EHL

MBA in hospitality

MBA PROGRAM

Designed for busy hospitality professionals,
EHL’s MBA program offers outstanding academics combined with industry expertise,
for immediately applicable know-how.

80% distance learning and 20% on-site
Study at your pace: up to 36 months to complete

Intake in September 2017

REVENUES

DRIVING HOTEL REVENUES
ONLINE MODULE

 

FINANCE

MASTERING HOTEL FINANCIALS
ONLINE MODULE

 

HOTEL DEVELOPMENT

HOTEL DEVELOPMENT AND REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS
ONLINE MODULE

 

HOTEL PERFORMANCE

PERFORMING THROUGH BUSINESS CYCLES
ONLINE MODULE

 

LEADERSHIP

BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS
ON-SITE AND ONLINE MODULE

 

NETWORKING

MEETING THE EXPERTS
ON-SITE MODULE

 

CAPSTONE PROJECT

PERSONAL WORK AND COACHING
ONLINE MODULE

 

 

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MORE THAN DIGITAL

We blend the advantages of distance learning,
a supportive teaching environment, and in-person interactions.

Modular & flexible
Take modules at your own pace and earn certificates along the way.

Online
Learn with the latest video-conferencing, interactive quizzes and group discussions facilities — also used by Harvard University.

Supportive
Meet with professors during live office hours, get additional help from online coaches and through peer forums.

Connected
Network with leading practioners during face-to-face sessions and gain access to exclusive EHL career and industry events worldwide.

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TUITION & FEES

34,920 CHF

Admission

Our MBA program is selective and enrolls only the highest quality candidates, as befits the world’s best hospitality school. Download our complete admission requirements and learn about exceptions for outstanding candidates with substantial professional experience.

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ACADEMIC
A bachelor’s degree in hospitality or tourism from an accredited institution of higher education.

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PROFESSIONAL
Leadership potential and a minimum of three years’ experience in the hospitality or tourism industry.

LANGUAGE
For non-native English speakers: a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or 7.0 on the IELTS exam.

 

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INSPIRATION

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  • Stéphane Haddad
    Senior Lecturer
    Finance
    Stephane has served as
    vice president for mergers and acquisitions at JP Morgan Chase
    and as investment director for a venture capital firm.
  • Elisa Chan
    Assistant Professor
    Marketing
    Elisa previously contributed to various executive training programs
    for international hotel brands in collaboration with Chinese
    and American universities.
  • Cindy Heo
    Assistant Professor
    Revenue Management
    Cindy has delivered executive education programs in Asia,
    the Middle East and Europe. She has received numerous awards for her research.
  • Scott Dahl
    Visiting Lecturer
    Revenue Management
    Scott was named one of 25 Outstanding Minds in Hotel Sales,
    Marketing, and Revenue Management by the Hotel Sales and
    Marketing Association International.
  • Achim Schmitt
    Associate Dean
    Graduate Programs
    Achim has 13 years’ experience in strategy consulting
    and has participated in the turnaround of 11 companies
    in various industries.
  • Jonathan Humphries
    Senior Lecturer
    Asset Management
    Jonathan has over 20 years’ hotel development and advisory
    experience with global hospitality companies and
    professional services firms.
  • Katherine Le Quesne
    International Advisor
    Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries
    Katherine has 20 years of experience advising hospitality investors
    and operators while working at Deloitte,
    Arthur Andersen and JLL.

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Revenues

DRIVING HOTEL REVENUES - ONLINE MODULE

Constant change in the distribution environment has increased the number of distinct price points and strategies that a hotel must manage. In this module, you’ll learn the latest industry practices and gain an integrated view of distribution, e-marketing and revenue management, in order to increase your market share.

This MBA module is composed of three courses:

  • Revenue Management for Market Leaders
  • High Performance Distribution Strategy for Hotels
  • Successful Hotel E-marketing and Social Media Strategies

Revenue Management for Market Leaders will give you the analytical tools to develop an effective market-segmented revenue strategy. From price optimization and demand forecasting to availability control and inventory allocation, you’ll learn how to communicate complex revenue management concepts in a simple yet knowledgeable manner.

Successful Hotel E-marketing and Social Media Strategies focuses on acquiring more direct business via online activities. You’ll learn how to apply the latest digital marketing practices to maximize direct bookings.

High Performance Distribution Strategy for Hotels explores new ways to enhance the hotel distribution mix. You’ll practice methods to assess the true value of each distribution channel and learn how to leverage online travel agencies without being held hostage.

You’ll apply the skills gained from these three courses in a comprehensive revenue management simulation.

Duration: 16 weeks.

Finance

MASTERING HOTEL FINANCIALS - ONLINE MODULE

Understanding financial concepts is crucial for senior management in hospitality. In this module, you’ll learn how to use financial statements and apply the latest financial practices within the hospitality context, in order to make well-informed decisions.

This MBA module is composed of three courses:

  • Hotel Financial Statements Analysis
  • Hotel Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Advanced Corporate Finance for the Hospitality Industry

Hotel Financial Statements Analysis will show you how to interpret financial reports, so that you can plan and monitor the performance of your hospitality business. You’ll learn how to apply financial analysis tools to real-world hospitality business decisions.
 
