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MBA After Hotel Management: Eligibility, Top Colleges, Best Specializations

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: July 13, 2022 08:34 pm IST

There are a number of MBA specializations in India that are a direct or indirect fit for Hotel Management graduates in India. However, is going for an MBA after Hotel Management a good idea? What are the benefits of MBA after Hotel Management in India? This article attempts to provide the answers.

MBA After Hotel Management: Eligibility, Top Colleges, Best Specializations

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is surely one of the top choices of postgraduation courses in India. Because an MBA can be pursued after any stream of graduation, candidates from almost all streams of education whether it is engineering, science or arts can be found pursuing MBA courses in India. The variety of MBA specializations offered in India is diverse enough to cover almost all different streams of education, which includes Hotel Management.

Hotel Management is a popular stream of education in India and what makes it so is the promise of a particularly rewarding and glamorous career, plenty of opportunities to work all around the world and, on a basic level, the perks that come with working in the hospitality industry. This helps attract thousands of students for hotel management admissions every year through hotel management entrance exams such as the NCHMCT JEE.

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Why MBA After Hotel Management?

An undergraduate degree in hotel management, tourism or hospitality, such as Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM) or Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT) or Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTTM), has a good scope in itself. However, adding an MBA degree to your portfolio after completing Hotel Management can boost your profile and open new avenues of growth.

However, it must be noted at this point that going for an MBA after Hotel Management just for the sake of it will not be as beneficial. For a graduate who has just walked out of a hotel management college in India, pursuing an MBA may not even cause a significant or any difference in the starting salary. This is because there would be an essential element missing in the puzzle: Work Experience.

Pursuing an MBA degree after you get some work experience in the hospitality industry can take you a long way forward. Having hospitality work experience before going for an MBA will not only improve your perspective about the MBA course but also help you make better decisions with respect to which hospitality niche you want to get into and, based on that, which MBA specialization to choose after Hotel Management.

What are the Benefits of an MBA after Hotel Management?

An MBA after Hotel Management can be beneficial in a number of ways. It can:

  • increase your management, critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • increase your theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to the subject.

  • help you be a viable candidate for higher-level posts in your organization or company.

  • have a direct positive impact on your salary and growth.

What are the Best MBA Courses for Hotel Management Graduates?

The good news for Hotel Management aspirants is that there are a number of MBA courses in India that are specially designed for professionals working in the field of Hotel Management, Hospitality and Tourism. Given below are some of the best specializations of MBA you can go for after completing a bachelors degree in hotel management, hospitality or tourism. Also included are some of the top MBA colleges for hotel management graduates.

CourseTop Colleges
PGDM / MBA in Hotel Management

MBA Hotel Management Colleges in India

PGDM / MBA in Hospitality Management

MBA Hospitality Management Colleges in India

PGDM / MBA in Travel & Tourism Management

MBA Travel & Tourism Management Colleges in India


MBA Human Resource Management Colleges in India

MBA in Marketing

MBA Marketing Colleges in India

So, these are some of the top and popular colleges for pursuing an MBA after hotel management in India. Let's take a quick look at some more details regarding MBA after Hotel Management in India.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for MBA after Hotel Management in India?

Candidates seeking admission to an MBA course after completing Hotel Management or UG course at the undergraduate level must satisfy the following eligibility criteria.

  • Candidate must have completed a bachelor's degree course of at least 3 years duration. All of the bachelor level hotel management degrees (BHM, BHMCT, BTTM etc.) are eligible.
  • Candidate must have completed the undergraduate course from a recognized institute or university.

  • Candidate must have scored at least 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying course to be considered for admission. The minimum percentage may vary depending upon the requirement of the MBA college where the candidate wishes to take admission.

  • Some colleges may also require candidates to have a certain amount of work experience in a relevant field or position. Check the college eligibility criteria for more details.

How to do I take Admission to MBA after Hotel Management in India?

Candidates who have completed their bachelor's degree course in Hotel Management and are seeking admission to an MBA course must follow the MBA admission process in India. Basically, MBA admission after Hotel Management can be taken in the following steps.

  1. Check eligibility criteria for your choice of college and course.
  2. Register for any of the entrance exams that are accepted by your college. Here is a list of MBA entrance exams in India.
    Some of the commonly accepted entrance exams for MBA admissions include CMAT, MAT, ATMA etc.

  3. Qualified candidates then have to appear for the selection process as defined by their college. This may include:

    1. Written Test

    2. Group Discussion

    3. Personal Interview

Note that not all of the MBA colleges in India have the same selection process. However, the GD / PI round is common for admission to MBA courses across almost all colleges.

Remember, going for an MBA after Hotel Management can provide a great boost to your career. However, since MBA is a big investment of your time and money, it is crucial that you carefully consider your options of courses and colleges, and take any decision after giving it some thought.

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