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.

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


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


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

Consulting & Strategic Management

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


  • Brand Management
  • Consumer Psychology: A CHINDIA Focus
  • Applied Marketing Research for Managers
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in Asia
  • The Art of War and Eastern Wisdom in Business Competition
  • Digital Marketing Strategy and Analytics
  • and more …

General Management

  • Applied Strategic Thinking
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Applied Merger and Acquisition
  • Irrational and Rational Thinking in Management
  • China's External Relations and their Economic Impact
  • and more …


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


  • Politics and Socioeconomic Environment of China
  • FinTech – Shaping the Future Financial Landscape
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition: Bubble, Crisis, and Renewal
  • Business Law
  • Managing Strategic Alliances in China
  • Realizing Value: Ensuring M&A Success in Asia
  • Luxury Strategy
  • Deal Making in China and Asia
  • Global Business Opportunities in Africa
  • and more …

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