Doctorate in Business Administration option in Hospitality and Tourism Management
The PhD in business administration with a concentration in hospitality and tourism
management (HTM) provides the competencies and confidence needed to teach and conduct
research and apply research findings in teaching and 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.
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.
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
Resume or CV
Official GRE or GMAT scores are recommended but not required for 2021 applicants. (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
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.
Industry experience, at least two years, preferably in managerial capacity.
Candidates will be assessed comprehensively with respect to their academics, research,
and industry experience, etc.
The application deadline is January 31 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