Program Schedule

Students are expected to complete the program in 24 months. The MBA for Professionals Bi-Weekly program runs on alternate weekends (both Satruday & Sunday) on the HKUST Clear Water Bay main campus and Shenzhen campus from 9:30am to 6:00pm. Around one third of the classes will take place in Shenzhen, while the rest of the courses will be conducted in Hong Kong.

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 45 credits. You will obtain about 60% of the credits from the core required courses, and the remaining 40% from elective classes. We provide over 70 elective courses for you to choose from based on your area of interest.

List of Required & Elective Courses

Residential Learning

To enhance the overall learning experience, we provide accomodation during the weekend of your studies on our Hong Kong Campus. You will be staying at the Conference Lodge, our newly built on-campus hospitatliy facility which is located just next to the Business School Building. This will not only make your weekend travels easier, but also facilitate relationship building with your classmates, who will no doubt become lifelong friends and valuable business partners.

Learn more about the Conference Lodge
Learen more about Local Student Allowance

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


Foundation Cores

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

Functional Cores

  • Corporate Finance
  • Information & Technology Management
  • Management of Organizations
  • Marketing Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management

Integrated Cores

  • Doing Business in China
  • Responsible Leadership & Ethics
  • Strategic Management
  • Time to Lead


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

Consulting & Strategic Management

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


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

General Management

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


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


  • Politics and Socioeconomic Environment of China
  • FinTech – Shaping the Future Financial Landscape
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • Business Law
  • Managing Strategic Alliances in China
  • Realizing Value: Ensuring M&A Success in Asia
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Deal Making in China and Asia
  • Global Business Opportunities in Africa
  • and more …

The HKUST MBA is a world-class program with high-quality courses that have proven important to my career. It furnished me with knowledge and gave me a better understanding of myself. Participation in courses revealed strengths and weaknesses, and guided my efforts to improve. I graduated with enhanced communication, leadership, analysis, management and thinking skills. The MBA program has been an invaluable tool in the shaping of my career path. I have used almost everything learned, including frontier concepts and management knowledge, to establish the fundamental framework required to function effectively and efficiently in every capacity.

Gavin Du Class of 2012 Pre-MBA: General Manager Assistant, Tencent
Current position: CEO, Guocai Payment Technology