Part-Time MBA Curriculum | Flexible Learning in Hong Kong | CUHK MBA - CUHK MBA

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A Part-time MBA for ambitious future leaders

  • Flexible learning: Part-time students normally meet on CUHK’s main campus at Shatin from 9:30am to 5:45pm every weekend for two classes. Some elective courses may be offered on weekday evenings at either CUHK Business School’s Town Centre in Admiralty or the main campus at Shatin. There are also selected courses to be completed in 3 to 5 days during intensive weeks.
  • Diverse curriculum: From business management, fintech, big data, digital marketing to digital transformation, develop your credentials as a future leader.
  • Come to where East meets West: A range of exchange programmes, study tours and field trips blend international business learning with essential China business exposure.
  • Get to the top of business: Insights and hands-on experience all come with our Entrepreneurship Training, providing intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial mindsets and skills.

Study Roadmap

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Orientation Activities (Non-credit Bearing)
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Trips (Optional)
* The above curriculum, activities and study sequence are subject to change.
** Part-time students are required to successfully complete 45 units for graduation.

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Orientation Activities (Non-credit Bearing)
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Trips (Optional)
* The above curriculum, activities and study sequence are subject to change.
** Part-time students are required to successfully complete 45 units for graduation.
  • Operations Management
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Strategic management
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Trips (Optional)
* The above curriculum, activities and study sequence are subject to change.
** Part-time students are required to successfully complete 45 units for graduation.

  • Operations Management
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Strategic management 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Trips (Optional)
* The above curriculum, activities and study sequence are subject to change.
** Part-time students are required to successfully complete 45 units for graduation.

Six Optional Concentrations

To tailor your MBA education for career acceleration and building expertise in a specific area, CUHK MBA will offer 6 optional concentrations in 2022-23*.

Students may select either General MBA or up to six concentration options to complete the units of elective courses. Those choosing the concentration option(s) are required to complete 9 units of elective courses for each chosen concentration option(s).

Business Analytics

To help students strengthen data-driven decision making and prepare them for driving innovation, Business Analytics concentration aims to enable students to make extensive use of data for identifying business insights, predicting market changes, and ultimately improving strategic decision making for organisations.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • Application of AI and Machines Learning in Finance
  • Database and Big Data Management
  • FinTech Analytics
  • Platform and Business Strategies

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In the modern business environment, entrepreneurial mindsets are critical whether students plan to work within an organisation or start their own business. CUHK MBA is the first MBA in Asia offering an Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration, is determined to help you embrace intrapreneurship, innovation, and agility and design thinking. We strive to train you to be among the continent’s most visionary leaders.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
  • FinTech Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Family Business
  • New Venture Business Project

Information and Technology Management

In the digital era, advancement in information technology is fundamental to success. Information and Technology Management concentration allows students to learn how to leverage cutting-edge IT skills, data and business analytics to develop effective business strategies.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • Big Data Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Managing Innovation & Technology

Finance

The world is experiencing digital transformation, and nowhere is this clearer than within finance. CUHK MBA offers in-demand technological and financial skills with a focus on analytical and critical thinking, all of which is essential to help you thrive in the competitive workplace and to be an innovative leader in the digital age.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • Business Valuation and Analysis
  • Current Fintech Trends
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

China Business

China’s emergence into the world economy and the development of the Greater Bay Area offers a unique opportunity for prospective business leaders. Students in the China Business concentration can benefit from CUHK’s long-established role as a gateway between China and the rest of the world.

China Business concentration is designed to enable students to discover market opportunities in China by mastering China business knowledge and practical training about doing businesses in China.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • China in Global Economy
  • Corporate Fund-Raising Initiatives in the Chinese Equity Markets
  • Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
  • Managing Family Business

Marketing

To win in the age of the empowered consumer, Marketing concentration is primarily geared toward those students with an interest in managerial marketing and big data marketing by learning data-driven and strategic marketing knowledge.

Featured course examples under this concentration:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Behavioral Decision Making
  • Big Data Management
  • Business Negotiation

* The above concentrations with effect from 2022-23 are subject to University’s approval. The featured courses offered are subject to change in each term and academic year.


Exchange Programme

With distinguished universities worldwide as exchange partnering schools, students are provided with a truly global perspective and benefit from a significant expansion of their global networks and far greater opportunities to demonstrate their ability to be a global leader.

