Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

2F, Tower E3, Oriental Plaza, 1 East
Chang An Avenue
Beijing , 100738, P. R. China,
Admissions: 010-85188858*3060

If you want a deep dive into the culture and the ways of doing business in China, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business’ 14-month MBA program is very good choice. The school is one of the few in China that delivers an MBA completely in English.

Launched in 2002 by Hong Kong Tycoon Li Ka-shing, Cheung Kong now counts more than 2,000 graduates from its MBA, EMBA, and executive development programs. Its MBA program, located in a historic and charming 70-year-old German-style villa compound in Shanghai, ranks highly in BusinessWeek’s survey of the best Asian business schools. Cheung Kong’s executive MBA program is based in a gleaming office complex in the heart of Beijing, when is known for its high-caliber graduates, including many of China’s top entrepreneurs. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 3,000 Chinese business leaders at the CEO and Chairman level, whose companies together generated more than $1 trillion in revenue or 13.7% of China’s entire GDP. If the companies managed by CKGSB’s alumni network were a nation, the school says it would be the 16th largest economy on earth.

The full-time MBA program begins with three weeks of pre-term courses in September followed by a schedule that consists of four terms, with eight consecutive modules. Each term is comprised of two modules. The first four modules cover required business fundamentals (economics, finance/investment, marketing, strategy, management, and operations), and form the core curriculum. Modules 5 through 6 and Module 8 provide a wide range of business electives, allowing students to pursue their particular career development needs. Module 7 (China module) includes an intensive three-week selection of elective seminars covering business topics in China. The electives all touch upon relevant business ideas in China, and include unique courses such as Confucian Humanism, which instills an understanding of the ethical context for Chinese business. The school also offers free Chinese lessons to all international students.

Students also are put into teams to engage in consulting projects to help solve real-world business challenges. Working with support from participating organizations and faculty, students are able to translate classroom learning into professional, on-the-job experience. Depending on the project, students may work for a multinational, private company, state-owned enterprise, or nonprofit. Participating organizations have included IBM, GE Healthcare and Kemet Corporation. Typical consulting projects develop solutions related to strategic planning, marketing and feasibility studies, financial analysis, and operational evaluations. Though participation in a consulting project is not required, the vast majority of MBA students choose to take part in the program, which takes place in early summer.

As part of the curriculum, all students will take part in an overseas module that allow them to study with one of the school’s education partners, which includes Columbia Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Management, Cornell University’s Johnson School, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and the Indian School of Business.

For incoming MBA students in 2012, roughly 22% of the candidates are from outside China. Students bring five years of work experience with them to the program and have an average age of 29. The ages of students generally range from 24 to 36. The average GMAT score for the class was 670 in 2012.

In addition to the MBA program, CKGSB also offers a Chinese-language Executive MBA program; a Chinese-language, part-time Finance MBA program; and many high-level executive education courses.

The school makes living in China as easy as possible for MBA students. It offers student apartments in the vicinity of campus. Students can also choose to rent their own apartments nearby.

Tuition & Fees: $61,660
Mean GMAT: 670
GMAT Range: NA
Average GPA:  NA
Acceptance Rate: NA

Full-Time Enrollment: NA
International: 22%
Female: NA
Mean Age: 29

Median Base Salary: NA
Median Signing Bonus: NA
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: NA
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: NA

From Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business:

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is China’s leading independent, faculty-governed business school. Founded on November 22, 2002 with the help of a generous donation from the Li Ka-Shing Foundation, CKGSB has achieved world-wide renowned for its alumni, research and faculty.

As China’s first private business school, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) will teach you the ins and outs of the world’s fastest-growing major economy while providing a solid grounding in the theory and practice of international business and management.

Whether you’re looking for a career in China, or just want to gain a world-class management education while expanding your horizons and coming to grips with a different way of doing business, the CKGSB MBA is the program for you. Join us in Beijing to learn how to make China’s success into your success.

The CKGSB Difference

•  14 Month, Full-Time English Language Program. Our exclusive and international MBA program brings you together with peers from around the world to help you learn to succeed in your chosen career. Read more.

•  World-Class Faculty. Our over two dozen full-time faculty resident in China joined us from the faculty of the world’s top business schools. Their extensive research and consulting experience at the world’s largest companies give their teaching unmatched “on-the-ground” practical value. Read more.

•  A Global Curriculum with a China Focus. Our courses combine international business theory with case studies tailored to the Chinese market, facilitating the understanding and integration of Eastern and Western management theory business practice. Read more.

•  An International Experience. Over 50% of our students each year take part in exchange programs to top business schools in the United States, Spain, France, Korea, and Japan, while inbound exchanges enable CKGSB students to work on projects in a truly cross-cultural environment. Read more.

•  The Most Powerful Alumni Network in the Region. Our alumni include the most elite Chinese business leaders, such as Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Fosun’s Guo Guangchang, and Huayi Bros.’ Dennis Wang, while our Country Manager program attracts the top multinationals in China. Read more.

•  Scholarships Available. CKGSB is a non-profit institution with a mission of developing future business leaders. We are pleased to offer partial and full scholarships to qualified applicants. Read more.

Campus Location

CKGSB’s main campus is based in Beijing, a city with 2,500 years of history that now stands at the center of economic and political changes taking place in China.

Beijing, the capital of China for most of the past 600 hundred years, is the political, cultural, and educational center of the nation. Beijing has long absorbed immigrants from every province of China, and now increasingly attracts newcomers from throughout Asia and the wider world. The city underwent a major construction boom and undertook many beautification projects leading up to the 2008 Olympics, and since then, the pace of change has remained extraordinarily rapid. Ancient sights, such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and narrow hutong lanes, now vie for attention with avant-garde international architecture. But despite the accelerating changes, there is no question that Beijing continues to represent the very heart of China.

