Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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UMass is proud to be part of a very small elite group of top-ranked hospitality management programs. But this worldwide recognition has to be earned. A recent survey of our alumni and current graduate students revealed the reasons they chose UMass for graduate study. In addition to our reputation, they cited the number and quality of our faculty, the robust curriculum, the ideal location, the vast number of alumni, financial assistance opportunities, and the personal attention they received here.

The Master's program will qualify students for leadership positions in the hospitality industry, government, education, and consulting. The H.T.M. Department offers thesis and non-thesis tracks, both leading to the Master of Science degree.

The thesis track is designed with flexible requirements to allow students to develop individualized courses of study with their major professor and committee. It includes courses in H.T.M. and other departments in the Isenberg School of Management. A research-based thesis is required (6-credits).

The non-thesis track also includes courses in H.T.M. and other departments in the Isenberg School of Management. In place of the 6 credit thesis, students complete an additional course in H.T.M. or Management (3 credits) and conduct a major hospitality research study (3 credits).

While the number of students accepted into the program varies each year, we typically maintain an enrollment of 35 to 40 students. Fifteen instructors, all with doctoral degrees, make up the graduate faculty.

The program of study includes courses in other disciplines that expand fundamental concepts in the various elements comprising the hospitality and tourism industries. Departmental courses undertake to extend, refine, and adapt the basic concepts to unique areas of the hospitality field. Upper-level courses in the program encourage the use of all available resources and develop analytical and decision-making skills central to the hospitality industry.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Welcome to the Isenberg School of Management. If you are a student considering our programs, you will discover an exciting curriculum that combines business fundamentals with an emphasis on innovation ... Read More

Welcome to the Isenberg School of Management. If you are a student considering our programs, you will discover an exciting curriculum that combines business fundamentals with an emphasis on innovation, interdisciplinary study, and social responsibility. As an Isenberg School student, you will join an extended community with an alumni network of 32,000 business professionals. Our graduates have an increasing impact on business and society; they also serve as exemplary role models and future employers of our students. At the same time, Isenberg School alumni provide us with a crucial financial support that strengthens the national competitiveness of our programs. The Isenberg School will prepare you to lead and manage innovation in an increasingly global economy. You will learn to think more innovatively about manufacturing, business services, and business processes. And you will have the opportunity to experience the global economy firsthand through our own international studies courses, which combine concentrated class work with two-week visits to Italy, China, Denmark, Brazil, and four other destinations. The Isenberg School ranks first among public universities in the Northeast and 58th nationally in the current edition of Business Week’s annual survey, The Best Undergraduate Business Schools. Our increasingly selective undergraduate program—this year’s entering freshmen had high school grade point averages of 3.65 and SAT scores of 1,171—offers majors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations management. In addition, students also major in our two industry niche specialties of sports management and hospitality and tourism management. Our full-time residential MBA program has also earned increasing distinction. In U.S. News and World Report’s current survey, America’s Best Graduate Schools, we placed first among our MBA counterparts at public colleges and universities in the Northeast and 58th nationally. And in the 2007 edition of Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools, our MBA program earned top-ten national rankings in four of eleven strategic categories. In a field of 282 MBA programs, the Isenberg School ranked: 2nd in Best Overall Academic Experience 4th in Best Professors 5th in Greatest Opportunity for Women 10th in Toughest to Get into At the Isenberg School of Management, our commitment to business education also includes preparing business educators themselves: Graduates of our Ph.D. program—the oldest in business at a public school of higher education in New England—hold faculty positions at more than one hundred colleges and universities. Read less
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