United States / Canada

  • University of Michigan
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Toronto

Europe

  • Bocconi University
  • HEC Paris
  • London Business School
  • The University of Warwick

Asia

  • CEIBS
  • National University of Singapore
  • Seoul National University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Waseda University

Check the full list of exchange partnering schools here >>


Field Studies

With business field study trips to Greater China, Asia, Europe and the United States, CUHK MBA students leave the school grounds for a short while to see beyond the business setting already familiar to them.

Expect to make new connections between your areas of study by experiencing them first-hand in a culturally different environment, and enhance your understanding through visits and interactions with local enterprises, lectures and seminars, business professionals, government officials and local alumni.


Full Course List

Course offerings are subject to change. All MBA courses will be taught in English, with the exception of elective courses of a unique nature in which teaching in Chinese is preferable.

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Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
Elective

Most of the young ventures fail within the first three years of their establishment by making some fatal mistakes. However, it is a business nature to make mistakes, particularly for those young entrepreneurs who enter the market without proper preparation because they usually do not realize the constraints and problems faced by new ventures. Since the Lecturer of this course strongly believes that it is difficult to repeat a ‘success model’, this course will concentrate on teaching the ‘failure factors’ that can bring down new ventures. It emphasizes on several major topics related to executing a business opportunity and securing required financial resources.

As the lack of financial resources is one of key failure factors and there are limited financial resources available to start-ups, students will be trained specifically for their fundraising skills. Since the investment community of Asia operates differently compared to the West, particularly USA, this course will concentrate on the assessment criteria of Asian investors in terms of the development and investment viability of ventures. This course covers critical issues concerning business ventures, especially ventures with innovative ideas and technology focuses, in detail.

This course is highly practical in nature. Existing quality ventures that encounter problems in fundraising will be sourced through the Pan Asia Venture Development Platform (http://pavd.info/) globally. The students are required to review the business model of those ventures and modify them from the view of Asian investors: angels, venture capitalists, private equity investors – industrial players and other strategic investors. At the last day of the course, students will make a fundraising presentation to approximately 15 – 30 PAVD investors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan (http://pavd.info/Registered%20Investors/Judges/). The students may also see the performance of students from other programs and/or universities. In a nutshell, students of this course will work on real project and raise real money.

Behavioral Decision Making
Elective

Making decisions, from the trivial to the fundamental, is part of the everyday life of every manager and investor. For the last 30 years, psychologists — and more recently also economists — have studied how people process information and make decisions. This research program has provided an insightful understanding of how people’s decisions deviate from “optimal” ones, and the consequences of such biases in financial and personal terms. This course is devoted to understanding the nature, causes and managerial implications of these limitations. It will help the students discover a series of serious yet often overlooked mistakes that most people would commit in a variety of decision contexts, including investment decisions, hiring decisions, purchase decisions and even marital decisions. At the same time, this course will also teach them how to correct these mistakes and how to reach optimal solutions. Instead of overwhelming the students with mathematical models or academic theories, this course will use many in-class exercises and questionnaires to convey the concepts.

Business Negotiation
Elective

This course introduces current research and thought on the negotiation process, and provides opportunities for course participants to apply the concepts and skills in simulations of actual negotiations. Strategic lessons are learned from different actual cases. The objective is to enable course participants to appreciate the art and science of negotiation, to understand how to resolve conflicts and derive the most out of bargaining.

Business Valuation and Analysis
Elective

This course introduces a framework for business valuation analysis using corporate disclosure and financial statement data. The framework identifies four key components of valuation: business strategy analysis, accounting analysis, financial analysis, and prospective analysis. Employing a case methodology, applications of this framework in a variety of decision-making contexts including securities analysis, credit analysis, and merger and acquisition decisions are examined.

Corporate Financial Reporting
Core

This course provides a graduate-level overview of the principles and concepts that underlie corporate financial reporting and the economic consequences of accounting choices. The course focus is on developing the skills required to interpret the information contained in financial statements and its use in decision-making rather than on the skills required to prepare financial statements. Topics include the use of accounting information in evaluating firm performance, and corporate reporting policies.

Corporate Fund-Raising Initiatives in the Chinese Equity Markets
Elective

This course delves into the major issues surrounding equity fund-raising in China. The principal focus is on initial public offerings (IPOs) and seasoned issues in Chinese stocks (including H- share, ‘red-chip’, private Chinese and ‘China-concept’ issuers) listed in Hong Kong. The characteristics of the various corporate entities and the nature of the funding methods utilized are critically explored. Case analysis of major IPO and seasoned equity issues (rights issues and private placings) features to amplify these objectives. Shanghai Ashare listings are also considered as well as the various reforms to its constituent issuers. These include the transformation of non-tradable stock holdings into tradable form, the development of QFII and QDII schemes and the key reforms to China’s leading state-owned commercial banks. Finally, dual listings, such as American depositary receipts, and alternative routes to listing (‘reverse takeovers’) are also assessed. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed key insights into a major global funding activity.

