Flexible Curriculum

We offer one of the most flexible MBA curriculums in Asia based on five 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, electives and accelerators.

Pave your path to a business tech-focused MBA

The three accelerators will equip you with the quantitative foundation for business analytics, which is essential for your further study in a Business Tech-focused MBA in HKUST as well as your future development in an increasingly data-driven business world.

  • Accounting
  • Data Analysis
  • Python

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
  • Managerial Communication
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Responsible Leadership and Ethics
  • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications

and more…

Personalize your study plan based on your career goal

The broad selection of 30+ electives aligned with 5 career tracks enables you to sharpen your skillsets. The career-driven electives cover various aspects of business, enabling you to develop your expertise.

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

Highlight of courses for each career track

Program Schedule

Students are expected to complete the program in 18 months. The Part-Time MBA Program (Bi-Weekly Mode) runs on alternate weekends (both Saturday & Sunday) on the HKUST Clear Water Bay main campus from 9:30am to 6:00pm (Sat) or 09:00 am to 5:30pm (Sun).

How you will learn

Varied modes of teaching are employed across different courses, with the aim of helping you maximize your learning from interactive exercises and from 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 in both an Asia 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 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

Residential Learning

To enhance the overall learning experience, we provide accomodation during the weekend of your studies on our Hong Kong Campus. You will be staying at the Conference Lodge, our newly built on-campus hospitatliy facility which is located just next to the Business School Building. This will not only make your weekend travels easier, but also facilitate relationship building with your classmates, who will no doubt become lifelong friends and valuable business partners.

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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

Consulting & Strategic Management

  • Management Consulting
  • Enhancing Professional Skills
  • Applied Strategy Thinking
  • Project Management
  • Business Simulation and Strategy
  • Pricing Strategy

Sustainable Leadership

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Effective Negotiation
  • Business Modeling
  • Operations Management
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking and Judgment in Management
  • Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage


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


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

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

I decided to pursue the HKUST MBA as a complement to my professional assignment in China. Among the things I value the most is that every course on the well-designed curriculum has elements that I can apply directly to my new role, enhancing my skills both as a professional and leader. It is a transformational experience that broadens my horizons by exposing me to a very diverse class and alumni network, which in turn helps me to set new aspiring career goals to pursue in the future.

Despoina Ioannidi  Intake of 2018 Head of Business Development Food Ingredients Greater China,
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