Hospitality and Tourism Management MS
The Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management enables students to build on their strengths and interests, broadens their knowledge of the industry; sharpens their management skills; and incorporates their professional and extracurricular experiences. The College of Hospitality Management candidates are especially attractive hires for hospitality and tourism organizations around the globe.
The typical Hospitality and Tourism Management MS candidate:
Is a professional working in a position related to hospitality, tourism or events. Holds an undergraduate degree in hospitality, business management, or a related discipline. Understands that advanced educational training is required to be competitive in a thriving hospitality, tourism and event industry.
The program offers thesis and nonthesis options. The thesis option is intended for students who are interested in the scientific study of the various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry and who may anticipate pursuing a doctoral degree or a professional research position. The nonthesis option is intended for students who anticipate a leadership position in the hospitality and tourism industry. The emphasis of the nonthesis option is on coursework, practical experience, and real-world insight.
The College of Hospitality Management aims to provide students with an outstanding graduate hospitality management educational experience and serve other stakeholders with continuing education, research, and service. The College is committed to the university goals by providing intellectual leadership through quality hospitality education, international prominence by means of educational and research programs, promotion of a global perspective, nurturing inclusiveness and diversity, and partnerships with local, national, and international hospitality and tourism constituencies.
Please note: This program may be completed online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management MS program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for students who choose the thesis option or nonthesis option. For both options, 18 credit hours are required core courses. Students in the thesis option must also take nine credit hours of a restricted elective and six credit hours of thesis work. Students in the nonthesis option must take 15 credit hours of electives. Irrespective of which option you decide upon, you can complete your degree either fully online or face-to-face, or customize it through a mix of both to fit your schedule and budget.
Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree
Candidates for the MS degree are constantly challenged with numerous requirements to engage in independent learning throughout the program of study through special projects and papers. For example, the capstone course, HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues requires a critical strategic audit project and a reflective paper. The project demonstrates a range of cross-discipline knowledge and analytical skills to perform an executive level analysis of an enterprise. The reflective paper has guiding questions that are subjective in nature and successful completion requires a thorough, insightful, and well-articulated document that describes the learner’s value proposition to industry and society.
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