Master of Social Sciences
(Nonprofit Management)

1. What are the differences between our Programme and other master’s degrees in humanities or public service management?
The MSocSc(NPM) Programme is designed as an Executive Mode Master Programme to nurture change makers in confronting Global Challenges by strategic entrepreneurship and holistic management capabilities of mid- and senior level nonprofit leaders in Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) in the world, with a special emphasis on Greater China and the Asian-Pacific Region. Graduates will bring their Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) into new horizons. Students will be able to learn from each other their successes and problem solving in their respective NPOs. Curriculum and capstone projects will contribute to consolidation of existing practice to form a new hub of knowledge and experience. Emerging issues and trends of nonprofit management will be integrated into a comprehensive syllabus that addresses leadership, non-profit governance, behavioral economics, social innovations, strategic organizational development and talent management, philanthropy and grant-making as well legal and financial aspects of the non-profit sector of service organization and foundations. Students will also study philanthropic issues and non-profit incubations such as community-interest companies, social venture capital and new marketing approaches in the virtue community.
2. Though I find the Programme attractive, however, full time study is a challenge. Does the Programme offer part-time study mode?
The Programme adopts intensive semester mode with a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online learning. Campus class teaching will be scheduled: one week per month during September to December and January to April with structured lectures with effective peer learning circles.

In between monthly campus teaching weeks, online real-time lectures and tutorials are offered through teaching software for interactions with teachers.

In campus, the teaching team organizes field visits to charitable organizations to facilitate interactive learning and common shares of experiences.
3. I think a postgraduate course should deliver more than knowledge and skills. How will this Programme benefit nonprofit professionals?
As the Programme invites applicants to have minimum two years of working experience or have served in NGOs or corporations, all students in the programme will be able to contribute to this executive mode Master Programme. Not only will students benefit from learning from each other, the multi-cultural network among the students formed by this programme will foster creative synergy among NPOs in the Asia-Pacific Region. Study tours and field visits will expand students’ field exposure and evidence-based research. And, elective course: Brand Building and Social Marketing (MNPM7012) adopts professional practicum mode for empirical learning. The Programme supports practices-based wisdom and evidence-based practice in for-profit and non-profit organisations.
4. Is there a quota for applicants from the same organizations?
No. The Programme aims to recruit a diverse student body in terms of country of origin, ethnicity, experience, academic background, personal capacities, study plan, potential contribution to mutual learning and nature of NPO.
5. How can I be selected to receive a Scholarship or Fellowship?
We look for outstanding applicants who can effectively and attractively convey a personal profile articulating their vision of nonprofit development. Together with your application, we expect to receive your “Scholarships/Fellowships Application” personal profile and a short video about your work, and how your organisation will support your study to enable you to do this programme.
6. Do I need to submit a reference letter for application?
Reference letters are not required for your application. If needed, the Program Secretariat will contact you for further information.
7. How do I submit my English qualification result?
Please submit your true copy of English qualification result via the application system if you have already obtained a certificate. If you have already qualified for the English requirement but have yet to receive the true copy of your certificate, please state your result in the application form first; You may receive a conditional offer whereupon you will need to submit a the copy of certificate before the deadline stated in the conditional offer letter. Please refer to the Programme's brochure about entry requirement of English competence level.
8. Do I need to include my part-time and volunteer experience in the application?
Yes. Please list the details of your working experience, including full-time, part-time and volunteer experience in your application.
9. For non-local students, will HKU support my entry and staying in Hong Kong as a full time student?
For non-local candidates, the University of Hong Kong will facilitate you to apply for a student visa to Hong Kong. Students will also enjoy all health, library and sports facilities in the University.
10. Will the Programme help students liaise with nonprofit organisations for field visits?
During campus course teaching, the Programme will schedule visits to non-profit organisations (e.g. charities, social organisations, grantmaking institutes, community interest corporations) in Hong Kong or nearby areas to strengthen teaching and learning.
11. What is Capstone Project?
Capstone Project is a core course aims to facilitate students’ integrative learning in the context of nonprofit management. It is a professional project involves research and exploration of significant issues or trends in the nonprofits. Students are advised to design their own project topic as well as network the necessary field work. The Programme Secretariat and teaching staff will help students to connect with field resources and top notch experts in their respective areas.
12. I work in a non-profit institute and would like to explore research partnerships with HKU on non-profit impacts. Will this Programme give potential help?
Yes. The Programme supports students (who are experienced non-profit professionals) to carry out capstone research projects and course assignments to align with the non-profit sector’s development. If your organisation has plans that match with the Programme’s teaching topics, please contact us for discussion.
13. How can I get more information to resolve some personal concerns about studying this Programme?
You are welcome to approach us about admission matters by visiting the Faculty of Social Sciences office, calling 3917 1208, or sending us an email at ychanb@hku.hk requesting an online meet-up if you live outside Hong Kong.