Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
Application Requirements

MMH applicants must submit all application components by the application deadline for each round. Deadlines are listed on the MMH admissions page. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

You will apply to the MMH program through the Cornell Graduate School application and indicate Hospitality Management as your field of study. Your materials and candidacy will be reviewed by the admissions team at the School of Hotel Administration in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

The 2021 application for graduate study will open on September 1, 2020.

MMH application checklist

Use the checklist below as you complete your application. Click each item for more information.

Additional items for international applicants

Application components and details

Statement of purpose essay

Applicants must submit a one- to two-page statement of purpose essay as part of the Cornell Graduate School application. In this essay, you will explain your academic interests and the reasons why you’re applying to a graduate program at Cornell. You should relate your explanations to your undergraduate studies and professional goals.

MMH career essay (600 words maximum)

Use this essay, specific to MMH applicants, to answer the following questions: What are your short- and long-term career aspirations? How do your professional experiences support these goals? How will your experiences—combined with a graduate degree in hospitality management from SHA—help you achieve these specific career goals?

Academic transcripts

Successful applicants will have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Please submit transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. You may submit unofficial transcripts with your application; however, should you be admitted into the MMH program, we will request an official copy for verification.

Transcripts should indicate:

  • All courses you have taken
  • Grades received in each course
  • Degree and the date it was conferred

You will be required to upload transcripts as part of your application. Be sure to redact, cross out, or cover your Social Security Number if it is displayed on your transcript.

For applicants with international credentials

For students with non-U.S. credentials, an international equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required. Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for a list of international degree equivalencies. All transcripts must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in their original language. If your transcript is not in English, please submit an official and certified English translation in addition to an original copy. World Education Services (WES), a third-party verification agency, can provide this service.

If your transcripts are not issued by the college or university as original documents, they should be notarized, full-size photocopies.

Transcripts should include grades received in each subject each year and the number of weeks and hours per week each subject was studied. Courses must be described in detail. The general subject name (for example, “mathematics”) is not sufficient; the particular subject (“differential equations” or “algebraic topology”) must be identified.

GMAT or GRE scores

GMAT or GRE test scores are a required component of the MMH program application. Much of the program’s coursework requires advanced quantitative skills. While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement, admitted candidates typically have competitive scores that demonstrate their ability to succeed in a graduate-level business program.

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. The MMH program requires that test scores be valid on the deadline of the application round in which you apply.

GMAT code

Use code 5811 when filling out the GMAT registration.

GRE codes

Use institutional code 2098 and Department & Major Field Code 4208-Hospitality Administration/Management when filling out the GRE registration.

GMAT/GRE waivers for Cornell graduates

If you have graduated from Cornell University in the last two years with a GPA of 3.3 or greater, please submit your transcript and request a waiver by emailing

Two letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one should be from a current or recent supervisor who can attest to your work-related skills. The second may be from either an academic or professional source.

You will be required to enter the email or street address of your recommenders as you complete this portion of your application. Select the “online” option for your recommenders to receive an emailed invitation to submit their letters. It is your responsibility to ensure that all recommendations are submitted online by the deadline for the round in which you are applying.


While not required, hospitality-related work experience is strongly preferred. Successful MMH candidates have a demonstrated commitment to hospitality. These experiences should be described in your resume. Relevant work experience prior to enrolling will have a direct impact on job placement opportunities.

Application fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $105 must be submitted with your online application. If you submit your complete application prior to the round one deadline, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver. See the MMH admissions page for more information.

Payment must be made with either an e-check in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, or a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card.

Video essay

After you submit your MMH application, you will be invited to complete your online video essay—detailed information will be sent to you through email. The video essay serves as a pre-recorded interview, rather than a live meeting or video chat with the admissions team. You’ll be asked to respond to additional questions and record your answers in a video format. The video essay is part of a holistic assessment that will be considered alongside your completed online application.

Additional application details for international applicants

**English language proficiency requirement (TOEFL or IELTS)

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL or IELTS scores. International students may also be required to pass a writing benchmark. All MMH classes are delivered in English and require participation in class discussions, involvement in group projects, and intensive writing and reading. Successful candidates will have a full command of both spoken and written English.

The Master of Management in Hospitality program does not accept My Best Score reports for the TOEFL examination and requires a minimum cumulative TOEFL score of 100 in addition to minimum sub-scores in speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Even if your TOEFL score exceeds the minimum requirement, you may still be encouraged to enroll in an intensive English course, preferably in the United States, before you begin the program. If you have taken the IELTS Academic exam, the MMH program requires an overall band score of 7.0 or higher.

We are offering Duolingo English Test as a provisional option for applicants in the current cycle who, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, are unable to schedule an IELTS Academic or TOEFL exam. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online at any time or place with internet access.

In some cases, these testing requirements can be waived. For more information on score minimums, how to submit test scores, and the criteria for waiving the requirement, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

Financial responsibility form (after admission)

International students admitted to the MMH program will be required to complete a financial responsibility form (FRF). The FRF certifies you can cover the cost of the MMH for the full duration of the program.

Submission of the FRF is required before a Form I-20 (needed to obtain a visa to study in the United States) can be released. More information is available from Cornell’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).

Apply to the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program

Are you ready to apply to SHA’s graduate hospitality management program? Be sure to review the MMH application requirements above.