MBA in Global Hospitality Management

  • - Intensive 1-year program
  • - Real-world consultancy project
  • - Bespoke career support
  • - Business field trip
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Industry leading career accelerator for ambitious hospitality professionals

  • Develop first-rate hospitality leadership skills
  • Establish your career path to the top
  • Master hospitality business strategy and management theory
  • Engage in real-world problem solving

A combination of business strategy, management theory and real-world problem-solving, this established, flagship MBA program will give hospitality professionals and graduates the skills and knowledge they need to accelerate their careers.

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Developed with industry experts over nearly 20 years to ensure maximum relevance, this broad-based MBA immerses students in all aspects of hospitality management, allowing you to focus on your preferred areas, specialize and test your knowledge in the real world.

Complemented with tailored career support and access to the Les Roches network, this MBA is the perfect opportunity to step back, evaluate your career and be inspired to excel.

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Academic Structure

    • Hospitality Immersion Program*

      2 weeks

    • Term 1

      6 months

    • Term 2

      6 months + Business field trip + Specialization

*Only for students without a hospitality degree or any professional hospitality experience
  • Hospitality Immersion Program*

    2 weeks

  • Term 1

    6 months

  • Term 2

    6 months + Business field trip + Specialization

*Only for students without a hospitality degree or any professional hospitality experience

Academic content

This intensive one-year program gives you the chance to focus on your weaknesses, develop your strengths and build your career in the direction you want to take it.

It includes:

Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP)

Optional grounding in the fundamentals of hospitality, designed for students without a hospitality degree or relevant experience but recommended for all.

Term 1

A deep dive into personal development and leadership skills, managing complex organizations, financial analysis, strategic marketing, consumer behavior and insights, hospitality economics and advanced management topics

Term 2

Learn all about business strategies and performance monitoring, corporate finance, data analytics and decision making, sustainability and CSR in hospitality before taking part in the international business field trip.

Choice of specializations:

· Advanced Revenue and Performance Management
· Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Each includes a bespoke Consultancy Project (see separate tab for more details).

Consultancy project and specializations

In your second term of study, you can choose one of two specializations:

· Advanced Revenue and Performance Management
· Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Business Development

These have been created with your future career path in mind and each incorporates our unique Consultancy Project. Conducted for leading, real-world brands, these projects give you the opportunity to devise solutions to real-life business challenges directly related to your specialization.

Previous companies have included: Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne, Hotel d’Angleterre, Clinique La Prairie, Accor, Rocco Forte Hotels, Peninsula Hotels and New York Times.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the MBA students at Les Roches. I am excited to use their final presentation and project to push Hatchify forward as a new business.”

Irene Forte,

Rocco Forte Hotels

Business field trip

Les Roches MBA students enjoy an immersive business field trip where they witness first-hand how world-class brands make hospitality magic happen in a global city.

The field trip consists of a carefully curated program of exclusive luxury hotel visits, meetings with top professionals and outstanding social and networking events.

Previous trips have included cross-sector visits to hospitality venues such as football and basketball teams, architectural sites of interest and local tourism centres.

“Interacting with accomplished industry leaders, from property-level heads of departments to regional heads, makes it a humbling experience for each of us.”

Radhika Mathur,

MBA Graduate

Admission information

Next intake dates:

September 2022

Minimum age:

23

Education:

A copy of academic credentials (Degree, final official transcript for the full degree program). The school accepts documents in English, or one of the Swiss national languages, i.e. French, German and Italian. If not, an official notarized translation in English will be required.

Applications from non-degree holders with extensive documented work experience will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Non-degree holders may qualify for a Professional Development Diploma.

Work experience:

Relevant work experience of minimum 2 years, preferably in hospitality.

English level:

Must be proficient in English for higher education studies. English language exam scores (issued in the last 12 months) are required from candidates who are not native English speakers, or who have not spent the last two years in full-time English education.

For a full breakdown of entry requirements download a course brochure.

Fees

This is an illustration of the basic fee structure you can expect for the program. For a full breakdown of fees download a course brochure.

Academic expenses CHF
Tuition Fees 52,200
Learning Resources 1,100
Health and accident insurance 1,700
Business Field Trip 4,200
Total 59,200
Living expenses CHF
Half board 6,500
Total 6,500

Your passport to the peak of hospitality leadership

200

Brands visit our campuses every year to find talent

94%

Of career-seeking students have one or more job offers on graduation

Real-world industry exposure

With this MBA, you will get plenty of opportunities to put what you learn into practice. Your consultancy project challenges you to devise solutions for genuine, real-world issues for a top hospitality brand while the field trip shows you how the experts do things and exposes you to the best in the business.

A lasting, valuable professional network

While studying at Les Roches, you will form lasting connections with your peers and, on graduation, you become a member of the prestigious Les Roches Global Alumni Association. This gives you life-long access to an incredible network that can really help boost your career prospects in this highly competitive industry.

Bespoke career support

As a student at Les Roches, you have access to the expert careers advisors on our Career Development and Industry Placement (CDIP) team, who will work with you to define a career path that suits your skills, abilities and ambition. From how to get the best out of career days to introductions to companies you couldn’t reach off the street, the team’s guidance will be crucial in finding you the career you desire.

Real-world industry exposure

With this MBA, you will get plenty of opportunities to put what you learn into practice. Your consultancy project challenges you to devise solutions for genuine, real-world issues for a top hospitality brand while the field trip shows you how the experts do things and exposes you to the best in the business.

