Program Overview | American Hotel Academy

All students without a BA degree in a Hospitality or Tourism related field and with less than 12 months of managerial experience in hospitality or tourism, must undergo a mandatory Foundation Module, ran in parallel with semester I of the MSc. The unit introduces students to the operational concepts and aspects of hospitality & tourism and allows for a better understanding of further information taught during the MSc program.

Program Overview
Semester I Semester II Semester III
2100 Foundation Module
2102 Hospitality & Tourism Strategic Planning
2103 Financial Management
2105 International Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Strategies
2101 Business Research Methods
2104 Entrepreneurship & Innovation
2106 Project Management for Service Operations
2107 Dissertation / Consultancy Project
Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma – Tourism Manager

Master of Science International Hospitality & Tourism Business Management

Furthermore, on completion of an examination, a Postgraduate Certificate: Tourism Manager, issued by the Romanian Ministry of Labour, and the Romanian Ministry of Education is also granted (after completion of the research dissertation).

All units have prescribed assessment formats which the students have to complete and pass. One resubmit opportunity is granted within the semester for a unit that has not been successfully completed. Units cannot be carried over to the following semester.

Successfully meeting all the requirements of each of the units, and passing all the units of one semester is required before progressing to the next semester.

All certificates will be issued at the end of the year programme. The graduation ceremony is held in June of the following year, when the American Hotel Academy has the annual Academy graduation.

Students are expected to actively participate in every class offered for each unit, where the application of theory to the hospitality and tourism industry is shared and explained. Prior reading will be necessary in preparation for participation in the classroom experience.

Dedicating time to the attendance of all weekend classes enables the students to engage with the theory, share with the lecturer industry related application and problem solving. Fellow students become an important link to colleagues, the industry and to learning opportunities.

During each semester there will also be events to participate in as a group. Visits to international brands of hotels; a food and wine paring evening; and meeting with hospitality and tourism business managers to share their business experiences are part of the networking plans.

The Foundation Module
This unit is designed to be attended by those with business knowledge, but who have no professional/educational experience in hospitality & tourism. The unit immerses the student in the operational aspects of areas in the hospitality and tourism industries: food & beverage, rooms division and tourism.

Semester I & II
The first two semesters offer the 6 theory units of the programme, and on successful completion of these modules, you progress to the third semester.

Semester III – Dissertation
Each student will work on a dissertation project (16,000 words). The project can be approached as:

  • A individually completed dissertation investigating a hospitality or tourism subject
  • A individually completed  consultancy project in which an industry based question is researched and reported on.


 Dissertation sample