MSc in ISTM is for graduates with an engineering or business background, who want to acquire both the cutting-edge IT proficiency and gain a solid foundation in technology management.

To complete the programme, you will need to attain 30 units of coursework, comprising of 12-unit required courses, 9-unit option core courses and 9-unit elective courses. All courses offered by MSc in ISTM are equivalent to 3 units each.

Depending on the background, interest and career direction, students can choose to take more technical courses, managerial courses, or a balance of both, from the optional core courses and elective courses. To provide a broader knowledge base, students are also allowed to take one out-of-curriculum course offered by other Master’s programmes in CUHK Business School or the Faculty of Engineering.

Programme schedule

Full-time programme (1 year)

PRE-TERM | August (orientation activities and/or foundation course)
1ST TRIMESTER | September-December
2nd TRIMESTER | December-March
3rd TRIMESTER | March-June

Course list

  • Required courses (Total 4 courses / 12 units)

    Offered by DOT Department
    • Strategic Information Systems
    • Statistical Analysis

    Offered by IE Department
    • Software Design and Development
    • Data Communications and Networking

  • Optional core courses (Total 3 courses / 9 units)

    You should take three courses from the six optional cores (at least one course from each department).
    Student are allowed to take more than three optional core courses, which can be used to fulfill the elective course requirements (Subject to class capacity and director’s approval)

    Offered by DOT Department
    • Business Intelligence Techniques and Applications
    • Database and Big Data Management
    • Project Management

    Offered by IE Department
    • Cryptography, Information Security and Privacy
    • Data Science in Practice
    • Internet of Thing and Smart Applications

  • Elective courses (Total 9 units)

    Offered by DOT Department
    • Advanced Information Systems Practicum
    • Fintech and Its Applications
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Blockchain and Its Application
    • Selected Topics of Information and Technology Management
    • Any ONE 3-unit course offered by MSc in Business Analytics, subject to seat availability and approval by respective Prodgramme Directors

    Offered by IE Department
    • Emerging Communication Technologies
    • Technology Strategy
    • Social Media Analytics
    • Emerging Topics in Information Engineering
    • Advanced Research and Development Project
    • Any ONE 3-unit IEMS-coded course offered by MSc Programme in Information Engineering, subject to seat availability and approval by respective Programme Directors.

    Offered by CUHK Business School / Faculty of Engineering
    • You may take any course up to 3 units offered by other Master’s programmes under CUHK Business School or Faculty of Engineering, subject to seat availability and approval by respective Programme Directors.

Graduation requirements

Your performance is assessed based on exams and assignments, according to CUHK’s grading system.

To graduate, you must complete the prescribed coursework and achieve a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.50.
Students who obtain a cumulative GPA below 2.50 in the term assessment will be put on academic probation. If the probation is not lifted after two consecutive terms, the student will be required to discontinue his or her studies.

Students who receive a grade D+ or below in a course must repeat the course or take an approved substitute course.

Dean’s List

Students in the top 20 percentile who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or above are eligible to be on the Dean’s List. These students will be issued a Dean’s List Certificate and the honour will be recorded on their academic transcripts.

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