One year MBA at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong

One year MBA at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong

  • Name of the B-School: Chinese university of Hong Kong
  • Name of the course: Full Time MBA

Course overview

  • Course Duration: 12-16 Months
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Start date: August 2020
  • Location: Hongkong


  • AMBA


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What is Full Time MBA at CUHK?

As per CUHK, the fulltime MBA is a life changing journey. Their cutting-edge curriculum and china insights combine leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity. They offer expertise, theory and practical experience that set you apart from others.

Class profile 2019

  • Class Size             67
  • Male / Female   63% / 37%
  • Average Age      29.9
  • Locations             14
  • Average Working Experience     5.38 years
  • Highest GMAT score       750

Industry Expertise

  • Finance / Financial Services 18%
  • Consulting 10%
  • Information Technology 9%
  • Technology 9%
  • Manufacturing 6%
  • Asset / Investment Management 6%
  • Real Estate 4%
  • Investment Banking 4%
  • Advertising 3%
  • Consumer Packaged Goods / Consumer Products 3%
  • Educational Instruction and Administration 3%
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco 3%
  • Government 3%
  • Internet Services / E-Commerce 3%
  • Transportation & Logistics Services 3%
  • Agriculture 1%
  • Energy / Oil & Gas 1%
  • Insurance 1%
  • Pharmaceuticals / Biotech 1%
  • Retail / Wholesale 1%
  • Telecommunications 1%
  • Others 3%

Functional Expertise

  • Finance 10%
  • Sales / Business Development 10%
  • Management & Administration 9%
  • Corporate Finance 7%
  • General Management 7%
  • Data Analytics / Business Intelligence 4%
  • Information Technology 4%
  • Investment Management 4%
  • Customer Service 3%
  • Investment Services 3%
  • Management Consulting 3%
  • Own Business / Family Business / Entrepreneur 3%
  • Product Management 3%
  • Production Management 3%
  • Research / Analyst 3%
  • Accounting / Auditing 1%
  • Brand Management 1%
  • Corporate Communication / Public Relations 1%
  • Education / Teaching 1%
  • Human Resources 1%
  • IT / Systems Consulting 1%
  • Marketing 1%
  • Operations 1%
  • Private Wealth Management 1%
  • Real Estate 1%
  • Risk Management 1%
  • Trading 1%
  • Others 3%

Eligibility criteria and other requirements

According to the B-School, the student should have a recognized bachelor’s degree with honors (not lower than second class lower division or B grade) or equivalent professional qualification;

Three years of full-time post-qualification work experience is expected (applicants possess outstanding academic performance and career progression but with less work experience could be considered.)

Fulfill English Language Proficiency Requirement

Provide a satisfactory GMAT or GRE score

Submit one of the following original score reports/ certificates for assessment by the program(s) concerned:

  • A decent TOEFL score (CUHK MBA Code: 7398)
  • A decent IELTS (Academic Module) score
  • GMAT (Verbal, normally not lower than 21)
  • A degree from a university in Hong Kong
  • A degree program of which the medium of instruction is English

The validity period for GMAT score results is 5 years from the test date. Applicants should arrange to send the official GMAT scores to the MBA Programs of The Chinese University of Hong Kong:

Program code for Full-time CUHK MBA GMAT Code: R9H-0W-26

The validity period for GRE score results is 5 years from the test date. Applicants should arrange to send the official GRE scores to the MBA Programs of The Chinese University of Hong Kong:

CUHK MBA GRE Code: 7430

Dates and deadlines

Full-time MBA Admissions Schedule (Intake 2020)

Application Deadlines

First Round

November 15, 2019

Second Round

January 15, 2020

Third Round

March 15, 2020

Deadlines for Submitting Supporting Documents

First Round

December 15, 2019

Second Round

February 15, 2020

Third Round

April 15, 2020

Decision by

First Round

January 15, 2020

Second Round

March 15, 2020

Third Round

May 31, 2020

Admission process

As per the B-School, CUHK MBA Application for intake 2020 opens now. Applications should be submitted online through CUHK MBA / Master’s Online Application Portal.

Register an account and start to prepare for information required on the application system, which include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copies of degree certificate(s);
  • GMAT/GRE score report;
  • TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable);
  • Copies of Hong Kong Identity Card or Passport;
  • Academic transcripts;
  • Two sets of recommendations*;
  • Application fee submission

*Referees should submit recommendation forms through our online platform.

In case you have not yet assembled all the supporting documents before the deadline of a given round, you are advised to submit the applications first and supplement relevant documents within 1 month upon submission.

The application fee is HKD1,200 for applying Full-time mode, HKD 800 for Part-time mode. Please note that the application fee is nonrefundable and can be paid by:

Credit card as directed via online application system;

Hong Kong Check or Bank draft payable to “Chinese University of Hong Kong”.  The original pay-in slip or bank draft should be mailed to the CUHK MBA Admissions Office.

Supporting documents required include:

  • Copies of degree certificate(s)*;
  • GMAT/GRE score report;
  • TOEFL/IELTS score report (if applicable);
  • TWO copies of your official transcripts (original) issued by the applicants’ former/current Universities in sealed envelope with stamp from Registry.**

*Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are required to provide an Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate issued by the CHESICC.

