The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University will launch a new dual Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) and MBA degree program, the schools announced earlier this week. The first cohort of students will begin classes in fall 2015.
The new program will give students the opportunity to complete both the MMH and the MBA over the course of two years. Students will earn their MMH from Cornell and their MBA from CEIBS. They will have the option of beginning at either school and completing the second year of the program at the alternate campus.
“An understanding of the way business is done in China, within a global context, is now an invaluable asset—as it will be for years to come—and the country’s service industry is becoming increasingly important,” CEIBS Dean Hellmut Schutte said in a statement. “CEIBS is pleased to be able to collaborate with Cornell in offering this opportunity of a dual degree that aligns two very important areas.”
In completing the dual-degree program, students will obtain a comprehensive hospitality management education. Courses will include operations management, organizational behavior, corporate finance, marketing, properties development and planning, managerial communication, human resource management, responsible leadership and governance and more. Students will also complete industry projects as part of the program, including an internship in hospitality or a related service industry during the summer between their first and second years.
“China is the second-largest economy in the world, and its hospitality industry is poised for dramatic expansion,” Dean Michael D. Johnson of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration said in a statement. “As the Chinese middle class grows, domestic hospitality companies are building new brands, and international brands are expanding into the country,” he continued, making this new degree program especially valuable.