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School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

104 Pearson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Faculty
Application Deadlines
General Requirements

Sport & Recreation

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--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

Tourism & Hospitality

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--Admission Requirements
--Course Descriptions

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

M. Moshe Porat, Ph.D., Dean

Elizabeth Barber, , Ph.D., Academic Director,
103 Pearson Hall (048-00), Temple University , Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-8701, Fax: 215-204-8705
E-mail: Website:

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers the following graduate degree programs:

Sport and Recreation Administration  

  Master of Education (Ed.M.)

Tourism and Hospitality Management  

  Master of Tourism and Hospitality

  Management (M.T.H.M.)

Graduate Faculty

Elizabeth Barber, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa; Michael Jackson, Professor, D.H.S., Indiana University; Bonnie Parkhouse, Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Ira G. Shapiro, Professor, Ph.D., University of North Carolina; Raymond E. Tedrick, Professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland.

Application for Admission

See individual program listings for required admission materials. Please send the application and supporting credentials to Dr. Ira G. Shapiro, Graduate Coordinator, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 109 Pearson Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

  Application Deadlines

Applications are due on June 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

Graduate Assistantships

To qualify for an assistantship, students must first be admitted to a graduate program. Since faculty nominate or designate candidates for support, students should apply directly to the School for graduate teaching or research assistantships within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Generally, decisions on awards for the fall are made in early spring, so all assistantship applications must be submitted no later than February 15. Applications for assistantships outside of the School need to be submitted directly to the department or program of interest.

General Requirements for Master's Programs

Credit Taken at Temple Prior to Matriculation

The time period for completing a graduate degree in the School begins with the semester in which the student has been admitted. All courses taken prior to that semester are subject to evaluation and approval by faculty in the student's program. A maximum of 9 credits of work done at Temple University prior to the semester of matriculation (acceptance) will be counted toward satisfying degree requirements.

Time Limits

The time limit for completing all requirements for the Master's degree programs is 4 years with an additional year available as an extension of time for good cause. All requests for extensions of time must be directed to the School's Graduate Coordinator and Academic Director. Requests must include a rationale for an extension and a plan for completion.

Transfer of Credit

A master's student may, with school approval, satisfy a maximum of 6 credits of his or her course work outside of the University. All transfer credits must be "B" quality or better.

Time Limit on Courses Transferred

Courses taken within 5 years of the beginning of the student's semester of matriculation may be counted toward the degree with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

Space in Graduate Programs

Space in all graduate programs is limited by the number of graduate students currently enrolled. To maintain the quality of degree programs in the School, it is sometimes necessary to deny admission to a qualified candidate when the student/adviser ratio exceeds School-defined limits.

Alternative Admissions

While the School recognizes the appropriateness of an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or last two years of 3.0 as a reasonable entrance standard, the School has established a procedure for admitting a limited number of students who do not meet this standard and who are otherwise adequately prepared to pursue a graduate education.

On the recommendation of at least two members of the faculty admissions committee, the Graduate Faculty Committee will review candidates who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements established by the University Graduate Board. Applicants may be required to submit additional materials to the Committee or may be called for an interview.