Course: Specialist MBA in Hospitality/Tourism

This is a detailed look at one of the first elements of our unique CLARIFY headings, enabling you to focus exclusively on MBA programs that meet all your personal needs!

We outline here aspects of an MBA program with a hospitality or tourism specialism. Look elsewhere on this site to consider in broad terms the relative merits of generalised MBA or specialised MBA provision, full-time MBA or part-time MBA.

An MBA course with a hospitality or tourism focus can be quite different from a more generalised MBA. This is largely because the industry is very ‘hands-on’ and places considerable emphasis on relevant experience.

The specialised Hospital and Tourism MBA programs tend, therefore, either to recruit students who already have an appropriate background and wish to develop their career within a hospitality or tourism environment, or to give intensive industry-based placements to new recruits.

At many European business schools, for example, the MBA in Hospitality Management offer a one-year for experienced candidates or a two-year program for candidates with less work experience.

Over the two-year program, you would spend 50% of your time in class and 50% working for a hospitality company.

An apprenticeship of this sort not only helps finance your studies but also fosters real integration into the field. 

Looking ahead

As a graduate of a hospitality or tourism MBA program, you would have many career options open to you. You could explore opportunities in areas such as hotel, restaurant and catering management, the travel sector, electronic hospitality intermediaries, theme parks and ballparks, casinos and gaming operations, cruise lines, real estate evaluation, holding companies and consulting firms.

You could be part of a network of people in the industry who regularly put together deals, arrange financing, monitor accounting practices, conceive branding campaigns, manage human resources, plan strategies, and research opportunities for further development.

Your Hospital and Tourism MBA should enable you to work anywhere in the world, because people need hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities just about everywhere on the planet.

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