The Master Programme
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Hospitality Management
Hotelschool The Hague has designed a 13 month full-time MBA Programme with a focus on business development, concept innovation and change management. Developed from the demands of the industry, the MBA Programme is designed to challenge you, as a future leader in service innovation. Founded on hospitality principles: you learn to excel and make a difference in industries where hospitality is or will become a key differentiator.
It offers you an inspirational environment in which you develop a strong base of knowledge and vision in hospitality innovation. It is designed for those seeking careers in business development, consultancy, hospitality management, facility management, marketing/brand management and entrepreneurship, where hospitality and hospitality innovation can make a difference.
Are you professional, ambitious, open-minded and creative? Do you have a genuine ambition to be a leader in the wider context of the service industry? Then join us at Hotelschool The Hague for our new, fully accredited, and internationally recognised Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Hospitality Management.
Are you interested? Please click on the link and let us contact you.
Meet our MBA Student Guido
Watch the video and learn why Guido chose for the MBA in International Hospitality Management:
Good reasons for joining the MBA Programme:
- 13 months, full-time
- Become a leader in service innovation
- International, industry-experienced faculty
- Inspiring programme with company visits and guest lectures
- Small community and classes, based in the heart of Amsterdam
- Personal mentor to coach you through your journey
- Fully accredited by the Dutch/Flemish Accreditation Committee
- International university; 100% English language programme
- Respected network of alumni
- Strong heritage, established in 1929
Online Open Days
Thursday, 13 April 2017 at 16:00 CET (UTC+2)
Special Guest: Prof. Rob Beltman, Course Leader for Hospitality Audit and Digital Technology
Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 16:00 CET (UTC+2)
Special Interview: Maarten Sonneveld, Partner Business Evangelist from Microsoft NL
More dates will follow soon, check our website for updates.
Register Now: MBA Online Open Day
MBA Open Days
Experience the MBA Programme LIVE!
Are you interested in learning more about the specific focus of Hotelschool The Hague’s MBA Programme? Do you have a passion for service and hospitality, an entrepreneurial drive and want to see how best to exploit your skills in today’s rapidly-changing world? Do you want some help to decide if this is the right programme for you? Then join us for On-Campus Open Days and have an actual taste of what our programme is all about!
During this event, you will receive a special masterclass from one of our lecturers, or strategic partners, and will discover the type of work we focus on by participating in a special workshop moderated by our current MBA students!
The upcoming On-Campus Open Days will take place on:
Saturday, 22 April 2017 at 14:00 CET (UTC+2)
Special Guest: TBD
Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 14:00 CET (UTC+2)
Special Guest: TBD
14:00 – 14:30 : Arrival and welcome refreshments
14:30 – 15:30 : Information Session on the MBA Programme
15:30 – 15:45 : Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:45 : Guest Lecture
17:45 – 18:30 : Closing Drinks
NOTE: Subject to Change
Interested? We are more than happy to welcome you at this event. Please register here: MBA Open Day
Your Hospitality Career
A Hotelschool The Hague’s MBA's degree opens doors to strategic and corporate positions in fields like business development, consultancy, hospitality management, facility management, marketing-/ brand management and entrepreneurship. We have placed hospitality concept innovation at the centre of this Master’s curriculum. Why? Because hospitality is becoming one of the leading differentiators in many industries.
The industry requires a new breed of leaders: our MBA students are people who combine business brains with a hospitality heart. They can build bridges, develop new business models, and find creative solutions in a fast changing world where creating memorable hospitality experiences is essential to every service provider. Both in- and outside the hospitality industry.
Graduates remain connected to the power of the Hotelschool The Hague brand: an outstanding reputation of hospitality excellence, respected by many different industries all over the world.
Research has shown that hospitality is one of the leading differentiators in many industries. Creating hospitable experiences requires vision, conceptual thinking and a hospitality mindset. It requires people who are able to build bridges, come up with new business models and find creative solutions. The MBA Programme reflects the importance of customer centricity and service leadership in today’s business environment.
