Master in Tourism Management and Consultancy

Program Presentation

The main objective of this program is to become the international model for postgraduate courses in the field of Hotel Management & Tourism. It is a program that aims to develop strategic thinking and instill students with the methods of management, leadership and personal development that tourism industry executives need.

All of this is done within an international and multicultural context that allows students to learn from the experiences of academics and professionals.

The Master in Tourism Management and Consultancy aims to provide answers to the challenges of the modern world, using the latest information technologies and communication, granting access to quality training. Therefore, the large number of specialties permits the design of a customized program that meets real training needs of the student or the company, providing a personalized development.

The online course addresses the need to improve knowledge and skills from a professional perspective, through this Master in Tourism Management and Consultancy.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed methodology and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the Master in Tourism Management and Consulting program designed for university graduates who wish to acquire knowledge for the management, direction or coordination of any company in the tourism sector.

Diploma

  • Satisfactory completion of the program will result in obtaining the degree in Master in Tourism Management and Consulting.
  • Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the approval of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

Regarding time distribution it states that:

  • Since it is a distance program and not subject to class attendance, a specific start date is not set so students can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic reasons, the program has a minimum duration of six months.
  • The maximum time available for the completion of the program is two years. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments as well as the Final Project.

The credit structure for the Master in Tourism Management and Consulting Program is shown in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st part: Tourism Consulting 45 12 450
2nd part: Specialization 20 9 200
3rd part: Final Project 15 3 150
TOTAL 80 24 800

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the issuing university
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To train competent, self-confident professionals able to take responsibility, make decisions and solve problems, generating success for their companies.
  • To define the major forces that are driving the new tourism model as an alternative to traditional mass tourism.

Specific objectives:

  • To master new managerial and business decision-making technologies in the tourism sector.
  • To gain in-depth knowledge of different functional areas of tourism companies and corresponding management tools.
  • To acquire the ability to analyze, synthesize and systematically identify factors that create real problems or opportunities, thereby leading to correct decision making.
  • To develop the ability to adapt the field to include people from diverse geographical, professional, academic and cultural origins.
  • To know the characteristics of tourism management in an international context.
  • To familiarize students with the latest approaches and techniques in relation to green tourism.

Career Opportunities

The main career opportunities of the Master in Tourism Management and Consulting are oriented toward management and administration of tourism companies, both public and private. In addition to tourist information administration programs: consultancy and advisory departments; travel agencies and intermediary companies.Here are some of the career choices:

Here are some of the career choices:

  • Travel industry: travel agencies, tour operators and event planners.
  • Lodging and catering industry: hotels and hotel chains; mountain, ocean and country resorts; conference centers.
  • Tourist attractions and business facilities: art and cultural heritage; nature; amusement parks; fairs, conventions and expos; shopping; amusement; sports facilities.
  • Transport industry: airlines, bus and car rental companies, rail transport, shipping, ferry and cruise companies.
  • Tourist information and promotion: tourism offices; local, regional and national organizations; consumer organizations; tourism media; technical tourism information systems providers; consulting, research and counseling firms.

Study Plan

The Master in Tourism Management and Consulting curriculum is based on 3 sequential parts.
  • 1ST PART: TOURISM CONSULTING (450 HOURS)

The first part teaches theoretical, conceptual and historical foundations involved in tourism activity followed by its organizational, social and technological implementation.

The goal is for students to gain an overview of the tourism sector, through different related multidisciplinary topics.

Corresponding subjects and hours of the first part are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Tourism foundations 40
2 Marketing tourism businesses and destinations 60
3 Business administration and management 40
4 Strategic management of tourism companies and destinations 40
5 Financial management 40
6 Environmental management of tourism companies 40
7 Strategic Human Resource management 30
8 Quantitative analysis of tourism 40
9 ICT’s in the tourism industry 50
10 Quality management in tourism businesses and destinations 40
11 Tourism economics 30
  TOTAL 450
  • 2ND PART: SPECIALIZATION (200 HOURS)

Specializations allow students to go more in depth into the tourism industry areas that are of interest both professionally and personally.

Students must choose a unique topic for a 200-hour specialization, from among those offered.

The goal is to achieve the highest degree of expertise in the field of tourism, through complete, comprehensive and updated training.

  SPECIALIZATIONS HOURS
1 Hotel Management 200
2 Sustainable Tourism 200
3 e-Business in tourism companies 200
  • 3RD PART: FINAL PROJECT (150 HOURS)

The Final Project, that counts for 150 hours, must be written about a subject related to the field.

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 FINAL PROJECT 150

Management

  • Dra. Silvia Aparicio. Doctora en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por la Universidad de Cantabria. Directora Académica Internacional del Área de Desarrollo Directivo, Organización Empresarial y Recursos Humanos de la Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in CC. Business Administration from the University of Leon. Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. (c). Giani Kurtz Alegría. Doctorate in Projects, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Information Science from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Specialization in Tourism and Environmental Education at the University of Leon, Spain. Program Coordinator of the Master in Tourism Management and Consulting.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Eugeni Aguiló Pérez. Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands.
  • Dr. Natividad Juaneda Sampol. Professor of Applied Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands.
  • Dr. María Pilar Rodríguez Fernández. Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. María Jesús Sánchez Muñoz. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. Antonio Maya Frades (EPD). Doctor in Geography. Professor at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Doctor of Laws from the University of Alicante. Master in Administrative and Economic Law from the University of Montevideo. Postgraduate in Environmental Law from the Austral University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and an MBA from the School of Industrial Engineering in Barcelona. Consultant for business, technology and business solutions. Professor at the Iberoamerican International University.
  • Dr. Marco Antonio Robledo Camacho. Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Business at the University of the Balearic Islands.
  • Dr. Julio Batle Llorente. Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands.
  • Dr. Ernesto Negrín Sosa. Doctor of Technical Sciences. Master in Production and Services Management. Expert Diploma in Tourism Management
  • Dr. Onofre Martorell Cunill. Associate Professor in the Department of Business Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands.
  • Dr. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Civil, Channels and Ports Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. Professor at the Iberoamerican International University.
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Professor at the Piaget Institute, Portugal.
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in Quality Control. Business Administration from the University of Leon. Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Academic Director of the Environment Area at the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dr. (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Doctor in Project, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Comprehensive Management: Prevention, Environment and Quality, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c). Saúl Domingo Soriano. Doctoral candidate at the University of Leon. Master in Business Management from the Catalan Institute of Technology in Barcelona. Master in Consulting and e-Business Information Technology from the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain. Final Master Project and Specializations Director, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c). Giani Kurtz Alegría. Doctorate in Projects, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Information Sciences from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Specialization in Tourism and Environmental Educational from the University of Leon, Spain. Coordinator of the Master in Tourism Management and Consulting Program and its Specializations.
  • Dr. (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctorate in Education, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development, Business Organization and Human Resources and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Gabriela Larrea Madinyá. Doctorate in Projects, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Strategic Management from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Expert in marketing communication strategies and applying new technologies.
  • Dr. (c). Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management by PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business - Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufs.bre) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c). Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz. Doctorate in Projects, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Specialized Consultant in Labor Laws and Social Security. Program Coordinator and Professor at FUNIBER.
  • María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Expert in Human Resource Management and Management Skills. Professor at FUNIBER.
  • Pedro Chávez Chiclayo. Computer and Systems Engineer from the Trujillo Antenor Orrego University (Peru). Master in Computer Science from the State University of Campinas in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
  • Carolina Navarro López. Laboratory Coordinator for Tourism Research and Documentation from the University of the Balearic Islands.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.