Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in today’s business world and companies continue to require academically qualified managers to afford them valuable insight. The MBA in Leisure & Tourism Management program in Geneva explores the theories, practices and business models that make up the tourism and leisure field.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The MBA in Leisure & Tourism Management degree teaches students the key skills required to excel in this area at the same time as developing management skills.   

 

During this program, students will:

 

  1. Analyze the impact of tourism on economic, socio-cultural and physical environments.
  2. Learn how to develop an industry focused strategy.
  3. Understand international and intercultural management needs.
Program Duration
1 year
Credits
90
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, January, March
You can do it in
Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux
Schedule
Full-time / Part-time
DEGREE AWARDED
  • A state-recognized, university MBA degree accredited by Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Spain.

  • An EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited MBA degree.

PROGRAM
(18 CH | 23 ECTS)
  • This course introduces the concepts of effective management in organizational settings. It covers a broad range of management functions, including organizational processes associated such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The course also considers the relationship between an individual and an organization, as well as that between the organization and the society in which it operates.

  • An analysis of organizational behavior in the context of contemporary business, both locally and globally, is presented during this course. Students will review factors affecting the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations and how organizations affect their internal culture and respond to their environments. The course will be broadly divided into three parts: (a) individuals in organizations, (b) group or team processes, and (c) organizational processes. Students will also be asked to consider current challenges for managers, such as the impact of today's rapidly changing socio-cultural environment, globalization, evolving technology and shifting employment relationships.

  • An understanding of financial and management accounting fundamentals for managers, stockholders, financial analysts and creditors and other professionals . The first part of the course focuses on financial accounting by understanding how economic events like operating activities, corporate investments and financing transactions are recorded in financial statements (i.e., income statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flow). The second part provides both a framework and the essential tools for analyzing financial statements. The third part examines management accounting from the perspective of a decision-maker to help students develop a framework for understanding managerial reports.

  • This course dissects the marketing management process and focuses on creating and capturing customer value. The methods for discovering unmet customer needs and wants are also examined, along with methods for identifying market segments and target groups and how to successfully communicate a product’s value proposition.

  • This course introduces the essential quantitative methods for analyzing business situations, making business decisions and finding optimal data-based management solutions. Students will explore the most important theories and practical applications of quantitative mathematical modeling for decision making. Students will acquire a greater comprehension of the importance of the business analytical approach, particularly when dealing with complex contexts, thus minimizing risk and uncertainty.

     

  • The need for negotiation skills arises whenever joint decision making is necessary. This seminar develops students’ confidence in their negotiation skills and enables them to become better decision makers. A unique element of the seminar is that students experience the interaction of need, compromise and fear-based negotiations, focusing on the possibility of losing the deal. This seminar also offers an opportunity to discover and experiment with different techniques that help lead to the desired outcomes and clearer decisions.

  • This course introduces international business law, investment treaties and provides a general overview on the different methods of dispute settlement. It is delivered through a combination of theory, practical exercises and class discussions. No previous knowledge of international business law is necessary, as the objective is to give students an understanding of how the law and its mechanisms influence and affect international business operations.

  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

(21 CH | 27 ECTS)
  • This course covers the key principles of finance. Students learn to analyze and create alternative investment projects and to prepare corresponding budgets. Topics include the managerial approach to financial analysis, budgeting, planning and control, the management of working capital, long-term assets and long-term financing.

  • This course analyses the micro-functions of human resources management and explores its importance in developing, motivating and retaining employees. Students will learn about recruitment and talent acquisition, training, mentoring and promotion, appraisal, fair compensation, conflict resolution and legal issues. Throughout the course students are encouraged to consider the moral and ethical dimensions of HRM decisions, which can affect stakeholders and the organization’s reputation.

  • This course examines basic economic principles used in managerial situations. Topics include: global interdependence and the benefits of trade; market forces of supply and demand; supply, demand and government policies; measuring a nation’s income and cost of living; production and growth; savings, investment and the financial systems; unemployment; the monetary system; and money and inflation. Students learn to apply this knowledge when making economic decisions in a global business context. Students should have basic knowledge of economic terminology.

