Hospitality Management

Major: Hospitality Management
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0904
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9051; 11-9071; 11-9081

Note: Effective Fall 2016, students will no longer be accepted into this program.

About the Program

This two-year online master’s program provides a solid education in management, travel and tourism and allows students to pursue elective coursework in global tourism or gaming and casino management. Career paths include senior management of hotels and resorts, convention services, strategic development for online distribution of travel services, real-estate development projects and business ownership.

Both at the national and international level, travel and hospitality have become primary industries that require increasing numbers of professionals at all skill levels. Additional educational opportunities at the graduate level will be required to fill the needs of the tourism industry. Top professionals with an MS degree have excellent prospects at home and in the global marketplace.

Drexel University has a professional and technological emphasis as well as a track record of supporting the relationship between academics and industry. The degree in hospitality management is designed to prepare graduates to be key decision makers in the hospitality industry.

Additional Information

For additional information, visit the Center for Hospitality & Sport Management's Master of Science in Hospitality Management page.

Admission Requirements

Classes start in the fall and spring terms. Applications are submitted throughout the year. Admission requirements include:

  • a completed application form
  • a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
  • official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
    Applicants must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school attended. If an applicant does not list all post-secondary institutions on the application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of the application will be delayed until the remaining transcripts have been submitted.
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a personal essay
  • a resume
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. For more information regarding international applicant requirements, view the International Students Admissions Information page.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about requirements and deadlines, as well as instructions for applying online.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management program requires completion of 45.0 credit hours (quarter) of study. The curriculum includes a core of 12 required courses (36.0 credits), including three courses from the LeBow College of Business and a research course where students consult with a faculty advisor to identify a suitable problem area in hospitality management and develop and carry out appropriate methodology to address the problem. Students select three elective courses in areas such as global tourism, gaming and casino management, or custom options approved by the program director and academic advisor.

Hospitality Management Required Courses (24 credits)
HRM 501Foundations of the Hospitality Industry3.0
HRM 505Customer Service for Professionals3.0
HRM 515Destination and Resort Management3.0
HRM 555Hospitality Human Resource Management3.0
HRM 610The Global Tourism System3.0
HRM 612Tourism and Sustainability3.0
HRM 650Strategic Management & Leadership in Hospitality3.0
HRM 680Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism3.0
Business Core (9 credits)
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
HRM 595Economics of Tourism3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3.0
Electives12.0
Gaming Information Systems
Current Issues in Gaming
Tourism Development
Tourism Marketing and Branding
Casino Financial Analysis
Security and Risk Management
Tribal Gaming Management
Casino Marketing
Research Project in Hospitality Management
Total Credits48.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCredits
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
HRM 501Foundations of the Hospitality Industry3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
HRM 505Customer Service for Professionals3.0
HRM 680Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
HRM 610The Global Tourism System3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
HRM 555Hospitality Human Resource Management3.0
Program Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HRM 515Destination and Resort Management3.0
Program Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
HRM 612Tourism and Sustainability3.0
ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
HRM 650Strategic Management & Leadership in Hospitality3.0
Program Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
Program Elective3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Hospitality Management Faculty

Robert Ambrose, MS (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Instructor. Creative gaming floor applications, strategy development and implementation, executive decision making, the customer service experience within the casino/hospitality environment.
Linda Forristal, PhD (Purdue University). Associate Teaching Professor. Destination management, marketing, branding, communications, cultural heritage tourism including foodways, indigenous tourism.
Michael Traud, JD (Villanova University) Program Director, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Assistant Clinical Professor. Implementation of Korean Cuisine in the United States; hospitality law; Italian cuisine.
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