panel will freeze your application so as to start processing your application. Amendments can be made, only by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., but would unavoidably delay the time your application is handled.

  2. Pay the Application Fee
    The application fee for each application is HK$300. The application fee, once paid, is not refundable. You can pay by credit card or bank draft/ cheque.

  3. Arrange all Supporting Documents (see “Application Document” below for details) to reach the Graduate Division of Social Work as soon as possible.
Application Procedure: For Applicants Who Are Applying for More than One Programmes or Study Modes
  1. You shall fill out this Reply Slip and attach it to your application documents.

  2. You are welcome to apply for more than one programmes or study modes offered by the Graduate Division of Social Work. There will be no negative impacts to your applications on any of the programmes.

  3. You shall submit different sets of application materials for each programme that you are applying for. It is because:
  • Materials that you will include and your way of presentation may vary according to the different natures of each programme that you are applying for. Especially for "Personal Statement", applicants normally prepare different ones for different programmes.
  • Your application will be separately considered by each programme's admission panel.
Application Documents

All of the following documents shall be sent to the Graduate Division of Social Work by post mail. (Attention: Ms. Wong; Address and Office Hours: Please visit here.) (Please make sure you and your referees bear sufficient postage for your mails. Underpaid mail items may be returned by the Post Office and thus delay delivery of your documents. For postage fees within Hong Kong, please click here.)

 

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(1) Document Cover Sheet

(2) Reply Slip for Applicants who are Applying for More Than One Programmes/ Study Modes Offered by the Graduate Division of Social Work (if applicable)

(3) Transcript
  • For final year students, academic results shall be as of the final term in the last academic year. Marks/ grades of the current academic year are not required. For graduates, a full transcript with grades/ marks of all courses attended shall be included.
  • CUHK qualification:
    • Photocopies of “Student Copy Transcript” issued by CUHK are accepted. To apply for a “Student Copy Transcript”, please visit here for undergraduate qualification or here for postgraduate qualification.
    • Submission of an official transcript is not needed.
    • Academic reports generated from CUSIS are not accepted.
  • Non-CUHK qualification:
    • Official transcripts issued by the institution(s) you attended are required. The transcripts should be issued by the Registry/ Academic Secretary (教務處/ 檔案館/ 學生成績專用章) but not Department of a university.
    • The official transcripts shall be sent to the Graduate Division of Social Work directly from your institution(s), or in sealed envelopes with other supporting documents by you.
    • Photocopied or "certified true copy" of transcripts are not accepted.
  • Students graduated from Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes shall also provide official transcripts of their studies at Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes.
(4) Grading Scheme
  • An accepted Grading Scheme should indicate the marks/ GPA for achieving an average grade of not lower than “B”.
  • Grading Scheme is a document that states the marks for each grade (e.g. Grade A is for marks ranged from 90 to 100, Grade A- is from 85 to 89) or grade point conversion (e.g. Grade A carries a converted point of 4.00 and Grade A- is 3.70). Grading Scheme is usually shown at the bottom/back of the transcript, stated at Student Handbooks or posted at your institutions’ websites where you check your academic results.
  • If the Grading Scheme is not shown at the transcript that applicants will provide, applicants shall provide a copy of the document which shows the Grading Scheme:
    • If the Grading Scheme is obtained from a website that is accessible without logging in any system, please state the URL of the website.
    • If the Grading Scheme is obtained from a website that logging in a system is needed, please print screen the Grading Scheme and copy it to a Word file.
  • If your University does not have a Grading Scheme, you shall seek assistance from your Registry (教務處/ 檔案館) (i.e. not your Department) to issue a letter confirming that no Grading Scheme is adopted by your University.
(5) Scores Calculation
  • If your degree certificate/ transcript does not show honours classification, average marks or cumulative grade point average (CGPA) that you have attained, you shall calculate the average marks or CGPA by yourselves by using an appropriate template provided below:
(6) Personal Statement
  • All applicants should submit a 400 to 500-word Personal Statement written in English.
  • In the Personal Statement, you shall state why you are interested in the programme and reasons you find yourself suitable for the programme.
(7) Photocopy of Certificate of Graduation
  • Graduates: Please submit a photocopy of your graduation certificate.
  • Graduates of Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes: A copy of the graduation certificate of the Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes shall also be provided.
  • Final-year students: You need not submit the graduation certificate as it is not yet available.
(8) Photocopy of Hong Kong Identity Card and Other Identity Documents
(9) Payment Voucher
  • For applicants who pay the application fee by bank draft/ cheque, please download “Payment Voucher” from “Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes”, and send it to the Graduate Division of Social Work together with your payment.
  • For applicants who have paid for the application fee by credit card: You need not enclose the Payment Voucher to your application.

