Curriculum

Flexible Curriculum

We offer one of the most flexible MBA curriculums in Asia based on six career tracks. The curriculum is made up of 45 credits. Your academic knowledge will be complemented by professional development workshops that will give you an unparalleled edge. You will gain about a quarter of your credits from studying the required core courses, and the remaining credits through flexible core courses, elective classes, credit-bearing workshops and trainings.

Build your business foundation - Core Courses

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

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


Strengthen your specialization - Flexible cores

You can customize your MBA curriculum based on your background and interests through flexible core courses oriented toward 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 enables you to sharpen your skillsets. The career-driven electives cover various aspects of business, enabling you to develop your expertise.

  • Consulting and Strategic Management
  • Business Technology and Analytics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Highlight of Core & Elective Courses

Credit-bearing Workshops & Trainings

As one of the most practical MBA curriculums in the region, we are proud to organize credit-bearing industry-focused workshops and trainings. You will interact with industry experts in these workshops and trainings and develop all-round leadership competencies. These events offer you a unique study experience and professional exposure that will complement your academic learning.

  • Career Consultation
  • Professional workshops and trainings

Program Schedule

Students are expected to complete the program within 24 months. The Part-time MBA Program (Weekly Mode) 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.

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 2 years. In case you need to take a break from the MBA program, you can apply for study leave with justifications. As long as you complete the entire program within 5 years, you will be able to graduate from 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.

Business Technology & Analysis
Finance
Entrepreneurship
General Management
Marketing
Consulting & Strategy

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 interactions with 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 analysis, 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.

Orientation Program

Your MBA journey begins with a thoughtfully designed orientation program comprising accelerator courses, personal assessment workshops, leadership training and experiential learning. This self-discovery and transformational step represents HKUST’s unique culture. 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.

The four pillars of our Immersion Experience are as follows:

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

Finance

  • Asset Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Hedge Funds
  • Managerial Accounting Foundations
  • Money and Macroeconomics
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Business Modeling
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Integrated Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Management Consulting
  • Strategy and Organization
  • Technology Consulting

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Building a Coaching Culture in Teams & Organization
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • Operations 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

Marketing

  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Doing Business in China
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Pricing Strategy
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Understanding Consumers
  • Leveraging Digital/Direct Marketing for Customer Acquisition and Retention

Entrepreneurship

  • Family Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy
  • New Venture Business Development
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • and more...


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

Business Technology & Analysis

Highly Recommended

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Global Implications of Fintech Innovations
  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Digital and Social Media Strategy
  • Integrated Business Simulation & Strategy
  • IoT Management Strategy

Optional

  • Visual Analytics for Business Decisions
  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business Analytics in R
  • Applied Network Management
  • Business modeling with VBA
  • Fintech: The Future of the Financial Industry
  • Privacy Management in the Digital Age
  • Technology Consulting
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Fintech: Algorithmic Trading

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

Finance

Highly Recommended

  • Investment Analysis
  • Central Bank Operations
  • Value Investing in Asia
  • Decision Making in Financial Institutions
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications
  • Investment and Finance In China & Asia
  • Beyond the Headlines: Financial Reporting and Valuation Issues in M&A

Optional

  • Tax and Business Strategy
  • Asset Management
  • Trading in Equity Market
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Money and Macroeconomics
  • Hedge Funds
  • Value Investing from an Economic Perspective
  • Commodities, Trade Finance, and Infrastructures
  • Financial Modeling
  • ESG Investing

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

Entrepreneurship

Highly Recommended

  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • Sustainability with Competitive Advantage
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy
  • New Venture Business Development
  • Project Management
  • Building Innovative Companies to Achieve High Performance
  • Pricing Strategy

Optional

  • Leveraging Digital/Direct Marketing for Customer Acquisition and Retention
  • Managing Change
  • VC Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Business Law
  • Artificial Intelligence

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

General Management

Highly Recommended

  • Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • Managing Change
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • People Development: Coaching for High Performance
  • Project Management

Optional

  • Principles for Global Leaders
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Managing Diversity in Business Organizations
  • Games and Strategic Behavior
  • Topics in Supply Chain Innovations
  • Outsourcing Management
  • Business Modeling
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • GNAM Small Network Online Courses
  • Enhancing Professional Skill

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

Marketing

Highly Recommended

  • Pricing Strategy
  • Leveraging Digital/Direct Marketing for Customer Acquisition and Retention
  • Digital and Social Media Strategy
  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Big Data Analytics

Optional

  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Doing Business in China
  • Understanding Consumers
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Enhancing Professional Skill
  • Electronic Commerce and Web Analytics

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

Consulting & Strategy

Highly Recommended

  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Management Consulting
  • Strategic Management in China
  • Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage

Optional

  • Managing Change
  • IoT Management Strategy
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Applied Merger & Acquisition

*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
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