Master of Science in Electronic Commerce



What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary to become IT professionals that are competent in evaluating and developing e-Commerce systems and services within a business context. In contrast to e-Commerce programmes offered elsewhere in Hong Kong, which tend to concentrate either on technology or business aspects, this programme takes a broad-based inter-disciplinary approach. Students will gain knowledge and skills in core business and technical related subjects, together with an in-depth understanding of the specific managerial, regulatory, and technical issues involved in the exploitation of e-Commerce. Students will also acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze, plan, design, develop, and maintain e-Commerce systems.

Upon completion of the programme, graduates should have attained skills and competencies in the following areas:

  • understanding of the technologies underpinning the implementation of e-Commerce systems;
  • ability to help evaluate and develop electronic commerce opportunities for business;
  • competence in evaluating and using software and security methodologies and tools in support of electronic commerce operations;
  • knowledge and skills to construct a variety of electronic commerce systems in support of service and business goals;
  • skills in the use of software technology to support accounting, marketing and analysis of electronic commerce operations; and
  • understanding of the legal environment surrounding e-Commerce, as well as changes in traditional marketing brought about by e-Commerce.

Course Description

The programme consists of 33 credit units of required courses and elective courses. Students are expected to complete the programme within 1 to 2 years.

The courses fall into one of the following categories:

  • business and legal aspects of e-commerce
  • e-commerce systems management and applications
  • technical knowledge and skills for developing e-commerce systems

The required courses are:

  • Computer Networks and Internets
  • Internet Application Development
  • Information Security for e-Commerce
  • Introduction to e-Commerce
  • e-Commerce Project
  • e-Business System Integration
  • Analysis and Design of e-Commerce Systems
  • e-Commerce Business Strategies and Management

A student must take all the 8 required courses. Up to 3 courses can be credit transferred (waived) based on the student's previous studies. There is a rich set of elective courses to choose from. Examples are:

  • Big Data Algorithms and Techniques
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Cyber Law
  • Data Warehousing & Data Mining
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Information Security Technology Management
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Multimedia Technologies & Applications
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Topics on eCommerce Technologies

Which department am I in?

College of Business

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year (3 semesters), Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$155,430.00 (16,49,055) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have:

  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a Computing discipline (e.g., Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology); or
  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a related discipline (e.g., Electronic Engineering, Economics and Finance, Applied Mathematics, Manufacturing Engineering, Business Information Technology) preferably with applicable IT experience; or
  • have obtained a good alternative qualification with substantial IT professional experience acceptable to the University; and
  • sufficient command of the English language.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • a score of 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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