Graduate Program Mission

Develop world class graduate students to identify, analyze and respond, in an informed sense, to the dynamic nature of the global hospitality and tourism field through excellence in teaching, research and applied outreach.

MS Program Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates with a thesis-track Master’s degree will:

1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the main theoretical foundations of hospitality and tourism fields through synthesis across courses and experiences.
2. Analyze and compare the relative merits of alternative research methods and statistical techniques when designing a research project.
3. Develop innovative, data-supported, theoretically sound research project related to a specific area within the hospitality and tourism fields.
4. Engage in various instructional experiences and develop teaching skills needed for instructional positions in the hospitality and tourism fields and/or advancement toward a terminal degree.
5. Communicate professionally and effectively in written and oral formats relevant to the hospitality and tourism fields.

A student who graduates with non-thesis track Master’s degree will:

1. Use theoretical tools and concepts to implement problem solving in an industry setting.
2. Assess and use appropriate data analytics tools, statistical techniques and yield management knowledge for decision making in an industry setting.
3. Produce a written report addressing industry-based problem.
4. Make a professional and academic oral presentation to a learned audience.

PhD Program

Program Goal 1:
Research. To prepare students to be effective researchers in the hospitality and tourism fields.
Outcomes: HRMT Ph.D. students will be able to

a. Develop a high level of theoretical expertise in the hospitality and tourism fields by generating research questions that clearly advances the literature and their specific areas of specialty.
b. Build up rigorous methodological competencies appropriate to hospitality and tourism fields and student’s specific area of specialty.
c. Apply novel research methods/approaches to solve emerging problems in the hospitality and tourism fields.
d. Develop knowledge and skills to successfully secure grants and funding to support research.
e. Communicate their research clearly and professionally in both written and oral forms appropriate to the hospitality and tourism fields.

Program Goal 2:
Teaching. To prepare students to be effective educators in the hospitality and tourism fields.
Outcomes: HRMT Ph.D. students will be able to

a. Foster the understanding of hospitality and tourism knowledge for others (e.g., students) through demonstrated pedagogical knowledge.
b. Integrate research findings into classroom teaching, especially those related to student’s academic interests.
c. Synthesize feedback gathered from various sources (student, self-evaluation, peers, supervising faculty members, etc.) to continuously enhance teaching effectiveness.
d. Create a teaching portfolio that documents and assesses student’s teaching abilities and experiences for future employment.

Program Goal 3:
Professional Development. To enable students to develop as successful professionals and be attractive to employers for highly competitive positions in academic institutions, professional organizations, industry, and government.
Outcomes: HRMT Ph.D. students will

a. Earn professional certifications related to the various segments of the hospitality and tourism fields, offered by the department or by outside entities.
b. Be involved during their graduate program in preparing for leadership roles and responsibilities they will assume throughout their future careers.
c. Participate in professional organizations, becoming members and attending meetings.
d. Enhance their professional bases through internships and other industry practical experiences.