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Study a graduate program in hospitality management

What will I study in a graduate program in hospitality management?

Studying a graduate hospitality management course will enable you to develop a depth of knowledge of management theories and specialised aspects of tourism and hospitality management that will secure you a position of seniority within the industry. A graduate course in hospitality management will firmly establish the foundations of a long and dynamic career.

A vital aspect of studying a graduate hospitality management course is to develop and broaden your ability to analyse, debate and challenge current theory and to evaluate alternative approaches.

During your hospitality management program you will enhance your investigative research skills which will give you the option to pursue a research degree if that is the path you choose to follow.

Your graduate course should give you the ability to be forward looking, critical and analytical when approaching management problems and issues within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Length of program

The length of your graduate program in hospitality management will depend on the country and type of course you choose to study. You should also factor in time for a work placement, which most postgraduate courses will offer. As a guide, you should expect the course to last around the following lengths:

  • UK- 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-3 years

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for a hospitality management postgraduate course vary from institution to institution and country to country, but you are generally expected to have a relevant undergraduate degree and/or work experience within industry.

Career development

Upon graduation from a hospitality management course, some students go on to develop careers in their host country, whilst many undertake work in some of the more remote corners of the globe. As a graduate, you can expect to take up a range of senior positions within your chosen industry. You will be expected to work in management roles for major hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Some areas of work that hospitality management graduates work in include:

  • Hotels
  • Leisure
  • Catering
  • Management
  • Marketing

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate hospitality management programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course.
The average tuition fees per year of graduate programs in hospitality management are listed below:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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