You learn to analyse existing service models, and design, create and innovate alternative business models and concepts. These tools give you the skills to lead implementation and change in hospitality and hospitality related service industries. On graduation, you are ready to embed hospitality principles into any business, making it more valuable and future-proof.
Small classes with a maximum of 25 students guarantee personal contact with the faculty and interactive, stimulating discussions. You work in small multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams, learning from each other’s skills and cultures. The MBA Programme creates and sustains an action oriented learning environment of creative, analytical and conceptual thinking where men and women from different origins learn together.
In this 13 month programme, you explore the world of international hospitality leadership in service innovation design, participating in inspiring, practice-based courses led by our professional, industry experienced faculty. Our courses are supported by lectures from industry leaders, hands-on workshops and regular field trips, and an international study trip. These elements combined prepare you for a final consultancy project in which you, in the role of consultant, demonstrate your ability to take the lead in strategy, concept innovation and/or change in a real world environment.
The MBA Programme has one intake per year, beginning in the first week of September. The upcoming intake is scheduled for 4 September 2017. Please note this date can be subject to change.
Requirements & Selection
Read our Admission requirements.
You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management or a related field. It is also possible you hold a non-hospitality related economics or business Bachelor’s or Master’s. You want to broaden your horizon and you have a genuine ambition to contribute to hospitality innovation in the wider context of the service industry. You are open-minded, ambitious, creative and always searching for new challenges, all of which will help you to become a future hospitality innovator.
How to Apply
Before you apply, we strongly recommend you to contact us by filling out the Master Contact Form, to request a personal consult. Our dedicated MBA Admissions will review your case and advise you personally regarding your eligibility!
How to Apply?
Please download the Application Procedure and Instructions before applyling via our Online Application System.
If you have received your personal consult and/or feel ready to apply, please proceed to our Online Application System.
The tuition fee for the MBA Programme is €19.500
This is for the academic year 2017-2018. The fee includes courses, guest lectures, workshops, a study trip abroad and access to all the facilities the Amsterdam Campus of Hotelschool The Hague has to offer. Additional costs are literature (appr. €500,-), visa (if needed) and costs of living. We advise candidates to find accommodation in Amsterdam. Upon acceptance, we are happy to assist you.
Read more about visa in The Netherlands.
Masters of Hospitality
Meet our Masters of Hospitality, Erik Tengen, Jason Berg and Gaby Laudy.
Erik Tengen is Founder and COO at Oaky. Erik is a successful entrepreneur in innovative online review collection. Click on the image below to discover his secrect to hospitality success.
Jason Berg owns multiple booming businesses with different concepts in Amsterdam. Jason reveals the key to his succes in the Service industry: Watch the video
Click on the images below to read the experiences and quotes of some of the Master students. If you would like to get in touch with one of our current master students, please fill in the contact form.
Max is 25 years old and was born in Amsterdam. He was raised in Zeist, after which he moved to Groningen to pursue his BBA. However, he somehow always felt attracted to Hotelschool The Hague. After obtaining his BBA he decided to take a leap and apply for the Hotelschool’s MBA Programme.
"In September last year we started this MBA with 17 people from 11 different nationalities. With such a small group, it quickly became apparent how personal this MBA is. In the past few months we became more than classmates and we built a true relationship with each other. The collection of different cultures brings interesting and funny experiences. As for myself, I try to teach the others about my ways, and in return I learn about why others do things differently. I consider this program to be very divers, with relevant courses and interesting guest lectures from various sectors. I can hardly wait for the so called ‘study week’, a themed week that involves travelling to a new destination abroad. After my bachelors, I took some time for myself and worked for one year. During that year, I realized that I needed to further develop and challenge myself. Luckily, the Hotelschool gave me that opportunity. I can honestly say that starting my master here is the best choice I have made thus far.
“With the knowledge and experience I will gain during this MBA, I want to become a hospitality consultant. After I finish this year, it’s up to me to show future employers, Hotelschool The Hague and myself that I am well prepared for the labor market and able to spread my knowledge of the hospitality business. I believe that hospitality is a hot topic in every sector. From Bankers to Microsoft associates, I maintain that all stand to benefit from the intricacies of hospitality. I also sincerely believe I can be the one to promote this message"
“I don’t really have a favorite place. However, I would love to go to Buenos Aires. My father has lived there when he was young. He told me always inspiring stories about it. Hopefully, next year I go together with my family."
