The Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in hotel administration are exclusive, highly competitive, and exceptionally rigorous programs. Successful candidates come to SHA with outstanding academic records, and typically possess both research experience and a working knowledge of the hospitality industry.
MS Degree Requirements
Students interested in applying to the MS program must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university. Competitive MS applicants demonstrate a combination of strengths, including:
- An exceptional academic record, with a rigorous curriculum, top-10% class ranking, and no failing grades
- Research experience
- A competitive GRE score or GMAT score above 700*
**The Master of Science program has made submitting the GMAT/GRE optional for the fall 2021 admission cycle. Your application will be compete without a score and it will not be disadvantaged in the review process without a score. Students will not be asked to justify their reasons for not submitting GMAT/GRE test results. The admissions committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing applications which means that all parts of your application are considered; academic, contextual and non-academic. In the absence of test scores, the admissions committee will look for different evidence of academic preparation with increased scrutiny.
- Relevant hospitality experience
- A well-articulated statement of purpose
Since the MS is designed for students pursuing an academic career in teaching and research, most MS students subsequently apply to a PhD program. Your graduate faculty advisor will decide which courses you should take to complete your MS degree program to best support your academic plan. If your bachelor’s degree is not in hospitality management, your advisor may require some of the core courses of the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) as part of your program.
PhD Degree Requirements
With the exception of those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from our undergraduate program, students interested in applying to the PhD program must already have earned a master’s degree from an accredited university. Competitive PhD applicants demonstrate a combination of strengths, including:
- A competitive GRE score or GMAT score of 700 or higher
- A top-10% class ranking in bachelor’s and master’s study with no failing grades
- Prior coursework in statistics, economics, and research methods
- A clearly articulated career objective focused on teaching and research
- A record of published hospitality papers or articles in relevant journals or trade publications
- Experience in teaching and research
Once you are admitted, your committee of graduate faculty members will advise you on which courses you should take to fulfill your PhD degree-program requirements.