Departmental Funding

Over the past few years, about two-third 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, positions in other University offices, and scholarships. It is the 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.

For more information on funding, see Graduate School Funding.


All graduate students in the School are eligible to receive financial assistance when available. Applicants who wish to be eligible must indicate so on their application and those who are awarded are required a response in return and should make that request in writing. The School primarily offers funding in the form of a graduate assisntantships. 

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 other offerings dependent on University funding in a specific year. These limited offerings 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 on the basis of funded research projects. These limited offerings are awarded to students qualified to provide assistance on 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.


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.

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:


Notification of potential assignments and awards are shared with all students through the one fo the graduate bulletin boards above or by special announcement. Students who have an interest in non-HTM funding can then apply to the specific faculty supervisor or department involved who have created the assignment and/or award posting. Any inquiries made for non-HTM funding will need to be made with the appropriate faculty supervisor or department and not with the HTM graduate coordinator.  

Tuition Fee 2018-19

West Lafayette Campus
8 Credit Hours or more

Regular Fall/Spring Per Semester
FALL 2018**

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)

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