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The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hospitality Management (HM) is an advanced graduate program designed for individuals who wish to become hospitality researchers and professors at the university level.

Students’ programs are individualized to ensure that, in addition to a mastery of the scope of knowledge in a respective area, students also have the ability to complete significant conceptual research.


Woman at a conference tableStudents can concentrate their studies in a number of available emphases, including:

  • Facilities Management
  • Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Institutional Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Hospitality Real Estate Management
  • Branding
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Services Marketing
  • Sales
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • New Product Development


The program typically takes about four years to complete, including successful candidacy and comprehensive exams and thesis. Most students admitted into the Ph.D. program will be fully funded for three years, with satisfactory progress. During a students' fourth year, there might be an opportunity to teach an undergraduate course and be compensated for such efforts.

Ph.D. Program Information

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