Top Schools for Hospitality and Tourism Management Master Degrees

A master's degree in hospitality and tourism management may lead to a career with a hotel, airline, spa or casino. The following article lists three of the top schools in the nation offering graduate programs in hospitality and tourism management. Schools offering Travel & Tourism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

#1 Cornell University - Ithaca, New York

Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration offers a Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) degree. This hospitality program allows you to select one of four career tracks: marketing management, real estate finance and investments, human resource management or operations and revenue management. Some core classes you would take include managerial accounting, corporate finance and organizational behavior. You also have elective options. Students can apply the knowledge they've gained at the on-campus Statler Hotel, where they work side-by-side with hospitality professionals.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that Cornell University granted 68 master's degrees in hotel/motel management in the 2012-2013 academic year. As of 2013, Cornell was ranked as the #16 national university by U.S. News and World Report.

  • School Address: School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • School Phone Number: (607) 255-9393

#2 Temple University - Philadelphia, PA

Temple University's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers a Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management (MTHM) program, which prepares graduates for careers in areas like tourism marketing, resort management and restaurant management. You can choose between concentrations in tourism hospitality marketing and hospitality operations management.

The school has the world's only laboratory for tourism and e-commerce, which incorporates cutting-edge research with the use of the internet in hospitality and tourism. Internships and outings are an important part of this program, giving students a first-hand look at how tourism operates in Philadelphia and other cities. Employment opportunities also are available to all students.

According to NCES, Temple University awarded 11 master's degrees in hospitality administration in 2012-2013. Also, per U.S. News and World Report, as of 2013, Temple was ranked #121 out of universities nationwide.

  • School Address: School of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Temple University, 1700 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • School Phone Number: (215) 204-8701

#3 University of Hawaii at Manoa - Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has a Master of Science (MS) in Travel Industry Management. This program incorporates information about the tourism industry with a business focus and also offers a unique perspective on hospitality in the Asia-Pacific region. You can choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Courses that you can take through this program include travel industry legalities, travel marketing, tourism economics, global tourism geography, world cultures and food, sociocultural issues in tourism, resort development and sustainable tourism. Students can put the skills they've learned to use by serving internships in Hawaii, a state where tourism is the main industry. Also, research classes, field studies courses and international exchange programs are available. The school's Center for Tourism Policy Studies provides research opportunities in hospitality and tourism management.

NCES listed that the University of Hawaii at Manoa awarded 3 degrees in tourism and travel services management in the 2012-2013 academic year. This school was the #158 university in the country in 2013, per U.S. News and World Report.

  • School Address: School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2560 Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822
  • School Phone Number: (808) 956-8946

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