Degree Type: M.S.
CIP Code 52.0901
Major Code HMA
Department Code DEA
Minimum Total Hours 30
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Program Information

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management is a 30-credit hour program offered through USFSM’s CHTL. The program will educate students to use strategic development techniques in a variety of private, public and institutional sectors of hospitality environments. Graduates of this program will go on to play a vital role in addressing the changes and challenges in the hospitality industry within our region, state, nation and world. An effective hospitality leader must possess a wide range of strategic and conceptual skills. Our program is designed to foster strong analytical skills, technological abilities, effective communication and logical ethical approaches to the hospitality industry and academia. Case studies, experiential learning, research projects, and presentations are utilized, along with the more traditional lecture-discussion approach.

All hospitality graduate courses are taught on the USFSM campus during the week, as well as being offered via distance live, through “zoom” technology, for those who live outside the area.  Distance live students will attend class via “zoom” technology at the same time and day as the live on-campus students.  For students interested in distance live via “zoom”, students must inform the graduate advisor at the time of enrolling into the Master of Science in Hospitality Management program.  Students are also responsible for informing the professor if they will be attending class via “zoom”.

Students graduating with this degree will be attractive to corporate offices of hospitality businesses. They will focus on strategic decision-making in the development of hospitality models within the areas of organizational effectiveness, finance, marketing, technology of hospitality ventures and the expanded use of the Internet to improve and expand customer service.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Hospitality Management Program, students will be able to:

  • Strategic Management: Apply analytical and interpretive skills using strategic management principles and practices in a hospitality and tourism business setting.
  • Marketing: Apply advanced marketing strategies and tactics in the hospitality industry for developing sustainable competitive advantage in the hospitality industry such as strategic pricing, revenue management, customer loyalty programs, and proven communication mixes.
  • Finance: Apply financial management concepts in the hospitality industry.
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Apply organizational effectiveness methodologies in the hospitality industry.
  • Information Systems and Technology: Manage information systems and technology within the hospitality industry.
  • Research Methods: Apply the appropriate statistical procedures and research methodologies within the hospitality industry.
  • Lodging Management: Plan, organize, lead and evaluate hotel and lodging operations.
  • Restaurant and Foodservice Management: Plan, organize, lead and evaluate restaurant and food service operations.
  • Hospitality Law and Hotel Management Contracts: Negotiate a hotel management contract and compare/contrast the varying strengths from an owner’s and operator’s perspective.
  • Communication: Demonstrate oral and written communication competencies that support and enhance managerial effectiveness.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university.
  • Plus one (1) of the following:
    • 3.00 (out of 4.00 scale) or higher overall or upper division (last 60 hours) GPA in the baccalaureate degree. OR
    • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR (GMAT) Graduate Management Admissions Test. (See admission advisor for recommended score range)

Include the following:

  • $30.00 application fee. This fee is required of all applicants including USF System graduates.
  • GRE or GMAT test scores taken within the last five (5) years if GPA (overall or upper division) is less than 3.00 (out of 4.00 scale). You may submit your application without your GRE/GMAT scores, but please include the date you plan to take the test.
  • A current resume with employer references which includes at least one of the following: one year of full-time experience in a management capacity in the hospitality industry or in a related industry, a minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience in a hospitality management program, or two years of full-time entry level experience in hospitality or in a related industry.
  • A brief essay of approximately 1000 words describing
    • The applicant’s background
    • Future career goals
    • Reasons for pursuing a hospitality graduate degree
    • How a USFSM MS degree can help the candidate reach their career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least one from a college faculty member and the others may be from a former employer or a person able to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate degree program.

International Students

  • TOEFL score of at least 79 on the Internet based test OR A score of at least 6.5 on IELTS with at least 6 on all three components.
  • One (1) official transcript from all institutions of higher learning where the applicant has earned a degree. It is not necessary to send USF transcripts. (All foreign transcripts require a course by course evaluation and cumulative and upper-level GPA calculations from an approved foreign transcript evaluation service.)
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services website

Requirements (Total minimum Hours 30)

Required  Courses (27 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
HMG 6467 Managerial Accounting and Finance for the Hospitality Industry 3 None
HMG 6296 Strategic Mgmt & Competitive Strategy for Hospitality & Tourism 3 PR: HMG 6246 Waiver may be approved by the college dean
HMG 6596 Marketing Leadership for Hospitality & Tourism 3 None
HMG 6246 Organizational Effectiveness in Hospitality 3 None
HMG 6507 Hospitality & Tourism Information Systems & Technology 3 None
HMG 6586 Research Methods & Statistics for Hospitality 3 None
HMG 6259 Lodging Management 3 None
HMG 6267 Restaurant and Foodservice Management 3 None
HMG 6606 Hospitality Law & Hotel Management Contracts 3 None

Research Thesis or Graduate Internship Option Courses (3 credit hours)

Student must consult with graduate advisor to choose their master’s option during their first year.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
HMG 6972 Master’s Thesis 3 PR: All MS in Hospitality Courses; Advanced Graduate Level
HMG 6946 Graduate Internship 3 None