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Hospitality and Tourism Management Master's Degree Requirements

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Master of Science Degree Program

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Hotel and Tourism Management (HTM). The program includes HTM courses as well as courses in Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Sport Management, Education, Statistics, Regional Planning, and Resource Economics. Students may select courses from these and other departments to individually develop their particular specialty area of study.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree. The degree requirements are as follows:

1. Students must demonstrate competency in the following areas: 1) computer literacy (word processing, spread sheets), 2) marketing, 3) economics, 4) statistics, 5) accounting, 6) finance and 7) foundations in the hospitality industry. Students lacking a basic foundation in any of these areas must complete courses to remedy such deficiencies (0-21 credits).

2. Professional Foundation (3-6 cr)
One or two background courses in HTM are required for students without prior coursework in the hospitality field.

3. Professional Core (18 cr)
Every student is required to take the following six HTM courses:
644 Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry
666 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry
685 Hospitality Marketing Management
691 Seminar in Advanced Financial Analysis Management
694 Seminar in Research Methods and Applications
697 Hospitality Industry Project (non-thesis)

4. Specialty Area (18 cr)
Students are required to choose a specialty area based on their individual needs. The specialty area consists of: two HTM courses, two SCH-MGMT courses, and a graduate-level course from any department (with approval from the Graduate Program Director).

5. Thesis Option (6 credits)
Students electing the thesis option may use thesis credits within the Specialty Area.

Dual Degree Option in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Management

The department also offers a dual degree option whereby students earn both the M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and M.B.A. degrees concurrently. Students complete M.B.A. and HTM core courses, electives, and a thesis or industry research project.
Students earn a minimum of 72 credits for the dual degree. The requirements are as follows:

1. M.B.A. (MANAGMNT) Core (42 credits)
630 Accounting for Decision Making
631 Managerial Accounting and Control
632 Information Management
644 Managerial Economics
650 Business Data Analysis
660 Marketing Management
670 Production Operations Management
680 Organizational Behavior and Theory
689 Organizational Planning and Strategy
691 Practicum
691F Professional Seminar
783 Business and Its Environment

2. HTM Core (15 credits)
644 Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry
666 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry
685 Hospitality Marketing Management
691 Seminar in Advanced Financial Analysis Management
694 Seminar in Research Methods and Applications

3. Elective Courses (9-12 credits)
Students may choose approved graduate-level elective courses to develop an individualized specialization.

4. Industry Research Project or Thesis (3-6 credits)
Students choose an applied research project or thesis option.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Doctoral Degree Requirements

The department offers a Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Among the requirements are the following SCH-MGMT courses:

883 Seminar in Tourism Management and Research
884 Decision Models for the Services Industry
885 Research in Services Marketing and Management
888 Seminar in Hospitality Research

Further information is available in the Management section of this Bulletin.

Application

Application for graduate study should be made directly through the Dean of the Graduate School, as described elsewhere in this Bulletin. A complete application consists of (a) the application form, (b) two references, (c) two sets of official transcripts of all college-level work, and (d) an official score report on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Application deadlines are found elsewhere in this Bulletin. Action is taken immediately upon receipt of a complete application by the Graduate School.

Standards for admission are consistent with those described earlier in this Bulletin. A satisfactory GMAT score, as determined by the Graduate Faculty Committee, must be obtained by all applicants. Foreign students are not exempt from this requirement. The GMAT should be taken as early as possible in order to allow time for proper consideration.