Hospitality Business Management Master of Science Degree

Learn to analyze, evaluate, and apply hospitality and tourism data from diverse sources in this dynamic hospitality management master's degree.


Outcome Rate of RIT Graduates


  • Study in a master's degree recognized by ForbesTravel WeeklyNation’s Restaurant News, and Corporate Travel magazines.
  • Eduniveral Best Masters Ranking recognizes our hospitality and tourism degree as the #20 in Best Master's in Hospitality Management.
  • Enjoy flexible study options: The master's in hospitality and tourism management may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

The master’s in hospitality business management is exclusively online. It prepares you to manage current and emerging industry issues. It offers an applied curriculum that develop your skills in cutting-edge analytics and technology skills, positioning you to pursue leadership positions. It also enables you to develop a secondary focus in a range of areas, including finance, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources, supply chain management, or data management.

These are the in-demand skills you need to succeed in today's rapidly changing hospitality and tourism industry. With a master’s in hospitality and tourism management, you’ll be prepared for multiple mid-level service management and training director positions as you create and present new hospitality and tourism services through effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication. Graduates are ready to step into multiple service management and training director positions.

RIT's Hospitality Management Degree

The master’s in hospitality business management is focused on hospitality business planning, branding, asset management, customer experience, and data analytics within a hospitality business. You will become exceptional leader in the service industry, a corporate setting, or in post-secondary academic environments. 

The curriculum is flexible and enable you to pursue additional areas of business in which you may have an interest, including finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, supply chain, MIS, or others. The program may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. The length of time required to earn a degree varies according to your undergraduate preparation and the number of graduate courses taken per semester.

Students are also interested in: Business Administration MBA

This program is offered exclusively online. View Online Details.

Careers and Salary Info

Typical Job Titles

Business Development Customer Experience Director
Sales and Event Manager Vacation Planner
Hotel Asset Manager Hospitality Specialist/Consultant
Wine/Spirits Business Manager Hotel/Travel/Food Columnist/Journalist/Blogger
Destination Management Marketer Lecturer

Salary and Career Information for Hospitality Business Management MS

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Curriculum for Hospitality Business Management MS

Hospitality Business Management, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Hospitality and Tourism Customer Experience and Engagement
Creating memorable experience is a crucial differentiator for hospitality and tourism enterprises. Guided by the concepts of “hospitality” and “being hospitable”, this course introduces theories and methods that can be utilized during the service encounter to trigger optimal customer experiences through physical, social, and cultural interactions. This course addresses the co-creation of the experiences and value not only from hospitality and tourism service providers but also from the engagement of customers. The course puts an emphasis on the design of the customer journey, including theming, storytelling, and sensory, as well as unfolding customer experience in the phygital (physical and online) platform. Lecture 3 (Fall).
Advanced Lodging Operations
Advanced Food and Beverage Business Management
Hospitality Asset Management
Hospitality Analytics
Capstone Project in Hospitality and Tourism
This course is practical, project-based approach to a more traditional master's thesis. Students in the course will design and develop a project which reflects a viable option for an existing or putative organization. After a review of essential project management and planning skills as well as financial skills, the student designs and develops the project with continual review and feedback from the supervising faculty. Project 3 (Spring, Summer).
Graduate Level Business Course*
Total Semester Credit Hours

* Graduate Level Business Course will be approved by the program director.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in hospitality business management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an online graduate application. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for information on application deadlines, entry terms, and more.
  • Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, including any transfer credit earned.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Letters of recommendation are optional.
  • Not all programs require the submission of scores from entrance exams (GMAT or GRE). Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements page for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • Applicants whose prior undergraduate work has been in areas other than hospitality or tourism may be required to complete additional courses. Students may choose elective courses with the approval of the program director.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for additional information on English language requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to the English Language Test Scores section within Graduate Application Materials to review waiver eligibility.

Part Time Study

The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The length of time required to earn the degree varies according to the student’s undergraduate preparation and the number of graduate courses taken per semester.

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