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Hospitality and Tourism Management - M.S.

The Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management provides an integrated hospitality and tourism education with an emphasis on regional, national and global implications of the field. The curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality and business management, preparing graduates for well-compensated positions as managers in restaurants, hotels, conference centers, country clubs and other hospitality venues.

This program is offered 100% online.

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Program Information

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Work experience in hospitality or tourism is preferred.
  • Goal statement describing professional and research goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score
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International applicants who do not meet the above test scores will not be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze and discuss managerial problems and issues related to tourism and hospitality.
  2. Discuss and evaluate the social/economic, global/multicultural, operational and environmental issues facing hospitality and tourism management.
  3. Formulate professional attitudes and opinions related to the hospitality and tourism industry.
  4. Use, interpret and report industry data.
  5. Disseminate professional vision in a hospitality and tourism setting.
Dual Degree

Dual Degree with Master of Business Administration

Student have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration and the M.S. degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The dual M.B.A./M.S. degree prepares students for responsible leadership positions and provides an integrated hospitality and tourism education with an emphasis on regional, national and global implications of the field.

Dual Degree Requirements

Major Requirements
ACCT 63037FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
ACCT 63038MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
BA 64005ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING 2
BA 64026SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 2
CIS 64042GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY 2
ECON 62021MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 2
ECON 62022MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS 2
FIN 66050LAW AND ETHICS 2
FIN 66060MANAGERIAL FINANCE 2
HTM 55047GLOBAL ISSUES OF TOURISM TRADE 3
HTM 56000TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL 3
HTM 63022CURRENT ISSUES IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT 3
HTM 63091RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
HTM 65041TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY REVIEW 3
MGMT 64158LEADERSHIP 2
HRM 64271HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2
MGMT 68051BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I 1
MKTG 65051MARKETING MANAGEMENT 2
RMS 65511RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
Culminating Requirement
HTM 51092HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM 3
HTM 64099HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE 3
MGMT 64399BUSINESS STRATEGY 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:50
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
HTM 53025HOSPITALITY MARKETING 3
HTM 55047GLOBAL ISSUES OF TOURISM TRADE 3
HTM 56000TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL 3
HTM 63022CURRENT ISSUES IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT 3
HTM 63091RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
HTM 65041TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY REVIEW 3
MGMT 64158LEADERSHIP 2-3
or MKTG 65051 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
or MKTG 65054 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
RMS 65510STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
RMS 65511RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
Culminating Experience
HTM 51092HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM 3
HTM 64099HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
HTM 53025 HOSPITALITY MARKETING 3
HTM 63091 RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
MGMT 64158
or MKTG 65051
or MKTG 65054
LEADERSHIP
or MARKETING MANAGEMENT
or INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
2-3
RMS 65510 STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring Semester
HTM 55047 GLOBAL ISSUES OF TOURISM TRADE 3
HTM 56000 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL 3
RMS 65511 RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer Term
HTM 51092 HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM 3
HTM 63022 CURRENT ISSUES IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT 3
HTM 64099 HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE 3
HTM 65041 TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY REVIEW 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:30
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Fully online

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Business teachers, postsecondary

12.0%

much faster than the average

105,100

number of jobs

$88,010

potential earnings

First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

16.4%

much faster than the average

58,000

number of jobs

$50,440

potential earnings

Food service managers

0.6%

little or no change

352,600

number of jobs

$56,590

potential earnings

Gambling managers

8.8%

much faster than the average

5,100

number of jobs

$75,470

potential earnings

Lodging managers

-11.7%

decline

57,200

number of jobs

$56,670

potential earnings

Meeting, convention, and event planners

7.8%

faster than the average

138,600

number of jobs

$51,560

potential earnings

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-1.8%

decline

1,189,200

number of jobs

$116,350

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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