Current Fintech Trends
Elective

The world of global financial services is changing rapidly with the emergence of financial technologies, commonly referred as fintech. This course will cover key fintech concepts such as virtual banking, blockchain, digital currencies, tokenization, and others.

Examining a variety of case studies drawn from the industry, students will learn about recent developments in fintech from the perspectives of entrepreneurs, consumers and regulators. While Asian cases will be emphasized, some American and European examples will also be discussed so that students will acquire a global view of the subject.  A few industry practitioners will be invited as guest speakers to share their entrepreneurial experience in fintech with students.

This is an introductory course where computer programming is not required. However, basic knowledge in financial valuation analysis and statistics will be useful. The objective is to learn about the use of new technologies in solving business problems, and appreciate how current fintech trends will impact and shape the financial industry in the future.

Current Topics in Business: Digital Transformation and Innovation
Elective

Changes are becoming the new industry norm, especially those underpinned by Digital Transformation and Innovation (DTI). The course will start with an executive overview of DTI fundamentals, from technology landscape and industry maturity, followed by exploring the New Normal – from new products and services, to new intelligence and new experience.

Students would then be exposed to latest thinking and trends in the market, covering customer innovation with Design Thinking; New Economies grown on Digital Platform; and Reinvention of Businesses driven by Industry 4.0. Industry experts would be invited as appropriate.

Innovation is at its best when ideas are without boundary – students will review real cases from different industries, and from the analysis gain the grasp on DTI application. The course would wrap with a framework for students to apply DTI in their jobs.

Current Topics in Finance: Application of AI and Machine Learning in Finance
Elective

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being used in the financial services industry worldwide. Financial institutions and Financial Technologies (FinTech) start-ups are using AI and machine learning methods to assess credit quality, to price and market insurance contracts, and to automate client interaction. Some of these companies are optimising scarce capital with AI and machine learning techniques, as well as back-testing models and analysing the market impact of trading large positions. Hedge funds, broker-dealers, and other firms are using AI and machine learning to find signals for higher (and uncorrelated) returns and optimise trading execution. These companies are using these technologies for regulatory compliance, surveillance, data quality assessment, and fraud detection.

After completing the course, you will have a basic understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Blockchain (BC) from the core concepts to the main technologies. You will also learn how these technologies are being applied to finance industry from asset management to insurance, and from customer service to regulatory and compliance areas. Ethics and risks relevant to AI and machine learning will be explored.

Current Topics in Finance: Sustainable Finance
Elective

Sustainability issues have been receiving increasing attention and have become an important agenda around the globe. Topics such as climate, energy and the circular economy are discussed frequently at different international organizations. At the United Nations, sustainable development goals (SDGs) are advocated and progress is reported regularly. We have seen the signing of the 2015 Paris Agreement, publication of the United Nations 2030 Agenda which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDG”), the European Commission’s publication of its Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, the launch of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, and other major international initiatives focusing on sustainability within the financial sector.

The development of sustainable finance has thus become a high‐priority business issue for private firms. Global organizations and local governments have rapidly developed initiatives to support and incentivize investment in sustainability‐related initiatives, as well as enable corporates, institutional investors, and banks to take account of climate‐related risks. On a broader level, Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues are gaining worldwide attention, as institutional investors exert their influence and channel funds towards investments that deliver non‐monetary benefits along with improved long‐term financial returns.

With increasing global attention and momentum building across various markets, we also see a proliferation of related initiatives in Asia‐Pacific. Japan is taking a leadership position in Asia, playing a key role in promoting sustainable finance and ESG. Mainland China has demonstrated its commitment to steering its economy towards greener and more sustainable development, and that green finance has been on its strategic agenda. Green finance and sustainability issues have also become one of the key agenda items in the financial market development of Hong Kong, with the development of ESG investment ecosystems at the concerted effort of key stakeholders.

The course aims to provide an overview of the trends in ESG and the development of policy frameworks for sustainable development. We will also discuss how companies can consider sustainability in their business models and meet the expectation of ESG reporting. The course will also review the roles of different types of financing in supporting sustainable development, including green bonds, ESG equities, and sustainable banking, in learning

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