Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Mathematics for Educators
Award Title

Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time : 1 year
Part-time : 2 years

Program Fee


Program Advisor

Program Co-Directors:
Prof Jimmy FUNG, Professor of Mathematics
Dr Hon Ming HO, Lecturer of Mathematics


Mathematics is indispensable for quantitative understanding and logical thinking. It is employed as a formidable and powerful tool in science, engineering, and finance. The MSc program aims to enrich mathematics educators, particularly teachers from secondary schools and educational tutorial institutes, the mathematical knowledge.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain fundamental notions that underline the main areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics;
  2. Explain the role of proof in pure mathematics;
  3. Explain to secondary school students the connection between the basic mathematics taught in secondary schools and more advanced mathematics;
  4. Use problem solving pedagogically as a way to increase student understanding and engagement in secondary schools; and
  5. Independently investigate additional areas of mathematics and its applications.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    27 credits 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director and the University regulations governing credit transfer, a maximum of 6 credits can be transferred to the program.

  3. Core Courses

    15 credits

MAED 5021
MAED 5121
MAED 5211
MAED 5421
MAED 5731


  1. Elective Courses

    12 credits

MAED 5032
MAED 5111
MAED 5321
MAED 5322
MAED 5511
MAED 5611
MAED 5821
MAED 5841
MAED 5851
MAED 6980
MAED 6981*
* Students may take MAED 6981 for once, with a maximum of 3 credits.


  1. Remarks

    Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.

Last update: 15 November 2023

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80 *

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5 *

* Refers to scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in Mathematics or a related Science or Engineering area

4. Additional Information
  • Applicants should have knowledge in Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.


Integrated Bachelor-Master Pathway

  • Only for HKUST students in Year 3 or above who are studying a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a related Science or Engineering area. Admissions are merit-based and decided on individual basis.
  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer for admission to MSc(MAED) and need to pay a deposit at the prevailing deposit rate.
  • They will be allowed to start taking MSc(MAED) courses in their final year of undergraduate study, and will enter the MSc(MAED) Program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon entering MSc(MAED), they can transfer up to 6 credits taken during the undergraduate study to fulfill the MSc(MAED) program requirements. They will pay tuition fee for the remaining credits on a pro-rata basis, with a minimum payment for 21 credits.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Jun 2024
Part-time: 1 Jun 2024

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2024
Part-time: 15 Jul 2024

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.