As a comprehensive research university, the mission of the Virginia Tech Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) graduate program is to develop students’ ability to systematically recognize, analyze, and address the challenges and problems of hospitality and tourism businesses. HTM is one of six departments in the Pamplin College of Business. Our vision, which permeates throughout our graduate program, is to build on a legacy of teaching and research excellence and to create global leaders in the business of hospitality and tourism management. All of our degree programs are accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

We offer two graduate degrees: Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Ph.D. in Business with a Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The MSBA is offered primarily at our National Capital Region Campus in Falls Church Virginia but with availability via online capabilities on our Blacksburg campus. The Ph.D. is offered exclusively at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.

Two principles permeate our graduate programs. First, our graduate programs focus on the application of theories and methodologies from a variety of disciplines to the critical challenges and problems of hospitality and tourism management businesses; the department provides extensive opportunities for graduate students to partner with faculty to conduct research on significant industry problems. Second, the program is customized to the student’s interests. Degree candidates and their advisory committees plan uniquely individual graduate programs pursuant to the student’s career goals and degree requirements.

MSBA in HTM in the National Capital Region

The MSBA program is a professional degree designed to either help students advance their professional career in HTM or as an important step towards a pursuing a Ph.D. and a subsequent academic career. The MSBA focuses on three areas: Hospitality and Tourism Analytics and Revenue Management, International Hospitality and Tourism Strategy, and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The program accepts students year-round and is designed to allow students to pursue the MSBA or more specialized certifications in each of these focal areas. Many of the MSBA courses are taught by seasoned industry professionals with a strong focus on professional practice and case studies.

Coursework for the MSBA Degree: The MS degree program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of study at the graduate level (with the exception that up to 6 hours of coursework at the 4000 level may be included).

  1. 15 credit hours of MSBA business core classes: ACIS 5104 Fundamentals of Accounting; BIT 5724 Managerial Statistics; FIN 5024 Principles of Finance; MGT 5314 Dynamics of Organizational Behavior; and MKTG 5104 Marketing Policy and Strategy
  2. 15 Hours of specialization selected from the following three HTM areas. Students may also opt to take additional hours in order to complete all three cognate areas. HTM courses should constitute at least 50% (three courses) of the concentration hours.
    • Hospitality and Tourism Business Analytics and Revenue Management (Summer) 9 hours (100% online)
      • Required:
        • HTM 5574 Revenue Management for Hospitality Services
        • MGT 5804 Strategic Leadership in Technology -based Organizations
        • BIT 5594 Web Applications and E-Commerce
    • International Hospitality and Tourism Strategy (Fall) 9 hours
      • Required:
        • HTM 5534 Strategic Management and Competitive Strategy in the Hospitality Industry
        • HTM 5024 International Service Management
      • Choose a third from the following:
        • MGT 5784 International Management
        • MKTG 5704 International Marketing Strategy
    • Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Spring) 9 hours
      • Required:
        • MGT 5814 Entrepreneurial Leadership
      • Choose two of the following:
        • HTM 5424 Human Resource Management
        • HTM 5464 Franchising in Hospitality Management
        • HTM 5444 Financial Management in the Hospitality Service Industries

For more information, contact Dr. Mahmood Khan, Program Director, MSBA at mahmood@vt.edu, or 703-538-8486.

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program in Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Program: The Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management (MSBA-HTM) is offered by the Pamplin College of Business and the Department of Hospitality & Tourism management. This program is designed to give students the necessary business knowledge, and professional skills to be effective as successful hospitality professionals. The program requires the completion of 30 credit hours.

The Accelerated Master’s Program (UG/GR) is for Virginia Tech undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies at Virginia Tech. Students must be accepted into the master’s degree program and approved for Accelerated UG/GR degree prior to the first day of classes in the term the courses are double counted. The MSBA-HTM accelerated undergraduate/graduate program would offer junior/senior undergraduate degrees in HTM and various affiliated disciplines the opportunity to obtain a graduate business degree with a specialization in hospitality & tourism management. The important features and benefits of the program include:

  • Earn graduate course credit while completing bachelor’s degree. This allows the student the reduce the total number of semesters as graduate student.
  • Only 30 credit hours are required for completion of MSBA-HTM degree.
  • Graduate courses are charged at undergraduate tuition rate rather than higher graduate course fees, savings which reduce the cost of graduate degree.
  • Up to 12 undergraduate/graduate credits can be taken and double counted in the last 2 undergraduate semesters. These courses are listed on both undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for admission into UG/GR program.
  • No GRE/GMAT/TOEFL requirement.
  • Some courses can be taken online.
  • Courses are offered at the Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, in Falls Church, VA, which is easily accessible by car or metro.
  • All classes meet on M, T, W, Th from 6:00 to 8:50 pm. Some classes meet on Saturdays.
  • It is possible to work during the day and take classes during evenings and weekends.
  • All coursework can be completed in one year, depending on how many courses are taken in one semester.
  • Some employers offer partial tuition reimbursement.

