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Saunders College of Business has Waived the GMAT/GRE Test Requirement for Fall 2020!

Hospitality and Tourism Management Master of Science

Graduates of the MS program in hospitality and tourism management are well prepared to step into numerous mid-level service management and training director positions. The program is focused on service and innovation, as well as leadership functions within many service and corporate settings and at post-secondary academic institutions.

The hospitality and tourism management program may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. The length of time required to earn a degree varies according to the student's undergraduate preparation and the number of graduate courses taken per semester. To earn the MS degree, all students must take a minimum of 30 credit hours. For full-time students, the program requires a minimum of two semesters of study at the graduate level. Part-time students generally will require four semesters of study at the graduate level.

Program Overview

Upon completion of the MS in Hospitality & Tourism Management, students will be able to:

  • Review, assess, and draw conclusions about models and theories associated with hospitality and tourism in a global environment
  • Effectively analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply hospitality and tourism data from diverse sources
  • Identify and compare the services associated with the tourism system in the context of social, economic, cultural and political environments
  • Create and present new hospitality and tourism services through effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete a graduate project or comprehensive exam as a culminating experience allowing for demonstration of competencies for theory and application material for the discipline. Students work with the program adviser and/or program faculty to determine a topic for the graduate project and must arrange a faculty mentor for the project. The comprehensive exam option is open to all students. Students may request the thesis option, but must be approved and have secured a faculty mentor.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College graduate programs are recognized by national and international rankings, including Eduniversal 2019 Best Masters Ranking recognized the MS in Hospitality & Tourism Management program as #25 Best Masters in Hospitality Management, Worldwide. RIT's program is recognized by ForbesTravel WeeklyNation’s Restaurant News, and Corporate Travel magazines. Our alumni come from around the United States and from more than 38 countries.

  • 08/10/2020
    COVID-19 has challenged the university to consider an even more creative academic portfolio with blended, online, split A/B, and flex class options. To prepare for in-person instruction, RIT has upgraded academic buildings and classrooms. And physical distancing and face coverings, required of faculty and students in classrooms, together provide some of the greatest protection against the spread of COVID-19.
  • 08/07/2020
    RIT is developing an alert system that systematically defines levels of COVID-19 prevalence and transmission risk within our community. Each level will be associated with predetermined actions aimed at reducing risk during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 08/03/2020
    The unexpected transition to remote learning during the spring semester challenged faculty across RIT to experiment, create, and deploy new methods of instruction to ensure student success. As the university gears up for in-person and online classes—or a combination of both—faculty members are applying a wide range of lessons learned from the spring to keep academic momentum moving forward in the fall.
  • 07/24/2020
    RIT is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. The new policy will help protect the health and safety of the community at RIT and in the Greater Rochester area during the ongoing pandemic. Starting July 27, the university will launch the RIT Daily Health Screen website and call-in option.
  • 07/27/2020
    Saunders professor, Dr. Steven Carnovale, talked to 13WHAM's Andrew Banas regarding the supply chain shortage.
  • 07/09/2020
    Dr. Steven Carnovale, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management (SCM) at Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business, and his colleagues were highlighted for their research with the Logistics Manager's Index (LMI) for the supply chain.
  • 07/07/2020
    Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management (SCM) at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business, Dr. Steven Carnovale, is bringing expert insights on the supply chain with colleagues through the Logistics Manager's Index (LMI).
  • 06/15/2020

    RIT undergrad, Wendy Mertz, steps into vice president position following the retirement of Page Petry, chief IT officer, Americas, for Marriott International.

Saunders students have a 94% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation

MS of Hospitality and Tourism Management