Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
Tuition, Financing, and Scholarships


Pursuing a graduate degree in hospitality management is an investment in yourself and your career potential. SHA’s Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) graduates are prepared to hit the ground running, which means you’ll see a return on your investment. SHA’s network of hospitality professionals and alumni are prepared to help you accelerate your career. Learn more about career placement data for MMH graduates.

Estimated MMH expenses for 2020–2021 academic year

The Master of Management in Hospitality program (MMH) is a three-semester program that begins in the fall. Note that you will pay tuition for all three semesters, as listed below. Estimated program costs, including fees, are outlined in the chart.

Expense Cost for 2020–2021 academic year
Tuition $29,293 per semester (MMH is a three-semester program)
Estimated books and supplies $1,500 per year
Estimated health and accident insurance* $2,983 per year
Estimated living costs for a single student $2,268 per month
Required course travel estimate $2,500 per year
Graduate student activity fee $126 per year ($42 per semester)
* Health and accident insurance rates will be confirmed in late April or early May. Health insurance is mandatory for all accompanying family members.

MMH scholarship and financing opportunities

MMH students typically fund their tuition and expenses with a combination of federal and private student loans. Some MMH students receive need-based scholarships to fund their hospitality management degree. We encourage you to investigate multiple funding sources, including grants, employer sponsorship, government agencies, trade associations, Fulbright offices, and foundations.

Federal loans for U.S. citizens and permanent residents

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal student loan funding. In order to receive funding, you must complete the FAFSA form for each academic year you will be enrolled in the MMH program. Cornell participates with the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Direct loan program and Federal Graduate PLUS program—the most common types of student loans for graduate and professional students.


Loan programs for non-U.S. citizens

MMH students who are not U.S. citizens and who have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer may be eligible for private student loans through lenders such as Sallie MaeWells FargoDiscover, and Citizens Bank. International students may also search for loans through the International Education Financial Aid organization. Students should research private education loan lenders to determine which option is best for their individual situation. Some additional options are listed below.


Veterans education benefits

If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces you may be eligible for veterans education benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Benefits. To see if you can use these benefits to fund your hospitality management degree, read through details, procedures, and eligibility on Cornell’s financial aid website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


Need-based scholarships for MMH students

The School of Hotel Administration is committed to enrolling engaged and committed students regardless of financial circumstances. Both domestic and international MMH applicants are eligible for scholarships. It is assumed that U.S. students will take out the full amount of the Federal Direct Loan before a need-based scholarship will be awarded.

In order to be considered for a need-based scholarship, you must complete an MMH Need-Based Scholarship Application. Completed need-based scholarship applications should be submitted via email to the MMH Admissions Office. If you plan to apply for need-based scholarships, you are encouraged to apply early, as funding is limited and consideration is made in the order in which applications are received.

Need-based scholarships are designated for students in the following categories:

Need-based scholarship award Description
Hospitality Scholarship for Excellence and Domestic Careers Designated for high-performing graduate students from the United States
Women in Hospitality Scholarship Designated for women applicants seeking to start or advance their career in the hospitality industry
Hospitality Entrepreneurship Scholarship Established for students intending to focus on an entrepreneurial pursuit in their graduate studies
SHA Family Business Scholarship Scholarship preference is for students who have worked or intend to work for their family-owned business
Excellence in Public Service Award This scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding public service; you must include your resume with the need-based scholarship application for consideration
Food and Beverage Management Scholarship Preference is given to students who have an interest in food and beverage management
Sarkis-McMullen ARDA Scholarship Established in 1992 by Fred Sarkis and Edwin H. McMullen, this scholarship is given to students who have an interest in the vacation ownership/timesharing field
Hospitality Scholarship for Asian Careers Need-based funding for graduate students from Japan and Korea
Hospitality Scholarship for EU International Students Preference is given to students from Europe

Additional outside funding sources

Learn more from the Cornell Office of Financial Aid about private loans and the Cornell installment plan.

Learn more and apply to the MMH program

Are you ready to start the admissions process? Be sure to read through the MMH application requirements, or connect with admissions to attend an event or visit campus.