The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Science Program in Information Systems Management

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Course Information

Registration period
2 Sep 2022 (Fri) - 2 Sep 2024 (Mon)
HKD 240,000
Study Mode
2 Year(s)

Course Overview

As Hong Kong has moved from a manufacturing and export-based economy to a service-based economy, the demand for support of services has surged. The delivery of services on an international scale calls for adequate information systems support.  

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Information Systems Management is designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for middle and senior level information systems professionals. The program provides management training which enables business and non-business students to harness technology-enabled business innovations. Students gain technology management skills from a wide spectrum of thematic courses.

The program offers two optional concentrations: Financial Technology (FinTech) and Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These concentrations provide specialized training to assist graduate preparing to work in specified fields, while maintaining a high degree of overall program flexibility.


To keep abreast with the latest technology innovations, students also attend enrichment seminars by leading business practitioners. With this training and exposure, graduates are able to accelerate their professional careers.


On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze the core issues and identify critical factors for business decision-making; 
  2. Solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques;
  3. Solve business problems from alternative and innovative perspectives;
  4. Defend reasoned solutions to business problems, includes addressing time, information, and resource constraints;
  5. Demonstrate information technology foundation skills in database, system engineering, programming, and network administration;
  6. Manage information technology projects and apply project management skills and capabilities in the context of large-scale information systems projects;
  7. Examine various types of IS applications and their benefits within the organizations; 
  8. Interpret technical, organizational and managerial issues related to the use of information systems technology;
  9. Demonstrate management skills in the use of technical foundation knowledge in the context of information technology management issues;
  10. Analyze business information with information technology efficiently and effectively;
  11. Facilitate business innovations via the use of information systems;
  12. Interpret current technology trends and develop plans to leverage these trends; and
  13. Speak with end-users and other stakeholders about core technologies in information systems using relevant and audience appropriate technical and business language.

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements.  Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements
Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

TOEFL-iBT: 80*

TOEFL-pBT: 550

TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

their first language is English, or

they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Additional Information
Applicants are recommended to present a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT, with a strong showing in both quantitative and verbal skills.
For the full-time program, applicants with work experience will have an advantage.
For the part-time program, at least two years of full-time post-qualification work experience is preferred.


What You’ll Learn


Students are allowed to graduate with no concentration, one concentration, or two concentrations. Students claiming a second concentration will be required to complete 34 credits in total for graduation.

1. Financial Technology Concentration

Students are required to take 8 credits (4 courses) from the list of electives in Financial Technology to graduate with the Financial Technology Concentration designation. Courses to be selected and approved by the Academic Director.

2. Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

Students are required to take 8 credits (4 courses) from the list of electives in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to graduate with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration designation. Courses to be selected and approved by the Academic Director.

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