The Postgraduate diploma in hotel management is designed for entrepreneurs and managers of the hotel industry wishing to acquire the skills to become successful hotel managers. 


Federal recognition: This diploma is the only one in the industry recognized by the Swiss Confederation at the higher professional school (HF) level. 

Practical learning: The program focuses on real-life applications with modern ways of learning. You can immediately apply what you learn in your own working environment. 

Industry experts: Your lecturers are practitioners, who are able to adapt their teaching content to the current issues of the industry. 

Seminar based classes: Classes are held in seminar-format at selected hotels. This allows for an intensive training in an environment that fosters exchange and discovery. 

Key Facts



Postgraduate diploma in Hotel Management  

(Dipl. Hotel Manager NDS/HF) 



500 hours spread over 2.5 years



Selected seminar hotels in Switzerland



Part-time in 6 to 15 days modules over 2.5 years




Courses by Module

The 500 hours of seminars consist of 4 modules completed by a project and a diploma thesis. You will take a written exam after each of the first 3 modules. 

  • Team development
  • Leadership
  • Communication and interviewing
  • Employee motivation and selection
  • Employee qualification and development
  • Business management 
  • Strategic management 
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Markets
  • Customers
  • Trends
  • Strategies
  • Operational planning
  • Marketing mix
  • Collaborations and sustainability
  • Business management
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial planning and control
  • Financing
  • Investments
  • Taxes
  • Planning and implementation of construction measures
  • Economics
  • Real-time project
  • Impulse events
  • Project management

The module is completed with the diploma thesis.

Course 50 (fully booked)

  • Module People: 1st part 15.10. - 27.10. 2023. 2nd part 06.11. - 10.11.2023, SolbadHotel, Sigriswil
  • Module Market: 21.4. - 04.05.2024, Hotel Laudinella, St. Moritz
  • Module Means: 15.9. - 28.09.2024, Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad & Spa, Saanenmöser
  • Module Hospitality: 16.3. - 22.03.2025, Hotel Carlton Elite, Interlaken

Course 51

  • Module People: 1st part 13.10. - 25.10.2024. 2nd part 4.11. - 8.11.2024
  • Module Market: 27.4. - 10.5.2025
  • Module Means: 14.9. - 27.9.2025
  • Module Hospitality: 15.3. - 21.3.2026

Course 52

  • Module Human: 1st part 12.10. - 24.10.2025. 2nd part 3.11. - 7.11.2025
  • Module Market: 19.4. - 2.5.2026
  • Module Means: 13.9. - 26.9.2026
  • Hospitality Module: 14.3. – 20.3.2027

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a higher professional school, a vocational qualification or a higher technical qualification.
  • 3 or 4 years of management experience at division level.
  • Practitioners without a corresponding degree can be admitted based on documented management experience at division level and a successful assessment.
  • Interested persons with foreign qualifications can be admitted following the verification of their diploma equivalence or following a successful individual assessment. 
NDS Online Info  session

Join our online info sessions

We will be happy to share with you all the details about the NDS program and answer your questions.

Next sessions:

  • March 7, 2024, 17.00, online
  • June 5, 2024, 17.00, online
  • August 22, 2024, 17.00, online
Hotelfachschule Thun (72)

Program Fees

  • Tuition: 

CHF 16'800.- for HotellerieSuisse members
CHF 19'000.- for non-members

The costs include the four modules, the examination fee, the one-time registration fee, the supervision of the diploma thesis, access to Teams, cultural events, the diploma and the graduation ceremony.

  • Seminar fee:

CHF 12’000.- to CHF 13'000.-

Financial Aid

Program participants whose company is subject to the L-GAV at the time of registration may benefit from the financial support of the L-GAV. In addition, the employer may receive compensation for loss of earnings in the form of per diem.
Funds are limited. There is no inherent right to receive subsidies.  

The Hans Schellenberg Foundation of the Association of Graduate Hoteliers also awards scholarships and interest-free loans. Find out about the conditions and procedure directly from the Hans Schellenberg Foundation.


Benefit from the Alumni Association

The Association of Graduate Hoteliers VDH stands for networking, continuing education, exchange of experience and friendship among graduates, as well as for the promotion of the next generation of entrepreneurial managers.

The members are characterized by their entrepreneurial attitude. As role models, they set an example in the industry. Various membership categories take personal development goals into account.

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