Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is the MMH offered online?

A: No, the MMH is an intensive residential program intended to facilitate interaction between students, faculty and industry leaders. However, we do offer online certificates and non-degree programs through the Office of Executive Education.

Q: How long is the MMH program?

A: The MMH is a three-semester program. This accelerated schedule is designed to address the needs of both the industry and students, who are industry professionals seeking to fast-track their hospitality careers.

Q: How does the MMH differ from an MBA?

A: The MMH program offers the rigorous business management curriculum you'd expect to find in a top MBA program, but with an exclusive focus on the hospitality and services industries. Class discussions, projects, and case studies are intended to hone the specific skills students need to lead our dynamic global industry into the future. The MMH degree is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—which certifies the world's foremost schools and colleges of business. 


Q: Does my undergraduate degree have to be in hotel management?

A: No. Your undergraduate degree can be in any field, provided you excelled in your studies. In fact, only a small number of MMH students studied hospitality as an undergraduate; most come into the program with social science or traditional business degrees.

Q: Is a minimum GPA required?

A. No. There is no minimum GPA required for admission to the MMH program, however we expect applicants to demonstrate their potential to excel in a rigorous academic environment. The average undergraduate GPA for admitted MMH students is typically about 3.3.

Q: Is a minimum GMAT score required?

A: Over the past three years, the average score of successful applicants on the GMAT was over 630.

Q: Is work experience necessary?

A: We look for candidates with strong managerial skills and leadership potential. Students admitted in the past few years have typically had some work experience, but all applicants will be evaluated. Experience adds value to one's contributions in class, it provides a stronger context for learning, and most importantly, it will put you in a better position toward achieving your post-MMH career goals.

Q: May I transfer graduate-level credits from other institutions to the MMH program?

A: No. All students are required to complete the MMH curriculum through Cornell University.

Q: Based on work experience or previous academic work, may I be exempted from certain application requirements or required courses?

A: No. We do not make exceptions for the application requirements or the core curriculum

Admissions and financial aid

Q: When are applications due?

A: The deadlines for the next MMH class can be found on our admission timetable. You must complete your application and a personal interview before the application deadline in order to receive an admission decision.

Q: Is Visa assistance offered for international students?

A: Yes. Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office assists international students with visa applications.

Q: Is financial assistance available?

A: Yes. Information about financial aid opportunities, including loans, scholarships and fellowships, can be found on the Tuition & Financing page. 

Student experience

Q: Is it possible to have a part-time job while completing the MMH?

A: The MMH program is intensive and your studies will require your full attention. We do not recommend off-campus work during the program.

Q: May I enroll in courses outside the MMH program?

A: Yes. You may take elective courses in other schools or colleges at Cornell University, provided your advisor approves your schedule and the course is available.

Q: Where are students in the MMH program from?

A: The MMH program attracts students from all over the world.

Q: Where will I live while in school?

A: Graduate student housing is available on and off campus within walking, biking, or a bus ride's distance from campus.