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International Tourism Management, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master’s in International Tourism Management at the Cologne Business School (CBS) is based on the demanding Master’s degree in Business Administration, augmented with additional tourism management content.


This is because a Master’s degree in International Tourism Management at the Cologne Business School (CBS) requires a first-class grasp of business, a fact that is true regardless of whether you wish to specialise your Master’s in event management, aviation management or even big data and tourism.

Becoming the Managers of Tomorrow with CBS’ MA Tourism Management Degree

Tourism is data-driven. Therefore, in the third semester, you will explore cutting-edge topics like big data and the cloud, analyse data in research classes, and observe how the strengths of traditional sales channels like e-commerce and mobile are combined for omnichannel commerce. To do so, current trends and issues in the tourism industry will be discussed in-depth. CBS’ MA Tourism Management degree will ensure that you will obtain the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

For example, hospitality and event management is the art of providing copious amounts of guests with a seamless, perfect experience – an experience which is orchestrated by hundreds of people working smoothly in the background. CBS’ MA Tourism Management degree will teach you the necessary expertise required to improve your skills in:

  • Intercultural team management
  • Self-management
  • Project management

Career Opportunities

As the tourism industry is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, there are a colossal amount of opportunities awaiting you after the completion of a Master’s in Tourism Management at CBS. For example, you may wish to pursue a career with one of the following:

  • An international tourism company
  • Tour operator
  • Online tourism platform
  • Tourism start-up
  • Tourism marketing organization
  • Or in hospitality management
  • Aviation management


  • If you are interested in a private degree course, you will find a wide-ranging offer of private universities of applied science and universities. However, you will then ask yourself whether each of these offers is suitable for you and whether you will really be ideally prepared for your career. As a state-recognised university, the Cologne Business School can present you several quality certificates and seals of approval for their degree courses:
  • I-State recognition
The state recognition of a university can always only be awarded by the Ministry of Science of the federal state where the university has its headquarters. According to Article 72 III no. of the Grundgesetz [Basic German Law], the states are equipped with the exclusive legislative competence for the area of higher education. § 72 HG NRW [Higher Education Law for North Rhine-Westphalia] clarifies that non-state educational institutions can also be recognised as universities or universities of applied science under certain circumstances. The Cologne Business School is state-recognised by the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • II-Accreditation by the FIBAA
In connection with the internationalisation of German higher education and the introduction of the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts structure, it was agreed that accreditations will be introduced in addition to state supervision. The FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), which has accredited all six of the Cologne Business School's degree courses, is one of the few agencies which have been granted permission to award the quality standard.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business Economics
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Strategic Analysis and Management
  • Accounting
  • Destination Management
  • Tourism Development
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • The Ethics of Tourism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is an application Deadline for students who require student visa:

    • May 15th of each year for following Winter Semester 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

The admission requirements for our CBS Master programmes are a first academic qualification with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. 


  • Your CV in tabular format
  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)
  • Letter of motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”
  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)
  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7530 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4950 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Köln

  • 831 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


CBS offers a one-time 3,000 scholarship (which will be spread on all semesters) for all BA, MA and the MBA full-Time program (The Fast-Track will receive a 1,500 scholarship). The scholarship is based on grades, motivation extracurricular activities but will be assessed automatically, once we receive a COMPLETE application.

There also Is a EU students Scholarships of 25%, which students can only apply to once enrolled. Maybe mention the option, that we offer some kind of support in the funding section.

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