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Master Degree Program in Hospitality and Tourism

In Hospitality and Tourism Management,  students gain experience and knowledge in food production and service skills, and from internships (in the United States and abroad) at convention and visitor bureaus, resorts, sports facilities, restaurants, and hotels. Students develop critical thinking ability and a broad perspective in human resource management, hospitality law, accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, international relations, senior living, and transportation. Students can choose concentrations in the following areas: Environment Sustainability, Human Resources, Layout and Design, Marketing/Sales.

Program Details

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants will be considered for admission if they satisfy the following:
  • Submit a high school diploma or a GED
  • Submit a completed admissions application,
  • Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee,
  • Submit an updated resume,
  • Submit a personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional accomplishments and goals.
  • Copy of valid government issued ID
  • Online students must have access to the Internet

* Students applying for the graduate program must also submit a copy of their official transcripts from their undergraduate program.

The selection process of the University will allow for admission of graduate students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give the University a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.

Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the University. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

MAXIMUM TIME FRAME (MTF) MASTERS IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

Students who adhere to their assigned class schedules and achieve the minimum passing scores or standards in their theory classes and core classes will complete the Masters in Hospitality and Tourism degree program in 36 credits. For any student who, for any reason, has not remained on track with his or her studies, the maximum time frame (MTF) to successfully complete the program is 54 credits.

The MTF, which is 1.5 times the normal completion time of 36 credits, is computed from the very first semester in which the student enrolled and originally began his or her studies at Okan International University. Any student who does not successfully complete the Masters in Hospitality and Tourism degree program within the 54credits MTF cannot earn Masters in Hospitality and Tourism.

The MTF for transfer students will be adjusted individually according to the total number of credits they successfully transferred into the program. The total number of credits the transfer student needs to complete the Okan International University degree program will be multiplied by 1.5 to determine that student’s MTF.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY

All students are required to meet the standards of academic performance that are outlined in the sections below and they are evaluated regularly to determine that the standards are met.

These standards have multiple components: a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement (CGPA); a minimum successful completion rate based on all credit hours attempted; and, a maximum time frame requirement to successfully complete all required credit hours for the program. As described below, each student must achieve the minimum CGPA within the maximum time frame established, achieving the required completion rate of 75% at each evaluation point. Failure to meet these standards may result in dismissal from the academic program and in ineligibility to earn the Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Degree.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

The course numbering system consists of an alpha prefix followed by a digit course number. The Alpha Prefix identifies the academic discipline and the first digit specifies if the course belongs to an upper or lower division. The following digits are reserved for departmental use in indicating sequence of courses.

Concentration Courses per Program:

  • HAS       Healthcare Management
  • MBA      Master in Business Administration
  • HFT       Hospitality and Tourism
  • BA          Business Administration

First number indicates if the course belongs to an upper or lower division:

  • 1 = Lower division Courses
  • 2 = Lower division Courses
  • 3 = Upper Courses
  • 4 = Upper Courses
  • 5 = Upper Division Course in Masters

CREDIT HOURS

Credit hours are awarded on a semester basis according to the successful completion of coursework for which the student has registered. The successful completion of one unit of credit is equivalent to the following total clock hours per semester:

1 lecture credit = 15 hours
1 laboratory credit = 30 hours
1 internship/externship or practicum credit = 45 hours

MASTER   IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Total Credits 36
Cost Total per Credit Hour: $650.00Application Fee: $100.00 (Nonrefundable)

Graduation Fee:   $250.00

Admission Requirements Applicants will be considered for admission if they satisfy the following:•     Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (Provide copy of sealed transcripts),

•    Have achieved a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0),

•    Submit a completed Admissions Application,

•    Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee,

•    Submit an updated Resume,

•    Submit 3 letters of professional references (non family members),

•   Submit a personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional accomplishments and goals.

•    Copy of valid government issued ID

Program Objective The objective of the Master in Hospitality and Tourism is to provide students with knowledge and tools in the industry. To program will prepare students with strategic and operational insights of the hospitality and the tourism world.   The program will train students to perform and manage in a global environment.
Program Description The Masters in Hospitality and Tourism is a professional program designed to prepare students for advanced careers in the global hospitality and tourism industry. Students best suited for the program are career-directed individuals with previous management experience who have a global perspective. Graduates of these programs often seek mid to upper level management. The program provides a comprehensive study of the many facets of international hospitality and tourism management. Students receive thorough training in the major functional areas of multinational organizations. The program provides a broad knowledge base focused on practice that can be applied in many different areas. Tourism, due to its global character, is constantly evolving and as a result the master’s program emphasizes strategy, innovation and consumer relations.

 

Program Course Descriptions
Course # Course Title and Description
HFT 501 INTERNATIONAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Overview of the contemporary issues in the international business environment facing multinational service firms in the hospitality industry. These issues include such topics as global strategy formulation and implementation, technology challenges, diversity in customers and employees, political and legal concerns, and effective organizational structures for long-term survival.

 

HFT 502 CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES (3 credits)

The organization, administration and evaluation of existing and challenging practices, concepts and theories in chain management in the hospitality industries.

HFT 503 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course focuses upon the attainment of employees within the hospitality industry. Topics include the processes, practices and legal considerations involved in the employment of people in hospitality organizations.

HFT 504 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN THE HOSPITALITY SERVICE INDUSTRIES (3 credits)

Fundamentals of financial management as applied to hotels, restaurants, institutions and similar service organizations.

HFT 505 HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MARKETING STRATEGY AND POLICY (3 credits)

Examination of the role of marketing within the strategic planning of hospitality service organizations.

HFT 506 FRANCHISING IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Role of franchising in hospitality management. Contemporary issues related to franchising in different segments of the hospitality industry, including franchise concept development, franchisor-franchisee relationship, franchise agreements, operational problems, and international franchising.

HFT 507 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY (3 credits)

Consideration and analysis of relevant industry problems and issues facing management and personnel in the hospitality industries. Computer literacy required.

HFT 508 EVENTS MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Management of special events in the hospitality and tourism industry. Students will explore organizational functions necessary for producing special events, as well as analyzing the factors that influence an event’s success, such as organizational structure, risk management and the impact of tourism activity.

HFT 509 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND COMPETITIVE STRATEGY IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES (3 credits)

To enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of strategic management and competitive strategy as applied to the hospitality industries.

HFT 510 HOSPITALITY MARKETING RESEARCH PROBLEMS (3 credits)

Research designs and methodologies for the solution of hospitality industry marketing problems. Analysis and interpretation of marketing research studies.

HFT 511 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of the literature and research that has been developing in the context of the hospitality and tourism industry, specifically as it applies to the hotel, restaurant and tourism sectors. Specific methodological approaches encountered in an industry-specific environment will be identified and evaluated. The current state of theory development will be assessed and key issues relevant to further theory building will be explored. The course will be in a seminar format where students will be expected to develop a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge relative to strategy in the hospitality and tourism industry.

HFT 512 CAPSTONE (3 credits)

Presentation and critical discussion of current literature and major topics in hospitality and tourism management. The seminar provides a forum for the discussion of research and research problems in hospitality and tourism management and the presentation of research by graduate students.