Departmental Funding

Over the past few years, about two-thirds of the school's graduate students had been funded in some manner. This includes part-time work (which may or may not include tuition waivers), graduate assistantships and fellowships, positions in other University offices, and scholarships. It is the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s goal to continue funding at this level and to continually look for new sources of funds. While the School's goal is clear, finding additional sources of funds can be difficult. For this reason, graduate students should make plans to fund the program through private sources.


All graduate students in the School are eligible to receive financial assistance when available. Applicants who wish to be eligible to receive funding upon admissions must indicate so on their application and those who are awarded are requested a written response. Current students will be notified of funding opportunities through email announcements. The School primarily offers funding in the form of graduate assistantships. 


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Graduate Assistantships

Assistance is normally available in two categories as follows:

  • Teaching Assistantships
    The School has teaching assignments in several areas. Most of the assignments have some involvement with the foodservice or hotel laboratories. There are limited offerings in other areas dependent on University funding in a specific year. Teaching assignments are awarded considering the utilitarian need of the School; such as, if the School is in need of a foodservice laboratory teaching assistant, the offer of the position will be given to the admitted applicant with the most foodservice operations experience determined in their application resume. Because of this nature, priority is often given to PhD students who often hold more work experience than their MS applicant peer cohort. There is an English proficiency requirement for graduate students whose first language is not English; for more details please see  HTM Admissions.
  • Research Assistantships
    Research assistantships are assigned to individual professors based on funded research projects. These limited offerings are awarded to students qualified to assist with a particular project. The projects cover the full spectrum of hospitality interests. The individual professors choose their research assistants, and most assistants are chosen from second-year students.

Contracts for graduate staff positions will contain further details regarding the assistantship, if you wish to learn about general employment information you can visit the following websites: 

Grad Staff Appointment HR Information | Grad Staff Employment Manual

Graduate Fellowships

The majority of fellowships are offerings that come from the Graduate School. Most of these awards fall into two categories:

  • Recruitment
    These are fellowships only available to those applying for admissions into graduate programs. Through the application requirements for admissions, we can collect most of the required documentation needed to nominate these students for funding. Some do require an additional document that is not a part of our admissions review - a diversity essay. We recommend that if you are interested in receiving a fellowship that applicants, both international and domestic, provide a diversity essay to increase their pool of consideration.
  • Final Year
    Very competitive and often reserved for doctoral students ready for graduation, these fellowships are awarded by the chairs of research committees. Announcements to faculty are sent typically in March and April to request nominees for these fellowships. If you completed your prelim and anticipate a need for funds, talk to your research advisor and let it be known your interest in receiving it. 


The School does have limited scholarship funds. Funding comes from a variety of alumni and business sponsors. These sponsors often attach specific requirements such as interest in specific research areas. All students are informed of these opportunities and can apply if eligible. 

  • Rosefeld Scholarship
    This endowment was established in April 1987 by Howard B. Rosfeld. Income shall be used to support a graduate scholarship for students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences (now known as the College of Health and Human Sciences). Recipients must be of good character, show strong potential, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for hospitality and tourism courses, and have been admitted for graduate studies in hospitality and tourism management. Only HTM students are elibigle to receive. Rosefeld applications are anounced to current students via email. 
  • Almanza PhD Student Research Grant 
    This grant is to commemorate Barbara’s 33 years of excellence in research, teaching, and service for the Purdue School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), along with 16 years as the Graduate Program Director for the school.  All SHTM PhD candidates (i.e., passed the prelim examination) will be eligible to apply for the grant. Applications are anounced. 


Scholarships can be found at the College and Graduate School levels. We encourage students to explore scholarship options campus-wide. Common awards our students have received in the past outside of the School:

Compton Graduate Travel Award | Purdue Graduate Student Government GrantsPurdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT)


Campus Employment

There are numerous work opportunities on the campus. All students, including international students, are eligible to apply for and hold such positions. Work opportunities (without tuition consideration) must await campus arrival for interviews. You can learn more about these opportunities at the following websites:

In some occasions, the external source will request the department to send a special announcement sent to HTM graduate students about openings or applications. These announcements are sent by departmental email. Students who have an interest in external funding can then apply to the specific faculty supervisor or department involved who has created the assignment and/or award posting. Any inquiries made for external funding will need to be made with the appropriate faculty supervisor or department and not with the HTM program office personnel.  


Tuition Fee 2020-2021

West Lafayette Campus
8 Credit Hours or more

Regular Fall/Spring Per Semester
FALL 2020 **

For students enrolled
General Service $ 4,603.90
Technology Fee* $ 94.10
Repair & Rehabilitation Fee* $ 161.00
Student Fitness & Wellness Fee* $ 117.00
Student Activity Fee* $ 20.00
Total Resident $ 4,996.00
Nonresident Tuition $ 9,401.00
Total Nonresident $ 14,397.00

**All University fees are subject to change without notice. - Please visit the  Office of the Bursar's Tuition and Fee Rates page for more details.  Additionally there are other fees to conisder when budgeting for gradute school:

Gradaute Staff Tuition Fees | Miscellaneous Gradaute Fees

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