Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management - Master of Business Administration
What to expect
How to apply
Advance your career in the hospitality and tourism sector with this specialist JCU postgraduate course. Graduates from this joint master’s degree have the expert business knowledge and experience to become a leader in hospitality and tourism.
Your career path could lead you to work in hotels and other tourism venues, as well as government departments or private companies in Australia and overseas.
You could find employment as a duty manager, sales and marketing consultant, or human resources adviser.
This joint master’s degree gives you the business management skills essential to becoming a leader in the hospitality and tourism sector. Advance your career and become a management-level professional with specialised knowledge of business operations and administration.
You will learn how to make decisions using critical thinking and analyse high-level issues relevant to your chosen industry. Sustainability, innovation and effective leadership are strong themes throughout this course.
This joint degree provides you with the skills needed to become a professional at manager level.
Upon graduation, you will:
- Have specialist skills within the business environment
- Understand management strategies that shape tourist behaviours
- Recognise the principles of change management
- Analyse tourism systems to enhance sustainability
Find out more about the subjects you will study using the course handbook.
If you are an international student studying at the Brisbane campus, you are able to study either full or part time. This course is only available full time if you are studying at the Singapore campus.
Depending on what subjects you have studied, if you exit this degree before completion, you may be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate or Diploma of International Hospitality and Management, or Business Administration.
About JCU's MBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Enhance your employability or begin a successful career in tourism, hospitality, or the business world. Gain valuable managerial skills through your Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management - Master of Business Administration degree from JCU.
A Comprehensive Skillset
Gain the skills you need to be a leader with your MITHM-MBA (similar to an MBA in hospitality management or MBA in tourism). Move into management positions in tourism or the hospitality sector. Position yourself to be ready for a business career, or use your extensive training and experience to improve your current position and salary.
Develop specialist business skills within the tourism and hospitality environment. Understand the strategies that effectively shape tourist and guest behaviours so you can increase revenue and improve customer experiences.
A MBA in Hospitality Management with Extensive Experience
Gain practical insight into key issues through your MITHM-MBA (similar to a MBA in tourism and hospitality management course) at JCU. See first-hand how a changing world business environment affects the hospitality industry. Put principles of strategic innovation into practice and see how those principles work out in the real world.
Graduate ready to work and become valuable to employers with the experience you gain through your applied research project. Take part in research that makes a difference alongside leaders in the field. Then, plan your own research process to better understand the challenges facing these industries and the role you want to fill.
Protect the Future with an MBA in Tourism
Prepare to be a leader in promoting sustainable enterprises that protect our environment. See first-hand how corporate responsibility can impact on society and the environment and learn to be a force for positive change.
Take advantage of JCU's partnerships with key hospitality and tourism bodies to develop your cross-cultural communication skills. Deepen your commitment to economic justice for all and learn how tourism can work towards reconciliation and diversity. Analyse the history of business so you can effectively build on what works while changing what does not.
Develop Key Employability Skills
Be ready for the jobs of the future by learning critical analysis skills in a tourism management and business context. Use those skills to evaluate current practices and value systems; then use your evaluations to make reasoned recommendations for meaningful change.
Learn how to think outside the box and apply creative solutions to challenging problems facing the hospitality industry.
Become a more effective leader through your MITHM-MBA (similar to a MBA in tourism) studies. Improve your communication skills so you can present complex information to all different audiences. Learn how to take the initiative and work independently while also improving your skills in collaborative teamwork.
Combined degree – Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management and MBA
Be ready today for tomorrow through your MITHM-MBA (similar to a MBA in hospitality management) at James Cook University. Build on your current passions and skills and gain the experience and understanding you need to be part of a dynamic future.
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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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
- 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +61 7 4781 5601
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management – Master of Business Administration
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a business or tourism related 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.
*Business disciplines: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Management, Commerce, HRM, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organizational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule 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
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 Business Administration component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management component of the degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
LB5228:03 The Changing Business Environment (Australia only or LB5236:03 International Political Economy (Australia only) or LB5124:03 Business Innovation and Technology Management (Singapore only from SP52)
LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
LB5233:03 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
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
TO5203:03 Hospitality and Gastronomy
Select 3 credit points of LB52xx subjects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not offered in 2020
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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.
24 credit points and not more than 12 credit points of subjects specified in the course structure, for either component of the joint degree.
Credit 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 12 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.
Credit will not be granted for work experience or undergraduate studies.
MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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 for one or more of the following awards:
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD (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 students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.