Curriculum - CUHK MBA

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Key Highlights

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24

Months 

Programme
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8

 

Terms
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9

 

Core Courses
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27

 

Electives Courses
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45

Units 

Credits Required

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 or through online.
  • Diverse curriculum: From business management, fintech, 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.

The CUHK MBA helped me achieve a promotion and expand my job scope with comprehensive leadership and management training. After graduation, I was promoted to a senior management position, managing the premium jewellery brand “Hearts On Fire” for Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Limited. My job scope also expanded from regional level to global level, which includes the coordination of production, merchandising, sales and marketing, and more – all because the programme has taken me to the next level.

Clara AU
Hong Kong, Class of 2018.
Deputy Head, Sustainability and Innovation Centre, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Limited

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)*
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)*
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)

Concentration Options

Students may pursue a general MBA degree or select one of the below two concentrations to complete the programme:

Finance and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

General MBA

*Only intensive week electives can be selected in Year 1

  • Operations Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • Strategic Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)

  • Operations Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • Strategic Management
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Up to 3 units of elective course(s) during intensive week (Optional)
  • 3 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)

Concentration Options

Students may pursue a general MBA degree or select one of the below two concentrations to complete the programme:

Finance and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

General MBA


 

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
Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
Core

The objective is to know and understand the significant events and issues that affect the business of running an organization. To discover and understand the human processes that are essential for developing leadership and management skills. The course comprises two parts:

  • a) An experiential programme whereby students will participate in structured outdoor exercises to develop problem-solving, team building, leadership and communication skills.
  • b) A residential course with an integrative approach to understand the complexities of leading and managing a business organization in the new millennium.
Managing Family Business
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Family business is a puzzling topic that fascinates academics, investors, and managers. These businesses are ridiculed, especially in Hong Kong, as unprofessional and cronyism-driven. But one cannot ignore their importance: families started many of the most successful firms in the world; families owned the majority of listed firms; many family firms uphold the best innovation, quality and brand value; and family funds constitute some largest philanthropic and investment projects. This course takes a family enterprising approach to discuss the importance, diversity, complexity, and more importantly continuous entrepreneurship of business family (as opposed to family business). Apart from lectures and case analysis, students should interact with family members and associated professionals to understand the types, life cycle, conflict, succession, characteristics of business families. For sustaining their growth, practical approaches, such as structures and procedures as advisory boards, family councils, family venture funds and spin-offs, and family philanthropy, will also be discussed. This course shall benefit family business members, managers in family-owned firms, and professionals.

Managing Innovation & Technology
Elective - Both Concentrations

It’s an era of “Technology Everywhere”. The rapid advancement in technology literally impacts every sector of our society. From taxi services to mobile payment, from robotic engineering to artificial intelligence; new innovations and technology have laid substantial or even subversive changes to our ways of doing business. It is, therefore, important for senior management to understand the uncertainty and challenges engendered by technological and market changes, and with a better understanding, be able to derive the optimal ways to cope with these changes.

Marketing Management
Core

This course is designed to illustrate how to devise a good market plan comprising segmentation, positioning and targeting to achieve consumer satisfaction. Emphasis is placed on adopting the basic marketing concept to enhance a firm’s long-run market position via the creation of a differential advantage while meeting consumer desires at the same time. Another emphasis of this course is to explain how a firm can excel in the ever-changing market and competitive environment.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Elective - Both Concentrations

This course integrates areas within financial management and investments to analyse merger and acquisition (takeover) markets. The class will be conducted using both lectures and presentations. The topics covered in lectures include an overview of takeover markets, legal aspects and restrictions, capital budgeting techniques, the efficient market hypothesis, the market model and computation of abnormal returns, the dividend discount model and the free cash flow model. The topics covered in presentations will include US and Hong Kong cases of mergers, tender offers and leveraged buyouts. Amongst other things, the efficient market hypothesis is applied to analyse the stock market response to takeover announcement as well as a range of other issues including: welfare gains/losses associated with takeover, the cost of capital for due acquiror and the intrinsic value of the target (using dividend discount and free cashflow models).

New Venture Business Project
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course is designed to hone students’ entrepreneurial skills. To that end, each student will work in a group to develop a business plan and to devise a means for acquiring capital for a new venture. The instructors will lecture on various aspects of planning and financing start-ups, and guest speakers – entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and incubator sponsors – will describe their experience of dealing with start-ups. Students will succeed in this course only if they take the initiative to produce viable plans. The instructors are coaches and facilitators to help course participants. Students, together with the instructors, will critically assess each of the business plans.

Operations Management
Core

Efficient and effective operations enable firms to gain a competitive advantage by creating cost leadership, quality superiority, and capability of meeting customer demands quickly. This course will introduce concepts, issues, tools, and techniques in designing, managing and improving business processes. Topics encompass: operations strategy, process analysis, quality management, and supply chain management, etc. Cases and business best practices will be discussed in the course to demonstrate that companies can use (and have used) the principles from this course to significantly enhance their competitiveness.

Platform and Business Strategies
Elective - Both Concentrations

Success in business needs strategies. The advances of information technology have given business strategies a new dimension: building computer-mediated networks to facilitate transactions over e-platforms. The examples include Amazon, Google, Spotify, iTunes, Alibaba, Uber, Airbnb, and many other B2B, B2C, and C2C platforms. The eplatform business has network effect following demand-side scale economies that sees the value of a product from the willingness-to-pay of customers. This creates new perspectives of business strategies on pricing, platform products, envelopment attacks, winner-takes-all effect, and cannibalization. This course discusses how to run a successful business with e-platforms.

Selected Topics in Business: China in Global Economy
Elective - Without Concentrations

This course is designed to help students understand the role of China in the Global Economy. We will review the reforms and the current state of the Chinese economy and its financial markets. Major topics such as the Belt and Road Initiative, The Bay Area, Sino-US trade war, China and ASEAN, Islamic Finance will be covered. We will also study the development of e-payment the green economy in China.

Selected Topics in Business: Study Trip to Israel
Elective - Without Concentrations

[To be confirmed]


(Students are responsible for visas arrangement, if required. Students will need to pay for their own airfare, meals, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses.)

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