The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management offers online graduate studies leading to a Master's degree in Nutrition with HRMT option. This program is designed for busy professionals willing to earn a degree in their free time in their own locale, allowing individuals to balance educational objectives with work and family commitment. The combination of a non-thesis option in HRMT and the distance learning program allows Auburn University to reach out to industry and personnel by extending classrooms beyond the confines of campus. This program is currently offered only to US domestic students. The program offers an interesting blend of theoretical and applied courses created to keep students abreast of current management thinking and practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the concepts of informed decision-making, problem solving, and hospitality management in an international business context.
About the Program
The Program of Study for this non-thesis track with option in HRMT is consistent with the traditional campus-based program. The MS degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours. In lieu of a thesis, an industry-based research project approved by the student's committee will be required. The student will receive five credits under NTRI 7986 (Non-Thesis Research) for work on the project. After completion, the project will be written in a scholarly manner and presented to the student’s advisory committee. Typically, this non-thesis track will require one day on campus where the student will present their project to fellow graduate students and the faculty.
Video recordings of actual classes on Auburn's campus offered in the same semester are delivered electronically online and emailed to distance learning students registered for the courses. Links to the videos are available to distance learning students only and are accessed with Auburn user IDs and passwords. Students are allowed to view the class recordings when it best fits their schedules, yet soon after receiving them in order to stay abreast of the course at roughly the same pace as the on-campus students. The format of the assignments, exams, and projects vary, depending on the course and the instructor, but can generally be submitted electronically.
The degree offered via distance learning is the same degree offered on-campus and meets the same guidelines for quality as do all Auburn University programs, therefore a serious commitment is required. A full range of student services are available to assist individuals in course activities. The typical load for a student with a full-time job is one or two courses per semester. Depending on how many credit hours the student enrolls each semester, the degree program can be completed in two years, but all degree requirements must be completed within six calendar years.
Once admitted, the student will be assigned a temporary academic advisor – typically, the HRMT graduate programs officer. Once the student chooses a major professor and an advisory committee, the student will continue to receive guidance through every phase of the program. The HRMT program also offers individual distance learning courses to individuals who want to continue their education in this area without pursuing the Master's degree.
HRMT Online MS Progression Checklist
A quick reference to assist the student in determining whether requirements have been met. It is the responsibility of the student to keep this checklist current and to meet all requirements on time.
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HRMT Online MS Estimated Costs
|Graduate School Application Fee||$50|
|Course fee per credit hour||$533|
|Minimum number of semester credit hours||33|
|Typical hours per semester||3-9|
|Graduation Fee (billed during graduation semester)||$20|
|Total Estimated Program Cost||$17,659|
Required Core Courses*
HRMT 6536 Science of Quality Service in Hospitality (3 credit hours)
HRMT 6576 Global Hospitality (3 credit hours)
HRMT 7006 Hospitality Enterprise (3 credit hours)
HRMT 7016 Advanced Tourism Analysis (3 credit hours)
HRMT 8866 Current Issues in Hospitality Management (3 credit hours)
ERMA 7306 Design & Analysis in Education I (3 credit hours)
NTRI 7856 Master's Seminar (1 credit hour)
NTRI 7056 Methods of Research (2 credit hours)
NTRI 7986 Non-Thesis Research (minimum of 5 credit hours)
Elective graduate-level courses (minimum of 7 credit hours)
Examples of elective courses offered distance education:
HRMT 6556 Club Management (3 credit hours)
HRMT 6546 Conference Coordination (3 credit hours)
ERMA 7306 Design and Analysis in Education I (3 credit hours)
BUSI 7146 Organizational Leadership & Change (3 credit hours)
NTRI 7926 Professional Internship (1-3 credit hours)
NTRI 6380 Study Travel in NTRI (variable credit hours)
*Required core courses may be substituted with committee approval if the equivalent course was taken as an undergraduate. Electives may be selected to allow for specialization in a particular hospitality-related area. Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management
HRMT 6530/6536 SCIENCE OF QUALITY SERVICE IN HOSPITALITY (3). LEC. 3.
Departmental approval. This course introduces students to the important role that quality service plays in attaining and retaining customers in the pursuit of an organizations strategic mission. Credit will not be given for HRMT 6530/6536 and HRMT 5530.
