Hospitality Management

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

The hospitality management industry continues to expand to new global markets. Pursuing a master’s degree in Hospitality Management at the University of North Texas enhances your career potential for upper- level positions in an ever-changing industry.

Our integrated program allows you to apply theories and concepts to real-world problems. You learn to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Create new business strategies
  • Explore new products and services
  • Generate new knowledge
  • Solve complex problems

You also examine critical subjects that will challenge the industry in the future such as:

  • Changing demographics of the workforce and consumers
  • Emphasis on technology and quality management
  • Entrepreneurship and restaurant development from concept to operation
  • Impact of tourism on the global economy
  • Legal requirements in lodging and restaurant management
  • Maximizing human resources and industry profits

We offer course work leading to a Master of Science or dual M.S./Master of Business Administration degree in Hospitality Management. You can also pursue graduate academic certificates in hospitality management or event management. The M.S. degree can be obtained as part of a residential program or totally online

Our courses are taught by experienced faculty members who actively research hotel and restaurant operations, legal and regulatory aspects, profitability, and consumer issues. Other faculty research interests include quality management, services marketing and management, managerial competencies, food safety, nutrition and dining habits of consumers, tourism, sustainability, information technology, finance, and hospitality education and administration.

As a graduate student, you can take advantage of networking and job opportunities with an active industry board of governors, an extensive annual Hospitality Career Expo and other professional events.

Companies represented include:

  • Aimbridge Hospitality
  • American Airlines Publishing
  • Applebee’s
  • Brinker International
  • ClubCorp
  • Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Marriott International
  • Omni Hotels and Resorts
  • PepsiCo Foodservice
  • T.G.I. Friday’s
  • Travelocity
  • UniFocus

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School outlined at gradschool.unt.edu and the following program requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation from employers or former faculty members
  • Résumé
  • Professional essay addressing your motivation and perseverance toward educational goals; academic or professional honors, recognitions and awards; and commitment to your field of study

Additional information about the program requirements is available at www.smhm.unt.edu using the graduate link.


Degree requirements

Master of Science

Residential or online thesis option

  • 6 credit hours of required hospitality management core courses
  • 12 credit hours of hospitality management courses
  • 6 credit hours in a minor
  • 6 credit hours of research tools
  • 6 credit hours of thesis course

Residential or online non-thesis option

  • 6 credit hours of required hospitality management core courses
  • 18 credit hours of hospitality management courses
  • 6 credit hours in a minor
  • 6 credit hours of research tools
  • Pass written comprehensive exam

Dual M.B.A./M.S.

  • 18 credit hours of M.B.A. core courses
  • 12 credit hours of specialized business courses
  • 24 credit hours of hospitality management courses

Course descriptions and more information about degree requirements are at catalog.unt.edu.

Financial assistance

Numerous scholarships are available to Hospitality Management majors, and you can apply for financial aid awards from a variety of national, state, university and college resources. You may apply for competitive scholarships, teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships from the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Applications are available from the dean’s office.

Additional information about available funding from the Toulouse Graduate School and other sources is at financialaid.unt.edu.