**Official transcripts must reach MBA Admissions Office directly from the institution(s).

Admissions Interview

Upon your submission of application, the Admissions Committee will conduct a thorough review of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a face-to-face or video admission interview. Instructions are provided at the time of invitation. The admission interview carries heavy weight in the admission process and no applicant is admitted without one.

Admissions Decision

The B-School takes a holistic approach to evaluate each applicant based on information provided in the application, recommendations and interview performance. Admissions decisions are notified to the applicant via email and are updated on the application system as well.

Fee Structure 2019                     

  • Tuition Fee   HK$560,000
  • Student Activities   FeeHK$5,500
  • Caution MoneyHK    $450

Tuition fee of Full-time MBA Program for 2019-2020 academic year is HK$560,000. Upon receiving notice of admission, students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of HK$80,000 to confirm offer acceptance.

Students are expected to pay the program fee in three installments in their first year of study.  The deposit paid will be offset against the outstanding program fee. Sundry items and learning materials such as textbooks and cases are paid for separately.

* The tuition fee for intake 2020 will be announced soon.

Student Activities Fee

Full-time students of the MBA Programs are required to pay a non-refundable student activities fee of HK$5,500.  The fee will be used towards organizing activities during the study period and be collected upon arrival in early August.

Below is a summary of the activities organized by the Student Service Team, Student Association and Student Clubs over the past two years for reference:

Networking activities

Orientation Day Campus Tour

Kick-off Networking Event – Big Bus Party

MBA Connect Event – Ocean Park Halloween Fest

Mid-Autumn Festival Party

Christmas Gathering

Chinese New Year Party

MBA Summer Meet-up: Happy Hour

Tri-MBA Wine Tasting

Golf Day

Overseas Trip

Autumn Special Trip to Seoul – Firm Visit and Cultural Exploration

Spring Special Trip to Osaka – Firm Visit and Cultural Exploration

One-day excursion

Career Exhibition

Macau Day Trip-Firm Visit

Shenzhen Day Trip-Firm Visit

Field Trip to Tai O Heritage Hotel


Presentation Skills Workshop

Mandarin Workshop

English Workshop

Career Workshop


Dialogue in the Dark

Distinguished Speaker Series

Graduation Reception

The types and frequency of the activities organized are subject to the recommendations of the Student Associations, Students Clubs and the final approval by the MBA Office.

Caution Money

Students of the MBA Programs are required to pay HK$450 caution money as a deposit against any debts incurred to the University. This sum, less any deductions made for outstanding debts, is refunded upon discontinuation of studies at the University. For graduating students, subject to no claim being outstanding, the caution money is converted into a graduation fee, which is payable by all students on completion of their study programs.

Estimate Expenses

  • Accommodation on campus   HK$4,600 (Single Room)
  • Accommodation outside campus   HK$5,000 – 15,000
  • Meals   HK$3,000 – 6,000
  • General Living Cost (books , socializing … etc )   HK$2,000 – 5,000
  • TransportHK$500 – 1,000


CUHK MBA offers a wide range of merit-based scholarship to incoming students.

The B-School encourages high-caliber candidates fulfilling its requirements to apply early for scholarships. All entrance scholarships are awarded according to the candidate’s ability to add value to a dynamic classroom, work experience, academic and professional merits, and business leadership potential. Applications are assessed based on the information submitted online. Additional statement may be required where applicable.

List of Scholarships

  • Summer Intensive Mandarin Course Sponsorship
  • CUHK MBA Belt and Road Scholarship
  • The CUHK MBA Excellence Scholarship
  • Young Global Professional Scholarship
  • Finance Professional Scholarship
  • Entrepreneurial Leader Scholarship
  • Women in Global Business Scholarship
  • Diversity Excellence Scholarship for Professionals in ASEAN Member States

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria and General Notes

As per the B-School, all listed scholarships and awards are open to candidates applying for CUHK MBA’s full-time intake for 2019. To be eligible, applicants must complete and submit their applications by the designated deadline(s). In order to benefit from a scholarship, awardees must commence their full-time MBA studies at CUHK during academic year 2019-20. Applicants’ eligibility and the amount of scholarships and any additional scholarships they may receive will be assessed and determined by CUHK MBA Admissions Committee. Under any circumstance, the maximum amount of scholarships for each candidate is HKD 500,000. The final decision will be based on each candidate’s prior academic performance, work experience, GMAT scores and interview performances. Any scholarship awarded will subsequently be deducted from the successful applicant’s program tuition fees. CUHK’s MBA program reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions applied to these scholarships at any time and without prior notice. All amended terms and conditions will be timely published on our website. All decisions related to admission and scholarships will be subject to the approval and confirmation of the CUHK MBA Programs Office and will be final.

Placement 2018

  • Employees got job after three months of graduation: 96%
  • Employees got job within three months of graduation: 86%
  • Students secured offers in ASIA: 93%
  • Major salary Increase: 74%
  • Career change: 82%

Industry Distribution

  • Financial Services: 36%
  • Consulting: 11%
  • Technology: 11%
  • Media / Entertainment: 9%
  • Packaged goods: 7%
  • Others: 26%

Functional distribution

  • Finance / Accounting 31%
  • Marketing /Sales 22%
  • General Management 16%
  • Consulting 11%
  • Information technology 9%
  • Operations / Logistics 7%
  • Others 4%

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