The School of Travel Industry Management offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree. The program is designed to develop a general understanding of the travel industry at both domestic and international levels and in-depth knowledge of a specialized aspect of the field that is appropriate to individual interests and goals. The general objectives of the program are as follow:
1. Provide advanced studies at the graduate level for persons with managerial/professional experience in the travel industry;
2. Increase the supply of personnel who have the capacity for decision-making on travel industry policy issues at the highest levels within the state, national, and international communities;
3. Promote and advance travel industry research in order to increase existing knowledge and understanding of travel industry trends and their impacts;
4. Support the quality development of the travel industry in Hawai'i and the Asia Pacific region through advanced studies, research, and training; and
5. Establish Hawai'i as a center of excellence in the international field of travel industry education and research beyond the baccalaureate level, thereby enhancing the reputation of both the University of Hawai'i and the state.
Areas of Specialization
Four areas of specialization are offered: tourism and travel; hotel, restaurant, and institutional management; transportation; and travel industry education.
Tourism and Travel is an emphasis intended for individuals who wish to focus on public and private aspects of the tourism industry, which may lead to careers in public policy, tourism planning and development, applied and theoretical research, marketing and promotion, consultancy, and other travel and tourism services.
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management is an emphasis intended for individuals who wish to concentrate on managerial and operational aspects of hospitality with possible careers as executives, corporate officers, and entrepreneurs.
Transportation is an emphasis intended for those who wish to develop expertise in transportation management leading to careers as supervisors and managers in government, airlines, ground transportation, cruise industry, and transportation research and planning.
Travel Industry Education is an emphasis intended for individuals interested in becoming involved in tourism education and training, which may lead to careers as community college teachers, recreational directors and coordinators, curriculum specialists, and administrators for school systems.
The MS in travel industry management is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in a travel-related, hospitality management or business field. Applicants with degrees in other fields will be required to complete appropriate prerequisites prior to admission to candidacy. These generally include microeconomics, financial and managerial accounting, management, marketing, statistics, and finance.
Minimum admission standards include a GPA of at least 3.0 in the baccalaureate work or in the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants must attain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and, where applicable, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 560.
Three letters of reference are required addressing the ability of the applicant to succeed in graduate study and to make future contributions to the travel industry. In addition, work experience, preferably at the supervisory or managerial level, is highly desirable.
The MS is a 36-credit program. Both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) options are available. Plan A and Plan B students must meet the following requirements: TIM 602, 603, 605, 691, 693, and 695, and a quantitative reasoning course at the 400- or 600-level that has been approved by the graduate chair.
Plan A (Thesis)
The following are additional requirements for Plan A only: (a) three specialization elective courses (9 credits) approved by the graduate chair; and (b) TIM 700 (6 credits).
Plan B (Non-thesis)
The following are additional requirements for Plan B only: (a) Four specialization elective courses (12 credits) approved by the graduate chair; and (b) TIM 699 (3 credits).
Instructional and Research Facilities and
Continuing Professional Education Programs
The TIM school's continuing professional education programs are designed to improve managerial skills, exchange professional experiences, develop interrelationships among sectors of the travel industry, and increase awareness of the social, cultural, and economic implications of policy decisions. Two summer institutes are held each year:
1. Executive Development Institute for Tourism: a three and one-half week program for executives and professionals in international tourism; and
2. Hawai'i International Hotel Institute: a series of one-week courses for those with one or more years of experience in the hospitality field.
Center for Tourism Policy Studies
The Center for Tourism Policy Studies was founded in 1985 to conduct basic and applied research and provide technical assistance in tourism-related areas to strengthen educational programs, improve research methods for academic and industry use, develop new economic methodologies, and facilitate decision-making in both the public and private industry sectors. Projects undertaken by the center have provided information and analysis on broad economic, environmental, social, and cultural concerns and addressed tourism development issues to assist the visitor industry in Hawai'i, as well as the Asia Pacific region.
International Tourism Education and Training Center
The TIM school's International Tourism Education and Training Center (ITETC) was established in 1991 under the auspices of the World Tourism Organization (WTO)-a UN affiliate agency. ITETC is part of a network of WTO centers worldwide whose purpose is to assist the WTO in fostering tourism development in support of its member nations' economic and social aims. The center's activities include (a) delivery of both short- and long-term education and training programs to tourism professionals from WTO member nations; (b) provision of technical assistance to enhance the tourism education and research capabilities of WTO member nations; and (c) implementation of activities to increase international awareness of effective educational strategies in support of tourism development. The WTO center's major focus of operations is the Asia Pacific region; however, the center also offers its specialized expertise to WTO member nations in other areas of the world.
The Sunset Reference Center
With more than 10,000 items, including books, reports, statistical publications, article reprints, and subscriptions to more than 200 periodicals, the Sunset Reference Center has the largest collection of specialized resource material on tourism in Hawai'i. The Sunset Reference Center provides research material for students, supports the research activities of the Center for Tourism Policy Studies, and serves as a major resource center for the Asia Pacific region.
The TIM school has six student clubs that provide opportunities for students to interact with their peers, meet industry leaders, and practice management skills through a wide variety of activities. These clubs are Travel Industry Management Student Association, Club Managers' Association of America (UH Chapter), Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, Pacific Asia Travel Association (TIM Satellite Chapter), Pacific Transportation Student Association (student chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association), and Eta Sigma Delta.
Honors and Awards
The TIM school provides scholarships and awards to exceptional students. For a list of these scholarships, see the "Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid" section of the Catalog.
Eta Sigma Delta
Membership in this international honor society for hospitality management is available to undergraduate and graduate students who have achieved outstanding academic
Outstanding Student Awards
These awards are given annually to students who have achieved outstanding academic and service performance in the following categories: (a) senior in travel industry management; (b) graduate student in travel industry management; (c) senior in hotel management; (d) senior in restaurant management; (e) senior in tourism management; (f) senior in transportation; (g) junior in travel industry management; (h) TIM International Award of Excellence (awarded by the TIM Alumni Association); (i) Dean's Scholar award; and (j) Dean's Spirit of TIM Award.