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To be considered for admission, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree —ideally in economics, public policy, social policy, or a related field—from an accredited institution. Strong academic ability, including quantitative proficiency, is required.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of past academic performance, work experience, references, language skills, and an in-person or virtual admissions interview.

Although applicants are considered separately by CUHK and Northwestern, final admissions decisions are jointly made; only one application is required.

Please visit the CUHK Graduate School homepage for further information on general qualifications for admission, application periods, application procedures et cetera.

Students must obtain the appropriate Hong Kong and US student visas as required by law. Successful applicants receive assistance with their visa applications, housing search, and general transition issues.

Please note, this program has been designated as a STEM program, which qualifies international students for the OPT extension. In order to qualify for the OPT extension, students must complete the optional Winter Quarter. For more information on STEM OPT extensions, please visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

Note: If extraordinary circumstances temporarily render US travel impractical, the entire program could be delivered in Hong Kong.

Application Timeline

Applicants should submit applications through the online admission system. All required documents must be received before an application is considered. Those not selected in one round will be reassessed in the next round until admissions close.

This table states the three different application deadlines for the Dual Masters in Applied Economics and Social and Economic Policy
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
October 14, 2024 December 16, 2024 February 24, 2025


The tuition for the August 2025– December 2026 academic year is HK$495,000. Admitted applicants will be required to pay one-third of the tuition fee as a deposit to accept the offer.  Additional costs—including fees for student visas, travel, housing, meals, and insurance—vary. Tuition for the optional winter quarter is $12,750 USD and payable to Northwestern University.

Tuition fee and other fees (e.g. application fee) are NOT refundable or transferable once paid.

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