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Hospitality and Tourism Management - MS Degree

The master of science degree allows students to fully specialize and includes significant exposure to research.  The MS program offers one of the most up-to-date and integrated blends of theory, use of technology, and applications in the hospitality industry. Core courses advance the student's understanding of this dynamic industry while they learn how to conduct research and analyze information. Students then specialize in their area of interest through a variety of elective choices and research projects, culminating in a required thesis project. Numerous opportunities exist for students to work one-on-one with faculty developing, conducting, and analyzing research dealing with real problems and important issues in the hospitality industry.

Applicants are not admitted to a particular option, nor are they asked to make a declaration when they first enroll as students. Requirements for both Thesis and Non-Thesis options are the same in the first semester, however, students should decide which option fits their needs by the end of the first semester before they register for their second semester. Most full-time students complete the program in two years if no prerequisites were required.

HTM Non-Thesis Option:

The non-thesis option meets the needs of those wishing to earn a master's degree and return to the industry with no intention of pursuing a Ph.D. Program. The curriculum is competitive to an MBA.

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Non-Thesis

Non-Thesis Plan of Study (34/35 Credits)

Year 1:

Year 2:

 

FALL

FALL

HTM 50200

HTM 53100

HTM 58100

HTM elective (3 credits) OR HTM 59000 (3 credits)

STAT 50100 or 51100 or SOC 58000

HTM 61200

 

SPRING

SPRING

HTM 50100

HTM 64200

HTM 50101

HTM 59100

HTM 57100

 CAND 991

HTM 54100

 

 

Summer Optional:

Thesis students may also add 1 credit of HTM 59001 – Graduate Professional Industry Internship.

Non-Thesis Committee:

The non-thesis plan of study requires a minimum of three committee members. The chair of the committee is the Program Director, the two remaining members are the Associate Dept. Head of HTM and the Dept. Head.

 

HTM Thesis Option:

The thesis option provides a student with a full set of skills allowing for a successful career in chosen fields of specialization, including strong preparation for entry into PhD programs.

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Thesis

Thesis Plan of Study (34/35 Credits)

Year 1:

Year 2:

 

FALL

FALL

HTM 50200

HTM 61200

HTM 58100

HTM elective (3 credits) OR HTM 59000 (3 credits)

STAT 50100 or 51100 or SOC 58000

HTM 69800 (3 credits)

 

SPRING

SPRING

HTM 50100

HTM 59100

HTM 50101

HTM 69800 (3 credits)

HTM 57100

 CAND 991

STAT 50200 or 51200 or SOC 58100

 

 

Summer Optional:

Thesis students may also add 1 credit of HTM 59001 – Graduate Professional Industry Internship.

Thesis Committee:

The thesis plan of study requires a minimum of three committee members. The members of the committee may all be HTM or CSR faculty, although students may be encouraged to include one member from another department. The chair must be an HTM faculty member.

Thesis Final Examination:

Each master's candidate must pass a final examination after completion of his/her thesis. This final examination is typically an oral presentation after written informal examinations have been completed. After a student completes the bulk of his or her research credit they can request a final examination. To request the final examination, the following conditions must first be fulfilled:

  • Having fully submitted their plan of study.
  • Students must be registered for HTM 698/CSR 698 in the semester.
  • If you are planning to graduate during the same semester, you must declare your candidacy before the term’s deadline (see Graduate School Deadline Calendar).

After this, a student can then schedule their final examination through the form 8 in the Graduate School Web Database. Students must arrange their final exam with their graduate research committee (and graduate secretary if booking a space in Marriott Hall) no later than 14 business days before desired date and initiation of the form 8.

It is not unheard of that students may pass their final examination with the understanding they first must complete some minor edits to their thesis which may take a few days to complete so please keep this in mind and plan accordingly.

Once a final examination has been passed by all the committee members, the student can start the process to deposit. You can start this process by initiating the Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form (ETAF) in the Graduate School Web Database. Upon initiation, this form turns into two forms for the committee to sign off on, which are:

  • Form 9 Thesis Acceptance (located in the Graduate School Database – committee approves, then graduate secretary after a format check, followed by program director before it proceeds to the Grad School).
  • Form 32 Thesis/Dissertation Agreement, Publication Delay, and research Integrity & copyright Disclaimer (iThenticate)(major professor/chair approves).

 

Without the forms 9 and 32 completed by the major professor, committee, and the graduate program, the MS student cannot continue onto their deposit process with the Thesis Office. It is recommended that students provide themselves adequate time between the final exam to the deposit deadline to make the appropriate edits needed. We find that the allot time built in the Graduate School Deadline Calendar is often not enough time for those needing to make serious edits to their thesis.

 

Thesis Office | Thesis Template | Thesis Workshops | ETAF Guide

 

Grade and GPA Requirements:

Memorandum of August 17, 2015

… TO GRADUATE WITH THIS DEGREE, STUDENTS MUST EARN A GRADE OF NO LESS THAN A B- IN ALL REQUIRED HTM/CSR AND STAT/SOC COURSES. STUDENTS WILL MARK ALL REQUIRED HTM/CSR AND STAT/SOC COURSES AS “PRIMARY” ON THEIR PLANS OF STUDY [EPOS]. COURSES NOT SUBJECT TO REQUIREMENT OF NO GRADE LESS THAN A B- WILL BE MARKED AS “RELATED” ON THE PLAN OF STUDY [EPOS]. IN ADDITION, A 3.0 GPA IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PURDUE COURSES ON THE PLAN OF STUDY [EPOS]. …

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