Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
Admissions Process and Application Information


Is the MMH right for you?

Rather than a research-focused graduate degree intended to lead you to a PhD program and career in academia, the MMH prepares you to work on the ground in a management and leadership capacity in the hospitality industry. Your cohort will be composed of students from varying professional and academic backgrounds.

You’re a professional looking to advance or change direction.

Whether you currently work in hospitality and want to advance in your career, or you’re planning to switch into the industry from another, the MMH program will solidify your business skills in the context of hospitality and you’ll build your professional network among hospitality leaders.

You’re considering a future in entrepreneurship.

If you’re an experienced or aspiring entrepreneur, the MMH program’s coursework and hospitality industry exposure will help you define, build, and lead your business. Cornell and SHA have many resources available for entrepreneurs—you may even find your next business partner or investor.

Your family owns a hospitality business.

The focus and flexibility of the MMH program develops your leadership skills, so if you’re positioned to take on a leadership role in your family’s hospitality business, you’ll have the skills needed to analyze future challenges and opportunities. The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is known for its unique family business programming.

You’re preparing to launch your career in hospitality.

If you’ve recently earned an undergraduate degree and you’re considering graduate school options, the MMH program will open doors as you prepare for and launch your career in this dynamic industry. MMH students are passionate about hospitality, even if they don’t have prior industry work experience.


MMH application deadlines

Plan to apply early. International applicants should apply during one of the first three rounds. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis once all application materials are received. Applicants may be admitted, denied, or waitlisted until later in the admission cycle.

Round Deadline
Round 1 — application fee waived* December 1
Round 2 January 15
Round 3 March 1
Round 4 April 15**
*In order to have your application fee waived, please email us with the following information prior to submitting your application: 1) Your name; 2) The statement, “I intend to complete the admission requirements and submit my application by December 1, 2020;” and 3) Your most recent or scheduled GMAT or GRE test date and whether you have submitted your scores yet. We will respond with an email to confirm that we have waived your application fee.

**In response to applicants experiencing delays in obtaining required application materials, we are extending the Fall 2020 application deadline to June 15.


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Next steps for prospective MMH students

We encourage you to thoroughly review the program’s curriculum and degree requirements before beginning your application. You might also consider visiting the Cornell campus, reviewing tuition and financing details, or connecting with admissions directly.

Start your MMH application

The Master of Management in Hospitality application process is completed through the Cornell Graduate School. Though you’ll apply through the Graduate School, the MMH admissions team at the School of Hotel Administration will review your candidacy.