MBA in Global Hospitality Management

  • - 2 semesters
  • - Real-world consultancy project or capstone
  • - Bespoke career support
  • - Business field trip to Chicago
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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
    • MBA 1

      1 semester + (Hospitality Immersion Program*)

    • MBA 2

      1 semester + Business field trip + Specialization + Consultancy project

*Mandatory for MBA, Master’s and PGD in International Hospitality Management students without a hospitality related degree or professional experience. Optional for the other students/programs. The Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) runs in parallel to the 1st semester with courses on “Hospitality in Context”, “F&B Beverage Operations Management”, “Rooms Division Operations Management”.
  • MBA 1

    1 semester + (Hospitality Immersion Program*)

  • MBA 2

    1 semester + Business field trip + Specialization + Consultancy project

*Mandatory for MBA, Master’s and PGD in International Hospitality Management students without a hospitality related degree or professional experience. Optional for the other students/programs. The Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) runs in parallel to the 1st semester with courses on “Hospitality in Context”, “F&B Beverage Operations Management”, “Rooms Division Operations Management”.
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:

Semester 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.

Hospitality Immersion Program

Mandatory grounding in the fundamentals of hospitality for students without a hospitality degree or relevant experience (but optional and recommended for all the other students). The Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) runs in parallel to the 1st semester with courses on “Hospitality in Context”, “F&B Beverage Operations Management”, “Rooms Division Operations Management”.

Semester 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 to Chicago

Les Roches MBA students enjoy an immersive business field trip to Chicago 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:

February 2024

September 2024

Minimum age:

23

Education:

Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in a relevant field (business or hospitality preferred).

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.

 

Work experience:

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

English level:

If English is not your first language, or if you have not spent the last two years studying in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, please enclose a copy of one of the following:

  • IELTS: overall 6.0 and min. 5.5 in every sub-component*
  • TOEFL: Internet-based 80 or paper-based 550
  • First Cambridge Exam: Grade A
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade C
  • Duolingo 115 with no component under 105

*Only tests taken/issued in an official IELTS testing center are accepted

Help with your English

Those below the stated official English level can take additional English support classes. We offer intensive programs in Switzerland and Spain.

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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 55,380
Learning Resources 1,180
Health and accident insurance 1,790
Business Field Trip 4,430
Total 62,780
Living expenses CHF
Flexible board 7,350
Total 7,350

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 Services 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 Services 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
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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

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Ruth PuhrHead of Teaching and Learning Development

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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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!