Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

Welcome to the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. This page contains information and instructions specifically for students who are pursuing the HUST Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc), or Master of Business Administration (MBA), in conjunction with the Smith Master of Finance (MFin) program.

Admitted applicants should be ready to join their Smith program in College Park, Md., USA, late July/early August for the fall term.

Smith Contact Information and Online Application

We have established a special email address for you. If you have questions or need assistance with your Smith application, contact us at hustsmith@umd.edu.

Instructions for Submitting Your MFin Application

  1. Establish your online application account and start your application to the Smith MFin program.

  2. Send an email to the University of Maryland at hustsmith@umd.edu so that your application fee can be waived and your unsubmitted application can be marked for this particular program. Please remember to include your full name in the body of the email and use the following subject line: 

    Starting My HUST, Smith MFin Application Now

  3. Within approximately 3 business days, you will receive an email response to confirm your application fee has been waived and your application has been marked appropriately.

  4. After you receive the confirmation email from the University of Maryland, you may submit your application.

Application Requirements

  • The equivalent of U.S. bachelor's degree
  • Sufficient quantitative background (exposure to linear algebra and advanced statistics is highly recommended)
  • Transcript(s) and degree certificate(s)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Essay
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS report — required if you do not have a four-year or advanced degree from a country where English is the official language. Applicants who have not yet taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam should contact the Smith Admissions Office at hustsmith@umd.edu to make them aware of when they plan to take the exam.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

  TOEFL Minimum Required Score IELTS Minimum Required Score
Overall 96 7
Speaking 22 6.5
Listening 24 7
Reading 26 7
Writing 24 7

TOEFL Institutional Code

The UMD Smith School of Business, institutional code is 5814.

Tuition and Fees 

Admitted applicants from the HUST MPAcc, or MBA/Smith MFin program will pay the current rates in USD for tuition and fees as established by the Robert H. Smith School of Business. They will be able to transfer qualified course credits earned at HUST to fulfill the requirements for the MFin program which will also help to lower tuition expenses.

Please check out general information about the Smith Master of Finance program. Tuition expenses are located under the admissions tab.  

Note: Students are responsible for their own expenses pertaining to housing, books and supplies, food, transportation, personal items, and incidentals. Tuition is subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the typical timeline for HUST-UMD dual-degree students?

Students will enroll first in the MPAcc or MBA program at HUST and will then enroll in the MFin program Program at UMD. HUST students who are accepted into the dual degree program will enroll at HUST in the fall semester of the first year. They will then enroll in the MFin program at UMD in the second year. Upon completing all requirements for the degree at UMD, students will return to HUST to complete the degree requirements.

Do students in the dual-degree program need to return to HUST right away?

No, upon gaining permission, students have up to four years to finish the degree requirement at HUST. Students who feel they will delay graduation must first contact HUST.

Will students be eligible for OPT following completion of a UMD degree?

Yes, under current law students should be eligible for OPT per regular rules on one-year residence in/completion of a UMD degree.

How many credits can students in the dual degree program transfer from HUST to UMD?

Up to 8 credits into the Master of Finance program or the Master of Quantitative Finance program. These credits will be counted toward the degree requirements of both institutions. The number of credits transferred will be determined on a case-by-case basis once the official transcript from HUST has been received and reviewed by the Graduate School and Office of the Registrar at UMD. For more information regarding qualified transferred course credits, please email hustsmith@umd.edu.

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Applications to the Smith MFin program should be submitted no later than February 15 for the corresponding fall intake.
  • Applicants will receive their admission decision from the Smith School no later than April 1. A first deposit in the amount of 1,000 USD will be due on April 30 followed by a second deposit due on May 30.
  • Students should plan to arrive in the U.S. in time to attend new student orientation in mid-August.
  • Classes will begin in late August.
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