Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism ManagementMaster of Science (M.S.)

This specialization is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are changing from another career into hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management (HRTM) or who wish to pursue advanced education in HRTM to enhance their employment opportunities. This program is a combination of coursework and experiential learning to prepare students to become administrators and entrepreneurs within the hospitality industry. 

Most students in this master's program will be non-thesis (Option II and Option III) and will focus on courses individualized to their future career goals. Master's students who wish to complete a research thesis (Option I) will conduct research with a graduate faculty member.

M.S.,  Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management (HRTM)

Requires the following courses (12 credit hours):

  • HRTM 876 Internship in Hospitality Management
  • HRTM 881 Legal Environment in Hospitality Management (3)*
  • HRTM 883 Hospitality Finance (3)*
  • Any one of the following options (3 credit hours):
    • HRTM 874 Food and Beverage Management*
    • HRTM 875 Club Management*
    • HRTM 880 Advanced Tourism*
    • HRTM 885 Advanced Lodging Operations*
    • HRTM 889 Advanced Event Operations*

Course descriptions can be found here.

*If you have already completed any of the HRTM courses at the undergraduate level (taken courses at the 400 level), please contact HRTM graduate coordinator Dr. Kristin Malek to discuss this graduate program specialization.

Total credits required:
  • M.S. Option I (thesis required, few students) - 30 total credit hours
  • M.S. Option II or M.S. Option III (both non-thesis) - 36 total credit hours


  • Arena Manager/Director
  • Business Event Strategist
  • Catering Manager/Director
  • Club Manager/Director
  • Cruise Ship Manager
  • Director of Food and Beverage
  • Event Designer
  • Event Manager/Director
  • Food and Beverage Manager/Director
  • General Manager
  • Hospitality Entrepreneur
  • Hotel/Resort/Lodging Manager
  • Human Resources Manager/Director
  • Menu Development
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Tourism Manager/Director
  • Wedding Planner

Associated Faculty

Kelly Abdelmassih Assistant Professor of Practice

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Ajai Ammachathram Assistant Professor, Food and Beverage Extension Specialist, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management Global Engagement Coordinator

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Myunghwa (Michelle) Kang Associate Professor

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Kristin Malek Assistant Professor, Event Management Extension Specialist

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Shannon M. Rowen Program Director & Associate Professor of Practice, Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

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