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The master of science in Hospitality Management (M.S. HM) is a one-and-a-half year program for students wishing to develop a research focus with the intent of continuing a career in an academic or research area.

This master’s degree is a research/academic master's degree. The program is designed to help students develop solid graduate-level research skills focused within a hospitality research area. Course work is largely customized to a student's area of interest and academic and professional background. Students plan concentration area courses as well as thesis research with a thesis committee.

Note: This degree is primarily designed to prepare students for continued study at the doctoral level or to pursue a career in industry research.


People 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 school does not usually offer funding at the M.S. level. Some external funding may be available but is limited.

M.S. Program Information

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