Master of Arts in International Hospitality Business Management

SHMS - Swiss Hotel Management School

About this program

Master of Arts in International Hospitality Business Management

The Master of Arts (awarded by University of Derby, U.K.) is an intensive program delivered over an 18-week period in blocks of 9 weeks, before students embark on an integrated business project. During their studies, they learn the theory and apply practical knowledge, ensuring their future in the multifaceted nature of the hospitality industry is covered.

With the only master’s program based at our Caux campus, graduates will be able to accelerate their business acumen by applying their newly acquired skills in managing the ever-growing business of hotel operations.

The capstone module directs students to draw on all their areas of study throughout the program, as they put their skills to the test when they present their final applied management project for launching their own hotel. Specialize in hotel management, business analytics and decision-making, luxury brand management or event management.

As part of this program, students will be required to complete a 4-6 month internship, which allows for the practical application of their education as well as the perfect opportunity to grow their professional network.

Graduates of this program receive both Master of Arts in International Hotel Business Management awarded by University of Derby, UK, and Master of International Business in Hotel Management awarded by Swiss Hotel Management School. 

Admission requirements

  • Recognized Bachelor's Degree
  • English language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent
  • Recommended minimum age of 21 years

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Program content

This one-year program is for working professionals who want to create and upscale their career in international hospitality business management.


  • Hotel Management
  • Business Analytics & Decision Making
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Events Management

Semester 1

  • Shared Courses:
    • Hotel Operations Management
    • Food & Beverage Management
    • Developing Business Leadership Skills
    • Wine and Beverage Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Evidence-Based Learning 
  • Hotel Management:
    • Events Management 
    • Current Trends in Hospitality
    • Strategic Revenue and Financial Management
  • Business Analytics & Decision Making:
    • Data Analytics and Statistics
    • Quantitative Tools from Management Science
    • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Luxury Brand Management:
    • The Craft of Excellence
    • Strategic Luxury Brand Management
    • The Modern Luxury Consumer
  • Events Management:
    • Events Management
    • International MICE Management
    • Festival and Digital Event Innovation

Semester 2

Worldwide Internship: Integrated business project.

Scholarships & funding

Limited scholarships are available every year on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, please visit the university website


The full tuition price is 40900 CHF.

About this institute

Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)

Housed in historical former palace hotels, Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) is focused on learning by doing, offering a world-class hotel management education rooted in the heritage of Swiss hospitality traditions. With an emphasis on applied expertise, combined with international...

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SHMS - Swiss Hotel Management School

1824 Caux-Montreux

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