The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, or HKUST for short, has been making waves from its stunning waterside campus since opening in 1991. By 2007 the Financial Times had already placed its MBA program amongst the top 20 in the world (where it has remained ever since) whilst The Times Higher Education Ranking adjudges it to be the top university in the world under 50 years old. Throw in the fabled triple-accreditation status, an international reputation for research and a faculty comprised of alumnus from the world’s top business schools, and you’ll soon start to see that this is far from a normal business school.
Being such a young institution by higher education standards means that HKUST is naturally inclined towards modern and emerging areas of study such as Computer Science, Environmental Responsibility and Fintech. It’s located within touching distance of the growing financial powerhouse that is China, meaning students here are in the perfect place to understand the Chinese economy, grow accustomed to its business practices and of course benefit from the school’s close links with employers both here and worldwide.
MBA study modes offered by HKUST Business School:
- Full-time MBA
- MBA for Professional (Part-time Weekly)
- MBA for Professional (Part-time Bi-weekly)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the duration of the HKUST MBA program?
You can complete the Full-time MBA program in 12 or 16 months.
The 16-month option includes internship and exchange options for those seeking more well-rounded and global experience and a career switch.
The accelerated 12-month option does not have the internship and exchange option, and is suitable for students with extensive professional or global experience and seeking career advancement in their current trajectories.
What are the 6 MBA career tracks I can choose from?
The HKUST MBA courses are organized under six career tracks for you to customize the MBA experience to fulfill your own aspirations and career planning.
The 6 career tracks are:
– Business Technology & Analytics
– General Management
It is entirely up to you which track you want to focus more on.
What will I learn from doing business in Asia?
The HKUST MBA offers a wide selection of Asia- and China-focused courses, such as Doing Business in China, Southeast Asia’s Economies in Transition, and China’s External Relations and their Economic Impact. The course content draws on a host of Asian business cases to illustrate and explore the real-world challenges and decisions that business leaders face in the region.
HKUST also organize International Career Treks to cities like Singapore and Shanghai to broaden students’ understanding of business practices in different countries and maximize placement opportunities for our students in Asia. You will have the chance to meet with corporate representatives from different industries, learn about the latest market development and new trends, and take advantage of potential job opportunities from leading firms during this one-week trip.
What Career Services can I expect at HKUST Business School?
Career and Professional Development (CPD) team will work closely with you to help you achieve your career aspiration. We offer a full spectrum of career services whereby you will be assigned a dedicated career advisor for individual career coaching to help you formulate an ideal career strategy and connect you with career opportunities. On top of that, you will have access to workshops on CV polishing, interview strategy and other professional skills. Industry-specific career seminars and sharing panels, regular recruitment talks, MBA Career Fairs and overseas career treks will also be organized.
Who gets admitted to the HKUST MBA program?
HKUST recognizes the importance of recruiting a diverse group of students who will both benefit from and contribute to the HKUST MBA program. Rather than selecting candidates based on a checklist of eligible criteria, HKUST considers how they will interact with each other as a group, how the program matches their individual needs and objectives, and how they envision contributing to their class and the program.
Class Profile of Intake 2019:
Class Size: 95
Avg. age: 29 (25-33*)
Avg. years of working experience: 6 (3-9*)
GMAT range: 570-710* (Highest: 760 | Median: 660)
Non-local nationality: 96%
How much does it cost to do an MBA at HKUST?
The program fee of the Full-time MBA program is HK$585,000 (approximately US$75,300) for intake 2020.
Successful applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of HK$50,000 (approximately US$6,400) to secure the seat, which will be deducted from the outstanding program fee. The remainder of the program fee can be paid in two installments, normally in September and January.
Does HKUST offer scholarships for MBA applicants?
Merit Scholarships are offered to top admitted candidates who demonstrate strength in work exposure, international exposure, academic performance, references and interview performance. Admitted candidates are automatically considered for this scholarship and no additional application materials are required. HKUST will notify admitted candidates their scholarship results when they get the admissions offer.
They also acknowledge outstanding achievements of admitted candidates from extensive aspects by offering the HKUST Professional Awards. Selection will be based on candidates’ diversity in terms of professional specialties, nationalities, achievements in promoting women leadership, entrepreneurial spirits and more.
How strong is the HKUST Alumni Network?
You will earn a lifelong pass into our elite community of more than 5,000 alumni in over 60 countries, forming an international network of support, experience sharing and business opportunities.
HKUST organizes regular networking and enrichment activities to bring the community together. As their alumni, you can also join MBA classes with current students even after graduation to refresh and update your business knowledge.
What will I learn at HKUST that I won't get at another MBA program?
The HKUST MBA courses are designed to cater to students from diverse backgrounds, who are at different levels and have different study needs. To ensure that our MBA students have an adequate understanding of business technology, an Introduction to Python Programming accelerator course is offered during orientation.
By establishing a fundamental proficiency of this programming language, students can improve their understanding of how it can be applied to diverse business functionalities. This acts as an introductory course for students without any programming knowledge, and prepares them for more advanced elective courses such as Deep Learning Business Applications with Python or Business Analytics in R.
Can I get a job in Hong Kong after graduating at HKUST?
For the HKUST MBA Class of 2019, more than 90% of their graduates were employed within 3 months after graduation. Over 70% of them switched job industries / functions after the MBA. 96% are employed in Asia after the MBA and the top three industries where our graduates go into are finance, consulting and technology.