Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Kellogg-HKUST Executive Master of Business Administration Program
Award Title

Master of Business Administration

(Joint degree by Northwestern University and HKUST)

Program Short Name


Mode of Study


Normative Program Duration

18 months

Program Fee


Expenses for faculty teaching, books, accommodation and meals for all weekends at HKUST and the two live-in sessions are all included. Additional expenses are required for participants’ transportation to HKUST and Kellogg.

Program Advisor

Academic Director:

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


The Asia-Pacific region’s rapid development into an international center for trade, finance and industry has created a need for global management preparation. There is an increasing call for multinational and international companies in the region to update their experienced executives with modern business and management skills in order to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of business activities. A high level business program with an Asia-Pacific focus is of utmost importance and value.


The Kellogg-HKUST Executive Master of Business Administration (KH EMBA) Program is jointly organized by the Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University and the School of Business and Management of HKUST. It is tailor-made for senior executives who have attained positions of leadership in their organizations. Participants not only learn from topnotch faculty of both Schools but also from a student body with extremely diverse backgrounds, industries and nationalities. The program encourages executives to think differently, look at their operations in a new way and relentlessly question and challenge. It is designed to help them address complex business and management issues ahead in a global and integrative context.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree jointly by the Northwestern University and HKUST. Graduates will become alumni of both Universities.

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

  1. Articulate and apply the basic principles of strategy, operations, marketing and finance;
  2. Take decisions, design plans and create recommendations that integrate multiple perspectives (cross-functional, cross-cultural, cross-industries, different contexts); and
  3. Influence behavior and act in a way that is consistent with value-based leaders.

The KH EMBA program is an 18-month part-time general management program. It employs instructional methods tailored to the skills and needs of experienced managers. Organized in short “modules”, participants take two courses each month that cut across traditional subject areas to provide tools and techniques for solving complex managerial problems. Emphasis is placed on three specific areas of management skills: behavior in learning organizations, international management, and managing groups of cooperating firms for international competitiveness.


There are a total of eleven modules, and two residential sessions over the program. The class schedule allows participants to continue their careers while they study to acquire a broad range of functional and managerial skills. In addition, the schedule provides students with the opportunity to exercise their skills in workplace situations.


Participants meet twice every month on the HKUST campus and are accommodated in the Conference Lodge. Classes will be held on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays.


There are two live-in sessions in the program - the first to be held at HKUST in January and the second at Kellogg’s James L. Allen Center in Evanston, Illinois, in August. The initial session is a critical time for the development of class identity and for the formation of study groups. Live-in sessions round out the curriculum by allowing participants to continue classroom and small group discussions, expand their network of business contacts, and get to know their classmates.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

30 credits


  1. Required Courses

15 credits

EMBA 5010
EMBA 5020
EMBA 5030
EMBA 5040
EMBA 5060
EMBA 5070
EMBA 5080
EMBA 5110
EMBA 5150
EMBA 5170
EMBA 5190
EMBA 5630
EMBA 5660


  1. Elective Courses

Students are required to take 15 credits of elective courses from the EMBA course list.


  1. Remarks

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

Last update: 10 March 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
  • Eight years of full-time post-qualification work experience

  • Must be sponsored and supported by the company

4. Additional Information
  • Applicants must be interviewed before admission to the program.
  • They should be promising executives within the company and should be able to demonstrate that:
    • They are outstanding and have potential within the organization;

    • They are holding, or will soon hold, positions of executive responsibilities that make the program of value in furthering their career; and

    • They have both the time and motivation to make the commitment to attend classes and prepare assignments.

Application Fee


Application Deadlines

Please visit the Program Website for details.