Online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management Program – Frequently Asked Questions

A good education starts with questions. Here are some of the questions many of our new students ask about the online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue.

Do I need a background in hospitality to qualify for admission?
A hospitality background is strongly encouraged for this program, however applicants from related industries will be considered. All applicants must have a minimum of three to five years of full-time professional experience and managerial experience preferred.

How do online classes work? Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time?
You can access and work on your coursework at any time — you just need to complete your assignments according to the schedule posted by your professor. Interaction with your instructor and peers is a major component of our classes. As an online student at Purdue University, you’ll log into a virtual classroom interface that includes areas for assignments, discussion boards, e-mail, and more. Just like in a traditional classroom, you’ll complete coursework and exams and interact with your instructor and classmates, but it will all be online.

Do I have to complete a thesis?
No, a thesis is not required for this program.

Is financial aid available? How much is tuition?
Financial aid is available. Click here for more information about how to apply. For specific tuition rates, call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) required for this program?
The GRE or GMAT are not required for this program, but recommended for students that performed below a 3.0 GPA at the baccalaureate level. Please discuss requirements with you admissions advisor.

How many total credits are required?
A total of 34 credit hours are required to complete the online MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University.

How much time should I plan to spend on the program each week?
The academic experience varies by student; however, we recommend you plan to spend 15-20 hours per week for each course they take.

Is an in-person residency required?
No, Purdue University does not require an on-site residency. That means you can earn the MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree from anywhere in the United States or around the world without temporarily relocating to complete your degree.

Does this program prepare me for a Ph.D. program?
This program facilitates opportunities for professionals working in areas related to hospitality and tourism business. It is NOT intended to provide preparation for Ph.D. level academic study at Purdue.

What kind of support is available to online students?
There are a multitude of support resources specifically geared towards you as an online student. You’ll start the program with the new-student orientation to familiarize yourself with the online learning environment. Other services include a help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.

How are the online programs different from the on-campus programs?
Purdue University’s online courses are taught by the same world-class faculty members, and are just as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts. The online MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree focuses on experiential learning and practical application, rather than research, meaning you can put your knowledge to immediate use in your current position. The online forum also allows you greater convenience as to when and where you learn.

What is the frequency of starts for this program?
Purdue University offers three starts per year for this program, Spring (January), Summer (April/May), and Fall (August).

Will my diploma look different from the on-campus programs?
No. Both on-campus and online programs earn the same diploma. Online students are also invited to walk in the on-campus graduation ceremony upon program completion.

Can I visit campus?
Yes. Students are always encouraged to visit campus and experience all that Purdue has to offer. For visitor information, visit

What are the technical requirements for the program?
Using the online learning interface and system successfully requires you to have certain software and hardware. Be sure your equipment meets the minimum requirements, listed below.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • 700 MHZ Pentium III Processor computer, with sound card and speakers
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 GB free hard drive space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 56k modem, or higher (such as cable modem or DSL), for broadband access

Recommended Software:

  • Windows XP or later / Mac OS X
  • MS Office 2000 or later (MS Office includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Internet access
  • E-mail account
  • Internet Explorer 6.x(PC), Netscape 7.2 (PC), or later, or Mozilla Firefox (PC/Mac)
  • Safari 1.2 or higher (Mac)
  • High-speed, broadband connection


  • Acrobat Reader 7.0 or later (free download)
  • Virus Protection Software: McAfee/Norton Antivirus or similar software


  • Java, Shockwave, or Flash Plug-in (latest version)

Mac System Requirements:

  • 500 MHZ iMac or iBook 63 or faster (minimum)

More Questions?

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.