The School of Hotel Administration's highly competitive Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Hotel Administration are research-focused degrees designed for students interested in pursuing careers teaching hospitality management in a university setting and conducting groundbreaking research in the field. Students who pursue the MS typically continue on to a PhD.
Both degrees are highly individualized and allow students to acquire broad-based knowledge of hotel and restaurant management, become proficient in research methodology, and develop the teaching and administrative skills needed to thrive in an academic environment.
Students in both programs major in Hotel Administration and may choose to specialize in one of the academic disciplines offered within the school, or any of the graduate fields supported throughout the university.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
PhD students are eligible to receive tuition fellowships and a taxable stipend. These awards are determined on a case-by-case basis. Fellowships typically cover tuition expenses and include stipends to provide students a comfortable standard of living while in residence in Ithaca. PhD students are expected to work approximately 15 hours each week conducting research or assisting with courses.