Postgraduate Programs 2021/22
HKUST Executive Master of Business Administration Program
Award Title

Executive Master of Business Administration

Program Short Name


Mode of Study


Normative Program Duration

16 - 18 months

Program Fee


The program fee includes all faculty teaching, textbooks, course materials during the program, and the accommodation and meals for all modules conducted on campus and off campus. It does not cover related travel expenses.

Program Advisor

Academic Director:

Prof Kai Lung HUI, Chair Professor of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

With China’s unprecedented economic growth, accession to WTO, and globalization of the world economy, China’s business enterprises face tremendous opportunities and challenges. There is a pressing need for business leaders in China to acquire cutting-edge knowledge in management, international business and China economy. Facing the intense international competition, as well as vast opportunities for internationalization, the development of high-quality business leaders with an international perspective and a clear understanding of the China market is of vital strategic importance for the success of today’s new business environment.

The HKUST Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program is specifically designed for Chinese-speaking executives and entrepreneurs across all industries in the Greater China to meet the internationalization needs of China’s technologically innovative enterprises and the market development needs of multinational companies. The program aims to set new standards for business education by enabling business leaders to develop truly global perspectives on the world economy. With this as a foundation, leaders can hone their leadership capacity for all contexts.

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

  1. Apply cutting-edge business management knowledge to analyze market and formulate business strategy;
  2. Operate business with global perspectives and the cross-cultural setting;
  3. Build a corporate culture and scheme which are favorable for innovation and entrepreneurship; and
  4. Foster responsible attitude towards our community and environment.

Participants will meet once a month to complete 30 to 34 credits of modules in 16-18 months. The program is composed of residential modules conducted at HKUST and global field trip study.

Each residential module consists of four consecutive days of teaching (normally from Thursday to Sunday). Participants are required to complete one 2-credit course or two 1-credit courses in each module.

The global field trip study will be structured in 5 days and held twice per academic year, involving a trip to Asia, United States, Europe and emerging countries by rotation.

The HKUST EMBA Program is specially designed for Chinese speaking executives and entrepreneurs in Asia and Greater China. Teaching materials will be provided in both Chinese and English. Some English-only materials will be provided as reference. Classroom discussion will be conducted either in Putonghua or English with Putonghua interpretation.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

30 credits


  1. Required Courses

18 credits

IMBA 5020
IMBA 5030
IMBA 5040
IMBA 5050
IMBA 5060
IMBA 5070
IMBA 5090
IMBA 5100
IMBA 5110


  1. Elective Courses

Students are required to take 12 credits of elective courses from the IMBA course list.


  1. Remarks

Courses will need to be repeated or replaced if participants fail to obtain a passing grade.


Last update: 31 July 2019

Finance Concentration

Students who opt for the Finance concentration are required to complete 34 credits of coursework, including 18 credits of required courses and 16 credits of elective courses in Finance from the IMBA course list.


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. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • Eight years of work experience.

3. Additional Information
  • Applicants should hold a senior position in the organization.

  • Applicants are exempted from the English Language admission requirements of the University.