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

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.

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 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 full transition into the 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

 

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

  • Asset 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

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

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
  • Technology and Innovation Management

Entreprenuership

  • Blue Ocean Strategy Innovation
  • 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

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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