MS Degree

The master of science degree allows students to fully specialize and includes significant exposure to research. Students are provided with a full set of skills allowing for a successful career in chosen fields of specialization, including strong preparation for entry into PhD programs. Emphasis areas allow students to spend as many as 18 out of 34 required credits related to their areas of interest. Most full-time students complete the program in two years if no prerequisites were required.

The recently revised curriculum for 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.

Non-Thesis Option:

The Non-Thesis option is the newest M.S. option and meets the needs of those wishing to earn a Master's Degree and return to the industry with no intent of pursuing a Ph.D. Program.

Requirements for both Thesis and Non-Thesis options are the same in the first semester. In order to complete program requirements within four semesters, however, students should decide which option best fits their needs by the end of the first semester. At the time of registration for the second semester, students should complete HTM Form N/T to specify which option they wish to pursue. The option requirements are shown below.

Program Requirements (MS)

Thesis Option (34/35 credits)

Non-Thesis Option (34/35 credits)

Year 1: Year1:
HTM 50200 HTM 50200
HTM 58100 or HTM 59100 HTM 58100 or HTM 59100
STAT 50100 or 51100 or SOC 58000 STAT 50100 or 51100 or SOC 58000
HTM 50100 HTM 50100
HTM 50101 HTM 50101
HTM 57100 HTM 57100
STAT 50200 or 51200 or SOC 58100 HTM 54100 or HTM 64200
Year 2: Year 2:
HTM 58100 or HTM 59100 HTM 53100
HTM 61200 HTM 58100 or HTM 59100
HTM 69800 (3 credits) HTM 61200
HTM elective (3 credits) HTM 54100 or HTM 64200
HTM 69800 (3 credits) *HTM 59000

*Thesis Option Students may also do a HTM
69800 (6 credits) and HTM 590 -
Graduate Industry Practicum* (1 credit)

HTM 590 - Graduate Industry Practicum*
(3 credits)


"HTM Approved List of Graduate Industry Courses" (3 credits)


"HTM Approved List of
Graduate Industry Courses" (3 credits) and HTM 590 -
Graduate Industry Practicum* (1 credit)

* Graduate Industry Practicums (1 or 3 credits)

  • HTM 590 Graduate Professional Industry Internship (1 credit)
  • HTM 590 Graduate Professional Industry Research (3 credits)
    • Course Description: The student will complete an industry-related project which may include as part of the requirement to graduate work experience around which the project is focused. Students must have an HTM faculty advisor to work with on the project for the Graduate Industry Practicum.

**It is the student's responsibility to secure the graduate industry experience/internship - NOT the professor or the HTM Unit.

Thesis Final Examination

After a student completes the bulk of his or her research credit and is in their final term, a student can then schedule their final examination through the form 8 in the Graduate School Web Database.

To request the final examination, following conditions must first be fulfilled:

  • Students must be registered for HTM 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).
  • Complete the recommendations from the graduate research committee based on comments from the preliminary examination and other progress meetings.

Students must arrange their final exam with their graduate research committee (and graduate secretary if booking a space in Marriott Hall) at least 14 business days before desired date and initiation of the form 8.

Once a final defense has been passed by all the committee members and the student can initiate the online Thesis Deposit form. This form is also located in the Graduate School Web Database. On the committee's end the form turns into two forms automatically, which are:

  • Form 9 Thesis Acceptance
  • Form 32 Thesis/Dissertation Agreement, Publication Delay, and Research Integrity & Copyright Disclaimer (iThenticate) 

Without the forms 9 and 32 completed by the major professor, the committee, and the HTM graduate program, the MS student cannot continue onto their deposit appointment with the Thesis Office.

Depositing appointments should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. At the end of the semester the office gets booked fairly quickly leaving little to no vacancy to deposit before the Graduate School Deadline; as a result, students with candidacy plan their final examination and deposit appointments around the same time. However, it is not unheard of that students may pass their final examination with the understanding they first must complete some minor edits to their dissertation which may take a few days to complete so please keep this in mind and plan accordingly.

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