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Executive MHM Program Information

The Executive Master of Hospitality Management (MHM) is a unique online program that will refine the professional and academic skills of its graduates, giving them a competitive edge to lead and excel in the demanding arena of hospitality management. The program also provides students at the executive level with a wealth of advanced industry knowledge and expands their management skills and professional leadership abilities. An integral component of the curriculum is immediate workplace application. Students are required to complete an industry-based research project that relates to current issues in a hospitality environment.

The Executive Master of Hospitality Management (MHM) is a unique online program that will refine the professional and academic skills of its graduates, giving them a competitive edge to lead and excel in the demanding arena of hospitality management. The program also provides students at the executive level with a wealth of advanced industry knowledge and expands their management skills and professional leadership abilities. An integral component of the curriculum is immediate workplace application. Students are required to complete an industry-based research project that relates to current issues in a hospitality environment.

The traditional master's program is designed for students who have limited professional and managerial experience related to hospitality management. 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 in the profession.

The traditional master’s program is designed for students who have limited professional and managerial experience related to hospitality management. 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 in the profession.
The program is one-year long and starts each January.
A cohort is a group of students who progress through the program together taking the same courses at the same time. As a member of a cohort, you will have opportunities to build professional relationships with your fellow classmates.
Please contact our program director 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 to join the spring cohort are November 1 and October 1 for international students. 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:

  • Apply online at www.applyweb.com/uhouston
  • Resume. Five-plus years of work experience at the management level is required. Anyone with extensive experience in leadership positions (i.e., general manager, CEO) in the hospitality industry is highly encouraged to apply.
  • Statement of intent.
  • 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. 
  • 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 on this link: http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/international/english-proficiency/.

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 application timeline is as follows:

Action Approximate time; actual times can vary For the College to receive an application submitted on-line One to two business days from submission. To receive payment submitted in the on-line application Three to four business days from submission. To receive official test scores Two weeks once requested. For evaluation of official International transcripts Two to three weeks, but peak periods can take up to six to eight weeks. Once the application is complete and has been forwarded for an admission decision. Four 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.
Since January 2014, Texas state law (SB 62) mandates that all entering students under the age of 22 provide either a certificate signed by a health care provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years prior to registration. Students may also submit proof of approved conscience exemption from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Proof of vaccination is not required to be considered for admission. For more information, please visit http://www.uh.edu/academics/courses-enrollment/policies/immunization/.

Course Information

The curriculum includes courses in services management in hospitality, hospitality financial assets and planning management, strategic decision making in the hospitality industry, human resources in hospitality, hospitality marketing analysis, project development and implementation, negotiations for the service industry, food safety for managers, innovative hospitality technologies, and a graduate directed practicum.
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. Please contact the program director for the current cost at HiltonExecutiveMHM@uh.edu.
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 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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’s scholarships. UH has several other options available.

  • Conrad N. Hilton College scholarships
  • University scholarships

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, please visit http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/international/.
The application deadline for spring 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