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Students earning a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management view themselves as global employees who have the core competencies and a global perspective required for effective business interactions. As the industry demand for graduates of hospitality management programs increases, the need for quality education in the field continues to grow.
The 36 credit-hour Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management offers an integrated program of study focusing on the management of products, services, and experiences in a consumer-driven global market. Courses are taught by knowledgeable and helpful faculty members who are actively involved in research involving hospitality operations, legal and regulatory aspects, marketing of hospitality services, sustainability, curriculum development, information technology, and global consumer issues impacting the hospitality industry.
Effective leaders are developed through core competencies including solving complex problems, generating new knowledge, communicating effectively, and creating new product and business strategies. Graduate coursework in areas such as research methods and applications, consumer theory, global tourism, restaurant development, and hotel operations prepare students for careers in lodging management, restaurant management, resort management, and tourism management. In addition to developing management specialists, the program provides education for academic careers in teaching hospitality management.
Program Learning Objectives
Upon graduating with a Master of Science in Hospitality Management, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate, apply, and assess knowledge of theoretical constructs pertaining to the hospitality industry.
- Demonstrate the principles of critical thinking and decision-making when evaluating complex issues within the hospitality management arena.
- Identify technical aspects of the hospitality industry.
- Apply the processes involved in hospitality management research.
- Demonstrate professionalism, communication, and leadership skills needed for (1) managerial positions in the hospitality industry, and/or (2) advancement toward a terminal degree.