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M.S., Hospitality & Retail Management

Organization: Texas Tech University
Date Posted: 2/4/2018
City: Lubbock
Country: United States
Primary Category: Academic Programs
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: Residential

Description & Details

The Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management degree is designed for students with either a bachelor's degree in hospitality or retail management. Persons with work experience in either area, with a bachelor's degree outside of hospitality or retail management, will also be considered. Special programs, providing additional coursework, are available for students who do not meet these criteria.

Core courses are required for both options. They include Seminar (RHIM 5100) and Intro to HRM Research & Issues (RHIM 5330) or Hospitality and Retail Management Marketing Research (RHIM 5353). Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in hospitality will take one leveling course in the hospitality track, Perspective in Restaurant, Hotel and Institution (RHIM 5300). In RHIM 5300, hospitality students participate in two undergraduate courses, Introduction to Hospitality Management (RHIM 2210) and a second course in an area of interest for hospitality emphasis. Or for students who prefer a retail emphasis and have not completed an undergraduate degree in retail management, will participate in Retail Buying and Control (RTL 3380) and Retail Category Management (RTL 4320). Leveling coursework is in addition to the 34 hours of M.S. graduation course requirements.

While the Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management degree is generalist in nature, students may choose one of the following options:

Professional Option:

The professional option is designed to prepare students for mid-level management positions in the hospitality and retail management industries. This is also appropriate for individuals who wish to change careers. The curriculum requires a total of 34 hours consisting of 13 hours of core courses and 21 hours of guided electives. Students completing the professional option will complete an exit project before graduating.

See M.S. HRM Degree Plan for more details.

Research Option:

The research option is designed for students who plan to seek faculty positions in post-secondary community colleges, to pursue a doctoral degree, or to participate in applied industry research. The curriculum requires 34 graduate hours consisting of 13 hours of core courses, 3 hours of introduction the statistics, 6 hours of research and thesis, and 9 hours of electives. See M.S. HRM Degree Plan for more details.

Testing requirements and admission to Texas Tech can be obtained at the

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Admission to the TTU HRM Graduate Program

  • Master of Science Candidates should have a baccalaureate degree. A successful candidate will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Candidates must have completed the GRE or GMAT.
  • For international students, the minimum scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) are: TOEFL Paper-Based 550, TOEFL Computer-Based 213, TOEFL Internet-Based 79, IELTS Academic Overall 6.5.
  • Prerequisite knowledge in food service management, retailing, hotel operations, travel and tourism, financial and managerial accounting, management concepts, marketing, or computer software applications is expected. Conditional admission, which requires the completion of leveling coursework, may be granted to applicants who do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Students without a hospitality degree will complete a leveling course, RHIM 5300, the first semester

The Texas Tech Graduate School admission deadlines for international students:

Fall Admission: January 15
Spring Admission: June 15

The admission deadlines for domestic students:

Fall Admission: April 15
Spring Admission: November 15


How to Apply

The Graduate School online application system is designed to help you easily navigate through the application process and ensure you complete your application in a timely manner. 

ALL documents must be submitted through the online portal.

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