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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.

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

MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management