Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Business Administration Program
Award Title

Master of Business Administration

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time: 12 or 16 months
Part-time: 2 years

Program Fee

Full-time: HK$585,000
Part-time: HK$450,000


The program fee covers tuition fees, costs of residential program, textbooks for all required courses, course materials and cases, and enrichment talks. All fees are non-refundable.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Tai Yuan CHEN, Professor of Accounting


At HKUST, management education is designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary to direct and manage organizations, whether large or small, public or private, domestic or international, for-profit or not-for-profit, and with a means for envisioning the future and realizing objectives. An important component of this education is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program.

The MBA Program cultivates students’ ability to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by continued technological development and globalization. While providing students with skills and knowledge to operate successfully in today’s environment, the program also prepares them to cope with the challenges of the future. The School of Business and Management builds and maintains close relationships with the professional management community to prepare strongly motivated individuals for highly skilled managerial roles.

Designed to provide a balance between theory and practice, and between individual and team approaches to management questions, the program is structured to provide a broad base of general management skills on which specialized skills may be developed. Thus, both generalists and specialists can meet their individual career preparation goals. Students not only develop analytical and conceptual tools for innovative problem solving, but also build up confidence and develop interpersonal skills to interact effectively in difficult and complex situations. Various teaching techniques and methods, such as lectures, simulation games, case discussions, and individual and group projects, are used to provide students with an intellectual as well as experiential background.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and solve business problems from each of the managerial disciplines of management education;
  2. Solve cross functional business problems and create integrated business solutions;
  3. Evaluate the ethical implications and potential risks faced by managers and apply responsible leadership principles to the business decision making process;
  4. Make effective managerial business decisions that incorporate potential global/international considerations (benefits and risks);
  5. Within a managerial context, be able to communicate clearly across multiple stakeholder groups and functional topics; and
  6. Work and manage themselves effectively within a team environment (as a team leader or follower) to deliver team objectives.

The MBA curriculum has two main components: required courses and advanced electives.

Required Courses

The MBA required courses provide basic knowledge of management functions that every manager must understand, and build a foundation for advanced study in selected areas. Required courses provide students with both the functional field and basic conceptual and analytical tools needed to address management problems.

Advanced Electives

Advanced electives allow students to develop in-depth expertise in areas that can enhance their career development. Students may choose elective courses from the five areas of career focus; namely General Management in China, Finance, Marketing, Consulting and Entrepreneurship.

Exchange Program

To maintain the global perspective of the MBA Program, full-time MBA students can choose to participate in an international academic exchange program in Fall of the second year of study. Part-time students can also apply for the exchange program if they can make arrangement to be away from work. Participating students will pay regular tuition to HKUST and receive credits for courses taken at the exchange institutions. Students are fully responsible for all expenses during the exchange including books, housing, meals, transportation, personal and medical expenses, etc.

Concurrent Degree Program with the Yale’s School of Management

To enhance the global perspective of the MBA Program, exceptional MBA students who have completed at least 28 credits of required courses, and a total of 42 credits of the full-time program, or 35 credits of the part-time program, can apply for a concurrent degree option to enroll in the Master of Advanced Management (MAM) Program offered by the School of Management of the Yale University. Upon successful admission by Yale, students can study at Yale prior to the completion of their MBA degree. Up to 10 credits earned from the MAM Program can be transferred to count toward the HKUST’s MBA degree. Students will be able to complete two degrees from both schools in an accelerated mode in as short as two years on full-time basis. The admission process and tuition fee for the Yale’s MAM Program will be separate from those of the MBA Program.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

Full-time: 52 credits

Part-time: 45 credits


  1. Required Courses

Full-time: 30 credits

Part-time: 29 credits

ACCT 5100
ACCT 5210
ECON 5110
ECON 5200
FINA 5120
ISOM 5020
ISOM 5510
ISOM 5700
MARK 5120
MARK 5280*
MGMT 5110
MGMT 5210
MGMT 5230
MGMT 5410
MGMT 5590
MGMT 5640#
* MARK 5280 is only required for full-time students. It can be substituted by 2 credits equivalent of approved global business elective course(s). The list of elective courses will be announced at the beginning of each academic term.
# MGMT 5640 is only required for part-time students.

Students may apply for course substitution for required courses and take other electives as replacement.


  1. Elective Courses

Full-time: 22 credits

Part-time: 16 credits


  1. Remarks
  • The course requirements and schedule of the Part-time MBA Program are designed to be compatible with the work demands of responsible, busy professionals. All required courses are held on Saturdays while advanced electives are held both on Saturdays and weekday evenings.
  • Regular attendance is an important part of the course requirements. Each student’s input is important as classes are organized for optimum size and diversity of backgrounds to increase the value of class discussion. Students who are absent from a significant number of class sessions will not be awarded course credits.


Last update: 31 July 2018 

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A GMAT or a GRE score, and
  • Work experience:
    • Full-time MBA Program: two years
    • Part-time MBA Program: three years
4. Additional Information
  • Employment history will play a critical role in the admission process.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is important for successful completion of the program.
  • Applicants for the part-time program with more than seven years' full-time work experience may apply for a GMAT waiver, which is subject to approval.