Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What tests are required to apply for the MS and PhD degree programs?

A: Applicants for the MS and PhD programs in hotel administration are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to five years. International students are also required to take the TOEFL  or IELTS exam. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for up to two years.  Students who have studied at a university in a country whose official language is English for two or more years are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam, but are welcome to submit the scores to demonstrate their English proficiency.

Q: What is the deadline to apply for the MS or PhD degree program?

A: MS and PhD students are admitted only for the fall semester. Applications should be completed by December 15 for the subsequent fall term. We will contact competitive applicants via email to complete an admissions interview.

Q: What kind of financial aid is available for MS or PhD students?

A: MS students can find financial-aid opportunities by contacting the Fellowships and Financial Aid Office through Cornell's Graduate School. Fellowships covering the cost of tuition and a taxable stipend may be awarded to PhD students on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What resources do you offer for international students?

A: Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office assists current students with a variety of services from immigration issues to campus life.

Q: Where can I find information about current MS or PhD research?

A: Since the MS and PhD degrees are research-based, the Center for Hospitality Research is the best resource to learn more about the research interests of our graduate faculty.  If you have any additional questions, please email mmh@cornell.edu or call 607.255.6376 for more information.

Q:  How many MS and PhD students are admitted each year?

A: Admission is extremely selective and is based on both the strength of the applicant and the availability of faculty to advise new graduate students. Typically no more than two to three MS and PhD students are admitted in a particular year, and it is fairly common for SHA not to admit any students in a particular admission cycle.

Q:  What makes a PhD applicant competitive?

A:  A competitive PhD applicant typically has an exceptional academic record, including research experience, a competitive GRE or GMAT (score above 700 for GMAT), relevant hospitality and teaching experience, a well-articulated statement of purpose, and a record of published hospitality papers or articles in relevant journals or trade publications.

Q: What resources are available for PhD students?

A: A number of resources are available to support our PhD students. Visit the links below.