Hotel Budgeting and Forecasting (in partnership with STR Global) will improve your ability to predict the performance of your hospitality business using the latest techniques in competitive benchmarking and industry performance monitoring.

Advanced Corporate Finance for the Hospitality Industry will prepare you to analyze capital structure decisions and synthesize financial information in support of asset purchase or disposal. You’ll learn how to identify and manage key financial risks faced by hospitality companies.

Duration: 16 weeks.

Hotel Development

HOTEL DEVELOPMENT AND REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS - ONLINE MODULE

A key objective for today’s senior hotel professionals is to increase their hotels’ asset value.

In this module, you’ll develop an understanding of hotels as an asset category intended to provide a return to owners and investors. You’ll apply industry methods for evaluating hotel developments and real estate investments. After gaining familiarity with the latest tools and metrics, you’ll be able to confidently engage in negotiations with stakeholders.

This MBA module is composed of three courses:

  • Asset Management Strategies
  • Feasibility Analysis, Development and Negotiations
  • Valuation of Hotel Investments

Asset Management Strategies will give you a solid understanding of the latest strategies for hotel asset management. You’ll explore different contractual models for hotels and levers to increase asset value.

Feasibility Analysis, Development and Negotiations reveals the mechanics of the hotel development process, from evaluating hotel sites to negotiating commercial contract terms. You’ll get tools to conduct a hotel feasibility analysis and how to negotiate the main commercial terms for a hotel development deal.

Valuation of Hotel Investments (in partnership with HVS) demystifies the complexity of hotel valuations. You’ll familiarize yourself with financial concepts relevant to hospitality projects, and you’ll practice applying various valuation methods to real-world examples. The course covers net present value, discounted cash flow, multiples and comparable sales.

Duration: 16 weeks.

Hotel Performance

PERFORMING THROUGH BUSINESS CYCLES - ONLINE MODULE

The hospitality industry is a cyclical business characterized by imbalances between supply and demand. In this module, you’ll learn how to deal with sudden growth as well as periods of stagnation and decline, all of which demand flexible managerial skills and strong organizational abilities.

This MBA module is composed of three courses:

  • Managing Underperforming Properties
  • Trends, Innovations and New Business Models
  • Risk Prevention and Crisis Management

Managing Underperforming Properties will give you the tools for turnaround management. You’ll practice formulating strategies for periods of growth and apply the latest models for business rejuvenation. 
Trends, Innovations and New Business Models will enable you to spot the global environmental factors that call for adapting your hotel business model. You’ll acquire techniques in forecasting, trend spotting, scenario planning, and organizational adaptation.

Risk Prevention and Crisis Management will prepare you to deal with disaster, terrorism, economic shocks and other crisis situations. You’ll learn how to implement managerial processes and policies that reduce the negative impact of crises on hotel performance. 

Duration: 16 weeks.

Leadership

BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS - ON-SITE AND ONLINE MODULE

Effective leadership is essential to the development and continued success of high-performing teams. In this module, you’ll develop an understanding of your strengths, values and objectives. Then, you’ll practice how to use your personal style to become a highly effective leader.

This MBA module is composed of three courses:

  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Maximizing Individual and Collective Performance
  • Leading in a Multicultural Environment

Personal Leadership Development builds on the psychological foundations of leadership. You’ll learn techniques to distinguish between different leadership styles in organizations. Using analytical and self-reflection tools, you’ll chart your desired development path as a leader.
 
In Maximizing Individual and Collective Performance, you’ll build your understanding of team dynamics and develop your people-management skills. You’ll practice motivational and inspirational techniques and learn how to create an organizational culture that fosters high-performing teams.

Leading in a Multicultural Environment analyzes effective leadership approaches for dealing with culturally diverse teams. You’ll develop your cultural sensitivity and learn how to adapt your communication and management techniques accordingly.

Duration: 9 weeks.
The Personal Leadership Development course requires 4 days on EHL campus.

Networking

MEETING THE EXPERTS - ON-SITE MODULE

Along with your fellow MBA students, you’ll meet renowned hospitality experts from global hotel chains, integrated resorts, online travel agencies and investment firms. The private setting will foster lively discussions focusing on two of the most important capabilities effective leaders must master:

  • Driving Hotel Performance
  • Crisis Communication Management

In these sessions, you’ll be able to compare your experiences and the knowledge you’ve acquired throughout the program with the decisions and methods employed by experts in real-world situations.

Duration: Two one-week seminars will be organized in Europe, North America or Asia, depending on the latest industry dynamics.

Speakers and locations will be announced 6 to 9 months before the start of the module.

Capstone Project

PERSONAL WORK AND COACHING - ONLINE MODULE

In this final MBA module, you’ll integrate your acquired knowledge, feedback from personal coaching sessions, management skills and prior experience into a comprehensive business project of your choice. This project can deal with any type of concrete hospitality management issue but should include strategic, financial and operational aspects.

This project will test your ability to effectively apply theories and tools to the specifics of a particular business situation. You’ll develop potential solutions using factual information, detailed analyses and creative thinking while accounting for social, ethical and environmental effects.

Finally, you’ll defend your findings in writing and orally in front of academic and industry experts.

Duration: 270 study hours including 20 hours of personal coaching sessions.

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