Curriculum

Program Schedule

Students are expected to complete the program within 24 months. The MBA for Professionals (Weekly Part-time Program) operates Saturday classes at the HKUST Clear Water Bay Campus for core courses. A typical day of class starts at 9 am and ends around 6 pm. Some elective classes are offered on weekday evenings at our downtown campus in Central.

How you will learn

Various modes of teaching are used across different courses, with the aim of helping you maximize your learning through our interactive exercises and 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 set in both Asian 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 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

 

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

  • 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

Marketing

  • 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

Entreprenuership

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

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.


The elective options were really impressive. I was able to bring in knowledge from other industries and apply them in my current job. One of the courses I took was about strategy and consulting. The professor previously worked at McKinsey, and I learned a lot about practical strategic frameworks from him. Then we had the opportunity to apply our learnings by doing an operations strategy reformulation project for a food company. Our group had a mix of full-time and exchange students, so we operated exactly like a consulting firm. This learning experience was truly invaluable and enjoyable at the same time.

Jeff HoClass of 2013General Sales Manager, Fonterra