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Applications are reviewed holistically. Therefore, there is no specific minimum or “cut-off” score for GPA, GRE and/or GMAT used during the evaluation process. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAT/GRE scores are optional.  All accepted students will be considered for School-level and College-level funding. However, to be eligible for a university-wide fellowship, applicants must submit GRE scores.

Applicants to the doctoral program should have:

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • A minimum of one year of work experience in the hospitality industry
  • An undergraduate degree or graduate degree in hospitality, business, or tourism-related field
  • A high level of competence in the use of the English language
    Competence in English is assessed for all students prior to admission into the program via written application statements, GRE test results, and the faculty phone interview. In addition, international students must take the AEOCPT exam administered by the University prior to the first week of class of their initial semester. Students may be given provisional reading, writing, and/or Speech Communications courses depending on the outcome of their English language evaluations. These provisional course credits will not count toward students' Ph.D. program requirements.

Additional requirements may be determined by the school's graduate faculty.