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The Best MBA Programs in Hong Kong

The Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong's Top MBA Programs

Looking for the best full-time MBA programs in Hong Kong? Here’s your ultimate guide! Now you can compare the city’s best MBA programs head-to-head and get the inside scoop from Admissions Directors, MBA alumni and more from Hong Kong’s best MBA programs.

5 Reasons to Get Your MBA in Hong Kong

1. Hong Kong has been ranked the the world’s freest economy for 21 consecutive years by the Heritage Foundation, hosts more than 6,000 multinational companies, 3,800 of which have have regional headquarters in the city. The IMD World Competitiveness Center ranked Hong Kong the world’s most competitive economy in 2016.

2. Hong Kong is one of the world’s major banking and finance hubs, featuring 70 of the global top 100 banks, and is world number 2 in terms of funds raised through IPO.

3. Hong Kong has the world’s busiest cargo airport and a leading port and state-of-the-art business infrastructure. It is one of the world’s most efficient cities, renowned for its logistics.

4. Hong Kong is a gateway to China – the territory handles 20% of China’s foreign trade and is the largest offshore pool of Renminbi liquidity.

5. MBA graduates can stay in Hong Kong for 1 year post-MBA to look for jobs

Working in Hong Kong and Post-MBA Career Opportunities

  • Visa – Graduates can stay in Hong Kong for 1 year after graduation to look for jobs
  • Taxes – Low income taxes 15-17% for the highest income bracket
  • School reputations
    • Hong Kong University (HKU) – founded nearly 100 years ago, HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest and most prestigious university. QS ranked the university #30 worldwide; it is consistently ranked top 3 in the Asia region
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – was founded 1963 to bring together China and West and is known for its research; 4 Nobel Laureates are associated with the university. It has the largest campus of any university on Hong Kong and was ranked #51 worldwide by QS. CUHK Business School is Hong Kong’s oldest business school (50 years old) and was the first to offer MBA programs in Asia and get accredited
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) – founded in 1991, is well known for its science, engineering and business and management research faculties. HKUST was ranked #28 worldwide by QS. It has been the highest ranked Asian MBA program by the Financial Times for the past 5 years
  • Geography – 40-50% of graduates at HKU, CUHK and HKUST stay in Hong Kong to work; other popular post-MBA destinations are China (roughly 25%) and the rest of Asia Pacific (10-15%)
  • Industrythe majority of Hong Kong b-school MBA grads enter Banking & Finance (40%). Consulting (15%) and IT/tech (10%) were other leading sectors of 2014 graduates.
  • Return on Investment – HKUST ranked #13 for value for money by Financial Times in 2016; HKU and CUHK were ranked 34 and 54. All 3 have strong exchange relationships; as Hong Kong programs are generally less expensive than US and European programs, so you get a discount on your semester abroad

"Our partners in consulting firms, including the Big Four (PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG), remain optimistic for 2016. The attraction to MBAs remains strong... The shortage of good IT talent seems to be a concern in the recruitment market, particularly in a market economy that is moving towards big data, analytics, e-commerce, and fintech.”

- Tina Lee, CUHK Career Services Director

MBA Application Tips for Top Hong Kong Business Schools

  • Hong Kong MBA programs are looking for diversity – applicants from Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa & Middle East are highly sought
  • As all programs have a China focus, demonstrating interest in region is key; experience with Hong Kong/China and Mandarin or Cantonese-skills a plus
  • Demonstrating well-researched and achievable post-MBA career plans is important as Hong Kong is one of the world’s most open labor markets.

Top Full-time MBA Programs in Hong Kong

HKUST, HKU and CUHK are the top-ranked MBA programs in Hong Kong, consistently placing in the top 30 in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking.

