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 upperlevel 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 and 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

Our degree programs

We offer course work leading to a Master of Science in Hospitality Management or dual M.S. and Master of Business Administration degrees. The dual degree program allows you to earn an M.S. in Hospitality Management and an M.B.A. in any M.B.A. concentration area. The M.S. degree can be obtained as part of a residential program or totally online.

You can also pursue graduate academic certificates in hospitality management or event management.

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:

  • Finance
  • Food safety
  • Hospitality education and administration
  • Information technology
  • Managerial competencies
  • Nutrition and dining habits of consumers
  • Quality management
  • Services marketing and management
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism

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 range from Aimbridge Hospitality and Freeman to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center and Travelocity.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School outlined at the Graduate School website 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

More information about the program requirements is at our website.

Degree requirements

Master of Science

Residential or online thesis option
  • 3 credit hours of hospitality management core courses
  • 15 to 21 credit hours of hospitality management courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives outside the major
  • 9 credit hours of research tools
  • 6 credit hours of thesis course
Residential or online non-thesis option
  • 6 credit hours of hospitality management core courses
  • 21 to 24 credit hours of hospitality management courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives outside the major
  • 9 credit hours of research tools
Dual M.S./M.B.A.
  • 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 available in the catalog.

Financial assistance

Numerous scholarships are available to Hospitality Management majors as well as financial assistance from 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 graduate school and other sources is available at the Financial Aid website.