About Curriculum

What are the admission requierements of BBA in Operations Management

The basic selection criteria for First Major in Operations Management are C+ or above in ISOM 2700 Operations Management and C or above in your BCGA. For details, please refer to the Major Selection Exercise: https://bmundergrad.hkust.edu.hk/academics/academic-planning/major-selections


About Option

What are the requirements of Business Analytics (BA) Option and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Option in OM?

For the BA Option, you need to fulfill 2 core courses for OM, 2 required courses for business analytics option and 4 elective courses (selected from a list of OM and statistics courses). For details, please refer to the program catalogue: <LINK>

For the SCM Option, you need to fulfill 2 core courses for OM, 2 required courses for supply chain management option and any 4 OM elective courses. For details, please refer to the option requirements: <LINK>

Can I take both Option(s)?

Yes, if you belong to the eligible intake (i.e. 2014-15 intake or after for taking the BA Option, and 2017/18 intake for taking the SCM Option), you can opt for both Options. Note that in such case, you have to take the four Option required courses IN ADDITION to the OM major program requirements.

Can the courses taken for the Option(s) be counted towards the OM major program requirements at the same time?

Students who take an Option MUST complete all Option requirements specified IN ADDITION to the major program requirements. Courses taken as Option Required Courses under BBA-OM CANNOT be reused to count towards the OM major program requirements (neither OM required course nor OM elective course) at the same time. For example, if you take the SCM Option, you will have to take at least 26 credits (20 credits for the OM major program + 6 credits for the Option required courses) to fulfill both the OM major program and the SCM Option requirements.

Can I use ISOM 3360 to fulfil OM elective requirements?

The course is offered by IS program and CANNOT be counted as OM elective course.

If I am majoring in both IS and OM, can I use ISOM 3360 or ISOM 3900 to fulfil the program requirements of my additional major?

To graduate with an additional major, students admitted in 2015-16 or after must take all the requirements specified for that major, within which they must complete at least 20 single-counted credits. These 20 credits cannot be used to fulfill any other requirements for graduation except for the 120-credit degree requirement. 

Students who are majoring in both IS & OM, AND opt for the Business Analytics Option offered by their 1st Major program, they should note that the option required courses (either ISOM 3360 (IS course) or ISOM 3900 (OM course)) CANNOT be reused to fulfil the additional major program requirements at the same time due to the “20 single-counted credits” rule for additional major as prescribed above. They have to take extra courses/credits for the additional major in order to fulfill such rule.

How do I declare the Option(s)?

Students who wish to declare the BA or SCM Option can do so in their FINAL term of study by completing an online application form and submit to bbaom@ust.hk before the deadline announced in each term.


About Course Enrollment

I want to enroll in advanced ISOM courses, but some of them have prerequisite courses, and the prerequisite courses have course exclusions that I have taken before. Does that mean I can enroll in the advanced ISOM courses?

If you wish to enroll in courses which does not meet the prerequisite requirement, you may submit a "requisite waiver" approval request via SIS during course validation and enrollment period. the course offering department will consider your requests accordingly.

OM is not my first major, and I wish to enroll in ISOM courses. I am already on waitlists. I was wondering if an extra seat will be opened later?

Please keep your name on the waitlist because the actual enrollment and/or final quota might change from time to time. There is nothing much we can do at this point. If your name is on the waitlist, you will be enrolled once a seat is available for you.

I notice that the classroom has a capacity that can take in more students than the quota offered. Could more seats be opened for students on the waitlist to get in?

Kindly understand that different courses/instructors may have different setting/concern regarding the optimum class size in consideration of achieving the best teaching and learning environment, and conducting effective class activities, while classroom capacity may not be the only deciding factor in determining the class size/quota.

Where can I find more information about credit overloading?

A normal credit load per term is basically our recommended credit load per term. However, to give you the flexibility of managing your own study plans, you have the option to have credit overloads, provided you meet the following conditions: 


About Exchange

How to apply for credit transfer to HKUST after my exchange out in another university?

For information on the credit transfer policy for the exchange out program, please visit:

What courses are approved for credit transfer and what are the procedures for assessment of new courses?

Before taking a course elsewhere, you should visit the "Course Transfer" website: https://crtran.ust.hk/ to check the procedures and make sure that you take approved equivalent courses at the host institution. You should check the Course Equivalence Database for information on the transfer credits approved in the past.

If the course cannot be found in the database, you should seek pre-approval well in advance by submitting a course assessment form with relevant course details to ARR before the actual study.



How about questions regarding self-declaring an additional major, SGA, CGA and GGA calculations, etc.?

You may refer to the SBM UG Programs website to these commonly asked questions. https://bmundergrad.hkust.edu.hk/academics/academic-planning/graduation-matters