Application Process for Accelerated UG/GR program (remember, this must be completed prior to the first day of classes in the term the courses are double counted):

  1. Apply for Graduate degree
    1. Graduate application term should be first term AFTER bachelor’s degree will be awarded (Summer I or II; Fall; or Spring semesters).
    2. Application can be submitted online at graduateschool.vt.edu
  1. Submit Form
    1. Complete Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation Form. This form can be found on the graduate school web page under academics.
    2. Obtain approval signatures from the program director of the graduate program and the department head. The department will send the form to the Graduate School.
  1. Graduate School Processing
    1. Final form approval and degree admission
    2. Course designation on transcripts
    3. Official graduate degree admission letter will be mailed by the Graduate School
    4. In addition, an email will be sent from the graduate school at your VT email address notifying you when Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation form processing is complete

Courses Eligibility:

In order for the courses to be used in the accelerated master’s program:

  • Student must earn a grade of B or better for the course to be placed on the graduate transcript and used toward graduate degree requirements
  • Course(s) will appear on the graduate transcript after the term is completed and a grade of B or better is verified.
  • Courses taken after the bachelor’s degree is awarded will appear on the graduate level transcript only.
  • Undergraduate/graduate courses that are eligible for double-counting are listed below. Other substitutions should be approved by the department and listed on the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation Form.

Possible substitution for double counting of courses

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

MGT 4394 Business Policy & Strategy MGT 5314 Dynamics of Organizational Behavior (Business core)
HTM 4464 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry HTM 5424 Human Resource Management
HTM 4454 Hospitality Revenue Management HTM 5574 Revenue Management for Hospitality Services OR MKTG 5104 Marketing Policy & Strategy (Business core)
HTM 4354 Information Technology & Social Media in Hospitality & Tourism BIT 5594 Web Applications and E-commerce

Graduate Certificate Programs

Earn a 9-credit-hour certificate in one semester.  Learn from expert faculty and industry mentors.  Certificates include:

Hospitality and Tourism Analytics and Revenue Management (offered in summer, 100% online)

Courses:

  • Information Technology and Business Analytics in HTM
  • Revenue Management for Hospitality Services

Choose one:

  • Strategic Leadership in Technology-Based Organizations
  • Web Applications and E-Commerce

International Hospitality and Tourism Strategy (offered in the Fall semester)

Courses:

  • Strategic Management and Competitive Strategy in the Hospitality Industry
  • International Service Management

Choose One:

  • International Management
  • Strategic Management
  • International Marketing Strategy

Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism Management (offered in the Spring semester)

Courses:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership

Choose two:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Franchising in Hospitality Management
  • Financial Management in the Hospitality Service Industries

PhD in Business:  HTM

The Ph.D. program emphasizes the research applications of business concepts and strategies to hospitality and tourism management. More specifically, our Ph.D. students develop the knowledge and research skills to address the critical challenges and problems faced by hospitality and tourism businesses. The goal of the Ph.D. program is to develop the next generation of faculty for Hospitality and Tourism Management Business programs at major research universities throughout the world.  To learn more about our programs of research, please review the graduate faculty bios provided in the faculty and staff directory.

Application Process and Requirements

Students are admitted to the HTM graduate programs each fall semester. Applications are submitted via the Virginia Tech Graduate School website.  To be considered for admission, applicants must create an account on the VT Graduate School Applicant System and submit their materials directly via that website, https://applyto.graduateschool.vt.edu/pages/login.php.

The deadline for application is February 1st.  However, students wishing to be considered for financial aid or graduate assistantship funding should have their materials submitted by January 15th.

The size of our PhD program is strictly controlled to allow for intensive faculty – student collaboration. As a result, the program is highly selective. Admission decisions are made by a committee of faculty based on a number of criterion including:

  1. Fit with departmental mission and faculty research interests. A statement of research interests and experience is required. In this statement, an applicant should articulate her / his areas of interest and specialization.  Additionally, students should also describe their research experience and background. Prior to being accepted, at least one member of the graduate faculty must agree that the applicant’s research interests are a good fit with her / his interests.
  2. Standardized test scores. While GMAT scores are preferred, GRE scores can also be submitted. These scores must be sent directly to the VT Graduate School – Virginia Tech’s institution code is 5859 (there is no departmental code).
  3. Previous academic work (official transcripts for all previous academic work are required)
  4. Curriculum Vita, reflecting both academic and professional experience.
  5. Letters of recommendation (3 letters are required).
  6. For students where English is a second language, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required. Applicants should have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) / 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based). As with the standardized test scores, the TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the VT Graduate School. The TOEFL requirement is waived for Ph.D. applicants who have graduated from an MS program from an accredited English speaking university. While TOEFL scores are preferred, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted.

In general, students admitted to our Ph.D. program have a GMAT score over 600 or approximately similar GRE scores (verbal-150, quantitative reasoning-150, & analytical writing 4.5), a GPA of 3.5 or greater in their MBA or MS program, very strong letters of recommendation, and more than two years of industry experience.

In addition to the information on this website, further information about graduate study at Virginia Tech is available on the VT Graduate School website.  In the Graduate Catalog our degree programs are listed under Business: Hospitality and Tourism Management.

 

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