The core curriculum consists of a series of compulsory courses, covering essential managerial foundation skills, business fundamentals, and special topics in China management (see brief course descriptions below; click to see course outlines):

Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Economics and Decision Sciences
Finance and Accounting
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

Concentration & Electives

Overseas Electives

During the first academic year, a choice of overseas electives are offered to enhance student's global perspectives. Each module includes lectures, company visits and workshops with leading professors. Click below to read about our recent overseas electives.


Students can opt for a general management focus or specialise in up to two concentrations in Finance, Marketing, Strategy Management or Digital Business by taking elective courses as required. Students who participate in international exchange and wish to take a concentration are advised to take full advantage of the courses offered by exchange partner schools which excel in Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship or Digital Business.

To qualify for any of the concentration, students must complete 10 credits from that specific subject area. 

Elective Courses

Students are given the opportunity to specialise in their areas of interest. A tentative list of elective courses includes:

Electives in Finance & Accounting:

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Private Equity Investment Committee
  • ESG in Action: Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

Electives in Marketing:

  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Digital Marketing & Analytics
  • Market Access in Pharmaceutical: Theory and Practices
  • Marketing to Organisations
  • Go to Market Strategies
  • Pharmaceutical Industry in China

Electives in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management: 

  • Human Resource Management
  • Creativity and Design Thinking
  • Leadership and Acting-Unleashing your Leadership Potential through Acting Techniques
  • Leadership: Developing High Performing Teams and Organisations
  • Leadership in Action

Electives in Strategy and Entrepreneurship:

  • International Entrepreneurship
  •  Innovation ManagementIndustry and Competitive Analysis
  •  Uncover the Origins of Firm Competitive Advantage The Rise and Make of a Global Innovation Hub Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Rethinking Strategy in a Digital World
  • Negotiation

Electives in Economics/Decision Science: 

  • Managerial Decision Making Across Boundaries
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Information Technology in the New Economy

*The subjects above may not be offered every year. Adjustments are made based on students' demand and faculty availability.

Integrated China Strategy Project (ICSP)

The ICSP is a major part of the CEIBS MBA programme in which all second year students are required to participate. It is a high-level group consulting project which CEIBS MBA students undertake for CEIBS sponsor firms and others. Under the guidance of CEIBS senior faculty advisers, students work in teams to help companies to address important strategic issues from a new perspective and develop innovative, effective and practical solutions. It also provides students with insight into the realities of specific industries and specialisations that could help shape their career plans, and help them understand the unique challenges of operating in China's business environment

Typical Projects

  • Develop the entry strategy for a new market.
  • Evaluate business unit R&D portfolio.
  • Improve and expand supplier relationships.
  • Clarify competitive positioning for a business unit.
  • Recommend entry options into a new business sector.


One-Year Option

In 2015, the CEIBS MBA launched a new "One-Year Programme" option, offering a shorter and more intensive form of study for selected students.  Core courses are taken along with our standard 16-month programme participants, and extra electives are front-loaded during the latter part of the first year in order to complete the required amount of credits for graduation within the 12-month period.  Due to the highly intensive nature of this programme, students will have less time to participate in career development and extracurricular activities offered for the standard length programme.   

Target Candidates & Application Procedure:

  • This programme is ideal for company-sponsored students, entrepreneurs, next generation family business members, students with job opportunities in hand after graduation, or international students who are not necessarily seeking to work in China after graduation.
  • Applications for interested students are to be submitted for appraisal after commencement of the MBA.