Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 Aug 2021
Non-local : Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

5-day intensive teaching mode for each course,
Weekdays and/or Weekends: Day-time plus Evening

Normal Study Period

Full-time mode: 1 Year
Part-time/ Combined mode: 2 Years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time mode: 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 Director
Dr Michael Wong
General Enquiries
Ms Angel Chan
Programme Aims and Objectives

To deal with continuous disruption by business innovations, technological changes and China-USA trade war, corporations urgently need leaders who are able to lead business innovation and transformation.  The programme aims to address these corporate needs by equipping new generation of corporate leaders with visions, insights, confidence and skills to lead business innovation, business transformation, and connection of their business to different Asian regions.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

  1. Analyze various mechanisms for managing business innovation and financing business innovation. 
  2. Evaluate future developments of business innovation.
  3. For​​​​​mulate strategic plans to lead business innovation and transformation in Asian regions.
Entrance Requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours or equivalent from a recognized university;
  • possess at least 10 years of professional and/or managerial experience; and 
  • be proficient in English

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
  • 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.

All shortlisted candidates are required to attend an interview. Applicants without the specified qualifications but who are able to present exceptionally good alternative qualifications or substantial current managerial experience may also be considered for admission.

Programme Content

Pillar 1

Pillar 2

Pillar 3

Innovation Management

(at least 8 credits)

Asia Connect

(at least 8 credits)

Financing Strategy

(at least 4 credits)

  • FB6891 Strategic Issues on Fintech and Financial Services
  • FB6892 Strategic Innovation Management
  • FB6893 Innovations in Marketing
  • FB6894 Technology Management for Innovation
  • FB6801 Business Innovations in Asia: Field Study 1^
  • FB6802 Business Innovations in Asia: Field Study 2^
  • FB6803 Business Innovations in Asia: Field Study 3^ 
  • FB6804 Business Innovations in Asia: Field Study 4^ 
  • FB6895 Venture Capital and Private Equity Investing
  • FB6896 Strategies on Initial Public Offering and Debt Financing 
  • FB6897 Strategies on Merger, Acquisition and Turnaround
  • Each Cornerstone course under Pillars 1 to 3 carries 4 credit units.
  • A student is required to choose at least 10 courses from the above list.
  • Graduation requirements is 40 credits (minimum).

Elective Courses (subject to EMBA Programme Director’s approval)

Participants who wish to take the following elective course(s) to replace Cornerstone course(s) requirements must seek the EMBA Programme Director’s approval in advance.

  • FB6871 Global Advanced Management Workshop (3 credits) ^
  • FB6873 Innovation Internship 1 (2 credits) ^
  • FB6874 Innovation Internship 2 (2 credits) ^
  • FB6812 EMBA Consulting Project (4 credits)*
  • FB8001D Methodology for Applied Business Research I (3 credits)*
  • FB8002D Methodology for Applied Business Research II (3 credits)*
  • FB8004D Residential Workshop I (2 credits)* ^
  • Existing courses in EMBA(Chinese), EMBA(Chinese) with Public-Private Partnership concentration and other Master’s Degree programme of College of Business, CityU.

* Participants who wish to pursue CityU’s DBA programme after graduation must take FB6812, FB8001D, FB8002D and FB8004D as their elective courses. Block credit transfer of these courses (total: 12 credit units) to the DBA programme will be arranged upon successful completion of the courses, subject to the approval by EMBA & DBA Programme Directors.

^Participants need to pay extra cost of the Trip (depending on the destination) in addition to the credit unit fees required for the course(s).


  • A participant must achieve a CGPA of 2.00 or above and have no more than three courses with Grade C or below, or more than two courses with Grade D or below.
  • A minimum attendance requirement of 70% may be prescribed as part of the coursework assessment for courses of the EMBA programme at the discretion of individual lecturers.
  • The programme considers credit transfer in accordance to Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees. 

A course with 4 credit units will include the following learning activities:

  • Pre-class online study (around 40 hours):  Reading assignments, video watching assignments, video-taped lectures, quizzes, essays, and/or online tutorials.
  • Intensive class meeting (around 40 hours in 5 days): Seminars, workshops, class discussions, case studies, group presentations, expert sharing, and/or company visits.
  • Out-of-the-class work (around 80 hours):  Group projects, group discussions, individual reports, take-home examinations, quizzes, video-taped presentations, and/or online tutorials.  

A field study with 4 credit units will include the following learning activities:

  • Pre-tour online study (around 40 hours):  Reading assignments, video watching assignments, group discussions, quizzes, essays, and/or online tutorials
  • 5-day field study (around 40 hours):  Company visits and meetings with local professors, senior executives and EMBA learning partners of local universities.
  • Out-of-the-field-study work (around 80 hours):  Group projects, group discussions, individual reports, take-home examinations, quizzes, video-taped presentations and/or online tutorials.  
† 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.