Hospitality and Tourism Management MS

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College : Hospitality Management Degree :MS
Department : Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.hospitality.ucf.edu/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management enables students to build on their strengths and interests, broadens their knowledge of the industry; sharpens their management skills; and incorporates their professional and extracurricular experiences.

CURRICULUM

The Hospitality and Tourism Management MS program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for students who choose the thesis option or nonthesis option. For both options, 18 credit hours are required core courses. Students in the thesis option must also take nine credit hours of a restricted elective and six credit hours of thesis work. Students in the nonthesis option must take 15 credit hours of electives. Irrespective of which option you decide upon, you can complete your degree either fully online or face-to-face, or customize it through a mix of both to fit your schedule and budget.
Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Candidates for the MS degree are constantly challenged with numerous requirements to engage in independent learning throughout the program of study through special projects and papers. For example, the capstone course, HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues requires a critical strategic audit project and a reflective paper. The project demonstrates a range of cross-discipline knowledge and analytical skills to perform an executive level analysis of an enterprise. The reflective paper has guiding questions that are subjective in nature and successful completion requires a thorough, insightful, and well articulated document that describes the learner’s value proposition to industry and society.

Required Courses—18 Credit Hours

  • HMG 6245 Managing Hospitality and Guest Services Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6477 Financial Analysis of Hospitality Enterprises (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6596 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6228 Critical Issues in Hospitality Human Resources (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6585 Data Analysis in Hospitality and Tourism Research (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues (3 credit hours) (Capstone course)

Thesis Option—15 Credit Hours

  • HMG 6586 Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6971 Thesis (research for thesis option only; 6 credit hours)
  • Electives chosen from the list below (6 credit hours)

An appropriate culminating academic experience is required of all master’s degree candidates. For those students in the thesis option, a thesis defense is required. Thesis defenses will be approved by a majority vote of the thesis advisory committee. Further approval is required by the Dean of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and the UCF College of Graduate Studies before final acceptance of the thesis in fulfilling degree requirements.

Nonthesis Option—15 Credit Hours

  • Electives chosen from the list below (15 credit hours)

An appropriate culminating academic experience is required of all master’s degree candidates. For students in the nonthesis option, an appropriate culminating academic experience is the successful completion of HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues, a required course in the curriculum that is designated as a capstone course. This capstone course acquaints students with the principles of strategic decision-making in various sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry. Students are required to apply skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to identify areas of concern encountered by managers responsible for formulating and implementing operational strategies.

Elective Courses

A maximum of three credit hours of restricted elective may be taken as an independent study.

  • FSS 6365 Management of Food Service Operations (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6251 The Management of Lodging Operations (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6710 International Tourism Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6586 Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6227 Advanced Training and Development in the Hospitality Industry (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6446 Hospitality/Tourism Information Technology (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6529 Vacation Ownership Resort Sales Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6566 Principles of Destination Marketing and Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6533 Hospitality/Tourism Industry Brand Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6476 Feasibility Studies for the Hospitality/Tourism Enterprises (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6267 Case Studies in Restaurant Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6347 Advanced Vacation Ownership Resort Planning (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6528 Convention and Conference Sales and Services (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6738 Tourism Industry Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6756 Mega-Events (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6797 Event Administration (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

For students in the nonthesis option, an appropriate culminating academic experience is the successful completion of HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues, a required course in the curriculum that is designated as a capstone course. This capstone course acquaints students with the principles of strategic decision-making in various sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry. Students are required to apply skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to identify areas of concern encountered by managers responsible for formulating and implementing operational strategies.

Application Requirements

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.

Admission is restricted each semester to individuals showing high promise of success in postgraduate studies. In addition to the requirements noted below, other indicators of promise include the applicant’s extracurricular activities, work experience, job responsibilities, and leadership experience, which will be considered in making admissions decisions.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Goal statement (this is your opportunity to outline in 500 words why you wish to join the program, what you think you will contribute to the program, and how you feel the program will enhance you both personally and professionally)
  • Résumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • The GRE/GMAT is not required, however, the Admissions Committee may ask for the GRE/GMAT to strengthen a candidate's application package.
  • 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. 

Prerequisites

For students with undergraduate majors in Hospitality Management or Business Administration, there will be no undergraduate course prerequisites, provided they have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of "C" or higher.

For industry professionals with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Hospitality Management or Business Administration, the following three undergraduate courses "may" be required to be completed with a grade of "B" or higher within the first year of course work in the program (decisions are made at the discretion of the Graduate Recruitment Team).

  • HFT 3431 Hospitality Industry Managerial Accounting
  • HFT 3540 Guest Services Management
  • HFT 4295 Strategic Management in Hospitality Industry

These students would also have to have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of "C" or higher within the first year of course work in the program.

For applicants with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than Hospitality Management or Business Administration and no significant hospitality industry experience, the following five undergraduate courses "may" be required to be completed with a grade of "B" or higher within the first year of course work in the program (decisions are made at the discretion of the Graduate Recruitment Team):

  • HFT 1000 Introduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • HFT 3540 Guest Services Management
  • HFT 4295 Strategic Management in Hospitality Industry
  • HFT 2401 Hospitality Industry Financial Accounting
  • HFT 3431 Hospitality Industry Managerial Accounting

These students would also have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of "C" or higher within the first year of course work in the program.

Application Deadlines

Hospitality and Tourism Management MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

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

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. 


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