School of Travel Industry Management
The master of science (MS) degree program in travel industry management is designed to provide a specialized education through coursework and research to master a broad set of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Students develop analytical abilities and the critical thinking skills necessary for careers in the travel industry. Students are also expected to engage in understanding and execution of research activities.
The program prepares students for careers and leadership roles in the travel industry including tourism, hospitality, and transportation management as well as areas covering the entire industry including information technology, international hospitality management, strategic marketing, and global tourism analysis. Students can also explore specific topics of interest including sustainable tourism, electronic commerce, services marketing, and management among others. In addition, the program and faculty have a strong emphasis and expertise in travel and tourism in the Asia-Pacific region. Students come from diverse academic backgrounds, which contribute to a rich and stimulating classroom environment. There are, however, certain subjects that entering students must be familiar with in order to work from a common knowledge base in our courses. These subjects are: 1) introductory economics, 2) introductory financial and managerial accounting, and 3) introductory statistics. If you have not yet taken these courses, they are not required for admission and options are available for meeting this requirement.
The MS in travel industry management is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and a demonstrated interest in the travel industry. It is preferred that individuals have an undergraduate degree in the travel-hospitality field, or prerequisites may be required.
Minimum admission standards include a GPA of at least 3.0 in the baccalaureate work and in the last two years of undergraduate work. Applicants must attain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GMAT is preferred. Students should take the GMAT unless it is not available. Where applicable, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) also is required. 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, 2 years work experience, preferably at the supervisory or managerial level, is required.
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 earn 21 credits in the following required core courses: TIM 601, 602, 603, 605, 606, 607, and 695.
Plan A (Thesis)
In addition to the 21 credits in required core courses, Plan A candidates must complete: three elective courses (9 credits) approved by the graduate chair; and TIM 700 Thesis Research (6 credits).
Plan B (Non-thesis)
In addition to the 21 credits in required core courses, Plan B candidates must complete: four elective courses (12 credits) approved by the graduate chair; and TIM 694 Professional Paper (3 credits).
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