Curriculum

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 six 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. You will have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship and an optional one-semester overseas exchange 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. This program 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

You will go through interactive exercises with your fellow students, faculty members and external guest speakers. Lectures comprise only 30% of the course content, with the remainder dedicated to discussions, simulations, case studies, seminars, individual and group projects and class presentations. Be prepared for innovative, experiential modes of learning founded on real-life business cases set in the Asia and global business contexts. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

Core & elective courses

The curriculum is made up of 52 credits. Each course represents 1 to 2 credits. So on average you will take around 25 to 30 courses during the program.

Our electives are designed along the following six career tracks:

  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Business Technology & Analytics
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

We provide over 70 elective courses in these tracks for you to choose from based on your area of interest. Elective classes will be joined by students from the entire MBA community at HKUST, including roughly 250 students from our part-time programs and 100 exchange-in students from global schools.

Highlight of Core & Elective Courses

Customize your MBA experience

No two students are the same to us. That is why we offer great flexibility for you to tailor made the MBA experience based on your own aspirations and needs.

You can complete the program in 12 or 16 months. Those who want to go for an exchange can have up to 60 schools in 18 countries to choose from. Each exchange school has its own strengths, so you can opt for one which best suits your interest. If not, you can remain in Hong Kong and continue to take courses at HKUST.

With our extensive list of electives, you will face a dazzling number of choices when planning your studies. Here are some samples of study plans for students with different career interests.

General Management
Business Technology
Business Development
Strategy Consulting
Specialized Management Consulting
Entrepreneurship
Marketing
International Business
Private Equity
Investment Banking
Asset Management

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. At HKUST MBA, interested students can study Mandarin for up to one year.

Pre-MBA Mandarin Program

The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP) is an optional four-week Mandarin course before the Immersion Program. Conducted at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the IUP offers a customized program featuring a small class to help you enhance your business Mandarin. As the IUP is optional, the cost is not included in the tuition fee.

Mandarin Studies During the MBA

The HKUST Language Center offers basic Mandarin courses for beginners at two levels, integrating Mandarin learning into different cultural activities to help you acquire and use the language in everyday contexts.

Those who want to further develop their Mandarin proficiency can continue to study advanced courses at the language center and enroll in Business Chinese for MBA Students – a credit-bearing elective that focuses on using the language in a wide range of business settings.

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

Finance

  • Equity Investment Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Hedge Funds
  • Managerial Accounting Foundations
  • Money and Macroeconomics
  • Strategic Finance and Value Creation
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Bringing China to the World: The Belt and Road Initiative
  • Business Modeling
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Management Consulting
  • Strategy and Organization
  • Technology Consulting

Marketing

  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Digital Marketing for Digital Economy
  • Doing Business in China
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Understanding Consumers

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Building & Coaching Culture in Teams and Organization
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • Operations Management
  • Principles for Global Leaders

Business Technology & Analytics

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data in Finance
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications
  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Portfolio Management with Fintech Application
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Entreprenuership

  • Blue Ocean Strategy Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship: From Founding to Exit
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy
  • New Venture Business Development
  • Technology Entrepreneurship

Others

  • 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.

General Management

Must Have

  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Building a Coaching Culture in Teams and Organization
  • Principles for Global Leaders
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgement in Management

Recommended

  • Cross-cultural Negotiation
  • Managing Change
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Outsourcing Management
  • Effective Negotiation

Optional

  • People Development: Coaching for High Performance
  • China's External Relations and Their Economic Impact
  • Managing Diversity in Business Organizations

Business Technology

Must Have

  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy

Recommended

  • Business Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Computer and Internet Security Management
  • Artificial Intelligence

Optional

  • Business Analytics in R
  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Topics in Supply Chain Innovations

Business Development

Must Have

  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia
  • Management Consulting

Recommended

  • Business Modelling
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • Outsourcing Management
  • Business Modeling
  • New Venture Business Development

Optional

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Big Data Technologies

Strategy Consulting

Must Have

  • Management Consulting
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Technology Consulting
  • Crack the Case

Recommended

  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Strategy and Organization
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Project Management

Optional

  • Strategic Management in China
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management

Specialized Management Consulting

Must Have

  • Management Consulting
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Crack the Case

Recommended

  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia
  • Business Modeling

Optional

  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Applied Strategic Thinking

Entrepreneurship

Must Have

  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • Business Modeling
  • Tax and Business Strategy

Recommended

  • Sustainability with Competitive Advantage
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Business Law
  • New Venture Business Development
  • Artificial Intelligence

Optional

  • Digital and Social Media Strategy
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy
  • Strategy and Innovation for Sustainability
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications

Marketing

Must Have

  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia
  • Digital and Social Media Strategy

Recommended

  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Doing Business in China
  • Understanding Consumers
  • Behavior Economics

Optional

  • Luxury Strategy
  • Enhancing Professional Skill
  • Big Data Technologies

International Business

Must Have

  • Emerging Challenges in International Business for Managers
  • China's External Relations and Their Economic Impact
  • Strategic Management in China

Recommended

  • Global Supply Chain
  • China's Economic Model: Key Insights and the Way Forward
  • Managing Strategic Alliances in China
  • Exploring Asia's Forgotten Giants - Japan and Korea

Optional

  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Investment and Finance In China and Asia

Private Equity

Must Have

  • Investment Analysis
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Private Equity Investing
  • Fundamental and Quantitative Equity Analysis

Recommended

  • Equity Investment Management
  • China's External Relations and Their Economic Impact
  • Trading in Equity Markets

Optional

  • Business Law
  • Decision Making in Financial Institutions

Investment Banking

Must Have

  • Asset Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Investment and Finance in China and Asia
  • Derivatives Analysis
  • Decision Making in Financial Institutions

Recommended

  • Decision Making in Financial Institutions
  • Hedge Funds
  • Business Law

Optional

  • Effective Negotiation
  • Enhancing Professional Skills

Asset Management

Must Have

  • Asset Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Wealth Management
  • Beyond the Headlines: Financial Reporting and Valuation Issues in M&A

Recommended

  • Investment and Finance In China & Asia
  • Value Investing from an Economic Perspective
  • Decision Making in Financial Institutions

Optional

  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics

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!