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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 with high national and global academic rankings. Since 1937, the school has been at the forefront of educating students who have become successful leaders, decision-makers and entrepreneurs. Our Master’s degree prepares students for leadership and decision-making with critical thinking skills, problem-solving and in-depth knowledge of the business of hospitality and tourism along with industry practice and applications. Join us to advance your essential skills, competencies and industry knowledge to lead at the forefront of this fast-growing and rapidly changing national and global industry.


  • OSU offers thesis and non-thesis master’s degree options.
  • The thesis option requires 30 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 30 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.


Meet our Departmental Faculty

Meet our Research Faculty



  • 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, 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. English language tests remain valid for two years from the test date. Minimum overall accepted scores are TOEFL 79 iBT, 53 PTE Academic or 6.5 IELTS academic stream.
  • Applicants with a non Business bachelor's degree may be required to take additional coursework.
  • 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. For more information, please visit the following webpages:
    International students admissions requirements

    Graduate college

    Frequently asked questions

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.


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.

Graduate Assistantships (GA) are awarded in the fall and spring semesters to qualified applicants. All applicants who have been accepted into the MS program will be considered. Among the accepted pool of applicants, a limited number of GAs will be awarded based on the needs and priorities of the school. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.



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