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MS in Hospitality Management Program Information

Our Master of Hospitality Management program is designed to give graduates a competitive edge and increased earning potential in the global hospitality marketplace. This degree includes courses in business, management and research, combined with courses in hospitality marketing, food & beverage management, revenue management and a variety of electives. Through learning in the classroom, hands-on opportunities, and one-on-one research with our esteemed faculty, this degree prepares students to excel, lead and increase their earning potential in the industry or to continue their studies in a Ph.D. program in the field.

Our MS in hospitality management program is designed for students who acquire more in-depth industry knowledge or who want to reinvent themselves in their current or future career through a two-year residency program at the University of Houston.

Our online executive master’s program (delivered completely online) is for hospitality professionals with five or more years of industry experience and offers emerging leaders resources to manage change and implement new practices while working full-time.

Our master’s in global hospitality business program takes place on three continents – Switzerland, Hong Kong and North America (Houston, Texas) – over three semesters and provides an extensive understanding of world markets and firsthand experience of hospitality in three diverse cultures.

Our hospitality management master’s program is designed to be two years in length, not including summers, but with summer work and additional hours during the fall/spring semesters. One fall or spring semester can be omitted from the completion time period.
A cohort is a group of students who progress through the program together taking the same or similar courses at the same time. As a member of a cohort, you will have opportunities to build professional relationships with your fellow classmates that will last a lifetime. This is a major part of your learning process.
Please contact our graduate programs manager to answer your questions about our MS in hospitality management at hiltongrads@uh.edu.
Many of our faculty are internationally recognised 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 for fall semester application completion is May 1 for domestic students and April 1 for international students. The deadline for spring semester application completion is November 1 for domestic students and April 1 for international students. We recommend you submit your application items well in advance of the published deadlines. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis as soon as they are complete.

Students are admitted on a rolling basis. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit these materials by the deadline:

  • Online application through www.applyweb.com/uhouston
  • Resume. At least one year of hospitality or hospitality-related professional experience is preferred.
  • Personal statement.
  • Official college transcripts. The recommended undergraduate cumulative GPA is at least a 3.0.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of official GRE or GMAT score.

International applicants are 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 a combination of current or prior faculty and by current or recent supervisors who have worked closely with you.
Official GRE or GMAT test scores are required. There is no preference of one test over the other.

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 admissions decision. The application timeline is as follows:

  • 1 to 2 business days from submission for the College to receive an application submitted online
  •  3 to 4 business days from submission to receive payment submitted in the online application
  •  2 weeks once requested to receive official test scores
  •  2 to 3 weeksbut during peak periods it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks – for the evaluation of official international transcripts
  •  4 weeks once your application is complete and has been forwarded for an admissions decision
The earlier you submit your application and all supporting documents, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. We review completed applications on a rolling basis as they are received.
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, click here.

Course Information

Our curriculum includes core courses in services management in hospitality, hospitality financial assets and planning management, statistical data analysis or business analytics, and a research paper and/or practicum. Students customize their choice of support, focus and elective courses in the degree plan in an area of specialization such as finance, revenue management, human resources, food & beverage, hotels, events and more.
All required classes are held face-to-face at Hilton College on the UH main campus. Classes take place at different times – both daytime and evening classes are offered. Students in this program must be able to attend classes during the day to complete the program. Many classes are held once weekly for three hours each week; some classes are offered in 90-minute increments twice a week. A very limited number of classes are also offered online and during the summer months.
• Research track: Students will complete either a thesis OR a professional paper and practicum.
• Professional track: Students will complete an additional elective class and a practicum in lieu of the research paper requirement.

Expenses and Financial Aid

The University of Houston System Board of Regents sets and approves tuition and program costs annually. For more information about tuition and other costs, see these links:

Use 9 hours per semester as the number of completion hours for the purposes of calculating costs. There are four semesters.
http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/tuition-fees-and-other-costs/
http://www.uh.edu/financial/graduate/tuition-fees/required-fees/
http://www.uh.edu/financial/graduate/tuition-fees/tuition/
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 https://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.

Hilton College scholarships are competitive and are awarded to new students based on class rank, which is determined by GPA and GMAT or GRE test scores. Students can apply or re-apply for these scholarships in the second year of the program. University scholarships are also available here.

Information for International Students

In addition to application items mentioned above, international students must pay a $125 international applicant fee and are required to submit official TOEFL/IELTS scores. For additional requirements, click here.
The application deadline for fall admission is April 1. The application deadline for spring admission is October 1. All materials must be submitted by these deadlines for admission consideration.
Qualified non-U.S. citizens admitted into this program can apply for an F-1 student visa.
  • 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 IELTS testing agency must mail the official results directly to the University of Houston at this address:

University of Houston
Graduate School
4800 Calhoun Rd., 102 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2012