• Center for Hospitality Management

    • Academic Center North
    • Tel: 610-499-1101
    • Fax: 610-499-1106
  • Nancy Keating


FAQs, Master's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism

What are the foundation requirements and do all students need foundations?

Foundations are classes that need to be satisfactorily completed during the first year of enrollment in the program. The master’s degree in hospitality & tourism requires the completion of 30 credit hours of core coursework including a thesis or monograph option. Students without an undergraduate business background will complete a foundation course BUS 605. Students without a hospitality management background will complete HT 500. These foundation classes in business and hospitality management serve as pre-core classes.

In addition, the program expects completion of a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in any field as a condition for acceptance for those applicants who have completed their undergraduate work.

How long will the program take?

The program requires the completion of 30 credits (10 courses of core coursework, including a thesis or monograph option). Students without an undergraduate degree in hospitality or business management will complete HT 500 and BUS 605. These foundation classes in hospitality and business management serve as pre-core classes. Most students can finish these 10 required courses in two calendar years, including the thesis or monograph defense, if no foundation courses are needed.

The program is flexible for those students who wish to attend full or part time.  

Is there housing on campus?

Currently, there is no housing for graduate students on campus. However, suitable off-campus housing is available surrounding the campus. The university offers assistance to full-time international graduate students in securing housing adjacent to the campus.

Will I need a car?

A car would be helpful if you would like to have a wide choice of employment opportunities and housing options. However, the public transportation system in the metropolitan Philadelphia area is very good. There is train service near campus and bus service on the edges of the campus.

What time are classes?

Classes meet in the late afternoon or early evening, once a week. Some electives are offered twice a week in the late afternoons.

Are there application deadlines?

Yes, see application deadlines for domestic and international students. 

Do I need to take the GMAT, GRE or MAT?

Currently, the program does not require standardized testing. 

Are there specific requirements for international students?

International students must take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam to be considered for admission. They also can complete an English Language Institute certification program as an alternative to the test requirements. The minimum scores needed for consideration for acceptance into the graduate program in hospitality are:

      • TOEFL 587 paper-based; 95 Internet-based
      • IELTS 7.0 

International students who are unable to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement may apply through the International Study Center    

What is the current cost per credit hour rate and other fees and expenses?

See tuition and fees for graduate students.