A lasting, valuable professional network

While studying at Les Roches, you will form lasting connections with your peers and, on graduation, you become a member of the prestigious Les Roches Global Alumni Association. This gives you life-long access to an incredible network that can really help boost your career prospects in this highly competitive industry.

Bespoke career support

As a student at Les Roches, you have access to the expert careers advisors on our Career Development and Industry Placement (CDIP) team, who will work with you to define a career path that suits your skills, abilities and ambition. From how to get the best out of career days to introductions to companies you couldn’t reach off the street, the team’s guidance will be crucial in finding you the career you desire.

An MBA in Global Hospitality Management opens doors in leadership positions across a range of sectors

  • Marketing
  • Revenue management
  • Hotel operations
  • Finance
  • Consultancy
  • Event management

Leading brands hire our students

Alumni

Successful careers launched with the MBA in Global Hospitality Management

Christhian Osorio Senior Consultant Operational Excellence – Hospitality, Morphis Consulting

'It was an excellent campus, you could concentrate on studies and the unique way of life makes you feel like you’re all family. It was the best place to be and was quite transformative'

Johan OstromKey Account Manager for Jajja Communications, Sweden

'There are a lot of schools in Switzerland with good reputations, but Les Roches had something else...This family thing.'

Johnny QinRegional Quality Training Specialist, Millenium Hotels Group

'Les Roches provided the best platform for me. Once I returned to China, I had a big Les Roches family everywhere, and everyone treats me so well!'

The Faculty

Our MBA in Global Hospitality Management faculty team combine experience in frontline hospitality leadership positions with proven academic prowess.

Dr. Annick Darioly CarrozAssociate Professor

Crans-Montana

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Ruth PuhrHead of Teaching and Learning Development

Crans-Montana

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Franc AvilaClinical Professor

Crans-Montana

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Dr Dimitrios DiamantisProfessor and Executive Dean

Crans-Montana

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Frank GueuningProgram Director

Crans-Montana

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Dr. Annick Darioly CarrozAssociate Professor

Crans-Montana

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Ruth PuhrHead of Teaching and Learning Development

Crans-Montana

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Franc AvilaClinical Professor

Crans-Montana

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Dr Dimitrios DiamantisProfessor and Executive Dean

Crans-Montana

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Frank GueuningProgram Director

Crans-Montana

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An unforgettable opportunity

100+
nationalities on campus


To reach the top, sometimes you need to pause, reflect and take the time to discover the right path for you. Studying at our campus in the Swiss Alps near the ski resort of Crans-Montana – the home of hospitality – is an opportunity to do just that.

Les Roches Crans-Montana is the ideal environment in which you can fully immerse yourself in our practical learning facilities, network with like-minded, aspiring hospitality leaders and focus on your ambitions and goals.

It’s an experience you will never forget and the perfect springboard for the next chapter of your career.

The Campus

You can study the MBA in Global Hospitality Management at our Crans-Montana Campus

FAQs: MBA In hospitality degree

What can I do after completing an MBA in hotel management?

Why limit yourself to hotels? With an MBA in Hospitality Management you open up a wider variety of leadership career paths, due to the broader business curriculum on offer.

With our MBA, a major element of your study relates to soft skills and leadership behaviors, featuring the input of professors who are experts in these fields.

Our MBA alumni can today be found in FMCG, consulting, events, technology, finance, and many other sectors.

Which MBA is best for hospitality management?

We may be biased, but we’d say ours is the best! Don’t take our word for it, though.

The Les Roches MBA in Hospitality Management has been running successfully for two decades now, and in that time it has powered many hundreds of students up the managerial ladder.

It’s hard to imagine any competing program getting you closer to the industry than one which features an immersive, carefully-curated field trip, a real-world Business Research Project involving a genuine corporate challenge, plus a choice of exceptionally career-focused specializations.

Which country is best for an MBA in hospitality?

There are many reasons why Switzerland is the natural choice for an MBA in hospitality.

The country is considered the home of hospitality, having been a destination for tourists ever since Thomas Cook pioneered the industry back in the 18th century.

Today, the country accounts for seven out of the global Top 10 hospitality business schools, according to the QS World University Rankings for this discipline.

What is the scope of an MBA in Hospitality Management?

The nature of an MBA is to set the table for a leadership career.

Our MBA in Hospitality Management follows that same track. It’s not an MBA in hotel management; the curriculum covers the broader economics of hospitality, together with strategic marketing, consumer insights, business strategy, corporate finance, data analytics and much more.

You will also cover key topics such as CSR and sustainability. It’s all about giving you the tools to become a well-rounded leader in hospitality and beyond.

Is it worth doing an MBA in Hospitality Management?

While you can succeed in a managerial career without an MBA, achieving one is virtually guaranteed to improve your prospects, given how it represents a highly valued and globally-recognized qualification. Indeed, some leadership roles state a requirement for an MBA, closing those opportunities to those without.

However, this is only part of the story. Not all MBAs are created equally.

At a world-renowned school such as Les Roches, you can enjoy the all-important industry networking and professional contact which adds a layer of gold to your MBA in hospitality.

Working hand-in-hand with real-world companies on Business Research Projects has opened the doors to careers after graduation for several of our students; the same is true for contacts established during the international field trip.

Add to this the knowledge and networks of some of the best faculty in the industry, and you have an unbeatable combination!