Master of Global Management


Program Description


The HKU One-year Master of Global Management (MGM) programme is designed for young graduates in private and public sectors who have opportunities and/or aspirations to deal with management issues in global contexts. Worldwide, companies are understanding that cultural and gender diversity in the workforce improves performance. This is the direction they are taking and in 2020 The University of Hong Kong will introduce a new Master of Global Management programme to meet this change. There is no doubt about it. McKinsey’s 2018 Report ‘Delivery through Diversity’ links diversity to financial performance and companies have been realising that diversity is a competitive advantage and a key enabler of growth. It’s not just the multinationals but smaller companies with global ambitions which are looking for graduates who can work with them in these changing settings. The programme is designed precisely for fresh graduates and young professionals who want to start their careers in a culturally vigorous and demanding workplace and learn how to manage and work with people from a widening spread of backgrounds.

The HKU Master of Global Management focuses on the critical subset of skills that correlate to leadership success, particularly in a multicultural structure. Problem-solving, which involves selecting, analyzing and considering information, is more difficult than it seems and is essential to good decisions. Being orientated towards results, beyond purely vision and objectives, leads to efficiency and productivity. Open-mindedness is needed to absorb change, encourage employee ideas, balance stakeholders’ interests and sift the important from the trivial. And you must be a supportive manager; show genuine interest, build trust with colleagues, and get involved in group work to reassure employees and consolidate energies. Qualification with the structure and values of this programme is what companies are looking for to extend their business across boundaries. The ability to support others working in a collaborative and global environment is what many entry-level job announcements are asking for. This Full-time, one-year Master of Global Management programme answers that call.

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, HKU is the oldest and most well-known tertiary institution in Hong Kong. While embracing its rich heritage and traditions, HKU endeavours to drive pioneering research and develop the next generation of world-class leaders.


The curriculum is built on three groups of modules that incorporate individual, organizational and national knowledge pertinent to the effective management of global issues. The courses will be delivered by faculty members from HKU and another top overseas university as well as highly experienced top executives. To graduate from our programme, you need to complete a total of 10 six-credit courses (60 credits), comprising 6 core courses (36 credits) and 4 elective courses (24 credits). Out of those 4 elective courses, at least 1 elective course has to be chosen from MGM and up to 3 elective courses^ may be taken from other taught the postgraduate programme offered by the Faculty.

^Up to three elective courses may be taken from other taught postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty, subject to availability and review by the Programme Director based on your profile, capabilities, and performance in the MGM programme.

Duration of Study and Class Schedule

The curriculum extends over a minimum of one academic year to a maximum of two academic years for full-time study. Students normally finish the programme in one academic year. Classes are conducted on weekdays (morning/afternoon/evening) and Saturdays (morning/afternoon) at the HKU Cyberport Campus, our Admiralty Town Centre or other venues.

Modular Structure

Courses are offered on a modular basis to allow students to focus on one area of study at a time. Normally, each module lasts for 6-7 weeks including the examination week. All courses are taught in English.

Capstone Course

This core course, held at the end of the programme, allows you to integrate and apply the knowledge and techniques that you have learned in previous courses. You work with a team of classmates using real-world cases and contribute to every stage of the project.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete 10 six-credit courses (60 credits). Those who have failed a core course are required to retake it. If the failed course is an elective, another elective can be chosen as a substitute. To graduate from our programme, the number of failed courses over the entire period of study cannot exceed two, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above must be achieved.

Career Prospects

A significant number of organizations look for job applicants with general management skills including global management as the capability to manage global business issues will have increasing importance for employees in Hong Kong and wherever globalization is taking place.

Industry Demand

According to Hong Kong government statistics, the number of foreign companies registered in Hong Kong has been on the rise in the last five years. And an increasing number of organizations have been active in dealing with diversity issues, including cultural ones. At present, over 8,700 overseas and Mainland companies have offices in Hong Kong, of which about half are regional headquarters and offices. With expanding globalization, even younger employees have to be equipped to deal with colleagues, suppliers and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. In the market itself, the jobs available to global management graduates include, among others, consultant trainees, managerial trainees and general management trainees.

Career Development

Senior business practitioners will be invited to share the ins and outs of the global business during classes and seminars. Professional workshops and coaching sessions are also available to propel your career trajectory. A range of career activities and resources will be offered to prepare you for career advancement:

  • Career workshops on the strategic interview, resume writing, personal branding, etc
  • Industry talks by senior business professionals
  • Individual career coaching sessions
  • HKU Internal Job Board
  • HKU Career Fair

You will come up with an ideal career strategy with professional advice from experienced coaches, improve your job hunting skills and professional image to land the job, and get invaluable industry insights from seasoned business professionals.

Admissions Schedule

Application for Intake 2020 is about to begin (the application system will open in early September 2019).

Application Deadlines:

  • Round 1: 12:00 noon (HKT), October 22, 2019
  • Round 2: 12:00 noon (HKT), December 30, 2019
  • Round 3: 12:00 noon (HKT), February 13, 2020

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to our programme, you must:

  • Hold a recognized Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • Obtain statements from two referees, regarding suitability for the programme; and
  • Obtain a TOEFL/IELTS score if you are not from an English-medium university

Minimum score requirement: TOEFL: 80 | IELTS: 6 (with no subtest below 5.5) GMAT/GRE scores are not required, but candidates with a good GMAT/ GRE score will be favourably considered.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Tracing its roots back over a century, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) today proudly stands as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. And with it, the Faculty of Business and E ... Read More

Tracing its roots back over a century, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) today proudly stands as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. And with it, the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) has grown to become a widely recognised and respected business school in the region. Read less
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