Hong Kong University (HKU) MBA 

HKU MBA Campus

  • After finishing 9 months of core courses at HKU, students can study at Columbia Business School, London Business School, or Fudan University for one semester
  • Centrally located and closer to Central Business District than HKUST or CUHK
  • 14-month program with 60 students/year
  • HKU has its own Asia Case Research Centre; case studies are focused on business in China and Asia
  • #1 ranked Asian MBA program by Economist for past 5 years

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) MBA

HKUST MBA Campus

  • #1 ranked Asian MBA program in the world by Financial Times for 6 times in last 7 years
  • 12 or 16-month options, and participants are guaranteed exchange spots with nearly 60 MBA programs around the world
  • Bigger (100-120 students) and more diverse class (90% international students, nearly 30 nationalities) than HKU and CUHK
  • Financial Times rated HKUST’s faculty #1 for research in Asia

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) MBA 

CUHK MBA Business School

  • Longest established Asia MBA Program and Hong Kong’s oldest business school – launched in 1966 with almost 6,600 alumni
  • 12 or 16-month options with 70-80 students per year, with exchange relationships with 50+ b-schools
  • Elite Mentorship Program pairs full-time students with successful, senior alumni who match their career interests and aspirations
  • Boasts 93% placement rate within 3 months for Class of 2015
  • The first MBA program in Hong Kong and the region offering an entrepreneurship concentration

Application Tips From Hong Kong B-School Admissions Directors 

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“First and foremost is they have to have a passion for Asia. They really need to understand why they are choosing HKU. Why are they coming to this part of the world? Why Hong Kong? Having an understanding and context to the Asian story is really important.”

– Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director, MBA Programmes, HKU

“We look for emotional intelligence. Will they be a good teammate? Do they respect the international diversity of the place? Do they say things during the interview where we get a sense of their work ethic and their approach and mindset as an individual?”

Sean Ferguson, Associate Dean of Masters Programmes, Director of MBA Programmes, HKUST

“Set up a reasonable path for your career progression and if the plans are reasonable and more possible, then you have a better chance of being admitted… because many students, to be honest, they have not done enough homework in terms of summing up their career plans…. So having a realistic plan, that will demonstrate you are mature enough, you have good knowledge of what’s going on in the market. So this is a tip to improve your chances.”

Lawrence Chan, Director, Marketing & Student Recruiting, MBA Programs, CUHK


What’s it Really Like at Top Hong Kong MBA Programs?

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“If you have the same skill sets, employers in Hong Kong prefer someone with Mandarin or Cantonese proficiency than someone with just English proficiency. Job seekers in Hong Kong after their MBA need to leverage on their experience. You cannot just come here thinking that you can make that jump because you’re a foreigner who has insight into a different country or continent.”

Benson Cohun, CUHK MBA 2015

“The best part of HKUST is the collaborative culture, supportive & tight-knit community of classmates & alumni. If I need help with a subject area I’m unfamiliar with or a networking referral, just a call / message does the trick. I travel a lot for work and being able to ring up a classmate or alum for coffee or dinner in almost all the cities I frequent is an invaluable home base to have.”

Yuan Lee Chung, HKUST MBA 2015

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Head to Head – HKUST MBA vs. HKU MBA vs. CUHK MBA

last updated June 1, 2016

 HKUHKUSTCUHK
Degrees OfferedMBAMBA
Dual Masters of Advanced Management with Yale, Global Real Estate Masters with University of Wisconsin
MBA
Dual MBA degrees with Texas McCombs, HEC Paris, RSM Erasmus
JD/MBA
Class Size60100-12070-80
GMAT (avg)665673630
Age (avg)28.52828
Work Exp (avg)555
No. Nationalities1525-3020
Start DateJuneAugustAugust
Length14 months12 or 16 months12 or 16 months
RANKINGS
Financial Times 2016 (2015, 2014)44 (28, 29) 14 (14, 14)26 (30, NR)
Economist 2015 (2014)26 (27)78 (62)100 (97)
Bloomberg Businessweek 2015 (2014)Not Ranked25 (18)Not Ranked
Notable Rankings#1 ranked Asian MBA by Economist for 6 years#1 ranked Asian MBA by Financial Times for 6 of past 7 years#1 Career Progress and Salary Percentage Increase for Hong Kong programs (FT)
ADMISSIONS
RequirementsBachelor’s degree

GMAT

Min 2 years workexp

Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based)/80 (Internet-based) or IELTS band 6.5, with no subtest score lower than 5.5
Bachelor’s Degree

GMAT

Min 2 years workexp

TOEFL/IELTS
Bachelor’s Degree

GMAT

Min 3 years workexp (applicants possessing outstanding academic performance and career progression but with less work experience could be considered)

