International Hospitality and Tourism Management MBA Program

Start your future in  International Hospitality and Tourism Management . Our International Hospitality and Tourism Management MBA Program offers ideal locations for students and professionals in the fields of business, hotel/restaurant management, tourism or related areas who wish to earn an advanced business degree.

The MBA program with a concentration in International Hotel and Tourism Management may be completed in just 15 months.

Offered at the following campuses:
Tampa Bay, Madrid and Online


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The 45 credit program leading to the MBA degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management may be completed in a minimum of one year and a half. Students may transfer from one campus to the other and complete their degree requirements. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields may need to complete MBA preparatory courses. This program may also be completed online.

Graduates of the MBA in International Hospitality and Tourism program will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret the impact of global issues facing hospitality managers.
  2. Assess the potential impact of hospitality operations on the operating environment.
  3. Demonstrate multicultural sensitivity and awareness to global issues, opportunities and sustainability.
  4. Create an appropriate strategic plan for a hospitality enterprise.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of other businesses operating within the broader tourism context and hypothesize their impact upon hospitality enterprises.

Required Core Course Credits: 45

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the impact that individual and group behavior can have on organizational performance. It will stress differences in organization behavior across cultures. The course will also focus on the key factors that affect and shape organizational behavior. It will provide: practical examples; exercises and simulations; and methods for problem solving on behavioral issues.
This course is an essential tool that enhances a manger’s ability to make effective economic decisions. Because understanding concepts is more important than memorizing techniques, this course describes both theory and practice so students understand how to produce and apply information that is useful in day-to-day decision making. This course deals with all business sectors – nonprofit, retail, wholesale, service, selling and administrative situation as well as manufacturing. The focus is on planning and controlling decisions, not on product costing for inventory valuation and income determination. Management accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, accumulating, analyzing, preparing, interpreting and communicating information that helps mangers fulfill organizational objectives. This course builds upon the student’s basic understanding of financial and managerial accounting by exploring in more depth the essential concepts of managerial accounting, including ratio analysis, budgeting and cost measurement.
The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, the financial crisis and the global economic crisis make it more important than ever for students and managers to understand the role that finance plays in a global economy, in their own companies, and in their own lives. This course is designed to help students prepare for a changed world. The course combines theory and practical implications. An understanding of finance theory is essential for anyone developing and/or implementing effective financial strategies. The course begins by reviewing fundamental concepts, including background on the economic and financial environment, financial statements, and the time value of money, bond valuation, risk analysis, and stock valuation. With that background the course moves to specific techniques and decision rules that can be used to help maximize the value of the organization.
This course is focused on the process by which a company from any country can creatively adapt to the international environment within which they operate relative to the marketing concept and strategic aspects of marketing management. The course provides comprehensive coverage of the marketing mix, including various types of entry modes and channels. It also addresses aspects of the changing international marketing environment. Special attention is focused on the techniques and tools for effective decision making in the international marketing environment with practice case examples.
This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills needed to formulate and implement successful strategic moves in the new competitive and interlaced global environment. Students will come to understand that successful multinational managers view the world as an integrated market where competition and collaboration evolve from anyone and anywhere. This course considers how cultural differences affect strategies and operations and gives the student an appreciation of how social institutions such as the economic system, the polity, the education system, and religion play an important role in any multinational operation. This course emphasizes specific techniques utilized by a multinational firm; its strategy, marketing, finances, decision- making, organization, communication, planning and control.
Business research is a systemic inquiry that provides information to guide managerial decisions. It is a process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information and insights to decision makers. This course is designed to give students experience in a wide range of methodological and fieldwork activities involved in an actual piece of research. The main stages in historical, social science and business research are addressed. This course prepares a student for various research projects using empirical research methods including formulation of a research problem statement, literature and theoretic review, research design, data collection and fieldwork and construction of and development of a solid research project. Ethics is also addressed.
This course is a comprehensive overview of information systems and the management of these functions.  Emphasis is made on introducing computer hardware, software, procedures, systems, and human resources.  The course will include discussions and readings on conceptual and practical foundations of information-processing systems support for management.  Topics include decision-making functions, computer system project management, and economic, ethical, and legal considerations of management information systems, system implementation, and evaluation.
This course is designed to take a strategic approach to marketing by outlining the major dimensions of the global business environment. The course will focus on a set of conceptual and analytical tools that prepare students to successfully apply the four Ps to global marketing. The course will help the student develop international strategies in planning market research and control with regards to legal, cultural and economic factors involved in crossing border. Ethics, corporate social responsibility and social responsiveness in the globalization era are also addressed.
This course focuses on HRM in a multinational setting in term of human resource activities, types of employees and countries of operation. The complexity of operating in different countries and employing different national categories of workers is a key variable that differentiates domestic and international HRM, rather than any major difference between HRM activities performed. The course familiarizes the student with the basic functions of HR including staffing, recruiting, training and development, compensation, employee relations and performance management with an emphasis on the international environment.
This course emphasizes private and public law. The private law applicable to international business transactions includes the law of international sales, trade finance and letters of credit, licensing and distribution agreements, agreements with foreign sales representatives and other governing law. Public international law includes conventions, treaties and agreements among nations that make up the legal framework within which international business take place. The treaties of the European Union, the GATT agreement, the agreements of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA are prime sources of public international business law. Public international law provides the basis for government regulation of international business. It affects the environment within which a firm develops its international business strategies, and establishes the organization’s responsibility to national laws and administrative regulations. Legal concerns including ethics and social responsibility will be addressed throughout the course.
An advanced and thorough treatment of the principles of food and beverage control. Dynamics of food and beverage operations, relevant control techniques, major areas of profit improvement.
This course provides an overview and introduction to the broad subject on international travel and tourism. Aspects covered include an overview of the travel industry, government role and policy, tourism development, selling travel, transportation services, and hospitality and related services.
This course bring to focus the growing importance of tourism in developing economies of the world for producing change, alleviating poverty, and achieving sustained growth. Conservation of irreplaceable natural environmental features, restoration of unique specimens of cultural heritage, capacity restraints, and thresholds of social acceptability must be considered in planning sustainable tourism. The course shows the interrelation and interdependence of tourism planning and marketing. The course also provides an understanding of the importance of planning and management in tourism development and implementing strategies that take into account environmental and community issues.
Familiarizes students with property management systems, POS restaurant systems, menu management systems, inventory systems, and the accompanying hardware and software used within the hospitality industry. A project involving the complete analysis of an in-use system and field trips.
Through the use of case studies students are exposed to real problems in a variety of scenarios. They will develop their analytical skills, their flexibility of thinking, and their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
Total Credits: 45

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