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The Best MBA Programs in Hong Kong – Head to Head (2022)

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.

last updated December 2021

Why Hong Kong for your MBA?

Five Reasons to Get Your MBA in Hong Kong:

1. Hong Kong is one of the world’s major banking and finance hubs, featuring 75 of the world’s largest 100 banks, and is consistently ranked one of the top 3-4 financial centers worldwide and top 3-4 in terms of funds raised through IPO. Hong Kong is the largest international private wealth management and hedge fund centre in Asia.

2. Hong Kong hosts more than 6,000 multinational companies, 3,800 of which have have regional headquarters in the city. Hong Kong was ranked the world’s freest economy for nearly 20 years from 1995-2019, by the Heritage Foundation. The IMD World Competitiveness Center ranked Hong Kong the world’s 7th most competitive economy in 2021.

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

4. Hong Kong is a gateway to China – the territory originates and intermediates two-thirds of China’s inward foreign direct investment and outward direct investment as well as most financial investments. Hong Kong is the largest global offshore renminbi (RMB) business hub; over 70% of the world’s RMB payments are settled through Hong Kong.

5. Hong Kong is a dynamic place to live and study! More than 9,000 restaurants provide a mouth-watering choice of dining options from all over the world. Hong Kong is known as a shopping paradise, offering everything from high-end shopping malls to street markets. Its public transport system is one of the best in the world. Country parks cover 40% of Hong Kong’s territory and, with the outlying islands, provide plenty of walks, trails and beaches for those who wish to experience the greener and calmer side of Hong Kong.

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 50 in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking. All universities have outstanding reputations too, placing top 50 in QS worldwide university rankings.

Hong Kong University (HKU) MBA 

  • Founded over 100 years ago, HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest and most prestigious university. QS ranked the university #22 worldwide in 2021; it is consistently ranked top 5 in the Asia region
  • 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
  • 14-month program with 50 students/year
  • HKU has its own Asia Case Research Centre; case studies are focused on business in China and Asia
  • Centrally located and closer to Central Business District than HKUST or CUHK
  • #1 ranked Hong Kong MBA program by Poets & Quants in 2020 and Economist in 2021

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) MBA

  • Founded in 1991, HKUST is well known for its science, engineering and business and management research faculties. HKUST was ranked #27 worldwide by QS in 2021.
  • The Financial Times ranked the HKUST MBA a top 20 MBA program globally for 13 consecutive years; in 2021, it was ranked #22 globally
  • Ranked top 3 Asian MBA program in the world by Financial Times for past 14 years
  • 12 or 16-month options, and participants are guaranteed exchange spots with nearly 60 MBA programs around the world
  • Larger class (80 students) than HKU and CUHK
  • Financial Times rated HKUST’s faculty #3 for research in Asia

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) MBA 

  • CUHK was founded in 1963 to bring together China and West and is known for its research; four Nobel Laureates are associated with the university. It has the largest campus of any university on Hong Kong
  • Longest established Asia MBA Program and Hong Kong’s oldest business school – launched in 1966 with over 40,000 business school alumni and 7,000 MBA alumni
  • 12 or 16-month options with 50 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
  • 100% of 2020 graduates secured job offers in Asia
  • Focused on “training leaders for a digital age” with optional concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Finance & Technology

Insider Interviews with Hong Kong MBA Admissions Directors

Listen to our in-depth interviews about what makes each MBA program unique and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of getting in:

Touch MBA’s Admissions Advice

  • 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

Get free school selection help and an expert profile review from Touch MBA.

Plus, get feedback from from HKUST MBA, HKU MBA and/or CUHK MBA before you apply. Thank you HKUST, HKU and CUHK for supporting Touch MBA’s mission to make expert MBA guidance accessible to applicants worldwide.

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

MBA students and alumni share their experience:

Post-MBA Careers in Hong Kong

  • Visa – MBA graduates can stay in Hong Kong for 1 year after graduation to look for jobs. After the 1-year period, the visa can be extended if graduates have full-time jobs at the time of extension
  • Taxes – Low income taxes with 17% for the highest income bracket
  • Geography – 30-50% of graduates at HKU, CUHK and HKUST stay in Hong Kong to work. Other popular post-MBA destinations for Hong Kong MBA grads are China (roughly 10-20%) and the rest of Asia Pacific (20-30%).
  • Industrythe majority of Hong Kong MBA grads enter Finance (30-40%). Consulting (10-25%) and IT/tech (10-30%) were other leading sectors for 2020 graduates.
  • Return on Investment – HKUST ranked #36 for value for money by Financial Times in 2021; CUHK and HKU were ranked in the 60s. All 3 have strong exchange relationships. Hong Kong MBA Programs are generally less expensive than US and European programs, so you get a discount on your semester abroad

"All too often foreigners are hired and quickly leave, deterring employers from bringing them on board. The more successful you are at demonstrating you seriously want to live and work in Asia, the higher your chances are of being hired.”

