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Executive MBA in Hospitality Administration

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
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12 months
58,860 CHF
Start date: September 2020 - Lausanne

Executive MBA in Hospitality Administration

EMBA in Hospitality Administration - Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)An Accelerated 1-Year Executive MBA for the Hospitality Industry

The 12-month, full-time EMBA in Hospitality Administration is an immersive programs for executives in the hospitality industry. Accessible to exceptional candidates, with or without hospitality-specific experience, the program is designed to groom professionals into successful leaders, capable of effective and strategic management. The program builds on previous experiences and is highly customizable to individual goals, resulting in high-performing, highly-employable graduates.

With a combined alumni and professional community of 25,000 industry executives, EHL is uniquely poised to offer a world-class education in hospitality management. Delivered from Lausanne, Switzerland, an established destination in luxury travel, candidates will develop their skills and expertise in a uniquely multicultural and challenging environment. 

The accelerated program combines candidates' previous experience with personalized mentorship to offer each candidate a unique set of skills and competencies, setting them apart in the jobs market. Candidates will graduate the program prepared for niched markets of the hospitality industry.

Learning Outcomes that Shape Leaders

The EMBA in Hospitality Administration is an intensive and immersive program in the art of hospitality management. Designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in the dynamic and demanding hospitality industry, the EMBA program will result in the following abilities in candidates:

  • Develop strategies at both the property and corporate levels of the hospitality industry, including business environmental analyses.
  • Synthesize information towards sound and informed business decisions, with specific reference to financial implications.
  • Allocate resources effectively to transform strategy into reality.
  • Manage change at both an individual and organizational level.
  • Effective communication with key stakeholders.
  • Cultural sensitivity and the ability to solve problems via critical reflection.
  • Independence and autonomy in executing professional and entrepreneurial projects.
  • A holistic perspective to hospitality in practice. 

Career Prospects and Making Opportunities

Since its founding in 1893, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) has built a reputation as an educator of leaders in hospitality and produces, with recent graduates being recruited by Hyatt, Hilton, Swisshotel, InterContinental, Venitian Macau and other  desirable employers. 

Being highly customizable, the EMBA in Hospitality Administration provides candidates with an outlet to discover their strengths and weaknesses and build their professional profiles based on their unique talents and personal attributes. With the support and mentorship of talented faculty and industry professionals, candidates receive every opportunity in career advancement and, often, develop expertise in their own field of interest.

A Career-Accelerating Degree, for a Career Change or Advancement

Whether the goal is to push your career forward or make a shift into hospitality management, the EMBA in Hospitality Administration provides candidates with a platform to discover new skills and grow as future leaders in hospitality enterprises. Attracting a wide array of talented individuals from a variety of countries and industries, the EMBA in Hospitality Administration is a meeting ground for ambitious and success-minded business professionals.

All in all, candidates of the EMBA in Hospitality Administration enroll in the program in search of change, whether in terms of advancement in their current positons or a full career change. Both are common routes to the EMBA program and candidates are admitted from non-related industries, including banking, law, political science, art & culture, architecture and computer science. Ambitious hospitality professionals also seek out the program to refine and develop their skills as capable leaders for hospitality enterprises.

Application and Admission Requirements

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne selects EMBA candidates based on the collective of their academic and professional achievements, personal traits and one-on-one interview with an admissions officer. The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne seeks out candidates with ability and strength to succeed in an intellectually demanding environment and the motivation and managerial potential for a career in the complex industry of hospitality.

In addition to academic and professional qualifications, ideal candidates demonstrate artistic ability and a strong customer-service orientation. 


In order to qualify for the EMBA in Hospitality Administration, candidates must have achieved the following:

  • Two years of professional experience in a supervisory position (experience in hospitality not required)
  • A minimum age of 25 years
  • High English Proficiency
  • GMAT Scores

Application Processes

The following must be included in all applications:

  • An English Language CV
  • Two personal essays 
  • One additional statement of purpose (for candidates with no experience in hospitality)
  • Two letters of recommendation form professional or academic sources
  • TOEFL 100 iBS or IELTS Band 7.0
  • Official GMAT scores

Degree and diploma etc.

Graduates of this program will be awarded an Executive Master of Business Administration from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.

European Accreditation

  • The Executive MBA in Hospitality Administration is recognized by the Swiss federal government as an HES-SO degree(University of Applied Sciences). Degrees of this type follow the principles of the Bologna Declaration and are euro-compatible. 
  • It has also been granted the “OAQ evaluated” label from the Swiss center of accreditation and quality assurance in higher education.

US Accreditation

The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) - EMBA Accreditations

Program Structure

The EMBA curriculum reflects an immersive and accelerated program and requires approximately 60 hours of work and study each week. The program is specifically designed to help creative and resourceful candidates gain core skills in financial and strategic management, as they apply to the hospitality industry and in preparation for leadership roles in the field. 

Semester I: Financial Management for the Hospitality Industry

Module 1: Theory and Practice in Hospitality Operations

  • Wine Knowledge and Beverage Management
  • Wine History
  • Food & Beverage - Preparation and Service

Module 2: The Hospitality Environment

  • Hospitality Economics - Food & Beverage
  • Hospitality Economics - Lodging
  • Tourism Economics
  • Front Desk & technology Systems

Module 3: Business Research Methods and Tools

  • Business research Methods

Module 4: Finance and Asset Management

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Real estate Finance and Valuation
  • Corporate Finance

Semester II: Strategic Management for the Hospitality Industry

Module 5: Marketing, Markets and Customers

  • Services Marketing
  • Revenue Management
  • Digital Marketing

Module 6: Strategic Management  and Entrepreneurship 

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Investments

Module 7: Management and Development of People

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personal Development and Career Action Plan

Module 8: Capstone Project

The final Capstone Project is designed to provide candidates with a platform to put new knowledge into practice. With support of faculty and industry professionals, candidates will work with executives to design a complete project solution to an actual business issue relating to lodging, food & beverage preparation and service, transportation, real estate development, etc.

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Total fees are as follows:

Tuition CFH 49'475
Communal Services CFH 5'405
Food and Beverage CFH 3'980
Total CFH 58'860

Provider: Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Route de Cojonnex 18
1000 25 Lausanne

Phone no: +41217851111

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Zully Ruiz (EMBA 2011)
I had been in the hospitality industry for 8 years when I decided to go back to school and pursue my MBA. My class consisted of 26 students aged 25 to 40 from 19 countries, and speaking 21 different languages. Half of the class were career switchers and had never worked in hospitality. We lived, studied, ate, played, traveled together – we did e...
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Mandeep Singh (EMBA 2011)
My time at EHL was a transformational experience for me. I immediately became immersed in the different cultures, the curriculum and the extra-curricular activities. This along with the personal development coursework was instrumental in my evolution on both a personal and professional level. Also, beyond the context of the business knowledge I ...
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Kimberly Goins-Setzermann (EMBA 2010)
I was searching for a way to reposition myself within the hospitality industry after working onboard luxury expedition ships for National Geographic. The Master programme at EHL has given me the ability to make a graceful leap from ship to shore with the confidence to start my own company as a hospitality consultant.
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