Curriculum - 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.

Two Optional Concentrations

Finance and Technology Concentration

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 Courses under this concentration:

  • Application of AI and Machine Learning in Finance
  • Current Fintech Trends
  • FinTech Analytics
  • Fintech Entrepreneurship
  • Money and Capital Markets

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration

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 agile and design thinking. We strive to train you to be among the continent’s most visionary leaders.

Featured Courses under this concentration:

  • Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
  • Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Managing Family Business
  • Managing Innovation & Technology
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity

*Above concentrations and featured courses are current 2021 intake offerings and subject to change.


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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Course
Type
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.

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 Management: Creating Self-efficacy and Impact on Communication
Elective

Theories will stay on paper forever if they are not applied in practice. To become a successful business leader in the future, you need to master the skills of effective communication and be able to communicate with impact. This course will help you acquire the necessary skills of a great communicator and break your psychological barrier when you present in front of audience(s).

Financial Management
Core

This offering provides an overview and analysis of financial decision-making within the corporate setting. Various facets of financial management are tackled from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Key topic areas include capital budgeting, the concept of risk and expected returns, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital structure theory and its applications, cost of capital, corporate dividend policy, working capital management and equity fund-raising methods.

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