MBA International Hotel Leadership
Student Domestic International
Study mode Online
Campus locations Online
Duration2 years full time, 4 years part time
Start date

05 Jul 2021

30 Aug 2021

25 Oct 2021

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School | Torrens University

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E T/A Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School


What is an MBA in International Hotel Leadership?

An MBA International Hotel Management course provides the knowledge, skills and qualities required to move into a senior leadership position in hospitality and hotels. Over two years, this course builds key knowledge in operations and management while developing you to be influential, adaptable, resilient and progressive. 

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Created in partnership with industry

Designed to build the next generation of senior hotel leaders. 

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Design a course that fits around you
Studying online? All your learning materials are just a click away, and so is your lecturer. 

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Immediately applicable to your current role
Our courses are designed to provide practical skills, so you can add value to your workplace. 

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 4-5 hours of study per week, plus 1-2 hours of micro modules each week.

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Most face-to-face courses are also available online. Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements.

2 Core Subjects
  • Framing Your First 90 Days As A Leader (Core) | IHL501
    A leader’s first days and months in a new job are whirlwind. Many new leaders choose to focus on the first 90 days as a critical window of time to acclimate themselves to their organisations, their new roles and to develop a better sense of what goals deserve top priority. Learn how to best approach the first 90 days as a senior leader and how best to set up this next phase of your career for success. Students will explore various leadership styles and approaches, engagement with culture systems and processes, and how to make a difference through impact.
  • Be the GM – Lead Your Hotel (Core) | IHL604
    The hotel Leadership Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to apply the analytical and theoretical skills developed in the program to an online hotel based simulation project. This project provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the management and leadership skills learnt during their program, in addition to drawing on the considerable experience acquired in their earlier careers.
10 Electives

Choose 10 Electives from below:

  • Securing Growth and Investment for Your Hotel | SGI502
    Influencing and negotiating hotel investment and capital expenditure (CAPEX) decisions are critical to the success of hotel growth and development. This project gives you an end-to-end understanding of the hotel investment process and the ability to judge whether an opportunity fits with the corporate and operational hotel strategies. On completion you will have the ability to critically identify and justify the most lucrative opportunities, select the best outcomes and get the maximum return on investment.
  • Managing your brand for consumer engagement | MYB502
    In the present hospitality business environment, brands need to participate in and inspire a conversations with their consumers. Digital technology has rapidly evolved in the last decade and so, too, has the way people communicate. Converging contemporary literacies and traditional business models allows for effective consumer engagement ultimately winning customer advocacy. You will learn about this shift and how it has altered the way Hotels communicate with their audiences. You will also learn about the challenges of managing a Hotel brand and how rich and compelling content marketing, combined with omnichannel distribution, are integral to brand engagement.
  • Creating Innovative Guest Experiences for Competitive Advantage | IGE503
    Service innovation is a rapidly expanding area of practice. Within this area, design thinking is used as a collaborative method for working with key stakeholders within a hotel to formulate innovative approaches to the overall user experience. Consequently, service innovation has been considered as crucial in the hotel industry in order to gain competitive advantage. This project will allow students to take a solution based and entrepreneurial approach to customer services challenges and present innovative solutions to these challenges.
  • Managing your digital business resources | DBR603
    Online resources are powerful tools for generating demand in today’s competitive hotel environment. Lead generation refers to a seemingly unlimited amount of knowledge about brands and the industry, understanding potential guest preferences has become a critical aspect of the marketing professional’s job. This project will expose you to digital business resources and show how these resources influence the implementation of digital strategies.
  • Championing Organisational Change | COR602
    Organisational change is a reality that leaders face at all levels of the hotel business. Understanding the complexities of the change process, including the technical and human aspects of change, requires careful and meticulous analysis and execution. The aim of this project is to develop competencies required for championing and managing organisational change in a hotel. This project is shaped by the need to create a sustainable and flexible organisational structure embedding longer-term adaptability to respond to dynamic business environments.
  • CSR602 Leading CSR To Drive Business Performance and Social Impact
  • Leading in Times of Crisis - When To Lead, When To Manage | LED603
    Leadership in internal or external crisis events necessitates the application of general leadership principles under extreme circumstances – often characterised by uncertainty and disorder, non-standard risks and consequences, limited timeframes in the context of rapid change and limited communication. This project empowers hotel professionals with the appropriate leadership knowledge and skills required for effective performance during rapidly changing situations and crisis events. Students will focus on leadership under pressure, in times of crisis, and in response to global issues and trends. Ethical dilemmas in crisis leadership will also be examined. Furthermore, students will explore the facets of working with a Crisis Management team and executing a Crisis Management plan.
  • Emerging Markets and Disruption | EMD603
    International markets present significant opportunities, but only to those companies with clear goals, in-depth strategies and visibility to measure performance. Not all markets are created equal, and when disposable income, unique regulations, competition, distribution channels and operating costs are taken into account, it may be surprising to note which countries should be targeted. This subject will explore how leaders make intelligent decisions on emerging markets to help facilitate growth. It provides a blueprint for researching markets, setting clear and realistic goals, evaluating various market entry options, modelling and growing one’s business for the long term.
  • Incubators and Intrapreneurship | IAI603
    Intrapreneurship and innovation are increasingly important in all areas of business and is key to continued relevance and sustainability. It is of particular importance to the service sector due to continuous technological disruption. Hotels innovate in order to outmanoeuvre or respond to competition, deal with new challenges, and improve service delivery. In this subject, students learn how to drive innovation and intrapreneurship through the organisation via incubation and disruption.
  • Coaching as a Leadership Activity | EXC603
    The hotel industry in China has experience meteoric growth, resulting in a $44billion business with well over 2.5 million rooms. Regardless of how expert one is in one’s own market, China remains a vastly different business and cultural environment. There is no single strategy to ensure success. This project aims to equip students with cultural and business insights and understanding that are essential for successfully executing a China focused guest experience.
  • Revenue Management | REV603
    Hotel leaders are charged with making strategic and proactive decisions to increase occupancy, rates and total revenue for their properties. Applying a systematic process to such decision-making can increase their success. Students will learn to use various tools that will assist them in understanding customer demand at the micro market level, and achieve maximisation of revenue through pricing optimisation. Students will be required to interpret and utilise financial data to make revenue and yield decisions.

