Executive MBA - Hong Kong

Ivey Business School

Program Description

Executive MBA - Hong Kong

Ivey Business School

Executive MBA in Hong Kong

The Ivey Executive MBA program is an integrated management development experience that you will share in its entirety with your classmates.

The program is structured to give you both the critical elements of business leadership and an ability to deal with the complex cross-enterprise challenges facing organizations at home and abroad.

Our approach is practical, provides you immediate value, and is suited to experienced managers or professionals. Throughout the program, we challenge you to solve real problems faced by real managers.

Our curriculum is more than a list of courses, each taken independently. Instead we integrate our modules so you experience a program in its true sense.

This becomes particularly evident as we explore the complex cross-enterprise issues that organizations face today: launching new initiatives, entering new markets, integrating merged organizations, and so on. We call this “Real World Leadership”.

The Ivey Approach to Cases

Why are Cases Used to Teach and Learn at Ivey?

Business cases are the most effective way to bring business reality into the classroom. Cases allow for a focus on broad-based business issues rather than simply studying theory or examining narrow functional issues. Since 1922, cases have been the foundation of teaching and learning at Ivey. Ivey professors regularly develop new cases ensuring that the EMBA curriculum in Toronto and Hong Kong remains relevant and our faculty retains strong ties with the corporate world.

Ivey is the largest producer of cases after Harvard Business School, and the world’s foremost producer of Asian case studies. Top-tier Canadian and International business schools use Ivey case studies to support discussions on theory – at Ivey, the case is central to the learning method.

The Case Study Class – A Dynamic Environment

Business cases are carefully selected by faculty to facilitate discussions and teach specific business concepts. A typical case-class begins with the professor asking; "What are the challenges here?", "What are you going to do about them?" and "Why?"

The case class unfolds as a facilitated debate exploring the merits of various points of view. Ivey professors will then generalize beyond the specifics of a particular Ivey case situation to other contexts, concluding with a discussion of the implications for your own organization.

The Power of the Case Study Method

Through the experience of analyzing hundreds of business cases, the speed and agility with which you'll tackle business challenges will accelerate.

You will take away the technical skills and knowledge all business leaders need, as well as a deep-seated understanding of the sequence of steps required to assess a business challenge, make strategic decisions, and develop implementation plans with the perspective of how they impact all areas of an organization and beyond. And you will remember the lessons. Case method learning sticks in memory better and longer than other learning methods.

In addition to cases, Ivey employs a variety of techniques and resources, including special guest presentations, simulations, and demonstrations to provide you with a full spectrum of learning opportunities.

Time Commitment

Our Ivey participants tell us this program is rigorous and demanding. But definitely doable. Exactly the way they like it.

Including class time, expect to spend on average throughout the program about 20-25 hours/week on class work, team assignments and independent study. We would be pleased to speak with you and offer guidance on how to best fit the program into your current commitments.

A Flexible Format

Our distinctive format has been designed to allow maximum flexibility for those balancing the demands of business travel, work, family and career.

The Ivey EMBA starts every August. It is an 18-month, weekend based experience. With the exception of two mandatory in-residence periods, all classes take place during non-work hours. Our weekend based schedule allows executives from around Asia to be in our class.

Location and Facilities

In-Residence & Regular Weekend Classes (in Hong Kong)

Classes for the 2-week In-Residence at the start of the EMBA and for the 22 class weekends are held at Ivey’s permanent campus, custom built at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

This state-of-the-art facility was specifically designed and built to meet the needs of our EMBA participants and includes two case-teaching classrooms with 100-person seating capacity and eleven breakout rooms.

Joint-Residence (in Canada)

This 1-week Joint-Residence with Ivey’s Canadian EMBA class is held at Ivey's Spencer Leadership Centre, located in London, Ontario next to the University of Western Ontario campus. For these modules, you will stay and study at Spencer, our world-class executive conference centre.

Your accommodations, classroom facilities, meals and amenities are of the highest quality and provide an effective and efficient learning environment. The cost of the residential stays and airfare to and back from Canada is included in your tuition fees.


At Ivey, we believe the application process should be simple, straightforward and supportive. That’s why we have streamlined the process to ensure the best possible fit between the program and applicant.

Step #1 — Send Us Your Résumé

Email or fax your résumé to us for a preliminary assessment as to whether the Ivey EMBA program is the right fit for you. We will review it and let you know within two to three business days if you are likely to be a successful candidate and what your admission requirements will be.

Step #2 — Start An Application

If the Ivey EMBA is a good match for you, your next step is work on your application. You don’t have to complete all application documents all at once as you can submit the various components as you go — just get started with the application form and we’ll help you with all of the steps from there forward, assisting with such details as:

  • understanding application details
  • making your case for support to your organization
  • finding the right people to fill out the evaluation forms

To start the process, submit the following:

  • Application form, including your employment history
  • Application fee – This fee (HK$1,500) is not refundable nor can it be applied against tuition in the event of admission
  • Copy of Hong Kong ID Card or Passport

We are dedicated to helping you put together a thorough and accurate submission in order to maximize your chances of success.

Step #3 — Assemble Your Supporting Documents

Then prepare or arrange for the following documents to be submitted to complete your application:

  • Three application essay questions – these are open ended questions that have been designed to provide the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your learning objectives and expectations.
  • Two completed evaluation forms to be submitted directly by your evaluators – these individuals will supply supporting evidence of your professional experience, abilities and character.
  • Two official transcripts to be sent directly from all post-secondary institutions you attended – the Ivey EMBA does admit a small number of individuals that do not have an undergraduate degree, but have extensive managerial experience.
    GMAT and / or TOEFL score, if required.

An interview with our Dean in Asia is required. If you wish, she will also meet with your employer and/or your spouse or partner.

Your application will be evaluated against a broad range of factors from work experience to references. As soon as your application file is complete you will be notified and your file will be sent to the Admissions Committee. You will be notified of their decision typically within one week.

We are here to help. If you think the Ivey EMBA program is a good match with your background and goals, we’d encourage you to explore further.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 22, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
18 months
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Hong Kong Hong Kong
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