Feb 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Hospitality Management, MS

Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership  > Hospitality Management, MS

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management (MS) degree program is designed to meet the hospitality industry’s need for individuals who have a variety of professional and academic skills and advanced specialized abilities necessary to excel in the increasingly demanding arena of hospitality management. Individuals who develop these advanced skills can seek and fill hospitality management positions at the corporate and operational levels and in the field of hospitality education.

The MS degree is a two-year program that has been designed to develop effective and innovative hospitality industry managers and that attracts students from all over the world, bringing a multicultural quality to the learning environment. As a result, graduates of the Conrad N. Hilton College are serving in managerial positions worldwide with the finest firms in the hospitality industry, as well as teaching in higher education.

For more information, please see http://www.uh.edu/hilton-college/students/future-students/graduate-admissions/ms-hospitality-management/.

Admission Requirements

Students who have successfully completed the US equivalent of a BS degree, preferably in Global Hospitality Leadership or a related field, with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA, will be considered after successful completion of the graduate application process. Satisfactory TOEFL and IELS scores are required for international students who have not completed a degree from the US or another English-speaking country. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/international-students/. All applications require payment of an application fee ($50 domestic applicants/$75 international applicants).


  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three Letter of Recommendation
  4. 3.0+GPA and a bachelor’s degree
  5. One year of experience, more is preferred
  6. Mandatory Interview with Program Manager
  7. English Language Proficiency Scores - TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo (International Students)

A Skype or other distance-conducted interview will be required for students who have met all other admission criteria and after approval by the MS applicant selection committee. The interview will be administered by the graduate programs office after a date and time is established that accommodates both the applicant and the interviewer.

Degree Requirements

All MS degree candidates must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework, at least 27 of which must be earned at the Hilton College.

The curriculum for this program requires students to complete courses in five areas, including hospitality management core courses; support and focus courses; electives; and a thesis, a professional paper and practicum, or an additional elective and practicum. Up to nine hours of elective credits can include non-HRMA courses with prior advisor approval. 

Students can choose either the professional or research track to complete this degree.

Core Courses (Required)

Research Track Core Total 19.0

Professional Track Core Total Credits 16.0

Support Total 9.0

Focus Total 3.0

Elective Courses

Consists of any graduate level HRMA courses that have not been taken for the above requirements and non-HRMA classes as approved by academic advisor.

Research Track Elective Total Credits 5.0

Consists of any graduate level HRMA courses that have not been taken for the above requirements and non-HRMA classes as approved by academic advisor.

Professional Track Elective Total Credits 8.0

Total Credit Hours for MS: 36.0

Academic Policies

Core curriculum hours cannot be waived under any circumstances. The program director and instructor of any particular core course must approve all substitutions. All coursework substituted in this manner must be completed at the 6000 level or above. A general petition is required.