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.

Flexible Curriculum

One of the most flexible curriculums in Asia based on six career tracks. Your academic knowledge will be complemented by credit-bearing practicums and professional career activities that will give you an unparalleled edge. The curriculum is made up of 52 credits. You will gain about a quarter of your credits by studying the required core courses, and the remaining credits through flexible core courses, elective classes, credit-bearing practicums and a variety of career services.

Build your business foundation - Required cores

Our required core courses are carefully designed to cover the various aspects of general management and to build your professional knowledge-base. You will be introduced to the key foundational techniques required to become a future business leader.

  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management
  • IT Management
  • Managerial Microeconomics
  • Strategic Management


Strengthen your specialization - Flexible cores

You can customize your MBA curriculum based on your background and interests through the flexible core courses towards your envisaged career.

  • Data Analysis
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Management of Organization
  • Financial Modeling
  • Programming in Python or R
  • AI

and more…


Personalize your study plan based on your career goal

The broad selection of 70+ electives aligned with 6 career tracks enable you to uniquely tailor your skill set. The career-driven electives cover many aspects of various businesses, allowing you to refine your expertise so it is relevant to your chosen career path.

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

Highlight of Core & Elective Courses

Credit-bearing practicums

As one of the most practical MBA curriculums in the region, our close links with industry experts and career coaches through practicums and career events will offer you a unique study experience.

You will develop all-round leadership competence through interacting with industry veterans and mentors and receiving their valuable feedback. These events are credit-bearing and the professional exposure you gain will complement the academic knowledge acquired from the high-quality coursework.

  • Career advisory services
  • Career workshops and trainings
  • Overseas career treks
  • Real-world consultancy projects
  • Internships

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-time program is designed for students who are planning a career switch, looking to gain more international experience, or who simply want to expand their career prospects in Hong Kong and Asia. You will have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship and an optional full-semester exchange at one of our 60 partner schools worldwide.

Accelerated 12-month program

Our accelerated program will offer you a comprehensive, well-rounded business education to realize 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 and wish to advance their careers.

How you will learn

Our interactive classes will enable you and your fellow students to learn from faculty members and external guest speakers. Most of the course content consists of discussions, simulations, case studies, guest talks, individual or group projects, and class presentations, with lectures comprising only 30-40%. Be prepared for innovative and experiential modes of learning based on real-life business cases in the Asian and global business contexts. English is the language of instruction for all courses except Mandarin.

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 will begin with a carefully designed orientation program including accelerator courses, initial career coaching, personal assessment workshops, and leadership training. The unique culture of HKUST is introduced through this program of self-discovery and transformation. The three MBA Accelerator courses included are as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Python Programming

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
  • Money and Macroeconomics
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Commodities, Trade Finance, and Infrastructures
  • Trading in Equity Market

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Business Modeling
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Management Consulting
  • Strategy and Organization
  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • Crack the Case

Marketing

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

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Building & Coaching Culture in Teams and Organization
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • Principles for Global Leaders
  • Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage

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
  • Family Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy
  • New Venture Business Development
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation

Others

  • FinTech – Shaping the Future Financial Landscape
  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • Deal Making in China and Asia
  • Real Estate Financing
  • 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!

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