Hospitality and Real Estate Graduate Degrees

Setting the gold standard for hospitality education. Setting you up for success.

The hospitality and real estate industries are constantly evolving. Keep your skills sharp, stay current with best practices, and broaden your professional network with a graduate degree from the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration.

Why the Nolan School for Your Hospitality Graduate Degree?

United by a passion for service and hospitality, the Nolan School community makes a difference around the world. It all starts here, at Cornell, with rigorous academics, immersive learning experiences, and groundbreaking research.

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History of Hospitality

Since 1922, we’ve been pioneers in hospitality education. That innovation continues with expanded programs in real estate, entrepreneurship, services marketing, and food and beverage management.

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Hands-On Learning

Home to the Statler Hotel, the Center for Hospitality Research, the Center for Real Estate and Finance, and other research hubs, the Nolan School is bursting with practical experiences. Internships and conferences add to the immersive learning.

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Hotelie Network

With long-standing partnerships with international hospitality brands and a highly engaged global alumni network, you’ll have unmatched access to potential career mentors, internship sites, and employers.

Degree Options: Hospitality and Real Estate Graduate Programs at the Nolan School

Wherever you are in your career, an Ivy League hospitality graduate degree can give you an edge in today’s competitive job market. The Nolan School offers a variety of flexible programs, all built upon our spirit of innovation and pursuit of industry excellence.

Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)

Practical industry experience is a hallmark of this flexible graduate program. Beyond the core curriculum and specialized electives, you’ll complete an internship, participate in consulting projects, and attend lectures and conferences.

Degree Awarded

Master of Management in Hospitality


Ithaca, NY

Program Format

Full-time residential

Program Schedule

Fall start; three semesters with a summer internship


Executive Master of Management in Hospitality (EMMH)

Hone your leadership skills and expand your industry knowledge in a convenient, flexible hospitality master’s program designed for working professionals. Deepen your expertise by choosing a specialization area and demonstrate what you’ve learned through a strategy capstone.

Degree Awarded

Executive Master of Management in Hospitality


Online with one residency week

Program Format

Part-time while you work

Program Schedule

16 online EMMH courses


Baker Program in Real Estate (MPS in Real Estate)

The most comprehensive, versatile graduate program of its kind, the MPS in Real Estate combines real-world learning, international experiences, and a robust curriculum to prepare you for a multitude of career opportunities.

Degree Awarded

Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate


Ithaca, NY

Program Format

Full-time residential

Program Schedule

Two years

Cornell-Peking MMH/MBA Dual Degree

Offered in partnership with the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University (PKU) in Shanghai, this bilingual dual-degree program prepares the next generation of hospitality leaders in China. During the US residential component, students learn at Cornell campuses in Ithaca, NY, and New York City.

Degrees Awarded

Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell; MBA from PKU


Ithaca, NY, and Shanghai

Program Format

Part-time international program with weekend classes & residential sessions

Program Schedule

Two years

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MS and PhD Programs in Hotel Administration

The Nolan School’s research-focused hospitality graduate programs include an MS and a PhD. Whether you’re looking to teach at the university level or perform groundbreaking research—or both—these highly individualized degrees will prepare you to succeed in academia.

Explore MS & PhD Programs

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Graduate Real Estate Minor: Build upon Your Expertise

Available to graduate students across Cornell University, the real estate minor may be especially appealing to those pursuing law, finance, hospitality, regional planning, and business-related degrees.

Learn About the Minor

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Our Faculty: Study with Industry-Leading Experts

As a graduate student at the Nolan School, you’ll benefit from the deep industry expertise and wide-ranging professional experience of our faculty. Not only are they dedicated teachers, but they also shape the industry through research and insights.

Meet Our Faculty
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Faculty Voices: Innovators in Education

Our faculty members are proud Hotelies, too. The innovative programs are among the reasons they love teaching and researching here.

Few top-tier schools offer real estate as a degree option, and even fewer offer hospitality. Uniqueness is [our] defining factor.” —Crocker H. Liu, Robert A. Beck Professor of Hospitality Financial Management


Learn More: Request Program Information

Interested in learning more about the Nolan School’s hospitality and real estate graduate programs? Our admissions team is here to answer questions and support you during the application process. Request more information today.

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News and Updates: Stories from the Hotelie Community

Our BusinessFeed features stories about Nolan School faculty, staff, students, and alumni, including professional accomplishments, research news, and program updates.

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Next Steps: Applying to Our Hospitality Management Graduate Programs

Ready to see where the Nolan School can take you and your hospitality or real estate career? We invite you to start your application. To begin, simply register or log in to the Cornell Graduate Admissions website.