Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Part-time Master of Business Administration Program (Bi-weekly)
Award Title

Master of Business Administration

Program Short Name

PT MBA (Bi-weekly)

Mode of Study


Normative Program Duration

18 months

Program Fee


The program fee covers tuition fees, textbooks for all required courses, course materials and cases, and one-night accommodation and cross-border transportation for bi-weekly weekend modules in Hong Kong.

Program Advisor

Interim MBA Program Director:
Mr Chris TSANG, Head (School Development), School of Business and Management


The Chinese economy and business continue to develop rapidly. There is booming demand for advanced management education as executives in middle to senior management now face new challenges due to intense competitions locally and globally, and more business opportunities due to increased foreign investment.

Currently there are a lot of business education programs in China using Putonghua as the main medium of instruction. This has not fully addressed the needs of some aspiring professionals who are looking for quality English programs to fulfill their global development need. The part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program (Bi-weekly) aims at serving the needs of mid-career executives with solid work experience from Hong Kong, Greater China, and Asia.

Most classes will meet on alternate weekends. Courses will be taught in English.

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 take elective courses from the five areas of career focus; namely General Management, Finance, Marketing, Consulting, Business Technology and Analytics, and Entrepreneurship.

Exchange Program

To maintain the global perspective of the MBA Program, part-time MBA students can apply for an international academic 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 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. 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

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

The advanced elective courses, which aim to develop additional expertise in different business areas, will be selected according to the needs of executives in China and Asia.


  1. Remarks

The course requirements and schedule of the Part-time MBA Program (Bi-weekly) are designed to be compatible with the work demands of responsible, busy professionals. All courses will be conducted in Hong Kong. Required core courses are held during weekends while flexible core and advanced elective courses are held on both weekends and some weekday evenings.


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
  • A GMAT or a GRE score; and
  • Three years of work experience
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 with more than seven years' full-time work experience may apply for a GMAT waiver, which is subject to approval.
Application Deadlines

Please visit the Program Website for details.