The PhD in Hospitality Management prepares individuals for teaching and research-based careers in academia or as practitioner researchers and field consultants in hospitality and tourism enterprises.
CURRICULUMThe doctoral program requires 58 credit hours of courses beyond the master's degree, including 16 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization courses, and 15 credit hours of Dissertation.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
Required Courses—43 Credit Hours
- HMG 7587 Foundations in Hospitality and Tourism Research (3
- HMG 7589 Advanced Research Methods in Hospitality and
Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7588 Research Seminar in Hospitality and
Tourism (1 credit hour)
- PAF 7802 Advanced Research Methods in Public
Affairs I (3 credit hours) or HMG 6586 Research Methods in Hospitality and
Tourism (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804 Advanced Quantitative Methods I (3
- HMG 7295 Theories in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit
Specialization—27 Credit Hours
At least 6 credit
hours should be from HMG 7XXX level courses. Course selection should be based
on the student's area of interest in consultation with the major adviser and
approved by the Graduate Programs' Director.
Select a minimum of two
courses from the following list:
- HMG 7258 Strategies and Tactics:
Lodging (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7546 Strategies and Tactics: Guest
Service Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7715 Strategies and Tactics:
Travel and Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7876 Strategies and Tactics:
Foodservice (3 credit hours)
Select a minimum of three Research
Electives from the following list:
- HMG 6918 Directed Research (3
- PAF 7805 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Public
Affairs II (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7820 Seminar in Qualitative Methods in
Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- EDF 7475 Qualitative Research in
Education (3 credit hours)
- EDF 7463 Multivariate Statistics (3 credit
- EDF 7406 Analysis of Survey, Record, and Other Qualitative Data
(3 credit hours)
Select the remainder of your minimum 27 credit
hours from any HMG 6000 level or greater courses or approved 6000/7000 level
courses from other UCF colleges.
- FSS 6365 Management of Food
Service Operations (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6227 Advanced Training and
Development in the Hospitality Industry (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6228 Critical Issues in Hospitality Human Resources (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6245 Managing Hospitality and Guest service Organizations (3 credit
- HMG 6251 The Management of Lodging Operations (3 credit
- HMG 6585 Data Analysis
- HMG 6267 Case Studies in Restaurant Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6296 Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit
- HMG 6347 Advanced Vacation Ownership Resort Planning (3 credit
- HMG 6446 Hospitality/Tourism Information Technology (3 credit
- HMG 6476 Feasibility Studies for Hospitality Tourism
Enterprises (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6477 Financial Analysis of
Hospitality Enterprises (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6529 Vacation Ownership
Resort Sales Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6528 Convention and
Conference Sales and Services (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6533
Hospitality/Tourism Industry Brand Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6566 Principles of Destination Marketing and Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6596 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6710 International Tourism Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6738 Tourism Industry Analysis (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6797 Event
Administration (3 credit hours)
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
- HMG 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credit hours minimum)
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to
the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation
committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students
must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned
program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by
the student and major adviser in collaboration with the Rosen College
Examination Committee. The associate dean for graduate studies and research
must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance.
Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy
and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation
- Successful completion of
the candidacy examination.
- The dissertation
advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and
graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an
approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two
examinations. The written portion of the Candidacy Exam consists of two days,
each with a different emphasis. Day one encompasses "Area I" of your GPS
(Graduate Plan of Study), and it emphasizes research methodology, statistics
and theory. Day two will have a broader emphasis and encompass "Area II" course
content in your GPS. The latter will further include questions related to your
dissertation topic. Upon completion of the written portion of the examination
students are required to pass a one-hour oral examination with questions
arising from Area I, Area II and your dissertation.
Independent LearningThe dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF
graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a closely
- Official, competitive GRE or GMAT score taken within
the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Applicants applying to this program who
have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a
course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential
evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
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International Transfer Applicants
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.