International Hotel Leadership

MBA duration: 2 years full time

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  • Professional Development for hotel professionals
  • Fully online and customisable
  • Students can study standalone courses or group subjects together to complete a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or MBA
  • Intakes: Every 6 weeks

Key Dates for IHL 2020

2020 – Term 16 Jan27 Jan23 Feb24 Feb – 8 Mar
2020 – Term 29 Mar30 Mar26 Apr27 Apr – 3 May
2020 – Term 34 May25 May21 Jun22 Jun – 5 Jul
2020 – Term 46 Jul27 Jul23 Aug24 Aug – 30 Aug
2020 – Term 531 Aug21 Sep18 Oct19 Oct – 25 Oct
2020 – Term 626 Oct16 Nov13 Dec14 Dec – 03 Jan

Key Dates for IHL 2021

2021 – Term 14 Jan12 Jan14 Feb15 Feb – 7 Mar
2021 – Term 28 Mar16 Mar18 Apr19 Apr – 9 May
2021 – Term 310 May18 May20 Jun21 Jun – 4 Jul
2021 – Term 45 Jul13 Jul15 Aug16 Aug – 29 Aug
2021 – Term 530 Aug7 Sep10 Oct11 Oct – 24 Oct
2021 – Term 625 Oct2 Nov5 Dec6 Dec – 02 Jan

Course Entry Requirements

DegreeQualificationAgeEnglish Language ProficiencyQualification
International Hotel Leadership

Single Subject21+6.5 IELTS(Academic) with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent3 years+ managerial/ supervisory work experience
Graduate Certificate21+6.5 IELTS(Academic) with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent3 years+ managerial/ supervisory work

Relevant Undergraduate degree and 3+ years

Graduate Diploma21+6.5 IELTS(Academic) with no band less than 6.0 or equivalentmanagerial/ supervisory work
MBA21+6.5 IELTS(Academic) with no band less than 6.0 or equivalentRelevant Undergraduate degree and 3+ years managerial/ supervisory work


You and your career are unique.

 You have the power to design your qualification so that it propels you forward in your career right now, and sets you up for your dream future. You can study all 13 subjects in any order you want and graduate with an MBA in International Hotel Leadership. Or, you can choose a standalone subject to support a real-world project you’re managing now, and build on that later to achieve your MBA. If you need to take a break from study, you can pick up where you left off at any time. With industry-leading flexibility, you can study when, what and how you like, from anywhere in the world.

Project learning

You never focus on just one subject at work – be it finance, marketing or HR – and the same applies to your MBA. Your coursework will cover immersive industry case studies and real-world examples, and all your assessments will be project-based. You will experience what it takes to function effectively as a senior hotel executive in an international context from multiple angles, and be empowered to put everything you’re learning into practice. 

Subject Units Summary

13 Courses/Subjects designed as
Industry Projects
Framing Your First 90 Days as a Leader*Leading in Times of Crisis – When to Lead, When to Manage
Securing Growth and Investment for Your HotelEmerging Markets and Disruption
Managing Your Brand for Consumer EngagementIncubators and Intrapreneurship
Creating Innovative Guest Experiences for Competitive AdvantageExecutive Coaching
Managing Your Digital Business ResourcesRevenue Management
Championing Organisational ChangeBe the GM – Lead Your Virtual Hotel**
Leading Corporate Social Responsibility to Drive Business Performance and Social Impact 

*This subject is core to the MBA and we encourage you to study this module first
**This subject is your capstone subject and is core to the MBA
For a full list of subject descriptors click here

Why study an MBA in International Hotel Leadership?

  • Created in partnership with industry to specifically develop the next generation of senior hotel leaders. Everything you learn will be relevant
  • Projects are delivered by international industry superstars. Whether you’re learning from a hotel GM or discussing property acquisition with a CFO, you’ll get a global take on every aspect of your studies, from leaders at the peak of their careers
  • Delivered entirely online, meaning you can study when and where it suits you best around your current responsibilities. You won’t have to pause your career, and you won’t ever have to take time off to attend lectures on campus
  • Immediately applicable to both your current role and future career so you can offer increased workplace value from day one.

Graduate with confidence to:

  • Continuously improve hotel organisational practice
  • Analyse complex business problems
  • Manage complex organisational change agendas and projects
  • Drive innovation
  • Grow and lead collaboration and effective teams
  • Develop and enhance the performance of others and yourself

Professional Development for your staff

The Courses/MBA in International Hotel Leadership are custom-made for managers who are ready to step-up in their careers. It’s a strategic offering that will aid your recruitment and retention strategies, while increasing the motivation, knowledge and skills of your middle management team – improving their current job performance. Looking to the future, graduates will be expertly equipped for senior leadership positions, allowing you to promote from within. 

The world’s most innovative environment to grow your hotel’s leadership

  • Develop leaders who are globally oriented, future-focused and tech-driven
  • Leverage international industry superstars – world leaders within their fields – who will teach, coach and mentor your staff
  • Be assured that everything your staff learn will be relevant to the latest industry landscape, with every single subject designed in partnership with industry
  • Benefit from a project-based approach where staff are empowered to put what they’re learning into practice through work-orientated assessments
  • See an immediate benefit to your business, as staff apply new learnings to their current roles while they up-skill for the future
  • Create your own customised program to build the leadership skills your business needs now. Choose from a variety of program structures, starting from single subjects that can stack to a post-graduate certificate, to a post-graduate diploma, through to the MBA

Career Opportunities

The MBA-IHL is designed for and aimed at mid-career professionals that are looking to progress to roles involving overall leadership and governance of their current and other workplaces.  The scope of roles that graduates could contribute to is very broad in a services and hotels context. Roles include:

  • CEO
  • COO
  • Executive Director / General Manager
  • Director of Operations / Executive Assistant Manager
  • Head of Commercial and Strategy
  • Investment Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Director of Food and Beverage
  • Director of Rooms
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Director of Finance

Why choose Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School?

The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University Australia is the Number 1 Hotel Management School in Australia and Asia-Pacific (Kantar 2020). For over 25 years, BMIHMS has been providing internationally recognised hospitality and business degree courses that are highly respected within the global hospitality, hotel and event management industries. BMIHMS does not just provide students with an education; it gives students a pathway to career progression and continued success. In consultation with our extensive alumni network and industry connections, our programs help students progress their careers into senior management and hotel leadership positions. Students benefit from our extensive international network of relationships within the hospitality industry.

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