The Collins College Of Hospitality Management

Master of Science

Master of Science in Hospitality Management

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management (MSHM) degree exposes students to advanced management concepts including accounting and finance, marketing, strategic management, human resources management, as well as qualitative and quantitative analytical skills as they pertain specifically to the hospitality industry.

The program is designed to prepare graduates with the depth of hospitality knowledge and skills that will equip them to make an immediate impact in the highly competitive hospitality industry or to provide the foundation for the pursuit of a terminal degree at an academic institution. The MSHM program is sufficiently flexible to recognize the full range of skills and knowledge needed for significant contributions in all segments of the hospitality industry.

Degree Requirements

The MSHM program requires a minimum of 48 quarter units and is estimated to take full-time students two years to complete. Students have the option to pursue a thesis track or professional track of study. 

  • Thesis Option
    • The thesis option provides an excellent framework for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Students are required to complete 28 units of required courses, 12 units of elective courses and 8 units of master’s thesis.
  • Professional Paper Option
    • The professional track option consists of 28 units of required courses, 16 units of elective courses and 4 units to complete a professional paper.

Review the degree requirements here.


Faculty at The Collins College have developed 17 courses for the Master of Science in Hospitality Management. Students must consult BroncoDirect for course availability.

Review the course descriptions here.


Collins College faculty bring years of industry know-how and research to their teaching. They are internationally recognized experts in leadership and human resources, customer service, accounting, finance, information systems, ethics, legal and regulatory issues, organizational design, quality management, strategic marketing, culinary arts and pairing wine and cuisine. Like many of the college’s students, the faculty comes from diverse cultural backgrounds and numerous nations throughout the world, including: India, Korea, China, the Netherlands and Philippines. Faculty bios and curriculum vitas are all available. View more about our faculty and staff.

Admission & Requirements


  1. Fill out the CSU Graduate Admission Application (pdf) and pay the application fee ($55) through CSU Mentor online portal. (The application form may also be downloaded and filled out manually. Likewise, application fee can be paid with a personal check or money order payable to “Cal Poly Pomona.”)
  2. Fill out the MSHM application (pdf).
  3. A bachelor’s degree in hospitality management or closely related disciplines with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines are also eligible for the MSHM.*)
  4. Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), although the GMAT (minimum score of 450) is highly recommended.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. Resume and statement of purpose.
  7. At least one year of hospitality management experience is recommended.*

International Applicants Only:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (80 on the Internet-based Test) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be no more than two years old.
  • A copy of picture page of passport.
  • Fill out the Affidavit of Financial Support (pdf)
  • Fill out the Health Insurance Agreement Form (pdf)

Some prerequisites may be required based on undergraduate studies and hospitality/tourism industry backgrounds.

Send your complete application packet with all required documents to:

Office of Admissions & Outreach (Graduate Admissions)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-2876, Fax: (909) 869-4529


Master's students pay $525 a unit, amounting to about $2,100 a class. There are additional university fees that range from $200 to $300 a quarter. This is a self-supported program, which means that it is not state-subsidized. Fees are handled by Cal Poly Pomona's College of the Extended University.


Dr. Neha SinghDr. Neha Singh
Director of Graduate Studies for The Collins College
Phone: (909) 869-4565