Master In Management or in Tourism-Hospitality Management?

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  • Posted by Aether on 02/02/14 3:00pm

    Dear Thomas,

    I'm 24 years old and in about 4 months I'm going to finish with my BSc in Computer Science from London Metropolitan University.

    I love Management and the Hospitality-Tourism industry and after my Bachelor I was thinking to apply in EADA Business School (in Spain), either for the International Master in Management, or the International Master in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
    Maybe after 2-3 years of work experience I will also do an MBA.

    I just need to know if I study the Hospitality Management, will it give me an actual advantage in the tourism-hospitality industry? Or someone with a general Management Master will be considered better?

    And if I go for the general Master in Management, will I be able to work in the hospitality industry (if I want) and be competitive??

    Sorry if my questions seem stupid, but that's a very important step for me and I'm a bit confused because both Masters have their pros and cons.

    Thank you!
    Evan

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 02/03/14 12:40pm

      Dear Evan,

      your questions make absolutely sense to me. So how can we tackle them?

      For me, a specialized Master (e.g. the Master in Hospitality Management) makes sense to me if the program provides advantages over a general management Master. The most important advantages (provided that someone is interested in a specific industry or function) are:

      (1) Provide more industry-specific or function-specific knowledge: A Master in Marketing, for instance, should provide more marketing-specific knowledge than a MIM; similar, a Master in Hospitality Management should provide more specific knowledge.

      Compare the curricula of a general management master and a Master in Hospitality Management. Are there real differences or does the specialized Master just add one or two electives and labels this "Hospitality Management"? If there are essential differences in the curriculum, is it THAT what you want to learn?

      This first point could be a reason on its own to decide for a specific Master such as in Hospitality Management. But your decision would become even stronger if the next point plays a role as well.

      (2) Providing a reputation to industry-specific employers: Ideally, a specific Master is known by the relevant employers. If the global market leader in tourism (or one of them or its competitors...) or also a regional tourism firm that you want to apply for - in short: if your favorite employers - know and like the school and program and recruit there, then doing the Master helps you gain reputation. So, check out where the graduates work afterwards.

      (3) Providing a network to specific employers: Ideally, these schools bring employers on the campus (e.g. via career fairs) that other schools without such a program would not. This could be a real career-advantage.

      So, these are three important reasons to go for a specific program that you are interested in. Now, as for EADA, I suggest that you use our EADA Request Info Button and just send them a message.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by Aether on 02/03/14 1:00pm

      Dear Thomas,

      Thank you very much for the great information, you've been a big help for me and of course I will use the EADA Request Info Button soon!

      One more question, because I read this article of yours. Can you tell me if Hospitality Management has the same range of salaries with the General Management? Aren't the statistics in finding a job the same, since that's also a management program? Or things there are different?

      Greetings from Greece, have a great day!
      Evan.

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 02/03/14 2:21pm

        Hi Evan,

        the results i the Global MIM Survey refer (1) only to Masters in General Management and (2) particularly to the MIM programs offered by the schools mentioned in the report and infographic. A Master in Hospitality Management is not included in the survey since it is a "specialized" Master, not a general management master.

        If I were you, I would openly ask EADA or any other business school of your interest about career statistics, however.

        Best wishes
        Thomas

    • Posted by Aether on 02/03/14 3:04pm

      That's what I will do then. :)

      Thanx again!
      Evan.

    • Posted by Aether on 02/04/14 12:06pm

      Hello again!

      Just to let you know, I talked with the University and they answered all my questions, they had an Employment Report and I also found online a great Salary Survey in Hospitality and Leisure.

      Thanx a lot for your help!
      Evan.