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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2018
  • DurationHow long it normally takes to complete the program.
    16 months
  • Avg. GMATAverage GMAT score for the program.
  • Fee (USD)Cost of tuition fees for full program

HKUST Full-time MBA Program Overview

HKUST has developed a unique East-West educational ethos centered on the core values of excellence, diversity, open-minded curiosity, and an upbeat, ‘can do' spirit, which is reflected in each of the MBA programs offered at HKUST.

The flagship, full-time, residential HKUST MBA is taught in English, and is offered in two formats: the standard, full 16-month program, which includes a summer internship and study abroad term at one of HKUST’s 60 partner schools, and is best suited to those considering a change or advancement of career, or to gain more international exposure and opportunities – particularly in Asia; and an accelerated 12-month program, suitable for those with more established careers and/or professional experience.

The 16-month Full-Time MBA program begins with an introductory immersion program, which sets the tone for the students’ MBA journey through the four pillars of academic tone setting and levelling, professional development preparation, camaraderie and culture building, and program administration and policy orientation. It includes a series of accelerator courses, personal and leadership development courses, workshops, utilizing innovative and experiential learning modes.

The core program is delivered via 30% classroom lectures taught by international faculty and external guest speakers, along with discussions, simulations, seminars, case studies, individual and small-group project work, and class presentations. Case studies involve analyzing real-life business cases in both Asian and global business contexts.

International study tours are available as elective options, and are offered as an array of topics in a wide range of locations – including South Africa, Israel, US, India, and Mexico – along with other Asian nations such as Malaysia, Korea, and Vietnam. These typically involve local company visits, management talks, and cultural immersion experiences led by knowledgeable local host executives, and benefit students by providing real-life, experience-based market insights.

HKUST also offers an optional four-week crash course in Mandarin ahead of the immersion program for those interested in exploring new opportunities in mainland China or through China-related companies. In addition, there are additional Mandarin courses available through the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), offered via partner schools UC Berkeley in California, US, and Tsinghua University in Beijing (N.B. this course is not included in the MBA course fees).

Admission to the HKUST MBA program is highly selective, with only 110-120 students selected per year. Of these, more than 90% are international, non-local students, representing some 30 different nationalities. Roughly a third (33%) of students are female.

Post-graduation, 86% of students are employed within three months, with an average mean base salary of $82,264. Companies that have hired HKUST alumni include Motorola, Nissan, AIG/NIA, Capgemini Consulting, McKinsey & Co., Shell, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LinkedIn, the Peace Corps, Bank of China, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Hang Sen Bank, KPMG, Microsoft, PwC, HSBC, IBM, British Petroleum, HK Disneyland, and Cathay Pacific, among others.


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