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Executive MHM Program Information

The Executive Master in Hospitality Management (MHM) is a unique online program that gives its graduates a competitive edge to lead and excel in today’s customer-centric marketplace. With a focus on the consumer experience, customer engagement, and the co-creation of value, this degree allows students to refine their professional and academic skills through personal application and development. 

Coursework:

  • Services Management
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Financial Assets and Planning
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Negotiations
  • Innovative Technology
  • Pricing and Revenue Management
  • Faculty Directed Industry-Based Project
  • ePortfolio

 

The traditional master’s program is designed for students who have limited professional and managerial experience. The executive program was developed to offer emerging leaders resources to manage change and implement new practices. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of relevant job experience.

The program is one-year long starting each January and finishing in December of the same year.

Please contact our program director, Elizabeth Whalen, at eawhalen@uh.edu for questions about the program.  

Many of our faculty are internationally recognized researchers who are involved in cutting-edge research projects with industry partners. To learn more, visit our faculty directory for individual bios and CVs.

Admissions/Application

The deadline to submit items is November 1 for domestic candidates and October 1 for international candidates. We recommend you submit your application items well in advance of the published deadlines. Applications are evaluated once complete.

Students are admitted on a rolling basis. To be considered for admission, in addition to submitting application items, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Apply online at   www.applyweb.com/uhouston
  2. Resume. Five-plus years of work experience at the management level is required.
  3. Statement of intent. A concise description of why you want to pursue the Executive Master of Hospitality Management program. Approximately 250 words, double-spaced. 
  4. Official college transcripts. The recommended undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of coursework. A bachelor’s degree is required. 
  5. Three letters of recommendation.

International applicants may be required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and must comply with the English proficiency requirements set by the University of Houston and outlined here .  

It is recommended that reference letters be completed by senior level management, a supervisor, or someone who has worked closely with you.
Standardized test scores are not required; professional experience and endorsement from senior management are taken into consideration as part of the admission process.

We want to partner with you for smooth and efficient application processing. The earlier you submit all of your application materials, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. The following is an approximate timeline based on application materials:

• To receive an application submitted online – 1 to 2 business days from submission
• To receive payment submitted in the online application – 3 to 4 business days from submission
• To receive official test scores – 2 weeks once requested
• For evaluation of official transcripts – 2 to 3 weeks, but peak periods can take up to 6 to 8 weeks
• Once the application is complete and has been forwarded for an admission decision – 4 weeks

The earlier you submit your application and all supporting documents, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. We review applications throughout the year.

Course Information

Here are the classes you would take:

  • Services Management
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Financial Assets and Planning
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Negotiations
  • Innovative Technology
  • Pricing and Revenue Management
  • Faculty Directed Industry-Based Project
  • ePortfolio
The program is delivered completely online. Instruction and participation will take place via the learning management system Blackboard.
The program is designed for students to concentrate on one course at a time. However, the practicum course is delivered throughout the duration of the program.

Expenses and Financial Aid

The University of Houston System Board of Regents sets and approves program costs each year. The program costs approximately $30-35 ,000  for in-state residents and $40-45 ,000 for out-of-state and international residents. Scholarships are available on a limited basis for top applicants to receive in-state tuition rates and additional awards. These values are subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Regents prior to the start of the program. The University of Houston System Board of Regents sets and approves program costs each year.

There are no textbooks to purchase for the program, but you must have a computer and internet access.
Federal loans may be available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To begin the aid process, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid found here. The UH school code is 003652.
You may be eligible to use your veteran’s benefits. For more information about veteran’s benefits for study at the University of Houston, please contact the UH Veteran’s Affairs Office located in the University Welcome Center.

Students may apply for Hilton College scholarships. UH has several other options available. Scholarships are available on a limited basis for top applicants to receive in-state tuition rates and additional awards.

Information for International Students

In addition to application items mentioned above, international students must pay a $75 international applicant fee and may be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores and have non U.S. transcripts evaluated and translated. For additional requirements, click here.

The application deadline for admittance is October 1. All materials must be submitted at this time for admission consideration.

Since the program is delivered online and students are not required to attend any face-to-face courses, issuance of a student or “F-1” visa is not possible.
  • The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test, with a minimum writing score of 20. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550, with a minimum writing score of 58.
  • The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5, with a minimum writing score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The University of Houston’s ETS institutional code is 6870.
  • The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University of Houston at this address:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    4302 University Dr., Room. 102
    Houston, TX 77204-2012