Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management

hospitality management bachelor degree

Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management

A program that blends the best of American entrepreneurship with the ethos of Swiss excellence and rigor.

Next intake

January 8, 2024


3 years


Le Bouveret, Brig


180 ECTS credits


Learn to think outside the box

  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset as you learn to think innovatively and take on the ever-changing world of business 
  • Become immersed in a learning environment that inspires creativity and ignites the entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Hands-on approach that will build a foundation for your future career success
  • Offered in partnership with the Carson College of Business (Washington State University), benefit from the knowledge imparted by their visiting professors
  • Graduate with:

Bachelor of International Business in Hotel and Tourism Management from César Ritz Colleges Switzerland*

Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University (Carson College of Business)


*The Bachelor of International Business doesn’t grant automatic access to the Swiss Higher Education sector.


Year 1

Le Bouveret

Term 1 (11 weeks)

• Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management
• Management Information Systems
• Nutrition, Health, and Special Diets
• Personal Development and Life Skills
• Introduction to Industry Experience
• Introduction to Food Service
• Language 1 (French or German)

Term 2 (11 WEEKS)

• Fine Dining Operations and Leadership
• Rooms Division Operations
• Wine and Beverage Management
• Mathematics for Hospitality Business
• Language 2 (French or German)


Switzerland or abroad (4-6 months)

Year 2


Brig - Term 3 (11 weeks)

  • Business Writing
  • Current Global, Social, and Sustainable Affairs
  • Business Statistics
  • Microeconomics for Hospitality Managers
  • Financial Accounting

Brig - Term 4 (11 weeks)

  • Hospitality Business Ethics
  • Hotel and Restaurant Design
  • Macroeconomics for the Tourism Industry
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Cultural Diversity in Organizations

Brig - Term 5 (11 weeks)

  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • International Politics
  • Food, Beverage, and Events Management
  • Decision Analysis for Entrepreneurs
  • Science for Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism



Switzerland or abroad (4-6 months)

Year 3


In your final year, put your knowledge into practice by participating in the Business Plan Competition. Present your entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges, who are themselves successful entrepreneurs. Finalists get to travel to the US and compete alongside other Washington State University undergraduates from around the world. 

In Term 6, you will also have an exceptional opportunity to take part in Innovation Week, a comprehensive project focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, as part of the Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship module. 

Term 6 (11 weeks)

  • Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • International Tourism
  • Business Start-up 1
  • Career Management and Leadership
  • Quantitative Methods for Business


  • Hospitality Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • Hospitality Operational Analysis
  • Service Operations Management
  • International Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Start-up 2


  • Human Resource Management
  • Economics for International Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Social Psychology of Hospitality
  • Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Hotel Management

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Next intakes

We highly recommend applying early. If you need a student visa, please be sure to allow 8 – 12 weeks between application and program start date.

July 08, 2024

Requirements & fees

  • Completed secondary school education (IB Diploma, IBCP Diploma, Maturité, Abitur, French Bac, 2 A-levels, high school diploma or equivalent). Direct entry options or credit transfer options may be available for IBCP, IBDP and BTEC Candidates. For further details or an individual assessment, please kindly contact
  • Swiss Maturité or Swiss commercial vocational baccalaureate or any Vocational Educational Training (VET) equivalent qualification 
  • English Level: IELTS academic module 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 55.  You can improve your language and study skills with our English Foundation Program

We highly recommend applying early. If you need a student visa, please be sure to allow 8 – 12 weeks between application and program start date.

Advance Learning Program

  • Taking university-level coursework requires that you meet the demands of lectures, seminars, and assignments. If English is not your first language, you are required to complete a short language assessment during the induction period. If you do not meet the minimum level for your academic program, you will be required to participate in the Advance Learning Program which runs in parallel to your regular studies and supports your academic progression. Students who benefit from this program will not be charged an additional fee.


Work experience

  • To facilitate your integration and success in your studies, we recommend work experience, ideally in the field of hospitality, before entering the bachelor’s degree program. For students without work experience, the school offers a vast range of internship opportunities

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