Studiengang Details

M.Sc. in Business Administration – Major in Tourism

Fact sheet

MBA, Master of Science



Business Administration, Tourismus, Touristik, Fremdenverkehr

Teilzeit Studium


Hochschule Luzern – Wirtschaft
Sekretariat Master
Zentralstrasse 9
Postfach 3140
6002 Luzern
The Master of Science in Business Administration comprises a fundamental component with general management content and a clear focus on service management that includes all coursework completed during the first and second semesters.

Major in Tourism modules
The Strategy in Tourism and Marketing and Communication in Tourism modules, both of which examine individual organisations, make up the core of the Major. Moreover, the programme studies a range of business models, allowing students to learn about the sub-sectors of the tourism industry. Business models are of particular interest because they depend on their ability to form close networks among several organisations. The International Tourism Environment module takes a close look at relevant aspects surrounding international tourism. It offers an integration module during which students work on complex case studies. They thus rely on knowledge gained in previous modules with a view to reinforcing and applying particular skills. The modules research and master’s thesis naturally also have a clear focus on tourism issues.

Requirements and Application Process
The decision of whether or not to accept a student to the MSc in Business Administration programme rests with the dean of the programme. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or a university degree in business administration, economics or similar discipline. In order to enrol in the Master’s programme with a Major in Tourism, students must have 6 credits (equivalent to 6 contact hours per week per semester) in business administration and 6 credits in economics.
  • Starting from the 3rd semester, students are expected to have a basic knowledge of tourism. Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or a degree from a university of applied sciences not specialised in tourism must show certificates of completion for the following credits within the first year of study in the Master’s programme:
    --> 3 credits in destination management and 3 credits in transport/mobility, or 6 credits in destination management. Partial credits are accepted.
    --> 3 credits in a foundation course in tourism (with a business or economic focus). Partial credits are not accepted.
The application documents must be submitted by mid-May.

The university will conduct interviews starting at the end of January and will not issue a letter confirming acceptance. Because seats in the programme are awarded in the order in which applications are received, early application is encouraged.


Semester 1 and 2: Service Management
Semester 3 and 4: Major in Tourism


Licensed Swiss University of Applied Sciences

Wichtige Termine

The application documents must be submitted by mid-May.

Kosten und Gebühren

Einschreibegebühr: CHF 515.–
Semestergebühren: CHF 800.–

Examination fees per semester CHF 150

This does not include the costs of instructional material and study trips, etc.

Please note that any information about fees may be subject to change.


Students Grants and Loans
Cantonal government funding for students is available either in the form of grants or loans. While grants are non-repayable, loans are provided on an interest-free basis, but must be paid back within a specified period after graduation. Eligibility for grants and loans depends on a number of factors, which may vary from canton to canton. For further information, please contact the student grants department (Stipendienstelle) of the canton in which you are registered as a permanent resident.

Dauer des Studiums

Two years part-time

Karriere Perspektiven

The holders of the Master’s degree face favourable career and development opportunities because the programme enables them to assume challenging roles in project work, specialised fields and management. Entry level function include leadership positions in quality assurance, heading the marketing unit of a small organisation, managing product, sales, or marketing projects, or assisting executives or association heads. Graduates can transfer their expertise to other industries, drawing on tourism’s reputation as a “training camp” where managers develop a service orientation. This means they will be qualified to work for hotel chains, destination management companies, tour operators and other service providers.

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