MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management (16 Months Online)


Program Description

The field of Hospitality Management requires an extreme focus on customer service and satisfaction while maintaining a profitable business. The hospitality and tourism sector is a very diverse and vast sector that includes a substantial number of industries working together in tandem for maximum value creation. This system includes hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agencies, convention centers, transportation companies, cruise companies, etc. This sector has been significant growth over the years and offers some excellent entry points for great careers. This sector is also known for accelerated growth and development for smart and hard-working talent.

The Rushford MBA with a specialization in Hospitality and Tourism Management prepares you to succeed as a manager and leader in the hospitality and tourism businesses. Managers in these sectors are expected to have a thorough understanding of how the various components and sectors come together to offer compelling options to customers. While there can be further specializations such as food and catering management, hotel management, travel management, etc., after obtaining the MBA, the MBA in itself offers a comprehensive overview of the whole industry end to end. Coupled with the core Rushford MBA curriculum, this MBA provides a thorough business education experience to students and professionals who would like to make a successful career in this industry.

Hospitality and tourism businesses are adopting newer technologies and every part of the industry is going through innovation. This is a tremendous opportunity for new entrants or seasoned professionals to understand what the need of this industry will be as it continues to grow. The Rushford MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management puts special emphasis on innovation and newer technologies that are used in this industry to our students can differentiate themselves when they assume their roles in this high demand high reward industry.

Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


Courses Overview

The Rushford Online MBA program in Hospitality and Tourism Management is comprised of a total of 28 courses and each course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 4-6 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 core courses, 5 out of the 10 elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management award.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Skills
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Managerial Decisions
  • Business Analytics 
  • Financial Management 
  • Operations Management: Productivity & Quality
  • International Business Environment
  • Leadership and Managing Human Capital
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective)
  • Sales Management (Elective)
  • Organizational Behavior (Elective)
  • Business Communications (Elective)
  • Business Law (Elective)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Operations Management
  • Hotel Management Fundamentals
  • Tourism and the Environment
  • Tourist Management Strategies
  • Tourism, Hospitality, and Law
  • Event Management
  • Sustainable Tourism (Elective)
  • Hospitality and Gastronomy (Elective)
  • Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism (Elective)
  • Destination Management (Elective)
  • Technology Management in Hospitality and Tourism (Elective)
  • Capstone Project

Careers & Outcomes

The hospitality and tourism sectors have been growing at a much higher rate as compared to many other industries and the job growth has been above the market average. This provides for a stable industry with significant opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Students who complete this MBA program could either enter into new exciting roles within this industry and then gain a significant advantage for themselves based on their training. For professionals, this MBA program offers an opportunity to assume a formal title as well as a visible enhancement of your leadership and managerial performance that creates confidence in your management to offer you with roles of greater responsibilities.

Some of the common roles assumed after completing the MBA program are:

  • Hospitality Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • General Manager
  • Front Office Manager
  • Travel Manager
  • Event Planning Manager
  • Tourism Marketing Manager


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline.

Qualifications Waiver

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). SSBIM generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. Please contact us at for exploring this pathway. 

Proficiency in English

Evidence of Proficiency in English:

  • IELTS 6.0+ or
  • PTE 50+ or
  • TOEFL 550+ or
  • Any other proficiency test that was taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

  • Native English Speakers or
  • Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB) or
  • Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country or
  • 2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work



EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions.  EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.

EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations:

• Swiss Federal Government
• Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
• State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
• Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK)
• Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA)
• Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

ACBSP is the only global accrediting body, which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


Swiss Higher Educational Institution

James Lind Institute is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland under the UID CHE-255.747.977.


International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.


International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also uniq ... Read More

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also unique in our offering of several MBA programs with technical specializations and we continue to add more technical specializations as we keep growing. Our 100% online programs are well suited to students from all over the world who would like to receive a high-quality education from a premier European Business School at an affordable tuition fee. As part of the JLI global institution, we leverage the networks, knowledge, experience and geographic spread to the advantage of our students. Read less