- Tanya Vucetic, Business Development Manager, Asia Jet (China), HKUST MBA '17

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

Comparison table best viewed on bigger screen. Last updated December 2021

 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 Size5080 50
GMAT (avg)640660630
Age (avg)29-3029 30
Work Exp (avg)6-76 6.8
No. Nationalities15-2515-2515-20
Start DateJuneAugustAugust
Length14 months12 or 16 months12 or 16 months
RANKINGS
Financial Times 2021 (2020, 2019)29 (56, 41) 22 (19, 18)48 (50, 57)
Economist 2021 (2019, 2018)50 (67, 39)NR (NR, NR)NR (NR, NR)
Bloomberg Businessweek 2021-22 NR #2 in AsiaNR
ADMISSIONS
RequirementsBachelor’s Degree

GMAT/GRE

Min 2 years workexp

English Language Proficiency: 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/GRE

Min 2 years workexp

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (79), IELTS (6.5), GMAT (21 Verbal), or degree taught in English
DeadlinesRolling admissions, next deadline is Dec 303 rounds, typically

Rd 1: Nov 10
Rd 2: Jan 12
Rd 3: Mar 9
4 rounds, typically

Rd 1: Oct 17
Rd 2: Dec 12
Rd 3: Feb 13
Rd 4: Apr 20
Application Fee300 HKD1,000 HKD
800 HKD
Tuition588,000 HKD600,000 HKD560,000 HKD
Est Living Costs
(taken from school websites)
15,500HKD/month17,000 HKD/month16,500-32,000 HKD/month
Application MaterialsOnline application

Resume

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

Official GMAT/GRE report

TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable)
Online application

Resume

2 essays

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

GMAT/GRE score report

TOEFL/ IELTS score report (if applicable)

Proof of employment
Online application

Resume

Objective Statement

2 recommendations

Academic transcripts

GMAT/GRE score report

TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable)
ExchangeLondon Business School, Columbia Business School, Fudan60 schools in 18 countries42 schools in 18 countries
ScholarshipMerit scholarships ranging from 25-60% of tuition available10 types of merit scholarships up to full tuition available7 types of merit scholarships available
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, beautiful view of bay - 45 minutes away from CBD using public transportation
PROGRAM
Core Curriculum
CORE (10)

Accounting for Business Decisions

Analytics for Managers

Business Ethics

Capstone Project

China and the Global Economy

Competitive Strategy

Corporate Finance

Managing Digital Innovation

Managerial Economics

Marketing Strategy
REQUIRED CORE (7)

Financial Accounting

Marketing Strategy & Policy

IT Management

Strategic Management

Corporate Finance

Operations Management

Managerial Microeconomics

FLEXIBLE CORE (choose 6 of 14)

Big Data Analytics

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Their Business Applications

Global Macroeconomics

Managerial Communications

Deep Learning Business Applications w/ Python

Responsible Leadership & Ethics

Behavioral Economics

Chinese Economy
CORE (10)

Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives

Corporate Financial Reporting

Statistical Analysis

Financial Management

Marketing Management

Leadership Development

Macroeconomics for Business Executives

Strategic Management

Operations Management
ElectivesChoose 6 from 35 electives at HKU and electives at 3 partner schools (London Business School, Columbia Business School, Fudan)Choose 8-9 from 70 electivesChoose 9 from 50 electives
ConcentrationsManaging in China & Asia

Business Tech & Innovation

Finance

Marketing & General Management

Strategy & Consulting
Business Technology & Analytics

Finance

Consulting & Strategic Management

Sustainable Leadership

Marketing
Finance & Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
CAREERSClass of 2019 & 2020Class of 2020 & 2021Class of 2020
Placement w/in 3 months91%95%80%
Average SalaryNot available

(133,311 USD average salary 3 years after graduation - Financial Times)
72,630 USD (excluding signing bonus)

(151,758 USD average salary 3 years after graduation - Financial Times)
Not available

(123,175 USD average salary 3 years after graduation - Financial Times)
Salary Increase, 3 years after graduation127%109%114%
Top Geographies50% Hong Kong
30% Other regions of Asia
10% Mainland China
6% Americas
4% Europe
34% Other Asia-Pacific
30% Hong Kong
14% China
11% Americas
9% Japan & Korea
33% Hong Kong
28% China
22% Other APAC
18% India
Top Industries31% Financial Services
17% Advisory Services / Consulting
14% Technology
12% Consumer Goods, Fashion, Retail
32% Financial Services
27% Technology
11% Consulting
9% Energy
5% Healthcare
39% Financial Services
24% Consulting
11% Technology
Top Functions20% Finance
19% Branding, Business Development, Marketing
16% Planning, Strategy
14% Consulting, Professional Services
8% General Management
not available21% Consulting
18% Finance / Accounting
18% Marketing / Sales
11% General Management
8% Operations / Logistics
Alumni4,500+ with 26 regional chapters; HKU has 245,000+ alumni in 150 countries5,000+ across 60 countries; HKUST has more than 20,000 alumni7,000+ in 25 countries; CUHK Business School has more than 40,000 alumni worldwide

Need More Help with Hong Kong MBA Programs?

Get free school selection help and an expert profile review from Touch MBA.

Plus, get feedback from from HKUST MBA, HKU MBA and/or CUHK MBA before you apply. Thank you HKUST, HKU and CUHK for supporting Touch MBA’s mission to make expert MBA guidance accessible to applicants worldwide.

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