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#151 City University Hong Kong MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Christoph Schneider

Dr. Christoph Schneider, Associate Director of MBA Programme, City U Hong Kong

“One thing I believe is very unique and helpful for students in advancing their careers is our business mentorship program, where we pair our students with senior executives and business leaders. We have a variety of workshops, meetings, and networking events where students interact with mentors. The mentors help them understand their career goals, build their networks and develop their careers.”

Dr. Christoph Schneider, Associate Director of MBA Programme and Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems, City University Hong Kong, discusses what makes the City U Hong Kong MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (4:06) | Admissions (18:30) | Scholarships (33:58) | Careers (36:38)

About Our Guest

Christoph Schneider is the Associate Director of the MBA Programme at City University Hong Kong, where he has also been Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems for over a decade. Christoph has published in premier business journals as well as best-selling textbooks on management information systems and project management. Christoph got his PhD in Business Administration – Management Information Systems from Washington State University.

What is unique about the City U Hong Kong MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • 1-year program includes study trips to Silicon Valley (UC Berkeley), London (Imperial College) and an Asian country for a consulting project
  • Offers (5 concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Information Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management
  • The business mentoring programme matches students to 25+ MBA mentors according to their  backgrounds, experiences and interests; During a 6-month period, mentors and students meet through events, workshops, and 1-1s
  • City U Hong Kong was ranked the #4 university for Economics and Business in Asia by US News and World Report (2019) and placed #55 worldwide by QS’ World University Rankings (2019)

Touch MBA’s City U HK MBA Fast Facts

last updated April 2019

Program Highlights (4:06)

  • City University’s Hong Kong part-time MBA started in 1991, the full-time MBA in 2013
  • 1 intake/year in Fall
  • Length: 1 year, can be extended to 1.5-2 years for concentration requirements and exchanges
  • Campus in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
  • ~40 participants/intake
  • ~10 nationalities/intake, class is ~25% international (outside HK/China)
  • Program structure: 9 core courses, minimum of 3 experiential learning courses, and minimum 2 elective courses in Accounting, Finance, Information Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management
  • 11 exchange partners in 8 countries
  • Rankings: #4 University for Economics and Business in Asia by US News 2019, NR Financial Times 2019, NR Economist 2019
  • Accredited by AACSB and EQUIS

Admissions (18:30)

  • Rolling admissions from Sep-May
  • Avg GMAT: 625, GMAT or GRE accepted, may be waived on case-by-case basis
  • Avg age: 29, Avg work experience: 5, work experience encouraged but not required
  • No recommendations required
  • TOEFL / IELTS / CET required for if applicant’s undergraduate degree was not conducted in English
  • Interview process includes a group case-study exercise and 1-1 interview to assess applicants’ motivations
  • Interviews done by Programme Director, Associate Director, and sometimes Faculty

Financing (33:58)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: HK$304,000 for local Hong Kong students (HK$372,400 for 1 concentration), HK$358,400 for non-locals (HK$439,040 for 1 concentration)
  • Recommended budget: HK$50,000 – $60,000 / year plus accommodation in the range of HK$5,000–12,000 a month
  • Merit-based scholarships, ranging from HK$10,000 to HK$200,000, awarded for overall excellence, GMAT score, geographic diversity, concentration, student ambassadorship, and academic excellence

Careers (36:38)

  • Full-time placement report? No
  • Most graduates enter finance industry
  • See list of City U MBA Mentors
  • City U Hong Kong alumni network includes EMBA, DBA and part-time MBAs who have senior leadership positions in Hong Kong, China and Asia
  • Graduates can apply for an IANG Visa, which allows them to stay for 12 months in Hong Kong with or without a job offer

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