Online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Master of Science in Hospitality
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An Industry Specific Degree That Fuels Your Career

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), Purdue University’s Online Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) degree will fuel your career.

A Business-Focused Degree for HTM Managers

Through the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the program is designed to help managers who have three to five years of HTM experience solve the real daily challenges of working at an advanced level in this niche market.

It provides the executive management, leadership and analytical skills you need to advance your career within the industry.

Rise to New Levels

Learning with other professionals, you’ll apply new knowledge immediately to your current position, getting you noticed as a leader who’s qualified to take the next step in their career.

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A Career-Focused Curriculum

The experiential and project-orientated curriculum focuses on the business side of HTM. It’s tailored specifically to HTM managers with three to five years of professional experience, so you can build upon your knowledge and take your management abilities to the next level.

The program includes 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.

By graduation, you can:

  • 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
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Hear directly from our directors of admissions, program directors and faculty to learn more about the program’s objectives, what it’s like to learn online, the resources we have to assist you throughout your education, and career paths after graduation.

Award-Winning Faculty Lead You to Success

Our award-winning faculty is known for developing global leaders. They work to ensure you become part of the next generation of leaders who can advance the standards of HTM as they prepare you to overcome the bigger industry challenges and to take advantage of opportunities.

Develop a Successful
Management Style

The HTM industry is a niche market with its own set of values and challenges. Faculty ensure you possess the latest information to develop your leadership style and be effective. 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.

Lead With Stronger Skills and Through 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.

Challenging Opportunities Ahead

The leisure and hospitality sector is at the forefront of monumental growth — employment is projected to increase by 1 million jobs between 2014 and 2024.1

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Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program.

To be considered for admission, students must complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor and submit a completed application as well as the following:

  • 3–5 years of relevant professional experience, managerial experience preferred
  • An updated resume
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits*
  • (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • A 500-word personal statement
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)

*Coursework used to satisfy the requirements of a conferred master’s degree from an institution other than Purdue may not be used as transfer credit.

No GRE/GMAT Required
  • However, if you performed below a 3.0 GPA at the baccalaureate level, it is recommended. Please discuss your personal requirements with your admissions advisor.

In addition to the admission requirements noted on the first tab, international students must also provide the following information.

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit the following:
    • TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements
      • Minimum Overall: 80
      • Writing: 18
      • Speaking: 18
      • Listening: 14
      • Reading: 19
    • TWE
    • IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 6.5
      • Writing: 6.5
      • Speaking: 6.0
      • Listening: 6.0
      • Reading: 5.5
    • Duolingo test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements: 
      • total score of 115 and 115 on each subscore

Prior to starting your online application, you must first complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor. To schedule your phone interview, call 877-497-5851.

Once you have completed your phone interview, you are ready to complete the online application.

If you have any questions about filling out the application, contact us online or call us at 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

Send All Other Application Materials To:

  • Purdue University Online Programs Admissions Processing Center
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420 
    West Maitland, FL 32751

What’s It Like to Learn Online?

  • Is the online program as credible as the ones offered on ground at Purdue?

    Absolutely. You will be taught by the same experienced Purdue instructors as our on-ground students and, upon graduation, you will receive the same Purdue diploma as your on-campus peers. Assignments and projects may be slightly different to work with the online format, but the coursework is just as rigorous and challenging as the on-campus programs.

  • How do online classes work?

    Most coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be online. When you start the program, you will be given access to a virtual classroom interface. Your instructor will post coursework, syllabi, assignments, and messages every week. You will also use discussion boards, e-mail, and chat to communicate with your classmates and your instructor. You can log on and do your coursework at any time that is convenient for you, but you must turn in your assignments by the deadlines your instructor sets.

  • How much time should I allow for doing homework and completing assignments?

    As in an on-campus program, you should plan on devoting about 15 to 20 hours a week to coursework, depending on your study habits.

  • What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?

    The faculty and staff at Purdue are dedicated to your success at the University and in the future. Your instructor will set weekly times for one-on-one electronic consultation and will answer emails in a timely fashion. Technical support is available to help you handle hardware and software issues, and we have dedicated staff available to talk to you about financial aid, scheduling, or any other administrative issues.

Current Tuition Rates and Fees*

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $697.50 $775.00
PO Infrastructure Fee $18.80 $18.80
Digital Education Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $766.30 $843.80
Total Credit Hours 34 34
Total Program Cost $26,054.20 $28,689.20

*Tuition and fees are charged on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increases. Annual increases may change the total program cost. Purdue Faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to the online MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management program.

Accelerate Your Career Today

Learn more about the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University, request more information or call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.


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