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Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

*Transitioning from the College of Engineering Technology; to be completed July 1, 2019. See story for more information.

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.

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.

MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management