Business and Hotel Management School - Luzern Switzerland

Höhere Fachschule
MBA Program

MBA Degree Hospitality Management or Global Business

MBA in Hospitality Management
MBA in Global/Business Management

This 24-month MBA Degree is a joint program between BHMS Switzerland and City University of Seattle, USA. It is specifically designed for graduates holding Bachelor Degrees in service or non-service specializations who are aiming to join the global tourism industry or the service sector.
The program comprises two study blocks of 6 month followed by two paid internship periods of 6 months in Switzerland. During internship periods, students are required to complete their MBA thesis as well as additional MBA capstone courses and workshops.

Students have an exit option to complete their MBA in 18 months.

Overview about the MBA program

BHMS in cooperation with City University of Seattle offers a two- year Master's degree in Business Administration, MBA, in Global Management and Hospitality Management, based on two intensive study periods of 6 months each year at the BHMS campus in Luzern followed by two paid internship periods of 4-6 months each year in Switzerland. Students have the option to complete the education in 18 months if they do not wish to join the second internship.

The program is managed by BHMS and the degree is awarded by the City University of Seattle, USA. Students who wish to interrupt their studies after one year and who have completed successfully 18 credits will receive a Postgraduate Certificate from CityU and a Postgraduate Diploma from BHMS.

City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle, USA, is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its business programs and it is one of the Northwest's largest, private universities with over 40,000 graduates worldwide. For over 30 years, CityU has been furthering students' careers by providing relevant lifelong, quality education.

The students in BHMS, the Swiss site of CityU, learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their excellent academic credentials, bring along extensive expertise and experience in the business field. This ensures that what students learn in class is contemporary and can be applied to real world situations in a challenging business environment.

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BHMS has a partnership agreement with City University of Seattle, in Washington, ,USA, for granting the MBA - Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and Master of Business Administration in Global Management. Our Dual MBA/PGD Award Programs between BHMS Switzerland and City University of Seattle are accredited by:

CityUniversity of Seattle

MBA Accreditation and Membership:

  1. CityU is incorporated in the state of Washington and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

  2. CityU is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  3. CityU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  4. BHMS Switzerland is accredited by EduQua of Switzerland. EduQua is the Swiss quality label for further education institutions


  1. BHMS Switzerland is a full member of EURHODIP - The Leading Hotel Schools in Europe

  2. BHMS Switzerland is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE).

  3. BHMS Switzerland is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

  4. BHMS Switzerland is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Foundation.

Aim of the program

City University of Seattle USA and BHMS are collaborating to provide hospitality and tourism management professionals with an MBA and Postgraduate degree. This cooperation aims to provide the students with the best professional education and business know-how so, after graduation, they will be equipped to take their place in the industry as competent managers.

The CityU MBA degree in Hospitality Management together with the BHMS Advanced Postgraduate Diploma is a highly sought after postgraduate education and is of great value and prestige with employers worldwide. This is because potential employers are aware that the graduates from the program not only possess theoretical and operational knowledge, but also have had to prove themselves in junior positions during their internships in Switzerland. Our graduates are prepared to hit the industry running and are not afraid to "lay-on hands" when needed.

CityU MBA degree in Global Management is, on the other hand, valuable to people who are already holding an executive position in management, or who, as a next step in their careers, are looking to enter into an executive management position in this industry. Furthermore, it is an ideal education for degree holders with a hospitality background looking to change their careers or for people with hospitality background looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge to open their own business in this field.

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Business knowledge:

Students explore in depth modern business concepts with emphasis on areas such as business strategies, management, business communication, finance, marketing, and human resources.

Leadership abilities:

Through a series of rigorous and balanced real-world assignments, presentations, and team projects, students develop their understanding of leadership skills and discover the leadership style which suits them. After the completion of the program, they will be qualified to understand, inspire and lead their teams successfully.

Transformation, Professional & Personal Development:

During their undergraduate education, students are exposed primarily to a theoretical curriculum, which, in some instances, can leave them without practical knowledge. The CityU MBA program puts a strong emphasis on the development of students' managerial and people-based skills. Students are engaged in meaningful tasks which sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as their communication, innovation, and creativity skills.

Core competencies in hospitality and tourism management:

Students are exposed to the main functions of the various departments of the hospitality industry, such as finance, human resources, communications and operational departments like rooms division, food and beverage, maintenance and plant, events management, tourism, development and management as well as health and wellness trends.


The networking that students create during their education can be one of the most important and valuable aspects that an MBA education can provide.  CityU graduates will join a great alumni network made up of graduates working in prestigious positions all around the world.

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