Learn it on the weekend, use it Monday

The Hong Kong MBA is a 15-course general management program that broadens business fundamentals, analytics, and creative problem-solving perspectives. You'll work with a diverse group of talented professionals to tackle projects and review coursework, forming strong partnerships that last long past graduation. You'll interact with exceptional faculty—the same renowned faculty who teach in Tippie's MBA program in the U.S.—and learn to consider the big picture first.

The Hong Kong MBA curriculum is about practical applications of principles, team-based learning, and problem-solving. We pay careful attention to the links between subject areas, like finance and economics, or marketing and operations. 

Course timing

Each course combines online work both before and after, with two weekends of in-person class sessions in Hong Kong. Courses are about six weeks in duration, and new courses start each month. There is overlap between courses as one ends and another begins.

Weeks 1 and 2 Online reading and assignments
Weeks 3 and 4 In class: Saturday 7 hours, Sunday 8 hours
Weeks 4 and 5 Online assignments and individual work

The business core: 9 courses

These nine core courses are required for all students and give a foundation of business fundamentals that's deeper and stronger than undergraduate studies. Topics include:

  • Accounting
  • Business analytics
  • Economics for managers
  • International economics
  • Management in organizations
  • Operations and supply chain
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Foundations in strategy (capstone course)

See core course descriptions

Electives: 6 courses

You'll take six electives during the program, a variety of which are offered throughout each year. The electives offered change annually; the list below represents a sample of courses that may be available to you. We can't guarantee all of them will be offered each year.

  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • International Finance
Management & organizations
  • Maximizing Team Performance
  • Dynamics of Negotiations
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Law and Ethics
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

See elective course descriptions

Go west, go global

The Hong Kong MBA offers several opportunities for international exposure as part of the program, including a full-semester option on campus in Iowa City.

International trips

Hong Kong students can join international trips—also known as Global Learning Opportunities or GLOs—offered through Tippie's Professional MBA Program. Trips are a week-long opportunity to understand the international business environment and the role of culture in business, while meeting and traveling with a group of American MBA classmates. Past destinations have included Germany, Abu Dhabi, Italy, and Greece.

You can also take a course in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, with our CIMBA MBA students. Course options include both core and elective courses. If you’re interested in either of these options, contact the program director once admitted.

Semester at Iowa

Hong Kong students can take classes for eight weeks on campus in Iowa City, a vibrant college town with the advantages of a big city in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

If you're interested in pursuing this option, advance planning is important. Work with the program director once admitted to determine how your plan of study is affected.

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