MBA Program


The Hong Kong MBA enables participants to integrate a rigorous and thorough management education with the demands of a full-time job. The program is designed to be completed in less than two years while you maintain your full-time employment.

Courses throughout the MBA curriculum use case analyses, distinguished guest speakers, and integrated technology. Our faculty bring their own professional business expertise and outstanding academic credentials to the Hong Kong MBA courses that they teach. Your business experiences and the experiences and knowledge of your classmates also enhances class discussions. Students complete 15 courses: nine core courses and six elective courses that are required in all of the Tippie MBA programs.

Core Courses

Within the Hong Kong MBA, students must complete the following nine required or core courses.

Corporate Financial Reporting
Interpretation and analysis of financial information. Framework for understanding contemporary financial reporting practices, the focus that shape those practices, and how those practices influence the usefulness of financial information in applied decision settings. Topics are organized around three modules: (1) measurement rules and bookkeeping procedures for production of corporate financial statements and use of the information for credit decisions; (2) strengths and weaknesses of alternative accounting methods and financial disclosures; and (3) analysis for valuation purposes.

Business Analytics
Introduction to techniques of quantitative modeling and statistical analysis for management decision making. A unifying element of the course is the use of Excel to perform various kinds of analysis in a spreadsheet environment. Major topics include decision analysis, statistical inference, regression, and linear programming. The course also develops required background material in probability.

International Economic Environment of the Firm
Basic determinants of aggregate output, employment, wages, unemployment, consumption, investment, international trade flows, interest rates, exchange rates, prices, and inflation in open economies; sources and nature of economic growth; effects of domestic and foreign monetary and fiscal policies; effects of trade and exchange rate policies.

Managerial Economics
Modules of consumer and firm behavior with applications; market equilibrium and structure; pricing decisions and strategy.

Management in Organizations
How to explain, predict, and influence behavior in organizations; decision making, leadership, communication, group skills in management positions; motivation, teams, organizational culture, organizational design, individual differences, organizational change.

Operations Management
Planning and decision making associated with the management of an organization's operations. Operations management, planning and decision-making activities; insights into the basic trade-offs associated with operations management decisions; tools and techniques for helping operations managers implement their decisions and reach their goals. Topics include: production and service delivery strategy, capacity planning, product and process design, total quality management, demand management, production and service planning, scheduling, materials control, emerging production and service technologies.

Marketing Management
Concepts, principles, and models of marketing. The relationship between marketing and other functional areas of business. Emphasis on how the marketing manager can achieve desired outcomes with the target market. Includes analyzing marketing opportunities; researching and selecting target markets; developing marketing strategies; planning marketing programs; and organizing, implementing, and controlling the marketing effort.

Managerial Finance
Provides an overview of the basic concepts and principles of financial management and insight into the decision-making process of financial managers. Topics include: the time value of money, the tradeoff between risk and return valuation techniques, capital budgeting, capital structure, and the role of financial markets. Emphasizes the mathematical tools of financial decision making and reasoning and concepts in appropriately applying these tools.

Strategic Management and Business Policy
The capstone strategy course for the MBA program. Discussion of strategic business frameworks as applied to a comprehensive computer-based business simulation. In the simulation, students apply concepts and tools from earlier courses to manage their "virtual" company. These companies in turn compete in a common marketplace. Students learn to think, act, and communicate strategically. Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses.


Students in the Hong Kong MBA are required to take six electives during their course of study. A number of electives are offered throughout the year. The following list includes some of the courses that may be available to you during your enrollment. We cannot guarantee that all of these courses are available every year.

Real Estate Finance and Investments: Develop an in-depth understanding of concepts and techniques of real estate financial analysis, equity investment decision making; real estate investing from analysis of developments through the securitization of mortgages; mortgage markets and pricing, real estate finance and investments, mortgage-backed securities, development process, real estate valuation, tax effects, securitized real estate, real estate cycles, application of derivative instruments, strategic asset allocation.

