Master of Science

Option: Hotel and Restaurant Management

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management, a unit in the College of Human Sciences, offers graduate studies leading to a Masterís degree with option in Hotel and Restaurant Management, HRMT. The Master of Science (MS) degree is designed to provide advanced education for the rapidly evolving hospitality field. Students have a choice of two study tracks: the on-campus thesis or non-thesis program (non-thesis also offered in distance education format). The MS degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours for the thesis track and 33 for non-thesis. The principle difference between the two programs is the emphasis on primary research. The thesis track aims to develop the necessary skills to perform high level, timely and relevant research aimed to rejuvenate existing hospitality thinking and practice. The non-thesis track is designed mainly for individuals interested in combining current work life with the need for educational advancement. Non-thesis requirements include completion of a primary research project relevant to the studentís direct business environment.

Both Masterís tracks offer 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 workplace diversity, informed decision-making and management in a global context.