  • The strategic positioning of an organization is instrumental to its success. Having a clear vision and mission that runs throughout the organization is key to both internal and external branding. To optimize the overall performance of a firm or a business unit within a firm, students learn to identify and analyze the drivers of performance and identify external changes that may affect optimal results. This course reviews the main concepts, methods and tools used in formulating strategies and implementing processes.

  • This course provides an overview of the functions and cost of technology. Students explore how companies make the most of their investment for managing data and for communicating both internally and externally at a time when companies’ IT budgets are continually increasing.

  • The effective manager must understand a wide range of technical and social relationships and be able to integrate them within the cost, performance and time constraints of her/his area of responsibility. A computer-based management simulation (CAPSTONE Business Simulation) is created, which allows the student to test alternative actions of an operating business in a competitive environment without incurring costs or the risk of implementing them in a real setting. The simulation is played over several time periods.

  • This seminar helps students better understand, analyze and identify future career paths. The knowledge and experience acquired during the MBA course inevitably changes the individual’s profile in the market. Reassessing that profile, preparing a new CV and perfecting a networking presentation are essential when planning for the future. The changing business environment requires a more innovative approach to job seeking, and this seminar offers practical support for finding employment after graduating.

  • This seminar focuses on effective oral and written communication in a business setting. Emphasis is placed key principles that will enhance communication and effectiveness, as well as the development of skills and attitudes appropriate for business communication, especially in public speaking.

  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

(15 CH | 20 ECTS)
  • Students are introduced to a series of critical debates surrounding international tourism management issues. Accompanying discussion sessions will help them develop strategies that reflect the distinct requirements of the international travel sector. The module adopts a systematical approach toward tourism management and introduces the student to a range of actors involved at different levels of the process. This includes transportation and other providers of key infrastructure.

  • Strategic marketing is the process of creating satisfied customers through the integration of business functions and the continuous search for a sustainable competitive advantage through innovation. The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of models, concepts, tools and techniques necessary to undertake strategic marketing and management decisions in the field of tourism. The focus is on developing analytical skills in the formulation and implementation of market-driven strategies and plans for an organization.

  • In this course, students will consider the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry, and how it responds to change, e.g. external factors such as changing consumer needs and expectations and developments in information technology. The positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people, environments and economies will be discussed. Nowadays, changes in political and socioeconomic circumstances and technological developments contribute to the continuing growth of the travel and tourism industry and its importance to many national economies. The tourism industry has a vested interest in ensuring environmental and sociocultural impacts are managed, and this course introduces responsible management which ensures that developments must maximize the positive impacts of tourism and minimize the negative.

  • The course is aimed at significantly improving the ability of practicing tourism managers to be effective global managers. The course will address differences in attitudes, values and beliefs among different peoples around the world both through general frameworks and also by exploring specific countries. Cross-cultural decision-making, employee motivation, leadership, communication, workplace conflict and organizational structures are discussed. Throughout the course there will also be a focus on cultural learning and developing cultural intelligence so that students can enhance their overall global leadership skills.

     

  • This course has been developed as a response to the transformational pressures that digitalization exerts on existing and new businesses models in the tourism industry. It aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and approaches essential for analyzing, identifying and managing digital opportunities for strategic business creation and development and organizational change in the tourism industry. The course is based on an understanding that digitalization and analytics are driving fundamental transformation in organizational and service strategy in tourism, and that the business models, strategies, leadership and marketing required today are fundamentally different from those of the past.

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  • EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
  • EU Dissertation
    15 CH / 20 ECTS
*EU Research & Dissertation Seminars will be taken over 2 terms
EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates of this degree go on to secure roles such as:   

 

• Hotel chain executives 

• Tourism bureau directors 

• Resort managers 

• Event and conference executive 

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our courses are available across all five of our campuses. We encourage students to diversify their education by participating in our campus exchanges. Choose the perfect location for you and gain international experience while expanding your global network.

CHECK OUR FACULTY

Our experienced academic department is comprised of entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders to provide students with the perfect educational balance between classroom theory and real life experiential learning.

ADMISSIONS

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