MBA in Hospitality - Take your career to the next level


The MBA in Hospitality and Service Industries Management is a uniquely interactive and industry-based MBA program delivered full-time on campus in Switzerland or London.  

The core MBA courses will develop your research and data analysis skills, plus your leadership skills and strategic management competencies for access to upper-management positions within the hospitality, tourism and service industries. In the end, you will leave Glion with an accredited, industry-recognized MBA in hospitality management, plus the confidence, skills and qualifications to take your career to the next level. 


MBA program details

Key Facts

Degree Title: MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, USA

Duration & Location: On campus, full-time MBA = 1 year, Switzerland or London

Start Dates: January, April, July and October


Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the courses and course descriptions.

Semester 1 
  • Managing Service Operations 
  • Human Resources Management 
  • Managerial Finance and Accounting 
  • Hospitality Services Marketing 
  • Business Research Methods

Semester 2

  • Global Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Cultural Communication
  • Corporate Governance and Social Reposnibility
  • Revenue Management
Applied Business Project (ABP)


Strategic Management Skills - You will learn advanced hospitality business administration for the executive level in finance, human resources, marketing and service operations.


Research and Data Analysis Skills - Through the core courses, you will gain lifelong learning skills to analyze research, solve problems and make decisions based on data and critical thinking.


Soft Skills - You will develop the soft skills that employers value including critical thinking, communication, creativity, innovation, problem solving, and collaboration.


Cultural Knowledge - Living and learning in a multicultural environment, you will develop the skills to address cultural, moral, ethical and environmental issues in international organizations.


Leadership Confidence - The Applied Business project puts you in the role of consultant doing the research, analysis and presentation to industry stakeholders. 

Applied Business Projects

The Applied Business Project (ABP) gives you the chance to work with managers 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.