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Doctorate in Business Administration option in Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in hospitality and tourism management (HTM) provides the competencies and confidence needed to teach, conduct research and apply research findings in teaching in the hospitality and tourism industry. 
The program emphasizes flexibility, independence and interdisciplinary skills to accommodate your needs and research interests. The philosophy of the program is to encourage each student to take an active role in developing a plan of study suited to their own areas of interest and future career goals.


  • A minimum of 60 hours past the master’s degree must be completed.
  • Doctoral students must take at least 30 hours at OSU. 
  • All requirements must be completed within 9 years and 4 years from the passing of qualifying exams.
  •  No course on the plan of study may be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

80years of expertise

One of the nation's oldest HTM education programs.

Research and Faculty

The HTM program is home to the Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research, which was established in 2007 to link cutting edge research and the critical needs and demands of the hospitality and tourism industry.


Meet our Departmental Faculty

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Meet our Doctoral Students



The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has its own set of requirements for admittance along with requirements for the OSU Graduate College. Please see department based requirements below:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose and goals.
  • Research Statement including research interests and several HTM graduate faculty members whose research matches candidate’s focus and who could potentially serve in advisory capacity
  • Resume or CV (should include such elements as education, research, industry and teaching experience).
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores. Recommended threshold for GRE: verbal - 150 or higher; quantitative - 147 or higher; analytical writing - 4.0 or higher; for GMAT: verbal - 28 or higher; quantitative - 35 or higher; analytical writing – 4.0 or higher. Test scores are valid for five years from the date of the original test. GRE/GMAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool to be considered for awarding graduate assistantships and scholarships.
  • A minimum score of 79 on the internet based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the official IELTS examination. Test scores are valid for two years from the date of the original test.
  • Successfully completed M.S. thesis and at least one college-level course in both research methods and statistics.
  • Two years of accumulative hospitality and tourism or allied industry experience is preferred but not required.
  • Candidates will be assessed comprehensively with respect to their academics, research and industry experience, etc.
  • Initial contact with a potential faculty advisor is strongly recommended.
  • The application deadline is January 13 for the fall semester admission.

Cost & Assistance

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in its teaching, research and outreach missions. Doctoral students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRA). The current Ph.D. assistantships include full tuition coverage and a financial stipend of approximately $25,000 per year on a nine month basis plus additional summer support of approximately $5,500 and partial student fee coverage. The total financial package is approximately $32,000 per year.



Assistantships & Funding Opportunities



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