The OSU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the oldest and most
respected programs in the nation. Graduates with a master’s degree in the program
integrate skills and knowledge in the areas of beverage management, hotel operations,
restaurant operations, tourism management and hospitality education and instruction
to enhance their professional career. Our multidisciplinary master’s degree prepares
students for leadership with critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge of hospitality
theory and practice.
OSU offers thesis and non-thesis master’s degree options.
The thesis option requires 32 credit hours of approved graduate courses including
six credit hours of thesis and should be utilized by students seeking a career in
higher education or those interested in a better understanding of the research process
in their career.
The non-thesis option requires 32 credit hours of approved graduate courses and is
designed for those students needing more graduate-level major or minor courses and
who intend to go into a hospitality and tourism leadership position.
Research and Faculty
The school provides state-of-the-art facilities and technologies including a demonstration
classroom, quick service and fine dining restaurants serving as laboratories for experiential
learning, and a quantity food kitchen. Faculty include highly respected researchers widely published in the industry’s leading
academic journals. The program is home to the Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research, established in 2007 to link cutting edge research and the critical needs and demands
of the hospitality and tourism industry.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required. In exceptional circumstances,
students with a lower GPA may be admitted if there are other indications of ability
to complete graduate-level work.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, CV, and a statement of purpose
and goals, which support the applicant’s interest in the HTM master’s degree program.
GRE/GMAT scores are required. No minimum score requirement is established but the
scores may be used when awarding graduate assistantships.
Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable
level of spoken English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.
12 months of accumulative hospitality and tourism industry experience is preferred
but not required. Applicants with no or limited industry experience will be required
to take industry internships and leveling courses.
The application deadline is April 15 for fall semester admission. Earlier applications
are encouraged to be considered for assistantships and scholarships. Late applications
may still be considered for review depending on program availability. Incomplete applications
will not be reviewed.
Cost & Assistance
Cost for each program will vary depending on credit-hours taken, scholarship funding,
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