HRMT 6540/6546 CONFERENCE COORDINATION (3). LEC. 3.
Systems for the management of the conference coordination segment of the hospitality industry. Credit will not be given for HRMT 6540/6546 and HRMT 5540. Departmental approval.
HRMT 6550/6556 CLUB MANAGEMENT (3). LEC. 3.
Unique features, opportunities, and problems associated with resort and club management. Credit will not be given for HRMT 6550/6556 and HRMT 5550. Departmental approval.
HRMT 6570/6576 GLOBAL HOSPITALITY (3). LEC. 3.
Or departmental approval. Contemporary issues confronting the global hospitality industry. Credit will not be given for HRMT 6570/6576 and HRMT 5570.
HRMT 7000/7006 HOSPITALITY ENTERPRISE (3). LEC. 3.
Emphasizes aspects of hospitality enterprise including developmental, motivational, financial and human resource issues through contemporary academic literature. Credit will not be given for both HRMT 7000 and HRMT 7006.
HRMT 7010/7016 ADVANCED TOURISM ANALYSIS (3). LEC. 3.
This course acquaints students with selected theories, methods, techniques, current issues, practices, and principles that govern tourism behavior. Credit will not be given for both HRMT 7010 and HRMT 7016.
HRMT 7920/7926 PROF INTERNSHIP IN HRMT (1-3). INT. SU.
Application and analysis of principles and theories of hospitality in a professional hospitality setting. No more than three hours may count toward a graduate degree. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.
HRMT 8860/8866 CURRENT ISSUES IN HRMT (3). LEC. 3.
Analysis of current issues in the hospitality industry with emphasis on management.
NTRI 7050/7056 METHODS OF RESEARCH (2). LEC. 2.
Dietetics and hospitality management research methods and designs applicable to disciplines represented in nutrition. Credit is not allowed for both NTRI 7050 and NTRI 7056. Departmental approval.
NTRI 7980/7986 NONTHESIS RESEARCH (1-6). RES. SU.
In-depth work in a particular project related to hotel and restaurant management. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
NTRI 6380 STUDY/TRAVEL IN NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HOSPITALITY
MANAGEMENT (1-6). AAB./FLD. Concentrated study in nutrition, food science, or hotel and restaurant management in the US or international locations. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
ERMA 7300/7306 DESIGN AND ANALYSIS IN EDUCATION I (3). LEC. 3. Pr., (FOUN 7200 or ERMA 7200 or FOUN 7206 or ERMA 7206)
Basic methods of inferential analysis including t-tests, between and within subjects ANOVA, mixed ANOVAs and hierarchical designs as they are utilized in educational research. Departmental approval. May count either ERMA 7300 or ERMA 7306.
BUSI 7140/7146 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE (3). LEC. 3.
Integrated course covering aspects of individual and group behavior and assessment in organizations, effective team building, and leading organizations through change. Departmental approval.
HRMT Online MS Text & Materials Information
Students are expected to provide their own textbooks and supplies. Anders Bookstore, The Auburn University Bookstore or J&M Bookstore can fill your textbook order. Use any of the following bookstores of your choice to order your textbooks.
There are TWO ways to order from the Auburn University Bookstore:
1. Go to www.aubookstore.com and order your book on-line by submitting the order form provided on that page. Your order may be charged to your Bursar bill or you may use your credit card.
2. Dial the toll free number to the Auburn University Bookstore, 877-278-2337 to order your textbooks.
There are TWO ways to order from J&M Bookstore:
1. Visit their website at http://www.jmbooks.com and use their online ordering system.
2. Call their toll free number, 800-323-1405 and order by phone. You may use your credit card only at J&M.
There are TWO ways to order from Anders Bookstore:
1. Visit their website at http://www.anders-bookstore.com and use their online ordering system.
2. Call their toll free number, 800-Anders-1.
PLEASE CALL Anders Bookstore, Auburn University Bookstore, or J&M at their 800 number to report problems with book shipments or charges. You may also be able to locate texts and materials at various online bookstores or at a bookstore in your locale. Additional readings may be made available from the A.U. Library E-Reserves. Your professor will indicate where you will find materials for each course.
For additional information about the online MS in HRMT program, email Dr. Ayoun:
Dr. Baker Ayoun
HRMT Graduate Programs Officer
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, & Hospitality Management
328 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5605