Curriculum

12 and 16 month programs

We provide two study mode options to help you reach your post-MBA aspirations. Both options have the same credit requirements.

Full 16-month program

The full program is designed for students who are planning a career switch, looking to gain more international exposure or simply want to expand their career opportunities in China and Asia by equipping themselves with more solid regional knowledge. As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship and an optional one-semester overseas exchange at one of our 60 partner schools worldwide.

Accelerated 12-month program

Our accelerated program offers you a comprehensive, well-rounded business education to unleash 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 to enhance their career advancement.

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 52 credits. You can gain about 60% of the credits through studying the required core 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.

List of Required & 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

 

Mandarin Training

Mandarin will be particularly important if you are planning to explore new career opportunities in the Mainland or with China-related enterprises. We will help you develop your Mandarin proficiency in two ways:

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP)

If you are ready to dedicate more time to your Mandarin studies, you can join this optional 4-week course just before the Immersion Program. Headquartered in UC Berkley, the IUP offers a customized program for HKUST MBA students to enhance their business Mandarin. This program features small classes and is offered at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. As an optional course, the cost is not included in the tuition fee and will be borne by the student.

HKUST Language Center

A basic Mandarin course for beginners is offered during the Immersion Program. Offered at two levels, the course integrates Mandarin learning into different cultural activities to help you acquire and use the language in everyday contexts.

Learn more about IUP

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

Finance

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

Consulting & Strategic Management

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

Marketing

  • Brand Management
  • Consumer Psychology: A CHINDIA Focus
  • Doing Business in China
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Digital Marketing Strategy and Analytics
  • and more …

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Managing Change
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • China's External Relations and Their Economic Impact
  • and more …

Entreprenuership

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

Others

  • China and the Global Economy
  • FinTech – Shaping the Future Financial Landscape
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • Business Law
  • and more …

While working in Switzerland as a consultant, I had the opportunity to work with many multinational companies across Europe and every other project was related to growth and expansion into Asia. It became important for me to experience and live in this part of the world in order to take in all of Asia’s vibrancy, which is why I chose to come to HKUST. HKUST offered a pre-MBA Mandarin course at the Tsinghua Inter-University Program in Beijing, and looking back today, I believe that immersing myself in Chinese language and culture was the best way to get a head start and acclimate in Asia, as well as continuing Mandarin classes in Hong Kong during the school year.

 

Bianca Pestalozzi Switzerland, Class of 2017 Pre-MBA: Fellow-Associate, McKinsey & Company