Ketteri Nomm (Estonia)
Bachelor in Marketing & Events, Estonia
“As a Master student at Hotelschool The Hague I have had the opportunity to meet hotel leaders from all over the world, gain new insights about emerging trends in the hospitality industry and develop an understanding that hospitality is not a ‘hotel industry studies’ or similar, but rather a service concept that can be applied to all industries. I recommend this university to people who are openminded, ambitious and appreciate the contribution that HTH puts into its students."
This programme exceeds my expectations. I already learned more in the first ten weeks than during the last years of my previous education
Laura Schukkik (The Netherlands)
Bachelor Business Administration in Hotel Management, The Netherlands
“As a Master student at Hotelschool The Hague I am currently following the Masters programme at Hotelschool The Hague. To be honest, I am already familiar with the Hotelschool since I obtained my Bachelor of Business Administration degree at HTH in 2012. Nevertheless, I decided to travel and work after my graduation.
Being at the starting phase of my career I felt I missed certain knowledge to realise my professional goals, this was for me the main reason to apply for a Master’s degree.The difference between the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree is substantial. The Master’s is definitely taking it to a higher level. Of course there is the same HTH atmosphere that I like so much, but the content is significantly different. It is mainly noticeable in the structure of the exams, the time spent on independent studying and the overall focus on hospitality outside the actual hospitality industry.
It feels good to be back! The new Amsterdam Campus looks great and there are many new faces. I am now in my second block of the Master’s and I can already recommend this study to all bachelor students."
Yulia Lyulina (Russia)
Student Master Programme 2014/2015
This is what the industry wants. People who are not only very knowledgeable, but also have the right skills and attitude.
The introduction week was magical. The inspiring guest lectures really add value to the programme and I am really happy with this programme
Marcello Magaldi (Italy)
Student Master Programme 2014/2015
This programme is changing my mindset and is challenging my reasoning, thinking and analytical skills.
Laura Osorio (Colombia)
Student Master Programme 2014/2015
I really feel challenged to be very analytical and to think out of the box.
Born and raised in Rajasthan, the north of India, Rohit moved to Amsterdam to pursue a master’s degree at Hotelschool The Hague. With an educational background in both accounting and HR, Rohit now feels like he can tie together all of his knowledge. “If you are somewhere different that your own culture, you tend to miss your family more. If I am in a different city, friends can still give me that feeling of being home, but when I am abroad, nothing can replace the feeling of being close to your family.”
“I like the mix of topics and information. During the courses, you bring your share of knowledge to the classes and then you just go from there. And there are so many topics that are brought in by everyone, there is hardly any topic that I don’t like anymore. I just haven’t had any lecture or guest lecture that makes me go home thinking ‘I didn’t like it that much’.”
“We go from statistics, to debating, we cover everything. I love the fact that we don’t constantly focus on hospitality, we look at hospitals, airlines, anything service related! The professors are so interactive, they challenge you to bring out your opinion, challenge yourself, and they want to learn from us as well.”
“My family was asking me to come over to celebrate Christmas. I told them no, I am in the Netherlands now, let me be. I just want to experience things like they are around here. Of course I miss them, but it great to make new friends that feel like family here. I wanted to be with people, serve people and be close to them. In relation to my previous studies, it showed me that education is really important, and to do something really well you need to learn different perspectives to look at certain matters. And that is when I decided then I wanted to go for an MBA in this field. Wanting to be with people, work with people – it made me choose and MBA at Hotelschool the Hague. It’s tough. But I knew it would be. It’s just a lot of hard work, but the rewards are amazing.”
Katarina Poljak (Croatia)
Student Master Programme 2014/2015
I made the right choice. The programme is exceeding my expectations as everything is well connected.
Shara Chernel (Germany/Kenia)
Student Master Programme 2014/2015
I really appreciate the genuine concern of staff and faculty. There is a caring and involved atmosphere.
