The dual MBA* and MSc in International Hospitality Business

Get an MBA and a master's in hospitality for double the career opportunities

Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) is proud to partner with the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) to offer this dual degree program that allows students to obtain an MBA and Master's of Science in International Hospitality Business, in only one year.


This unique dual-degree master's program combines an intensive practical curriculum with a focus on contemporary management challenges and key operational concepts. It prepares students to be holistic managers with a global view of business and strategies to stimulate managerial and entrepreneurial initiative.


Designed to enhance career progression, this program prepares graduates to think critically and strategically to adapt to the changing global environment.



Dual MBA & MSc program details

Title: dual MBA* and MSc in International Hospitality Business

Duration: 1 Year, 2 Semesters plus one full year on the job

Intake: Only one per year in September

Location: Glion campus, Switzerland 


  • Grenoble Ecole de Management's MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), AACSB Business and Accounting Accreditation (AACSB) , and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management ranked 17th in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2016 ranking

  • GEM MBA ranked among top 30 in Europe by The Economist and the Financial Times

  • MBA graduates are awarded a certificate conferring the title of “Manager International”. This title is recognized by the CNCP**, of the French Ministry of Labor. 

*Pending approval from NEASC and Grenoble Ecole de Management

**Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle (France)


Semester 1

Courses delivered by GEM:

  • International Marketing

  • Accounting and Auditing

  • Managerial Accounting

  • Innovation Management

  • Operations Management

  • Sustainability and CSR

  • Intercultural Management

  • Corporate Finance

  • Global Business & Macroeconomics

  • Leadership

  • Managerial Economics

  • International Negotiations

Semester 2

Courses delivered by GEM:

  • Business Law

  • Contract Law

  • Strategic Management

  • Risk Management

  • International Human Resource Management

  • Geopolitics

  • Digital Transformation

  • Quantitative Methods

  • Organizations and Change Management

  • Integrative Case Study

Hospitality Management courses delivered by GIHE faculty:

  • Advanced hotel operations

  • Hospitality revenue management and distribution strategies

  •  Hotel development and valuations

Semester 3 & 4

  • Final Management Project and Hospitality Capstone Project: Conducted under the supervision of a tutor,this is an applied or theoretical research project that can be completed at a distance and in parallel with full-time employment or an approved internship. Students are encouraged to choose a subject related to their future career.

Specialization courses delivered by GIHE faculty:

  • Hotel Demand Management

Plus, one of the following:

  • Hotel Asset Management

  • Hospitality Luxury Brand Management


Intensive Academic Curriculum

Studying full time, you will be immersed in a world of five-star hospitality and academic rigor as you evolve among the GEM and GIHE faculty members who are leading experts in their fields.


International Exposure and Network

On campus you will live and study among students of nearly 100 different nationalities. Conferences and company visits also bring hospitality leaders and recruiters to the campus to maximize your career planning and networking resources.


Balanced Skills and Knowledge

This dual -degree program strengthens both “hard” and “soft” management skills. Plus, you can tailor your education to your professional goals with a wide selection of elective courses.


Accelerated Career Development

Through dedicated workshops, you will learn strategies and methods to advance your career using the latest technology. Additionally, you will complete an extensive management project of a high professional standard to buffer your CV and portfolio.


Triple Accreditation

Grenoble Ecole de Management is accredited by the AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS (see details above under "Accreditation"). 



Applied Business Projects

The Final Management Project and Hospitality Capstone Project 

These projects give you the chance to address real, current business issues in major hospitality companies. In the past, ABPs have been conducted with Kempinski, Nestlé Professional, Mövenpick, and InterContinental. Faculty members and managers collaborate to establish the aims and objectives for each project. You conduct a qualitative and/or quantitative investigation of the given problem, then offer insights and practical suggestions in a management report which you present to the industry partner’s decision makers.

Finally, you reflect on your contribution in an individual project based on learning theories. You, the school, and the company all benefit.


Examples of Applied Business Projects with Kempinski

In an ABP with Kempinski, a long-term partner of Glion, MBA students examined how to better motivate and retain employees within the Generation Y demographic, who comprise a majority of Kempinski’s front-line workforce but have tended to be more transient than employees of other generations. MBA students conducted focus-group interviews and data analysis of Gen Y employees in Europe, China, Thailand, and the Middle East. Employees said they could benefit from a career-planning program that would help them grow within the career hierarchy, as well as cross-training programs that would broaden their skill set.

This study has led to further ABP projects with Kempinski, including the building of in-house training for GenY employees and a proposal for a social media recruitment strategy to be applied within the company.