“The Nolan School program is truly interdisciplinary. Be ready to learn a lot about hospitality but open your doors to gain exposure in economics and finance.” —Soon Hyeok (Steve) Choi PhD ’23
As part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, the Nolan School gives students the opportunity to collaborate on research with peers and faculty across the college’s schools, programs, and centers.
Master of Science in Hotel Administration
Two years; four semesters
PhD in Hotel Administration
Five years; 10 semesters
Hone your quantitative and qualitative research skills with a variety of modeling, statistical, and econometrics courses. PhD students align their methods classes with their area of interest—HR, marketing, real estate, finance, operations, or technology.
Customize your curriculum by choosing elective credits from across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and throughout Cornell University. Students focus on areas such as financial management, marketing, operations, and real estate.
Thesis & Dissertation
Receive close faculty mentorship as you embark on deep graduate-level research. The program culminates with a final exam for MS students and a dissertation defense for PhD candidates. You might even have a chance to publish or present your work.
Master of Science in Hotel Administration
The MS degree is researched-focused and requires a master’s thesis and final exam. Many students in this program continue on to related PhD programs at top-tier schools, including the Nolan School.
Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
The MMH is industry-focused and prepares students for leadership roles in a range of hospitality and real estate specialties. This program requires an internship and offers many other real-world learning experiences.
Industry Experts: Hear from Our Hospitality Faculty
Nolan School faculty members are passionate about moving their industries forward—and advancing their students’ academic and corporate careers.
“Few top-tier schools offer real estate as a degree option, and even fewer offer hospitality. Uniqueness is [our] defining factor.” —Crocker H. Liu, Robert A. Beck Professor of Hospitality Financial Management
Program Eligibility: Is an MS or PhD in Hotel Administration Right for Me?
Our MS and PhD in Hotel Administration programs are highly competitive and rigorous. Ideal candidates will have an exceptional academic record, relevant industry experience, and clear professional goals. Before you begin the application process, we encourage you to review our eligibility requirements.
Admissions Overview: How to Apply: MS and PhD Programs
If earning a master’s or PhD in Hotel Administration feels like the right fit for your next academic endeavor, we invite you to learn more about the admissions process. Our MS and PhD admissions page will give you all the details you’ll need to start your application.
Dates and Deadlines: MS and PhD Admissions Timeline
New MS and PhD students are admitted each fall semester. Our application period for both programs runs between September 1 and December 15.
Applications Open: September 1
Application Deadline: December 15
Request Information: Learn More about Our MS and PhD Programs
Exploring your hospitality master’s options? Interested in earning a doctorate in hospitality? Our graduate admissions team is ready to answer your questions about the Nolan School’s MS and PhD in hotel administration.
MS Student Financing Options
MS students may be eligible for federally subsidized student loans, which help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses during the residential program.
PhD Students Financing Options
Most PhD students receive full financial support for five academic years and four summers, including a stipend, health insurance, and full academic year tuition, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance.
For more than a century, we’ve been innovators in hospitality education and industry leadership. Our graduate faculty are deeply committed to research and teaching, and our alumni are making a difference around the world.
Our renowned faculty members are among the world’s foremost scholars and practitioners in hospitality, real estate, financial services, and technology. As mentors, they guide graduate students through their theses and dissertations.
Stories and Updates: The Latest from the Hotelie Community
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Next Steps: Applying to the Nolan School
If you’ve reviewed our admissions requirements and think you’re a fit for our welcoming yet rigorous academic community, we invite you to begin your application to our MS or PhD program today.
To get started, simply register or log in to the Cornell Graduate Admissions website.