English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, degree taught in English)
DeadlinesNov 26, 2015Nov 11, 2015
Jan 13, 2016
Mar 16, 2016
Nov 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Application Fee300 HKD1,560 HKD
1,200 HKD
Tuition513,000 HKD545,000 HKD510,300 HKD
Est Living Costs
(taken from school websites)
154,000 HKD (for 14 months)205,000 HKD (for 12 months)194,400 HKD (for 12 months)
Application MaterialsOnline application

Resume

1 essay

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

Official GMAT report

TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable)
Online application

Resume

2 essays

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

GMAT score report

TOEFL/ IELTS score report (if applicable)
Online application

Resume

Objective Statement

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

GMAT score report

TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable)
ExchangeLondon Business School, Columbia Business School, Fudan58 schools in 18 countries; 96% of students get into 1st or 2nd choice48 schools in 19 countries
Scholarship20-25% receive scholarships ranging from 20-30% of tuition30-50% receive scholarships ranging from 10-40% of tuition60-70% receive scholarships ranging from 10-60% of tuition
LocationHKU station - 15-20 minutes to city center by public transportationClear Water Bay, Kowloon, beautiful view of bay - 45 minutes away from CBD using public transportationShatin, New Territories - 30 minutes away from CBD using public transportation
PROGRAM
Core Curriculum
11 core + 1 capstone project required

Accounting for Business Decisions

Business Communications (half course)

Business Data Analysis

Business Ethics (half course)

Competitive Strategy

Corporate Finance

Global Economy

Information and Operations Management

Managerial Economics

Organisational Leadership

Strategic Marketing Management
15 core required

Preparing to Lead

Data Analysis

Financial Accounting Foundations

Global Macroeconomics

Managerial Accounting Foundations

Managerial Communication

Managerial Microeconomics

Corporate Finance

Information and Technology Management

Management of Organizations

Marketing Strategy and Policy

Operations Management

Doing Business in China

Responsible Leadership and Ethics

Strategic Management
9 core required

Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives

Corporate Financial Reporting

Statistical Analysis

Financial Management

Marketing Management

Leading Organizations

Macroeconomics for Business Executives

Strategic Management

Leadership Development
ElectivesChoose from 20 electives at HKU and electives at 3 partner schools (LBS, Columbia, Fudan)Choose from 70 electivesChoose 9 from 50 electives
ConcentrationsManaging in China & Asia

Entrepreneurship – Innovation

Financial Management

Marketing & Services Management
General Management in China

Finance

Consulting & Strategic Management

Entrepreneurship & Family Business

Marketing
China Business

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship
CAREERSAvg of Class of 2014-15Class of 2014Class of 2015
Placement w/in 3 months85%88%93%
Average Salary90,011 USD85,806 USD62,707 USD
Salary Increase94.6%60%58%
Top Geographies51% Hong Kong
13% Mainland China
11% Singapore
9% India
9% Europe
36% Hong Kong
24% China
20% Other APAC
11% Europe
5% North America
52% Hong Kong
24% China
11% Other APAC
7% Europe
6% Americas
Top Industries29% Consulting/Business Services
22% Banking, Finance, Accounting, Insurance
15% Supply Chain
15% Manufacturing, Consumer Products
11% Entertainment, F&B, Travel
38% Banking & Finance
14% Consumer Products
13% Consulting
10% IT/Tech
5% Supply Chain
41% Banking & Finance
13% Consulting
12% IT
6% Manufacturing & Distribution
Top Functions30% Finance
26% Consulting
24% Finance
20% Business Development & Strategy
15% Sales & Marketing
9% Operations
32% Finance
19% Consulting
15% General Management
11% Sales & Marketing
9% Business Development
22% Business Dev't / Sales & Marketing
16% Consulting
16% General Management
15% Financial Advisory
9% Accounting/Finance
Company Score
(How many Top 10 Most Desired MBA Employers Recruit from School - McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Nike, Deloitte, Disney)

(How many Top 50 Most Desired Employers for Business Grads Recruit from School)
(6/10)
(28/50)
(4/10)
(17/50)
(5/10)
(25/50)
Alumni4,000 with 7 regional chapters6,200 across 60 countries (majority in Hong Kong and China)
6,600 across 40 countries with chapters in 18 countries (over 1,000 live in China); CUHK Business School has more than 30,000 alumni

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