Ana Camboim (Brazil)
Student Master Programme 2015/2016
It might sound cliché, but I’ve made the right decision when I chose Hotelschool The Hague to start my MBA. The school is very international, so we are able to work in teams with people from different cultures and backgrounds. In addition, the small class gives us the opportunity to have more personalized lectures in which the lecturers challenge us to think analytically and out of the box. At Hotelschool we are also stimulated to discover ourselves and what is our added value to companies from inside and outside the hotel industry. And not to forget, with the great Guest Lectures and Events we can expand our network to help us to conquer new opportunities and face new challenges for the future.
Gerasimos “Jerry” Diamantatos is 28 years old and was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He is the oldest of three brothers and a self-taught piano player. Currently, Jerry is part of the MBA programme at Hotelschool the Hague.
“I am convinced that I couldn’t have picked a better timing than now, to enroll in such a dynamic MBA program as the one of Hotelschool The Hague. The classes and courses perfectly match my needs and wants, especially given my previous experience. Having a global solid background with multinational hospitality operators, I am now able to lift my skills to a whole new level. I loved everything so far! The management and their attention to detail during the program are exceptional. The lecturers are inspiring and motivating, and the best thing is that they are very interactive. There is always room for discussion and brainstorming, which fits with our dynamic group. There are so many talented personalities around, and all of us usually undertake many activities together! I am super energetic, and I am able to connect with almost everyone from any layer or perspective. I love being around people, which fits my open and communicative character."
“I enjoy waking up early to do some exercise. That feeling you have afterwards, like you are ready to take on the world, lasts for days. Apart from that, I love playing the piano. When I was about 12 years of age, my dad was travelling in Dubai. One day he asked what I would really like him to bring for me as a present. Just out of curiosity I asked him whether he could bring me a keyboard. And so he did. After that, I started teaching myself to play the piano, just by listening and trying to unlock the mysteries of sound. Composing music came naturally, and nowadays there is nothing that helps me re-energize more than playing the piano. You can find me around at the public piano we have at the Amsterdam Central Station, or the piano we have in the hall of school.”
“I have lived in Dubai, and during this time I worked as a Restaurant Manager at Okku. Okku is Dubai’s voted favorite Japanese restaurant, and we’ve won many awards so far. Reaching a nomination for the “Restaurant Manager of the Year” in the “Caterer Middle East Awards” was an extra verification for me to keep pursuing my dreams.
“My ambition is to start my own business at some point. I would love to be able to provide other people with a venue which offers bespoke products and services, and my desire would be to have it in Greece. I have traveled the globe, but my favorite place will always be Greece. The vibe, the open and friendly atmosphere and the exciting feeling in the evenings make me love the Mediterranean. Always keeping an open mind for opportunities, I embrace the chance of being involved in the F&B development of big hospitality operators.”
“Life is about accepting, learning and appreciating. Find your dream, work for it as hard as you can, accomplish it, but never forget to appreciate the fact that you accomplished it. Appreciate the fact that you have made it! Life is a constant escalation of things. One thing happens after the other and they have a reason that they are in that order. It is a constant evolvement of activities that, when you deeply understand them, will make you better.”
Yes, except for native speakers and people who have worked or studied for at least two years in a professional English speaking environment. We accept official reports by IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge.
A GMAT will be required when there is insufficient information regarding the academic abilities and skills of the candidate or the candidate only has a three year Bachelor Degree.
The year is divided into 5 blocks, each of 10 weeks. Each block covers several courses which are based on inspirational, professional assignments and are supported by guest lectures, field trips and workshops. You can read more about the courses in the course overview.
No, we also welcome people with non-related Bachelor diploma’s. However you should have an economic oriented educational profile (like international business management, economics).
Please read the Admission requirements.
This very much depends on your personal profile. We advise you to send your CV and ask for a personal consult before sending the application file.
Before you apply, we strongly recommend you to contact us by filling out the Master Contact Form
to request a personal consult.
Our dedicated MBA Admissions will review your case and advise you personally regarding your eligibility!
If you have received your personal consult and/or feel ready to apply, please proceed to our
Online Application System.