Programme Aims and Objectives

The Financial and Intelligent Technology (FIT) Stream aims to train students in the domains of intelligent business technology, of which financial technology is the most well-known and representative application. Financial and intelligent technology hold the potential to revolutionize traditional business operations and lead to more innovative products, solutions, and processes, which creates value for business and society.

The FIT Stream is offered to applicants with an intermediate IT/IS or Finance/Accounting knowledge (such as completion of fundamental related courses at the undergraduate level or with relevant working experience); and aims to complement each student’s skills to a complete set to face challenges in financial and intelligent technology applications. The FIT Stream focuses on developing their capability to integrate intelligent technology with business domain knowledge. By doing so, graduates can excel in careers in managerial, technical, or innovative architect positions in their specialized business domains, such as in financial industry.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following to be eligible for admission:
  • hold a recognized Bachelor's degree from one of the tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong funded by the University Grant Committee (UGC), or equivalent, with intermediate level knowledge on IT/IS or Finance/ Accounting (such as completion of fundamental related courses at the undergraduate level or with related working experience)

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 score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “STEM” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 3 fellowship awards (shared with the Management Information Systems Stream). Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships. 

Course Description

Core Courses (15 credits within the group)

  • Business Data Analytics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Management Support and Business Intelligence Systems
  • Project Management and Quality assurance

Electives (15 credits)

  • Analytical Programming with Python
  • Big Data & Social Media Analytics
  • Blockchain Technology and Business Applications
  • Business Practice Internship
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia
  • Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Investment
  • Information Technology Leadership Forum
  • Introduction to Financial Technologies
  • Database Management Systems
  • eBusiness System Integration
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Foundations of Information and Electronic Business Systems
  • Information Systems Planning and Strategy
  • Information Systems Project
  • Information Technology Based Business Transformation
  • Internet and World-Wide Web Application Development
  • JAVA Programming with Business Applications
  • Knowledge Management
  • Outsourcing and Offshoring Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Students may also take one elective course offered by the departments within the College of Business including Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Information Systems, Management, Management Science, and Marketing as approved by the Programme Leader

Bonus Features

Outstanding local applicants will be offered with a scholarship.

Continuing Education Fund# (CEF): Some courses offered in this programme are eligible for the application of a subsidy from the CEF, subject to conditions stipulated by the CEF.

#CEF is only applicable to Hong Kong residents.


Admission Code P05B
MSc Business Information Systems (Financial and Intelligent Technology Stream)
Mode of study
tuition fee
Year of entry
Mode of funding
Intake target
Credit requirement
Class schedule
Weekday (daytime and evening) and Saturday afternoon
Normal study period
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Max study period
Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Mode of processing
Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Level of study
Taught Postgraduate
Programme Leader
Prof Choon Ling SIA
Programme Leader
Prof Xin LI
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8521