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    Jun 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Hospitality Management, M.S.


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Contact Information

College: Muma College of Business
Department: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

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The Master of Science in Hospitality Management is a 30-credit hour program. The program will educate students to use strategic development techniques in a variety of private, public and institutional sectors of hospitality environments. Graduates of this program will go on to play a vital role in addressing the changes and challenges in the hospitality industry within our region, state, nation and world. An effective hospitality leader must possess a wide range of strategic and conceptual skills. Our program is designed to foster strong analytical skills, technological abilities, effective communication and logical ethical approaches to the hospitality industry and academia. Case studies, experiential learning, research projects, and presentations are utilized, along with the more traditional lecture-discussion approach.

All hospitality graduate courses are taught on campus during the week, as well as being offered via distance live, through “zoom” technology, for those who live outside the area.  Distance live students will attend class via “zoom” technology at the same time and day as the live on-campus students.  For students interested in distance live via “zoom”, students must inform the graduate advisor at the time of enrolling into the Master of Science in Hospitality Management program.  Students are also responsible for informing the professor if they will be attending class via “zoom”.

Students graduating with this degree will be attractive to corporate offices of hospitality businesses. They will focus on strategic decision-making in the development of hospitality models within the areas of organizational effectiveness, finance, marketing, technology of hospitality ventures and the expanded use of the Internet to improve and expand customer service.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
  • GRE or GMAT test scores taken within the last five (5) years if GPA (overall or upper division) is less than 3.00 (out of 4.00 scale). You may submit your application without your GRE/GMAT scores, but please include the date you plan to take the test.
  • A current resume with employer references which includes at least one of the following: one year of full-time experience in a management capacity in the hospitality industry or in a related industry, a minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience in a hospitality management program, or two years of full-time entry level experience in hospitality or in a related industry.
  • A brief essay of approximately 1000 words describing
    • The applicant’s background
    • Future career goals
    • Reasons for pursuing a hospitality graduate degree
    • How a MS in Hospitality Management degree can help the candidate reach their career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least one from a college faculty member and the others may be from a former employer or a person able to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate degree program.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum hours - 30

  • Core - 27 hours
  • Research Thesis or Graduate Internship Option - 3 hours

Research Thesis or Graduate Internship Option (3 Credit Hours)


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