City University of Hong Kong

MSc in Electronic Commerce

Combined-Mode Programme

eCommerce Programme for IT Professionals


Electronic Commerce (eCommerce, or EC) has been a major global trend and a critical factor in competitiveness. Demand for man-power with expertise in eCommerce is very strong. The MSc in Electronic Commerce is positioned to meet such demand from industry.

The programme is jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Systems at City University of Hong Kong for IT professionals. It is inter-disciplinary in that students will acquire adequate capabilities in the technological, business and legal aspects of eCommerce, enabling them to evaluate, build and deploy eCommerce services and systems effectively.

Programme Aims

This programme aims to produce a new generation of information technology (IT) professionals who will be competent in evaluating and developing electronic commerce systems and services within a business context. In contrast to eCommerce 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 of core business and technical related subjects, together with an in-depth understanding of the specific business, legal, and technical issues involved in the exploitation of eCommerce, and the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze, plan, design, develop, and maintain electronic commerce application systems.

Programme Objectives

On completion of the programme, students should have attained skills and competencies in the following areas:

  • Understanding of the technologies underpinning the implementation of eCommerce 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 eCommerce, as well as changes in traditional marketing brought about by eCommerce.