Online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is a business-focused hospitality degree designed to help managers with HTM industry experience rise to new levels. It provides the executive management, leadership and analytical skills you need to advance your career within the industry.

Whether you’d like to further your management career in the restaurant industry, work within more complex, full-service hotels, or transfer to the corporate side of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), our program is known for developing global leaders and will equip you to meet the bigger challenges and opportunities presented.

Through this one-of-a-kind-program, you will:

  • Lead your organization through continual changes with advanced management and leadership skills.
  • Increase your personal competitiveness with cutting-edge skills in human resources, operations management, marketing and finance.
  • Focus on the real challenges of HTM with advanced critical thinking and problem solving techniques.
  • Drive business decisions through quantitative and data analysis.
  • Learn from leading researchers in hospitality management and gain real-world experience from experienced HTM managers.

RICHARD GHISELLI: My name is Richard Ghiselli and I'm a professor and the head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University. We offer a suite of highly ranked programs and today I want to talk to you about the online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

We're excited you're considering us and I look forward to telling you more about this specialized degree. Our online master's is designed to provide award-winning HTM curriculum to hospitality managers who would find it difficult, if not impossible, to quit their present position and income to attend an on-campus program here in Indiana.

This program focuses on the practical application of executive management, leadership, and analytical skills through problem-based learning and real-world case study reviews. Program topics include strategic management, human resources management, operations management, finance, and marketing. Graduates also develop executive level skills in written and oral communication and leadership behaviors. This program drives the career advancement of current HTM managers and those who wish to make the switch to this niche market.

You will find that your peers in the program elevate your understanding of the industry and coursework concepts as they share their experiences from across the country. Our faculty distinguish themselves to an emphasis on excellence that prepares students for global leadership roles.

Award-Winning Faculty Lead You To Success

The award-winning faculty in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are dedicated to providing you an experienced-based education you can apply immediately to your career. This makes their focus on the learning themes of knowledge, and professional and personal growth, practical and effective.


Faculty ensure you possess the latest information to develop your leadership style as it applies specifically to the HTM industry — a niche market with its own set of values and challenges. You’ll ensure the health and growth of your organization through a new understanding of information literacy and research methods which allow you to think critically of business analytics, finance, marketing, and human resource management within the industry.

Professional Skills/Personal Growth

This team of instructors uses their vast experiences in HTM to prepare you to manage complex organizations and shifting global markets. They increase your self-awareness and global perspective through cultural awareness and diversity, thereby improving your level of professionalism in leadership, communication, and critical thinking.

The faculty works hard to make certain you provide excellence in management, becoming part of the next generation of leaders who advance the professional standards and goals of Hospitality and Tourism Management locally and globally.

Challenging Career Opportunities Ahead
The leisure and hospitality sector is at the forefront of monumental growth — employment is projected to increase by one million jobs — from 14.7 million to 15.7 million between 2014 and 20241.

A Business-Focused Curriculum for HTM Managers

The curriculum is designed to be experiential and project-orientated — tailored specifically to HTM managers with three to five years of professional experience. There is a strong focus on the business side of the HTM industry, so you can solve the real daily challenges of working at an advanced level in this niche market. Learning with other professionals, you’ll apply your new knowledge immediately to your current position, getting you noticed as a leader who’s qualified to take the next step in their career.

The Capstone Project

You’ll complete a capstone project derived from a real-world HTM issue. In it, you’ll develop a project scope that may incorporate management, marketing, human resources and financial recommendations to address the issues presented.

#1 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs: Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education (Vol. 25, Iss. 2, 2013) A Longitudinal Study of Hospitality and Tourism Management Graduate Programs.

Accelerate Your Career Today

To learn more about the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University, click here or call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admission’s advisor.

In addition to the online degree program, Purdue also offers the program on campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Monthly Labor Review, December 2015, on the Internet at