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

TRACK 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 extracurriculuar experiences.

CURRICULUM

The Hospitality and Tourism Management MS program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for students who choose the MD track. This restricted admission MD track has 18 credit hours of required core courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours of restricted electives.

Candidates for the MS degree are constantly challenged with numerous requirements to engage in independent learning during 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.

 
Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

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 students 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 (3 credit hours)
  • HFT 3540 Guest Services Management I (3 credit hours)
  • HFT 4295 Leadership and Strategic Management in Hospitality Industry (3 credit hours)

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.

Required Courses—18 Credit Hours

  • HMG 6228 Critical Issues in Hospitality Human Resources (3 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 6585 Data Analysis in Hospitality (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6296 Hospitality/Tourism Strategic Issues (3 credit hours) (Capstone Course)

Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours

Students in the MD track will take an additional 15 credit hours from the list of electives.

  • FSS 6365 Management of Food Service Operations (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6251 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)
  • BMS 6050 Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare (4 credit hours)
  • BMS 6911 Focused Inquiry and Research Experience II (5 credit hours) 

Independent Learning

Candidates for the MS degree are constantly challenged with numerous requirements to engage in independent learning during the program of study through special projects and papers.

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.
  • 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.

    UCF MD applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Hospitality Management or Business Administration, the following three undergraduate courses "may" be required to complete 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.

    Application Deadlines

    MD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants

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    Jul 15

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    Apr 15
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    International Transfer Applicants

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    *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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