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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  May 22, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

Drew Martin, Director

Degree Offered (36 Hours)

Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management

The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management offers a program leading to the Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (M.I.H.T.M.). The M.I.H.T.M. is a professional program designed to prepare students for advanced careers in the hospitality and tourism field. Students best suited for the program are career-directed individuals with previous management experience who are seeking advancement to upper-level management positions or taking advantage of emerging opportunities in resort and club management, tourism marketing, hospitality education, hospitality tourism and research, and consulting. Selected courses in the International Hospitality and Tourism Management curriculum may be used for teacher recertification in the areas of marketing, hospitality and tourism, or home economics education. Students choose from one of two tracks, either the academic track or the professional track. The associate credit hours are a minimum of 36 hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements conform with the general regulations of The Graduate School and regional and national accreditation standards. Applicants must submit to The Graduate School an application along with a $50 nonrefundable application fee; official transcripts (mailed to the USC Graduate School) showing their complete academic record; two letters of recommendation; resume; statement of purpose; records of immunization (if born after December 31, 1956); and reports of examination scores on the GRE or GMAT.

The admission process involves evaluation of applicant characteristics in an attempt to determine intellectual ability and willingness to do the work required to complete the curriculum. Realizing that many admission decisions are somewhat subjective, anyone reviewing applications for admission to the Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management program must consider the overall academic record (GPA; course of study; school[s] attended; degrees earned; GRE or GMAT scores and scores on any other standardized tests; performance in quantitative, hospitality/tourism, or business-related courses; work experience and level of responsibility; extracurricular and community activities; and letters of recommendation). These items may be supplemented by personal or telephone interviews at the discretion of the reviewer or when requested by the graduate director.

International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (internet-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5.

Students wishing to enter the M.I.H.T.M. program should have completed business courses in the areas of personal computers, statistics, finance, marketing, and management principles and hospitality courses in food-service management, hotel operations, and tourism. Certain prerequisites may be waived for students who have demonstrated a high degree of competence in a related area.

Program and Courses



    Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management