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Return to topMaster of Science Degree

Overview

The phenomenal growth of the hospitality and tourism industry and the demand for hospitality professionals with strategic skills have resulted in tremendous opportunities for graduates with an advanced degree in hospitality and tourism administration. Graduates from this program can integrate newly acquired skills and knowledge in the areas of hotel, restaurant, tourism administration, hospitality education and instruction to enhance their professional career. Students in the MS program also seek research careers and pursue Ph.D. degrees.

Degree Requirements

Students entering the MS degree program must have a BS/BA degree in hospitality administration or a related field and relevant work experience. Prerequisite courses will be required for students with other degrees and limited professional experience. The MS degree in Hospitality Administration may be earned by utilizing one of two plans: Thesis Option and Non-Thesis Option.

Thesis Option

Thesis Option requires 32 credit hours of approved graduate courses including six credit hours of thesis (HRAD 5000). This track should be utilized by those students seeking a career in higher education or those interested in a better understanding of the research process in their career.†

Core Courses† 14 hrs.

HRAD 5112†††      Hospitality & Tourism Graduate Education and Research (2)
HRAD 5513†††      Hospitality Strategic Management (3)
HRAD 5813†††      Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism Administration (3)
REMS 5953†††      Statistical Methods or STAT 5013 (3)
HRAD 5413         Hospitality Human Resources Management (3) or HRAD 5323 Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management (3) or HRAD 5423 Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Management (3)

Elective Courses†††††††† ††††12 hrs. (6 hours need to be HRAD courses)
Thesis (HRAD 5000)† † †    6 hrs.
Total Required Hours††† † 32 hrs.

Non-Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option with creative component, requires 32 credit hours of approved graduate courses including three hours of creative component (HRAD 5030). This track is designed for those students who believe they need more graduate level major or minor courses and intend to go into hospitality operations upon graduation.

Core Courses 17 hrs.

HRAD 5112      Hospitality Graduate Studies and Research (2)
HRAD 5513      Hospitality Strategic Management (3)
BADM 5513      Fundamentals of Business Analytics (or Elementary Stats) (3)
HRAD 5413      Hospitality Human Resources Management (3)
HRAD 5323      Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management (3)
HRAD 5423      Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Management (3)

Elective Courses†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 12 hrs. (6 hours need to be HRAD courses)
Creative Component (HRAD 5030) †    †3 hrs.
Total Required Hours††††††††††††††††††††††††† 32 hrs.

Admission Requirements for the MS Program

All applicants must submit for review:

  • OSU Graduate College Application
    • Transcripts with bachelorís degree conferred or pending, as well as transcripts for any graduate coursework or degree(s)
    • Official GRE or GMAT Scores: While there are no minimum requirements for the GRE/GMAT, GRE/GMAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool to be considered for admission, and also may be used when awarding graduate assistantships.
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Goals (2-3 pages)
    • Three recommendations letters
    • Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (or a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL) is required for admission. Alternatively, an official IELTS (academic stream) examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 also will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester Admission

October 15

Fall Semester Admission

March 15


Return to topDoctor of Philosophy

Overview

The Ph.D. program specialization in hospitality administration is one of only a handful offered in the world. The program prepares new scholars with the competencies and confidence needed to teach and conduct research and apply research findings in teaching and the hospitality and tourism industry. A successful doctoral student is distinguished by a strong research orientation and commitment, a focused academic goal, and a commitment to excellence. The program emphasizes flexibility, independence and inter-discipline to accommodate the needs and research interests of each student. The philosophy of the program is to encourage each student to take an active role in developing a plan of study suited to his/her own areas of interest and future career goals. As part of the program, doctoral students are expected to pursue experience in instruction, research and engagement. They are strongly encouraged to collaborate with graduate faculty on research and disseminate findings through scholarly publications and presentations that contribute to the literature in hospitality and tourism management.

PhD Program Description

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Program

All applicants must submit for review:

  • OSU Graduate College Application
    • Transcripts with bachelorís degree conferred or pending, as well as transcripts for any graduate coursework or degree(s). Applicants should have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in graduate-level course work.
    • Official GRE or GMAT Scores: While there are no minimum requirements for the GRE/GMAT, Human Sciences policy does recommend the following threshold scores (GRE: verbal - 450 or higher; quantitative - 580 or higher; analytical writing - 4.0 or higher) (GMAT: verbal - 28 or higher; quantitative - 35 or higher; analytical writing Ė 4.0 or higher).
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Goals (2-3 pages)
    • Three recommendations letters
    • Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (or a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL) is required for admission. Alternatively, an official IELTS (academic stream) examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 also will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.
For more details about the admission requirements for the Ph.D. Program, please click here.

Application Deadlines

The PhD Program in Hospitality Administration accepts applications once a year for the Fall Semester.  The priority date for application submission is January 15.  Review of applications will continue until March 15.

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A variety of financial aid is available from the school, college and university.

  • Graduate Assistantships:
    Please contact:
    Dr. Li Miao, Graduate Coordinator
    365 Human Sciences
    Stillwater, OK 74078
    Phone: (405) 744-1277
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  • College Fellowships
    The College of Human Sciences offers eight different fellowships ranging from $500.00 to $5,000.00 in value. Applications for these fellowships are available in November and are due in January of each year.
  • University Scholarships
    For information about university wide scholarships and other financial assistance, please contact:
    Scholarships and Financial Aid Office
    Oklahoma State University
    119 Student Union
    Stillwater, OK 74078-5061
    Phone: (405) 744-6604
    Fax: (405) 744-6438
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Return to topDepartment Contacts

School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration
365 Human Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
405-744-6713

Graduate Coordinator:
Li Miao, Ph.D.
365 Human Sciences West
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: (405) 744-1277
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Unit Assistant:
Tammy Collins
365 Human Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK  74078
Phone: (405) 744-8486
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