Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management develops pioneering leaders in hospitality management through progressive and innovative research, dynamic instruction, and pragmatic experiential learning.

We offer coursework leading to a Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Hospitality Management. The M.S. degree can be obtained as part of a residential program.

As a hospitality management graduate student, you can take advantage of networking and job opportunities with an active industry board of advisors, the programs annual fundraiser Students Mastering the Art of Hospitality (SMASH) as well as other professional opportunities.

Our courses are taught by experienced faculty members who actively research hotel and restaurant operations, event management and safety, hospitality employees wellness, profitability and consumer issues. Other faculty research interests include:

  • Venue management and safety
  • Hospitality finance
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Hospitality education and administration
  • Managerial competencies
  • Services marketing and management
  • Tourism and sustainability
  • Agri and heritage tourism
  • Substance abuse of hospitality workers


HOSP 5643: Meetings and Convention Management

HOSP 5653: Global Travel and Tourism Management

HOSP 5663: Critical Issues and Trends in Hospitality and Tourism

HOSP 5673: Destination Marketing and Operations

HOSP 5693: Hospitality Management Internship

Other courses are available to fill these requirements. An advisor will recommend the best courses to meet your professional goals and degree requirements.

Graduate-level Statistics Courses (3 hours required): 

EDFD 6403: Education Statistics & Data Processing

ESRM 5393: Statistics in Education & Health Professions

ESRM 6403: Educational Statistics & Data Processing

AGST 5023: Principles of Experimentation*

PLSC 5913: Research Methods in Political Science

*offered online

Research Methods Courses (3 hours required):

HESC 5463/AGED 5463 Research Methodology in Social Sciences

Online courses are offered periodically for flexibility in degree completion.

Thesis Track:

  • 30 hours total
  • 12 hours core courses
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 6 hours elective
  • 6 hours thesis & defense to pass program

Non-Thesis Track:

  • 30 hours
  • 12 hours core classes
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 12 hours elective
  • Oral and written exam to pass program


Program Contact:

Kelly Way, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, HOSP

Amanda Terrell, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

Program at a Glance

On campus

2-3 year program completion, depending on student pace

GRE optional

Students can enroll in fall or spring

A cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher for graduation

Non-thesis option is not available to students on assistantship

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