Flexible Curriculum

One of the most flexible curriculums in Asia based on five 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, elective, credit-bearing practicums and a variety of career services.

Your MBA journey will begin with three pre-MBA accelerator courses: Accounting, Data Analysis and Python Programming.


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
  • 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 the flexible core courses towards your envisaged career.

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Communication
  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Responsible Leadership and Ethics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Chinese Economy

and more…

*Course offering are subject to change

Personalize your study plan based on your career goal

The broad selection of 60+ flexible cores and electives aligned with 5 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.

  • Consulting and Strategic Management
  • Business Technology and Analytics
  • Finance
  • Sustainable Leadership
  • Marketing

Highlight of courses for each career track

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. Some of 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
  • Internships and Practicums
  • Company presentations and recruitment talks

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 partner schools worldwide (subject to situation).

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.

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
  • Python

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.

The HKUST Language Center offers 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.

*Offerings and arrangements of all Mandarin trainings are subject to availability.


  • Money and Central Banking
  • Investment Analysis
  • Investment and Finance in Asia and China
  • From MBA to Stock Market: Applied Value Investing
  • ESG investing and green finance strategy for portfolio management
  • Equity Investment with Machine Learning
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Wealth Management for Working Professionals

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Management Consulting
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring
  • Strategic Management in China
  • Managing Change
  • Beyond the Headlines: Financial Reporting and Valuation Issues in M&A
  • Project Management

Sustainable Leadership

  • Sustainability Applications in the Corporate World
  • Managerial Communication
  • Corporate Innovation and Growth
  • Business Modeling
  • Cross-cultural Negotiation
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • Managing Diversity in Business Organizations
  • Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation

Business Technology & Analytics

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence
  • Equity Investment with Machine Learning
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications
  • Deep Learning Business Applications with Python
  • Fintech and Big Data Financial Analytics
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Digital and Social Media Strategy
  • Applied statistics in Business intelligence for Decision making/ business forecasting


  • Marketing Strategy
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Leveraging Digital/Direct Marketing for Customer Acquisition and Retention
  • AI in Marketing

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



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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