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University Bulletin

Graduate Degree Programs

Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management (HRIM)

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ANNA MATTILA, Professor in Charge
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Degree Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S.


The Graduate Faculty


The Programs

The Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs are designed to prepare individuals for research and educational roles in the hospitality industry. The programs offer advanced graduate research training for students who desire to become educators, researchers, and knowledge-based professionals in the hospitality field. Student's individualized programs are designed to ensure they will have a mastery of the scope of knowledge covering the entire spectrum of hospitality management as well as the ability the complete significant research in a specific hospitality area.

Students in the program may elect the dual-title degree program in Operations Research for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. (See also Operations Research.)

Admission Requirements

Entry into the program requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as well as a minimum of one to two years of work experience in the hospitality industry.

Scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), or from a comparable substitute examination accepted by a graduate program and authorized by the dean of the Graduate School are required for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) will be considered for admission. Exceptions to this minimum average are sometimes made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, interests, and circumstances. Students are expected to have managerial competency in accounting, marketing, economics, human resource management, management information systems, and computer technology prior to entry into the program. Deficiencies in any of these areas must be made up in the first year that the student is enrolled (and will not be counted toward the program's 36-credit requirement).

Master's Degree (M.S.) Requirements

The master's degree program is designed to help students develop solid graduate-level research skills within a focused hospitality research area. Each student must complete a core of 12 credits of Methods Courses to include HRIM 503, STAT 500, and 6 credits of Methods Courses. In addition, students must take a minimum of 3 credits of HRIM 590 Colloquium. Students also complete a minimum of 15 credits of concentration area course work that is custom tailored to the student's hospitality research interests and academic and professional background.

A master's thesis is required of all students. The thesis is based on original empirical research. A master's committee of three persons who oversee the master's thesis is appointed for each candidate. This committee gives the final master's exam, which is an oral defense of the master's thesis.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The doctoral program is an advanced graduate research program designed for students who want to become educators, researchers, and knowledge-based professionals in the hospitality field. Students' programs are individualized to ensure in addition to a mastery of the scope of knowledge in hospitality management they will also have the ability to complete significant research in a focused hospitality management area. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School, a student must complete the following courses prior to scheduling the Ph.D. comprehensive examination: HRIM 585, HRIM 586, HRIM 590 (total of 3 credits), 12 credits of quantitative and statistical analysis, 18 credits in an HRIM concentration area, and 12 credits from an outside supporting area.

The language or communication requirement for the Ph.D. can be fulfilled by (1) demonstrating proficiency in an approved foreign language, or (2) demonstrating proficiency in computer programming, or (3) completing a minor. The demonstration of proficiency is determined by an HRIM faculty committee.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.




Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-07-109

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-07-110

Review Date: 06/14/05

Faculty linked: 6/20/14