Industry partners and work placements

As part of Torrens University Australia, BMIHMS students undertake industry placements with some of the most prestigious restaurant, hospitality and tourism organisations in Australia and the world. From day one you’ll be gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and building key industry relationships. We are proud our strong industry partnerships and always welcome opportunities to make new ones.

Timothy Cannon - MBA International Hotel Leadership student testimonial
Timothy Cannon
MBA International Hotel Leadership
Torrens University was able to deliver the MBA program in a way that worked with my needs. I had the flexibility to complete it in my own time and with subjects which complemented my experience.

Learning outcomes

  • Master the cross-functional challenges of corporate leadership within a hotel
  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy and presence that reflects greater confidence and capabilities
  • Develop a systematic approach to continuously improve hotel operations
  • Learn how to lead complex organisational change agendas and projects


Why study with us?

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia offers an immersive education. Our unique learning experience combines world-class practical training with industry placements at the most prestigious organisations in Australia. Our courses are designed with the input of our industry partners, to ensure you're only developing skills that can be directly applied to your hotel and hospitality career.

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Learn from the best at BMIHMS, the No. 1 hotel management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific (Kantar 2020).
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Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Find out why large hotel chains actively recruit our students after graduation.

Choose your student type for entry requirements, fees and scholarships

  • Domestic
  • International

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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A bachelor degree (equivalent to AQF 7); or
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Three years of professional, administrative or managerial work experience. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Scholarships: Domestic students

A career in hospitality brings many opportunities locally and globally across multiple industries. We offer hospitality scholarships to help you discover a career you love. Apply today for the financial support you need to launch yourself into an exciting and rewarding new life.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below

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  • Australian bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent; and
  • Be over 21 years of age; and
  • 3 years of post-degree professional experience; and
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Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

Fees: International students

International fees
Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Fee payment
Course fees can be paid in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

    View our fees

  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    View our fees

Scholarships: International students

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.

Key intake dates

31 May 2021 | 13 September 2021 | 14 February 2022

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits


  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit:

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

  • How much are Torrens University Australia courses?

    For a full list of tuition fees, visit Tuition Fees.

    Remember, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, your fees can be covered by FEE-HELP. You can find out more information on FEE-HELP on the StudyAssist website at or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia, or
    • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.
    • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans
    • be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (your provider can tell you if your course is eligible)
    • submit the Request for FEE-HELP form to your provider by the census date
    • not have already borrowed up to your HELP loan limit.

    Permanent residents can only get FEE-HELP for approved bridging studies.

    If you are studying at a non-university, you will also need to meet the ‘pass rate’ requirements.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or speak to a Course and Careers Advisor and we can guide you through the process.

  • Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

    To be eligible for FEE-HELP you need to be an Australian citizen , and have a tax file number. You must also be studying at an approved higher education provider, such as Torrens University Australia.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • How do I apply for FEE-HELP?

    If you receive an offer from Torrens University Australia, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP. You will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form if you want to defer payment of some, or all, of your tuition fees. You will need to quote your tax file number or provide a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number. The form must be completed before the due date.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or speak to our Course and Careers Advisors and we can guide you through the process.

  • Is there a FEE-HELP limit?

    For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. The Australian Government publishes the HELP Loan limit on their website.

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition costs. Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. Note: Any loan fees that were applied to study prior to January 1, 2019 will not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.

    Students repay the loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student reaches the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which for 2019-20 is $45,881.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or Contact Us and we can guide you through the process.

  • What courses are available for FEE-HELP?
    To find out more, visit How to Apply.
  • What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee-paying students pay their tuition costs.

    You must be studying at an approved FEE-HELP provider in order to access a FEE-HELP loan, such as Torrens University Australia.

    A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or textbooks, and must be repaid once you start earning above a certain income threshold.

    To find out more, visit the Study Assist website:

  • Is there anything I can do to prepare for Torrens University Australia?