International Finance: Introduction to structure and functioning of global financial markets; currency market, international equity markets; use of derivatives in currency risk management for corporate and investment needs; corporate investment decisions in an international context.

Management & Organizations
Maximizing Team Performance: Current approaches to implementing effective teams within organizations; team selection and formation, group dynamics, facilitation skills, performance and obstacle management.

Dynamics of Negotiations: Exploration of the predictable aspects and dynamics of bargaining experiences. Much of the learning is done through simulations and experiential exercises to foster the skills needed for effective negotiation in almost any situation.

Leadership & Personal Development: Major theories; determinants of leader effectiveness, personal and career success; practical development of leadership, managerial skills to enhance individual, organizational effectiveness.

Ethics & the Law: Laws affecting employers and employees, such as regulatory health and safety policies, unemployment and retirement benefits, and employment discrimination including hiring, termination, testing issues.

Brand Management: Strategies for building, leveraging, and defending brands; principles of consumer behavior, how they relate to building brand identity and equity; branding of consumer goods and services.

International Marketing: Domestic versus international perspective; identification and evaluation of opportunities and risks in non-U.S. markets; research problems in global markets; effects of international organizations, foreign exchange, macroeconomic policies, local law, and cultural differences on consumer behavior and marketing decisions; multinational versus global marketing strategies (entry, product adaptation, channel logistics, pricing, promotion); emphasis on practical applications.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Exploration of the entrepreneurial process from conception to birth of a new venture. Students discover the attributes of successful entrepreneurs, explore issues of innovation and creativity, recognition of opportunity, venture screening, identification of resources, feasibility analysis.

Course Offerings

The program requires completion of 15 courses. Each course combines online work both before and after two weekends in Hong Kong. A typical class meets 30 hours for lectures, preceded and followed by web-based tutorials. The courses involve case studies, team projects, guest speakers, and real-world applications. A new course begins approximately every 6 weeks. Students should be aware that there is overlap between courses as one ends and another begins.

Each cycle of courses includes the 9 core courses and 6 elective course offerings. The electives vary by cycle and include all areas of business, such as entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. The goal of the Tippie MBA is to develop a well-rounded, global business leader and the variety of electives helps achieve this.

Students' plans of study may differ depending on which class in the program they begin with. Depending on the start date of the program, a student may graduate in 15-20 months if he/she completes each course consecutively and does not defer any courses. If a student chooses to defer a course, he/she must keep in mind that it will delay completion of the degree.

We encourage students not to defer core courses as they provide preparation for future electives. Also, elective courses vary by cycle and may not be repeated in the next cycle. If there is a particular elective a student is interested in, he/she should not defer it as it may not be available again during his/her plan of study.

The latest schedule of classes is available below.

Course Schedule

Weeks 1-2
Online reading and assignments
Week 3
Saturday-Sunday Class
Monday-Friday Individual and group work
Week 4
Saturday-Sunday Class
Week 5-6
Online assignments

International Experiences

Hong Kong MBA students who wish to do so may join one of the international trips offered through the Tippie Professional MBA Program (PMBA). These optional study trips offer the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the international business environment and the role of culture in world trade through an intensive study-abroad experience. The Iowa PMBA International Programs normally consist of a two-week study trip and include a seminar and academic excursions to international business and cultural centers.

Typically offered biannually in early January and mid-May, PMBA International Programs are designed and taught by Iowa faculty supplemented by guest lecturers from the host country. Participants earn 3 semester hours of credit. Course offerings vary with each trip but are normally elective courses for Hong Kong MBA students. Past trips include China, Germany, Greece, and Italy.

Hong Kong MBA students would pay tuition for this course to CEG as usual. In addition, students are responsible for the program fee, which covers hotel expenses, ground transportation, and some meals. Students are also responsible for their own airfare to the class location. If you are interested in participating in one of these trips, please contact the University of Iowa program director for more information.

Semester in Iowa

Hong Kong MBA students may be eligible to enroll in classes on campus for one semester. Advance planning is important. If you are interested in pursuing this option, contact the HK MBA program as soon as possible for details regarding procedures.

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