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#214 Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Prof. Wan Wongsunwai

Professor Wan Wongsunwai, Associate Dean of MBA Programs and Director of MBA Programs

“This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of CUHK and the start of CUHK Business School… CUHK MBA is the oldest and very first MBA program to be offered, not just in Hong Kong but in this part of the world. This gives us a unique advantage in terms of the people we’ve worked with over the past several decades.”

Professor Wan Wongsunwai, Associate Dean of MBA Programmes and Director of MBA Programmes at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School, discusses what makes the CUHK MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.


  • Introduction (0:00)
  • Program Highlights – What Makes the CUHK MBA Unique? (4:30)
  • CUHK MBA Admissions & Scholarships – How to Improve Your Chances? (27:30)
  • Career Opportunities after CUHK Business School – What to Know & How to Prepare (47:20)

CUHK MBA Full-time MBA Highlights

(last updated October 2023)

  • Length, Intake, Size: 12 months, Fall intake, ~50 students/year
    • can be extended to 16 months with one-term optional exchange
  • Typical Class:
    • 6.2 years average work experience
    • 97% non-local students (~15 countries)
    • GMAT average: ~630
  • Curriculum:
    • Academic Core: 9 required core corses and ~10 electives (choose from 30 electives)
    • Concentrations (6): Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Information & Technology Management, Finance, China Business, Marketing
    • Study Abroad: 40 business schools in 19 countries
    • Dual Degrees (10): JD/MBA, Dual MBA Programmes with HEC Paris, University of Texas at Austin, or Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, MBA + Masters of Accounting, MBA + MSc in Business Analytics, MBA + MSc in Finance, MBA + MSc in Information & Technology Management, MBA + MSc in Marketing, MBA + MSc in Real Estate
    • Faculty: 30+ faculty members
    • Student Clubs: 10+ student clubs
  • Admissions:
    • Application requirements:
      • Recognized Bachelors Degree (w/ average GPA not lower than B grade)
      • Minimum 2 years of full-time work experience
      • 800 HKD application fee
      • GMAT/GRE
      • TOEFL(79) / IELTS(6.5) if necessary
      • Copy of HKID or Passport
      • Transcripts
      • CV
      • 1 personal statement
      • 2 recommendations
      • Interview with CUHK MBA Admissions team and Professors
    • Application rounds: 5 application rounds between October and April
    • Admissions is looking for:
      • MBA applicants who share CUHK Business School’s vision of educating global business leaders for the Asian century
      • MBA applicants whom CUHK can help achieve their goals
  • Scholarships: 9 types of scholarships available each year up to full tuition
    • CUHK MBA Excellence Scholarship
    • Finance Professional Scholarship
    • Entrepreneurial Leader Scholarship
    • Women in Global Business Scholarship
    • Young Global Professional Scholarship
    • CUHK MBA Belt and Road Scholarship
    • Diversity Excellence Scholarship for Professionals in Asia
    • Corporate Scholars Grant
    • CUHK Alumni Grant
  • Careers:
    • Placement, Class of 2021: 92% employed w/in 3 months of graduation, graduates experienced 124% increase in salary after 3 years; average alumni salary is $132,346 USD after 3 years
    • Top Destinations, Class of 2021: ~70-80% in Asia
    • Top Industries, Class of 2021: not available
    • Top Functions, Class of 2021: not available
    • Visa: Non-local graduates can apply to stay in Hong Kong for 12 months to seek employment under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-Local Graduates (IANG) scheme
  • Rankings: Ranked #64 internationally by Financial Times (2023)
  • Alumni: 40,000+ CUHK Business School Alumni in 40 countries, 7,000+ CUHK MBA alumni in 40 countries; over 1,000 MBA alumni working in China
  • Tuition:  605,000 HKD; estimated living costs 15,000 HKD/month
  • Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA

About Our Guest

Professor Wan Wongsunwai is Associate Dean of MBA Programmes and Director of MBA Programmes at CUHK Business School, where he has worked for over 7 years. His research interests include financial reporting quality, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and private equity. Before coming to CUHK, he taught and researched at Insead and Northwestern Kellogg

Professor Wan earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Imperial College and later received his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Prior to obtaining his doctoral degree, he worked at KPMG in London, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Hong Kong and then as an equity analyst with ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong, covering software and information technology.

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