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. The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration’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. The Cornell Nolan School’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 2022–2023 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 2022–2023 academic year|
|Tuition||$31,228 per semester (MMH is a three-semester program)|
|Estimated books and supplies||$1,500 per year|
|Estimated health and accident insurance*||$3,000 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||$129 per year ($43 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 US citizens and permanent residents
- Loan programs for non-US citizens
- Veterans education programs
- Need-based scholarships for MMH students
- Additional outside funding sources
Federal loans for US citizens and permanent residents
US 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 US 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.
- Start the process with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Find forms, procedures, and updated costs of attendance from the Cornell Office of Financial Aid
Loan programs for non-US citizens
MMH students who are not US citizens and who have a credit-worthy US citizen or permanent resident co-signer may be eligible for private student loans through lenders such as Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo, Discover, 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.
- HDFC Credila (for students from India)
- Canada Student Loan Program (for students from Canada)
- Personal student loan from ICBC (for students from China)
- FIDERH (for students from Mexico)
- MPOWER Financing (for all international students; does not require a US cosigner)
Veterans education benefits
If you are a veteran of the US 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 US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official US government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Need-based scholarships for MMH students
The Nolan School 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 US 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||Designated for high-performing graduate students|
|Women in Hospitality Scholarship||Designated for women applicants seeking to start or advance their career in the hospitality industry|
|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|
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.