Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

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Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Cairns, Singapore, Brisbane
February, July
Study in Brisbane and Singapore is only offered in trimesters with three start dates in the year.
2 years full-time
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Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline; or equivalent
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Maximise your skills and expertise with this postgraduate course specifically tailored to equip you to address the complex issues unique to your chosen industry.

Learn from expert lecturers who are leaders in their fields. With a focus on sustainability, innovation and effective leadership, you will learn how to make decisions using critical thinking and analyse high-level issues

Students complete essential core subjects and choose from a range of electives. Get real-world knowledge through your own research project.

Become a leader in the hospitality and tourism sector with this specialist JCU postgraduate course. Advance your career and become a management-level professional with expert knowledge of business operations and administration.

Your career path could lead you to work in hotels, resorts, convention centres, and other hospitality and tourism venues, as well as government departments or private companies like airports, meetings, events and tour operators, in Australia and overseas.

Graduates find employment in roles such as General Managers, Sales and Marketing Directors, Human Resources Managers, Event Managers, Convention Services Managers, Front Office Directors, Directors of Catering, and Managers of Information Technology.
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Equip yourself to deal with the complex issues facing the modern hospitality industry. Launch a new career or propel the one you have through your Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management (similar to a Masters in Hospitality Management) with JCU.

Become a Leader

Work with leaders in the field, building your professional network and gaining first-hand experience in making decisions and stepping in to solve problems. Become a master at effective oral and written communication skills through your hospitality masters degree, leading and directing others as you work towards the company’s vision.

Use your skills to help team members collaborate to achieve business success and provide exceptional experiences to guests. Learn to work effectively both independently and within a group. Take ownership for your decisions and practice taking initiative to resolve conflict, bring people together, and inspire those who work under your supervision.

Gain Valuable Experience

Virtual reality is no substitute, and through your hotel management masters studies at JCU you will gain direct, real-world experience. Develop your critical thinking and analysis skills through your world-class education. Design and pursue your own research project, applying your theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Understand how the hospitality industry affects the environment and the economics of community tourism. Become competent at understanding different value systems embraced by varying cultures and how this plays into issues within the industry.

Learn how to use revenue management skills and dynamic pricing to grow a property. Build your accounting and financing skills on the principles of marketing management and tourism system analysis to provide an experience that visitors want. Become competitive in the global market with an enhanced knowledge of cross-cultural issues and how to market a destination.

Build a Sustainable Future

Prepare to meet the challenges of the future with our hotel management masters degree. Understand how issues of sustainability and social justice integrate with the hospitality industry. Be a part of research that matters.

Learn how the hospitality industry can promote the importance of local cultures and socio-economic systems while providing the highest level of service to visitors. Use your skills and position to advocate for ethical environmental and economic practices.

Pursue Your Passions as You Launch a Career

Build on your interest in personal interaction, travel, and business to launch a successful career. Use your hospitality management masters anywhere in the world, ensuring customer safety and comfort, and coordinating the efforts of others.

Combine your Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management with a Master of Business Administration. Develop the skills employers want to see or use this degree as a strong foundation to become an entrepreneur.

Prepare yourself to work in traditional hospitality jobs at hotels, convention centres and resorts. Add value to government departments and tourism boards. Use your understanding of hospitality and gastronomy to become a catering director, or launch your own consulting or tourism enterprise.

Build Your Own Future With a Hospitality Masters

Be ready today for tomorrow with your hospitality masters from JCU. Build on your existing skills, learn new skills, and gain a multifaceted understanding of the hospitality field, and the future.
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Joint degree options

Joint degrees give postgraduate students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management can be combined as a joint degree in the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management - Master of Business Administration. Please note that the joint degree is not available in Cairns.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience; or completion of either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of International Hospitality Management from this university.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Applicants who wish to study in Brisbane should apply through the JCU Brisbane website.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

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Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level  9)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or  have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse complex tourism and hospitality-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives

  • Evaluate contexts within which differing sustainable tourism and hospitality performance methods should be integrated and applied

  • Evaluate sustainable  economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives

  • Research and apply established concepts to solve tourism and hospitality and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse complex contemporary tourism and hospitality issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence

  • Apply creative thinking effectively to tourism and hospitality theory and practice

  • Present complex tourism and hospitality analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using:

    - Effective oral presentation skills; and

    - Clear and fluent written communication

  • Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both collaboration and leadership

  • Adapt tourism and hospitality constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise independent judgment and initiative in solving differing tourism and hospitality problems

  • Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional tourism and hospitality learning and practice.

Course Structure

Foundation Subjects

LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5236:03 International Political Economy or LB5228:03 The Changing Business Environment

Core Subjects

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5235:03 Applied Research Project or LB5520:03 Professional Project/Internship

TO5002:03  Tourism and the Environment

TO5101:03 Tourism Systems Analysis

TO5102:03 Tourism and Hospitality Operations Management

TO5103:03 Global Destination Competitiveness

TO5104:03 Tourist Management Strategies

TO5202:03 Economic Decision-Making in the Hospitality Industry

TO5203:03 Hospitality and Gastronomy


Select 6 credit points of any LB52__ subjects


Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects











Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

In particular the following general credit will be granted:

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate discipline* – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in non-cognate discipline and relevant work experience** – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in cognate discipline* and relevant work experience** – 24 credit points (4 foundation subjects + 3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235 or LB5520)

  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours degree in a non-cognate discipline – 12 credit points (3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235 or LB5520)

  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours degree in a cognate* discipline – 24 credit points (4 foundation subjects + 3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235 or LB5520)

  • AQF level 8 graduate certificate in any discipline – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 8 JCU Graduate Certificate of International Hospitality Management – 12 credit points (4 core subjects)

NB Where practical experience without qualifications, as set out above, is used to meet entry requirements that experience will not also be used to give credit.

*Management, Tourism and Hospitality or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

**Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in a management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organisation. Students will have demonstrable tourism and hospitality management experience relating to organizational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points


Credit for core subjects will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Credit will not be granted for work experience or for undergraduate study.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of either

  • Graduate Certificate of International Hospitality Management

  • Graduate Diploma of International Hospitality Management.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,720 (Estimate only)

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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