MSc Business Information Systems (Stream B - applicants with IT background)

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2021

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekday (daytime and evening) and Saturday afternoon

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof Yulin FANG
Programme Leader
Dr Xin LI
PhD (UArizona)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8521
+852 3442 0370
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to train students in the core domains of business and cutting-edge information systems that underpin the contemporary information society, so that graduates can excel in careers with professional positions that require both advanced business knowledge and IT-enabled problem solving skills.

Stream B is offered to applicants with an IT/IS background which is expected at intermediate level (i.e. completion of four IT/IS related courses at the undergraduate level); and focuses on developing their capability to integrate IT with business domain knowledge and the associated management skills, so that they boost their ability to meet business needs by leveraging IT/IS applications and managing cutting-edge IT/IS projects.

Entrance Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the following to be eligible for admission:
  • Hold a recognized Bachelor's degree in information systems (IS), information technology (IT), electronic commerce (EC), computer science (CS), or other disciplines but have passed at least four core courses related to the IS/IT/EC/CS disciplines, from one of the tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong funded by the University Grant Committee (UGC), or equivalent

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Course Description

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Business Data Analytics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Management Support and Business Intelligence Systems
  • Project Management and Quality assurance

Electives (minimum 12 credits)

A wide range of non-IS course electives are available in the Knowledge Nexus Consortium offered by the College of Business and the Department of Information Systems, as approved by the Programme Leader.

  • Advanced Business Software Construction
  • Blockchain Technology and Business Applications
  • Business Software Construction
  • eBusiness System Integration
  • Foundations of Information and Electronic Business Systems
  • Database Management Systems
  • Dissertation
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia
  • Information Systems Planning and Strategy
  • Information Systems Project
  • Information Technology Based Organisation Transformation
  • Information Technology Leadership Forum
  • Internet and World-Wide Web Application Development
  • Knowledge Management
  • Management Consulting in Asia
  • Outsourcing and Offshoring Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
Bonus Features

Outstanding applicants will be offered with a scholarship or assistantship.

Participants can choose to take a Management Consulting in Asia (spaces are limited) elective in the form of a field study of normally 7 to 8 days outside Hong Kong.

Continuing Education Fund# (CEF): Some courses offered in this programme are eligible for the application of a subsidy from the CEF.

#CEF is only applicable to Hong Kong residents.


† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.