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The Mathematics and Economics (MAEC) program is jointly offered by the School of Science and School of Business and Management of HKUST. The program provides students with solid training in the fundamental theories of both mathematics and economics. The curriculum equips students with quantitative reasoning skills, conceptual understanding, and the ability to communicate effectively in mathematics and the language of economics and social sciences.
The complexity and technical aspects of contemporary economic problems exhibit a strong synergy between mathematics and economics. The program offers an advantage to students who would otherwise major in mathematics or economics alone. This interdisciplinary degree is suited for students who seek the option of taking a quantitatively oriented job in the finance industry or intend to pursue postgraduate study in applied mathematics, economics, business or related areas such as operations research or management science.
Students can apply for the MAEC program through direct choice (program-based admission route), or apply for transfer into MAEC from the Science (Group A) Program or any Business School programs at HKUST after their first year of study in the Major Selection Exercise. Students interested in the MAEC program are encouraged to include either the Science (Group A) program or the Business and Management program; in their program choices on their application.
#59 in Mathematics (No. 1 in Hong Kong)
#46 in Statistics and Operational Research (No. 1 in Hong Kong)
#31 in Economics and Econometrics (No. 1 in Hong Kong)
(QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)
Career opportunities in the banking and finance industry in Hong Kong are promising for those capable of applying mathematical tools to understand the financial markets and make economic forecasts. Graduates with an interdisciplinary degree are increasingly valued and needed in the job market, and tend to have more diverse career options than those majoring in either mathematics or economics alone. A number of MAEC alumni have joined top-ranked financial institutions and multinational firms.
Our MAEC graduates are equipped with sufficient background for entry into advanced and professional degree programs in economics, financial mathematics, statistics, and other business-related fields. Recent graduates have also been admitted to PhD and Master's programs at leading universities worldwide.