 

Meanwhile, applicants should submit two Confidential Recommendations and documentary proof of fulfilling the English Language Proficiency Requirement by methods mentioned below.

 

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Confidential Recommendations from Two Referees
  • Applicants could use any of the following methods to submit the Confidential Recommendation:
    • print out or email “Confidential Recommendation” (downloadable from “Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes” for referees’ completion and seek referees’ assistance to seal the recommendation and pass it to you. You can then send the sealed recommendation with other application documents to the Graduate Division of Social Work by post mail;
    • print out or email “Confidential Recommendation” (downloadable from “Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes” and seek referees’ assistance to directly send the complete recommendation to the Graduate Division of Social Work by post mail; or
    • submit two referees’ contact information via “Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes”. The System will then send emails to your nominated referees inviting them to complete the Confidential Recommendation Form online.
  • The Confidential Recommendation could be written in English, traditional Chinese or simplified Chinese.
Documentary Proof of Fulfilling the English Language Proficiency Requirement
Please note the following:
  • Applicants who will have a degree/ recognised professional qualification from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country:
    • Submitting a copy of your graduation certificate/transcript is already regarded as having fulfilled the English Language Proficiency requirements.
    • You need not submit other proofs such as GMAT/ IELTS/ TOEFL reports, or grade of English subjects at Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination, Hong Kong Higher Level Examination, CUHK Matriculation Examination or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.

 

  • Applicants who fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements by GMAT, IELTS or TOEFL scores:
    • Submitting a score report of any one of GMAT, IELTS or TOEFL tests is already regarded as having fulfilled the English Language Proficiency requirements.
    • Only original valid official score report of GMAT/ IELTS/ TOEFL sent directly from the test organisation to the Graduate Division of Social Work will be accepted. Original examinee’s score report will not be accepted.
    • While the original valid official score report is on its way to our Graduate Division/ our University, you are very welcome to provide us with a copy of the test report for our reference and consideration of your application.
    • Once your test score meets the requirement, you are strongly encouraged to immediately update us your test result. It is because fulfilling the English Language Proficiency Requirement is one of the criteria for applicants to receive offers, and whether you have fulfilled the requirement would affect our consideration of your application.
    • For applicants who will provide IELTS score report: Please fill in the following contact information on Question 22 of the IELTS Application Form:
      • Name of person/ department: Division of Social Work
      • Name of institution/ agency/ body/ employer: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      • File/case number: your application number for the programme you are applying for
      • Address: Room 504, T.C. Cheng Building, United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin. NT, Hong Kong
    • For applicants who will provide TOEFL score report: Please note that the University’s institution code is 0812.

 

  • Applicants who would like to fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements by grade attainment at Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination, Hong Kong Higher Level Examination, CUHK Matriculation Examination, Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level/ Advanced Subsidiary Level:
    • A copy of the score report must be certified by the official organisation, e.g. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.
    • The University may require applicants to provide the original documents for verification.

 

Last but not least, please email “Score Calculation” (i.e. Application Document Item 5) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Remarks 1: The file shall be in Excel format, not in pdf or other formats.
Remarks 2: The file name shall be in this format: “Application Number_Name”, e.g. “16301234_Chan Siu Ming”.

Download Area
Application Result Applicants may login the Online System for Applicants of Postgraduate Programmes to check their application results and relevant information. Successful applicants will receive the offer letter on or before August 2017. Applicants may consider their applications unsuccessful if they do not hear from us thereafter.
Tips for Applicants
  1. Do check your email daily. Both the Graduate Division of Social Work and the Graduate School will contact applicants for follow up, interview, etc. (if any) by email. It is possible that the emails are classified as spam or junk mails by email servers. So, please check both the “Inbox” and “Junk Mail” of your email account.
  2. Applicants are advised to make sure information are correct and complete before they submit their applications to the Application System. It is because applicants cannot make amendments by themselves once the form is submitted. In case revisions need to be made, please submit a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The requests will be handled, but not immediately.
Contact Us
Graduate Division of Social Work

When you contact us, please always provide the following information:

  • Application Number
  • Name in full as on the Application Form
  • Programme
  • Study Mode: Full-time/ Part-time


The Graduate Division of Social Work can be reached at:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Telephone Number: (852) 3943 7556
  • Fax Number: (852) 3943 1869
  • Address: Room 504, 5/F, T. C. Cheng Building, United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
  • Office Hours
    • Monday to Thursday: 8:45 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Friday: 8:45 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm
    • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: Closed
Graduate School

Please always quote the Application Number for inquiries.


The Graduate School can be reached at:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Online Enquiries
  • Telephone Number: (852) 3943 8976 or (852) 3943 8977
  • Fax Number: (852) 2603 5779
  • Address: 7/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday to Thursday: 8:45 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Friday: 8:45 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm
    • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: Closed

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