We respect that each student is unique with their own learning goals and career aspirations. That is why we take great pains to personalize the program to fulfill every need and purpose. Our program lets you choose from over 70 electives across any of our five career tracks until you find your best match.

12 and 16 month programs

We provide two study mode options to help you reach your post-MBA aspirations, both having the same credit requirements:

Full 16-month program

The full program is designed for students who are planning for a career switch, looking to gain more international exposure or simply want to expand their career opportunities in China and Asia by equipping yourself with more solid regional knowledge. As part of the program, you will get a summer internship and an optional one-semester overseas exchange opportunity at one of our 60 partner schools worldwide.

Accelerated 12-month program

Our accelerated program offers you a comprehensive, well-rounded business education to unleash your full potential while minimizing your time and opportunity costs. It is ideal for students who already possess a wealth of professional experience or are studying under company sponsorship to enhance their career advancement.

How you will learn

Varied modes of teaching are employed across different courses, with the aim of helping you maximize your learning from interactive exercises and from your fellow students, faculty members and external guest speakers. Lectures comprise only 30% of the course content; the remainder is dedicated to discussions, simulations, case analyses, seminars, individual and group projects and class presentations. Be prepared for innovative and experiential modes of learning founded on real-life business cases in both an Asia and global business contexts. For all courses, the language of instruction is English.

Core & elective courses

The curriculum is made up of 52 credits. You can gain about 60% of the credits through studying the core required courses, and the remaining 40% through elective classes.

We provide over 70 elective courses for you to choose from based on your area of interest.

Highlight of Core & Elective Courses

Immersion Program

Your MBA journey begins with a thoughtfully designed orientation program comprised of accelerator courses, personal assessment workshops, leadership training and experiential learning – a self-discovery and transformational step that represents the unique culture of HKUST. Within just a short time, you will acquire sound business knowledge and become well-acquainted with your fellow classmates to ease your transition into the full program.

Introducing the four pillars of our Immersion Experience:

  • Academic Tone Setting and Leveling
  • Professional Development Preparation
  • Camaraderie and Culture Building
  • Program Administration and Policy Orientation

And this is just the beginning.

Mandarin Training

Mandarin will be particularly important if you are planning to explore new career opportunities in the Mainland or with China-related enterprises. We help you develop your Mandarin proficiency in two ways:

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP)

If you are ready to dedicate more time for your Mandarin studies, you can join this optional 4-week course just before the Immersion Program. Headquartered in UC Berkley, IUP offers a customized program for HKUST MBA students to help them enhance their business Mandarin. This program features small classes and is offered at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. As an optional course, the cost is not included in your tuition fee and will be borne by the student.

HKUST Language Center

A basic Mandarin course is offered for beginners during the Immersion Program. Offered at two levels, the course integrates Mandarin learning into different cultural activities to help you acquire and use the language in everyday contexts.

Learn more about IUP

Foundation Cores

  • Preparing to Lead
  • Data Analysis
  • Financial Accounting Foundations
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Accounting Foundations
  • Managerial Communication
  • Managerial Microeconomics

Functional and Integrated Cores

  • Corporate Finance
  • Information & Technology Management
  • Management of Organizations
  • Marketing Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management
  • Doing Business in China
  • Responsible Leadership & Ethics
  • Strategic Management


  • Strategic Finance and Value Creation
  • Equity Investment Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Hedge Funds
  • Big Data in Finance

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Management Consulting
  • Business Modeling
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Business Simulation and Strategic Decisions
  • Technology Consulting
  • Big Data Analytics


  • Brand Management
  • Consumer Psychology: A CHINDIA Focus
  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Digital Marketing Strategy and Analytics
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • China's External Relations and their Economic Impact
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking in Management


  • Startup Financing and Operations
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital Perspective on Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Family Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Innovation


  • FinTech – Shaping the Future Financial Landscape
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • Realizing Value: Ensuring M&A Success in Asia
  • Deal Making in China and Asia
  • Global Business Opportunities in Africa
  • and more...


*The courses offered may vary each year due to market trends and professional expertise that the school engages with.

HKUST MBA Orientation Journey

The HKUST MBA community is a melting pot of talented individuals from all corners of the world with diverse backgrounds, skills and expertise. Their journey begins with the summer orientation program, a week of outdoor fun and games. Enjoy this video which showcases our HKUST MBA students bonding over sun and sweat!