Postgraduate Programs 2021/22
Digital Master of Business Administration Program for Global Leaders
Award Title

Master of Business Administration

Program Short Name


Mode Of Study

Part-time Online


DiMBA is designed for working professionals with a busy schedule. The blended study mode allows the flexibility for the students to join courses from anywhere in the world while enjoying access to optional on-campus electives.


Courses are offered in these 3 formats to maximize learning effectiveness:


       -   50% Online learning + 50% Virtual Classes

       -   100% Virtual Classes

       -   Optional Face-to-Face Classes (Subject to availability)

Normative Program Duration

2 years

Program Fee


The program fee covers tuition, textbooks and course materials for core courses (excluding course materials/expenses for flexible cores/electives). All fees are non-refundable.


Program Advisor

Director of Online Programs:
Prof. Tai Yuan CHEN, Professor of Accounting


HKUST MBA is the first program in Asia among Financial Times’ global top 25 MBAs to offer a flexible online learning mode for working professionals who desire more freedom in their schedule or geographical mobility. With this new study mode, students can earn one of the world’s best MBA degrees no matter where they are or will be.

The Digital MBA Program for Global Leaders (DiMBA) is offered under the same umbrella of our MBA degree, together with our full-time and part-time (face-to-face) MBA programs. As a part-time two-year program designed for working professionals, DiMBA has the same admissions and graduation requirements as our part-time (face-to-face) program.

DiMBA Students will be required to join the first week of their program in-person, while participating in our global immersion program to expand their international exposure and enroll in optional face-to-face courses on campus. Students will use latest digital learning technologies, including Asia’s first virtual classroom and an online learning platform designed for executive education, to learn and work with their peers virtually in order to master the art of digital leadership and teamwork for tomorrow’s workplace.

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 three main components: required core courses, flexible core courses and advanced electives.

Required Core Courses

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


Flexible Core Courses

Flexible core courses allow students to develop basic knowledge of certain functional fields according to their career or personal development needs.

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, Finance, Marketing, Consulting, Business Technology and Analytics, and Entrepreneurship.


  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

45 credits


  1. Required Core Courses

14 credits

ACCT 5100
ECON 5110
FINA 5120
ISOM 5020
ISOM 5700
MARK 5120
MGMT 5410


  1. Flexible Core Courses

12 credits

Students are required to complete six flexible core courses offered by the School of Business and Management across the following disciplines:


  1. Technology & Artificial Intelligence
  2. Accounting
  3. Finance
  4. Big Data
  5. Economics
  6. General Management


   The list of flexible core courses to be offered will be announced to students annually.


  1. Elective Courses

19 credits



Last update: 11 February 2022 

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: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants are not required 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: 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.