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
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.
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.
Applicants with a non-Business bachelor's degree may be required to take additional
A year of accumulative hospitality and tourism industry experience is preferred but
not required. Applicants with no or limited industry experience may be required to
take an internship.
Domestic Application Deadlines For the Graduate College processing, domestic applications must be complete and program
recommendations must be entered at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester
of choice (i.e., Fall, Spring, or Summer).
International Application Deadlines For the Graduate College processing, international applications must be complete and
program recommendations must be entered no later than May 1 for fall admission and
October 1 for spring admission. Note that these deadlines, while normally sufficient,
do not guarantee processing will be completed in time for admission to the semester
of choice, especially given the delays that can occur in scheduling visa appointments
in the various home countries. In cases where the semester of choice for admission
cannot be achieved, applicants may request admission deferral.
Cost & Assistance
New Tuition Rate In-State: $233.80/credit hour. Non-Resident & International: Reduced from $879.75 to $364/credit hour for savings
of $515.75/credit hour.