Executive Master of Science in Hospitality Management - Distance Program
Applicants to the School must submit a Graduate Application for Admission to the University and must follow the regular University admission procedures described in the FIU Graduate Admissions website. Applicants must be eligible for admission to the University before admission to the School.
Admissions standards for the Master of Science degrees in Hospitality Management and Tourism Studies are an earned bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 written or 80 internet-based (iBT) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 Overall is required for international applicants or applicants with foreign academic credentials.
An applicant who feels the earned GPA is not indicative of his or her ability to be successful in a graduate degree program may also submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) which will be taken into consideration by the admissions committee in its evaluation of the application.
Management or Faculty Experience
Minimum of five years hospitality related management or faculty teaching experience in a college or university hospitality program is required for acceptance into this track. Applicants must currently hold a management position in the hospitality or tourism industry, or a faculty position in a secondary hospitality related education program. Proof of hospitality related management / faculty experience is required during the application process.
The distance program is structured in a 'cohort' class rotation. Courses are offered over three semesters (10 months), four courses per semester, two courses every eight weeks. Classroom-based lectures with personalized instructions from the faculty members are provided online. Assignments, chat rooms, threaded discussions, bulletins, and testing are provided through an Internet-based program. Participants have a convenient one-on-one contact with their professors and peers via a dedicated email system, threaded discussion board postings, and live online meetings.
The Program is 10 graduate courses ($1,000/credit). This includes classroom instruction on video which are supplemented with Internet-based learning, course materials, support services, and miscellaneous fees. Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks via the Internet or local providers.
Cohorts begin throughout the year, starting with Hospitality Enterprise Technologies (HFT 6446). Click here for a sample schedule
To be eligible for an Executive Track Master’s degree, a student must:
-Satisfy all University requirements for a master’s degree (a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required).
-Completed previous course work in basic accounting and finance or have an equivalent working knowledge of accounting and finance.
-Complete a minimum of 30 semesters credit hours of graduate level course work in the Hospitality Management Executive Track curriculum.
-Earn a minimum grade point average of ‘B’ (3.0) in all approved courses in the student’s graduate program of study.
-Verification letter(s) from employer(s) of the five year management experience in hospitality management / education
No courses, in which a grade below ‘C’ is earned, may be counted toward the Master’s Degree. However, all approved work taken as a graduate student will be counted in computing the grade point average, including courses graded ‘D’ or ‘F’.
If you have not taken Accounting & Finance at the undergraduate level, you will be required to enroll in HFT 5485.
Core Requirements: 30 credit hours
HFT 6245 Hospitality / Tourism Service Operations Analysis (3)
HFT 6257 Contemporary Issues in the Lodging Industry (3)
HFT 6296 Strategic Management for Hospitality and Tourism (3)
HFT 6299 Case Studies in Hospitality Management (3)
HFT 6429 Hospitality Asset Management (3)
HFT 6446 Hospitality Enterprise Technologies (3)
HFT 6476 Feasibility Studies for the Hospitality Industry (3)
HFT 6477 Financial Management for the Hospitality Industry (3)
HFT 6555 e-Commerce for Hospitality and Tourism (3)
HFT 6596 Marketing Management (3)
Also available on campus. Evening courses offered.