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Master's in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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.


Meet our Departmental Faculty



  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose and goals, which support the applicant’s interest in the HTM master’s degree program.
  • GRE/GMAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool to be considered for admission, and also 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.
  • The master’s program requires 12 months of accumulative industry experience.
  • The application deadline is November 15 for the spring semester and April 15 for fall semester admission.


Cost & Assistance

Cost for each program will vary depending on credit-hours taken, scholarship funding, assistantships and financial aid. Complete the Free Application for

Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) to calculate eligibility for aid.


Assistantships vary by department. Please contact the program coordinator for information on assistantships and funding opportunities. 




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