The Cheung Kong Beijing campus is located in Oriental Plaza, Beijing’s premier office complex, which houses the Grand Hyatt and is located at the heart of Wangfujing, China’s most famous shopping area. The Beijing campus is just a short walk from Tiananmen Square.

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Why Earn an MBA in Beijing

  • Nerve Center of Business and Politics

Based in the capital city of Beijing, CKGSB’s MBA program is well situated to analyze the practical realities of business in China, where commerce often intersects with politics. MBA students study the role of state-owned enterprise as well as private companies and multinationals in the China market. Students also consider the impact of government policies on corporate growth strategies, both at home and abroad.

  • Home to China’s Business and Policy Elites

The program’s location offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with an influential group of Chinese nationals and expatriates – some of whom serve as visiting lecturers at the CKGSB campus. Beijing is home to China’s most powerful officials and the leaders of its increasingly global state-owned enterprises. It serves as headquarters for many top multinationals, and has become a frequent stopping-off point for economists and thinkers from the U.S., Europe, and the rest of Asia.

  • Standard-Setter in Chinese Culture

The Forbidden City and the Great Wall are just a few of the many historic sites that attest to Beijing’s long-standing global wealth and influence. Today, the city’s creative modern art and music scenes attract attention from around the world. Even Beijing-accented Mandarin is considered the model to emulate, which is why many serious foreign students of the Chinese language choose to study in the capital.


CKGSB’s greatest strength is its faculty, which includes a growing number of world-class academics who have joined from the faculties of such schools as Wharton, Stanford, New York University, and Yale. The school’s professors publish research in top academic journals at rates comparable with those of top 20 business schools worldwide. In addition, many faculty members were raised in China before studying at leading universities abroad. Their bi-cultural perspective makes them uniquely positioned to help Westerners understand business in China’s fast-changing market.

Career Services

Job searching is a time-consuming and at times difficult process, but also an ultimately rewarding one that allows students to learn more about themselves. The Career Management Center (CMC) takes pride in offering full support along the way.

The CMC helps students:

  • Set career goals through self-assessment tools and personalized career counseling
  • Broaden career horizons through discussion forums, executive talks, employer presentations, and company visits
  • Build career development skills through group workshops and one-on-one mock interview sessions
  • Make use of resources through networking events, mentorship programs, Diversified Consulting Projects, and on-campus job fairs

Student Voices

Xiaofei Shen , MBA ’11 intake:

The CKGSB MBA will be the perfect bridge from where I am to where I want to be. The world class faculty and cutting edge courses will provide me a perfect academic supplement to my physics major. Moreover CKGSB will provide me a chance to experience western culture and teaching methodology while at the same time remaining at the frontier of the Chinese market, acquiring knowledge of management practices from both Greater China and around the globe. Additionally, with the vast network of Chinese CKGSB alumni and the schools rapid international expansion, I will be able to refine my vision, build corporate alliances, and establish relationships for the long-term.

Jian Hui , MBA ’11 intake:

I believe that as a member of CKGSB MBA, I will benefit from the program both scholastically and personally. On one hand CKGSB draws the whole picture of the real business world to students through its diverse cultural environment, including world-class professors, outstanding alumni and excellent students with different backgrounds. On the other hand, CKGSB also provides up-to-date insight on business trends as well as many opportunities for its students to continually develop an extensive interpersonal network through the mentorship program, annual forums in Sanya and Kunming, and the wide selection of alumni association events.

Jie Tu , MBA ’11 intake:

With its top-ranked faculty and unique faculty-governed philosophy, CKGSB will help me learn the globalization strategies of Chinese companies as well as analyze the competition and collaboration among state-owned enterprises, private businesses and multinationals. Additionally, on top of developing life-long friendships with my classmates, greater China’s most powerful alumni network will give me a platform to engage with China’s business leaders, both of which will benefit me for a long time to come. That’s why I chose CKGSB.

Hao Gang, MBA ’11 intake:

With its world-class professors and fast-growing China market context, CKGSB offers those who aspire to be a business leader international cutting-edge concepts and fresh research on the Chinese market. A close-knit network among alumni and genuine friendships between classmates makes CKGSB a family that I can benefit from. I further believe that the intensive, accelerated one-year program is the right choice to sharpen my business skills in a cost effective and time efficient manner.

Sergey Popov, MBA ’10 intake:

Coming from Moscow to Beijing was a major decision for me, but with the continued growth in bilateral relations between Russia and China, it was not a difficult decision. The China Module, delivered by CKGSB’s leading faculty, has left me in little doubt about the incredible opportunities for those expatriates willing to truly engage with the Chinese market. After this experience with the CKGSB China module, I truly believe CKGSB is the leading school for Chinese insight.

Maxence Perret, MBA ’10 intake:

Through its condensed program and bespoke sized class, CKGSB offered me a challenging and really valuable learning experience. The quality of the professors as well as their accessibility during and after the classes helped me to gain great business knowledge and increase my understanding of China. Furthermore, the 12 months of intensive immersion in China is without a doubt the best way to not only understand the unique attributes of this great country and economy, but also build an unmatched local network.

To learn more about CKGSB, we encourage you to browse through the website, correspond with a current student and if possible, make a visit to our campus located in the heart of Beijing.

For Admissions Inquiries, please contact:

Robert Welch
International Marketing & Admissions Manager
Tel: 010-85188858*3060

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