MSHM Degree Requirements
The curriculum of the Master of Science in Hospitality Management (MSHM) requires a minimum of 36 semester units. Students have the option to pursue a thesis track or professional track of study. A sample study plan (PDF) is available to show students a recommended flow of coursework.
Elective courses must be chosen from an approved list of hospitality elective courses. No more than 6 elective units may be transferred from another hospitality graduate institution or petitioned by an undergraduate student. A grade-point average of B (3.0) or better must be maintained in all graduate-level course work taken at the university.
The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter of graduation. In addition, each MSHM candidate is responsible for satisfying all university requirements specified elsewhere in the university catalog.
The thesis option provides an excellent framework for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Students are required to complete 21 units of required courses, 9 units of elective courses and 6 units of master’s thesis.
For the thesis option, the thesis committee must be composed of three graduate faculty consisting of a major professor and two other committee members. The committee is selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The thesis proposal (3 units) is developed in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and two other committee members.
An acceptable master’s thesis (3 units) must be completed and submitted in accordance with university regulations. An oral thesis defense must be successfully completed. Prior to the oral thesis defense, students with a thesis option are required to present his/her thesis in the Graduate Seminar scheduled by the graduate program director.
Professional Paper Option
The professional track option consists of 21 units of required courses, 12 units of elective courses and 3 units to complete a professional paper.
The professional paper must be approved by the candidate’s professional paper committee including major professor and two other graduate faculty members. The professional paper must be an exploratory, qualitative, or quantitative analysis of a management problem specific to the hospitality industry. Like the thesis option, the student electing the non-thesis option is required to present his/her professional paper in the Graduate Seminar before the final approval by his/her professional paper committee.