    There are lots of resources to help you prepare for university life. Attend one of our workshops or events and get some tips firsthand from our industry-focused lecturers and current students.

    The events programs range in topic and delivery mode, so there should always be one to suit your needs. At any time you can contact one of our Course and Careers Advisors to talk through your career goals. They can guide you on what to expect and how you can get prepared earlier. If you know exactly which course you want to enrol in, you could take advantage of the early entry program.

  • What is the Early Entry Program?

    The Torrens University Australia Early Entry Program has been created to allow you to apply and secure your place for your chosen course before you finish your Year 12 exams.

    To find out more, visit Early Entry Program or email or phone 1300 575 803.

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy and can be done online by filling out the apply form. If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

  • How will I know if my application has been processed?
    Our Course and Careers Advisors will help you through every step of the application process and provide you with updates. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email.
  • I am having trouble with my application. Who can help?
    Our friendly Course and Careers Advisors are available to answer all your questions and guide you through the application process. Fill out the contact us form and one of them will reach out to you.
  • What are pathways?

    All Torrens University Australia courses have specific entry requirements, but we also offer multiple pathways into courses when you don’t meet those entry requirements.

    There are different pathways for different courses. For example, we offer a range of diploma courses which pathway into bachelor degrees in Business, Design and Creative Technology, Health and Hospitality. We also have graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses which pathway into masters courses in Business, Global Project Management, Sports Management, Health, Education, Design and Hospitality. 

    For more information on different types of pathways available, visit study pathways.

  • How can I pay for my course?

    Payment information will be outlined in your offer letter but there are a couple of different options:

    1. Upfront payment via credit card, BPAY, cheque or overseas bank account transfer
    2. Full or partial payment via FEE-HELP Government Assistance (domestic students only)
  • What are the key dates for 2021?
    To find out more, visit Key Dates.
  • What are the semester and term dates?

    Torrens University Australia has three main intakes each year, usually during February, June and September. There are also a range of accelerated intake dates available, meaning if you just miss the start date, you don’t have to wait until the next intake.

    You can apply any time throughout the year for the next intake start date – or a future start date if you are planning ahead. Different semester dates apply for Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School as well as some of our other courses.

    To find out more, visit key dates.

  • Do I need to wear a uniform?
    Our undergraduate students are expected to follow strict grooming standards on campus. These are documented in the welcome booklet prior to starting your course. For our postgraduate students, corporate business suits are worn to campus.
  • I have worked in the hospitality or hotel industry. Can I get credit for this?
    Yes, as long as you can provide evidence of the hours you worked (minimum 600 hours), the organisation you worked in and a description of the duties you carried out. This must be submitted and approved upon enrolment.
  • Is Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School part of Torrens University Australia?

    Yes. Being part of Torrens University Australia, BMIHMS students benefit from university prestige, increased global opportunities and learning in an environment that encourages innovation. Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, career-focused and global perspective to higher education, aiming to provide graduates with a globally oriented skill set that will make them desirable to employers.

    When you graduate, you will receive an internationally recognised degree from BMIHMS at Torrens University Australia. You can also continue studying programs, going from diploma to bachelor to master and even a PhD.

  • What happens if I fail a subject in my degree?
    If you fail a subject, you may be eligible to repeat the failed exam/assessment if you obtained a marginal fail (45%-49%) for the first time. The repeat exam would be completed by week 3 of the following term. If you score below 45%, you will have to repeat the entire subject again. All failed subjects will show on academic transcripts.
  • What is Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS)?

    We are the No. 1 ranked hotel management school in Australia and Asia Pacific (Kantar 2020), at which students live and study in a simulated hotel environment.

    BMIHMS was founded by Swiss hotelier Fritz Grubler and Australian founders of Mawland Property Group, Robert Whittingham and Max Player. We are the first school in Australia to operate the internationally recognised Swiss hotel management program.

    For more than 30 years we have trained world-class graduates in hotel management. Today, we offer a bachelor degree and a master degree in International Hotel Management, as well as a MBA in International Hotel Leadership.

  • What is the English Language Program (ELP)?
    The English Language Program (ELP) is designed to support students from countries and cultures where English is not their first language. It is an intensive program that will take your English skills to the next level prior to starting their studies at BMIHMS. Those who attain IELTS 6.0 academic or equivalent will automatically progress into the bachelor degree. Minimum entry to the ELP is IELTS 4.5, with students increasing by IELTS 0.5 over a 10-week period. BMIHMS offer the English Language Program at the Leura campus. To find out more, visit English Language courses.
  • Do I get help to get an industry placement?
    Yes. The Career Development department will coach you through your job-application process. As well as assisting you with job searches, resume writing and interview techniques, they will help you secure an industry placement with an approved employer. BMIHMS has a Career Development department to assist you on all campuses.
  • Can I work in Australia on my student visa?

    Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during study breaks. Find out more at

    All people working in Australia have basic rights and protections in the workplace, including minimum pay and conditions. The Fair Work Ombudsman makes sure that these rights are protected and enforced fairly under Australia’s workplace laws. For more information, please visit the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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