Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management


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Program Description


The Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management program is an advanced degree program to better prepare future leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry. It is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the industries that operate under the rubric of global tourism; widen their horizons in regard to unresolved issues in the field, and further develop their analytical abilities and communication skills.

The program prepares students for professional careers in both the private and public sectors of global hospitality and tourism and it also serves as a foundation for more advanced studies.

Students are provided a broad preparation in the important operational aspects of the organizations that comprise the hospitality and tourism industries. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving and decision-making abilities as well as the acquisition of basic research skills.

The program will be designed to satisfy the needs of students with undergraduate degrees in any field who want to be better prepared for careers in hospitality and tourism.

For those with degrees other than hospitality and tourism or business administration, a series of foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed before courses for graduate credit can be taken. All, or a part, of the foundation-core course requirements, may be fulfilled by courses taken at universities other than the University of New Orleans. Students with undergraduate degrees in hospitality and tourism or business usually have satisfied all, or most, of the foundation course requirements. Also, students may pursue the M.S. Degree on either a full-time basis or a part-time basis. The entire program can be taken in the evening.

Why choose Hospitality and Tourism Management?

Tourism is the world’s largest industry and by the year 2011 will employ over 260 million people worldwide. Many people are unaware that beyond the frontline employees that we all see there is a cadre of highly sophisticated managers with complex and challenging jobs requiring advanced managerial skills.

Why complete a Masters Degree?

This degree along with your work experience will give you an advantage as you progress to higher levels in your career. You will be exposed to advanced business concepts, and acquire skills that will have practical applications in the workplace. Your personal development will be enhanced through interactive learning and you will have opportunities to share your experiences with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Why select the University of New Orleans (UNO)?

UNO is a premier urban public university with over 16,000 students and has been rated as a university that offers the best value for the tuition dollar. Our mission is to produce well-rounded, three-dimensional individuals who are fully prepared to function as responsible citizens, and as skilled employees and entrepreneurs, in the complex and changing environment of a new century. UNO, a member of the Louisiana State University System, is located on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain in an attractive residential area that is convenient to the financial, commercial, and tourism areas of the City of New Orleans. The tract of lakefront property upon which the University is situated is among some of the most scenic and valuable real estates in New Orleans. Adding to the modern academic environment of the University are the educational, cultural, business, and recreational opportunities, which abound in New Orleans.

The Kabacoff School is part of the College of Business Administration which maintains high standards of academic excellence in all fields of business. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in business are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Why choose the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration (HRT)?

The Kabacoff School ( ) is named after Lester E. Kabacoff, a pioneer in the hospitality and tourism industry in New Orleans. The School has graduated students in HRT for over 30 years and has a strong, industry experienced, and internationally diverse faculty. It has close relationships not only with the hospitality and tourism industry in New Orleans but with practitioners and academics throughout the world. With the uniqueness and charm of the French Quarter, world-class cuisine, and jazz, New Orleans is perhaps the greatest "living laboratory" for hospitality and tourism management in the country. Why wouldn't you want to learn about the hospitality industry in one of the most unique and exciting tourist destinations in the world?

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

In almost all cases, the emphasis will be on your active participation in the learning process. You will share your ideas and experience with others as the faculty guide you through seminars, presentations, industry internships, projects, case studies, and information technology activities among others.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of New Orleans is an urban university located near the banks of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The College begins a new era this year under the leadership of Dean John C. Gardner. Wit ... Read More

The University of New Orleans is an urban university located near the banks of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The College begins a new era this year under the leadership of Dean John C. Gardner. With a Fall 2003 enrollment of almost 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students and a budget of over $9 million, UNO has one of the largest colleges of business in the Gulf Coast region. Business students make up over one-fourth of the UNO student body (17,360)! The College, fully accredited by AACSB International, provides specialized training in a variety of business fields at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Many resources are available to support and assist prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The UNO Business Alumni Council is an active group supporting the continued development of the College. The College of Business also provides various community services through its support of research and business centers. Read less
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