Graduate Bulletin

Tourism and Hospitality Management, M.T.H.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  March 1

Applications are processed as they arrive through the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be requested from individuals who are capable and prepared to make judgments on the applicant's ability to complete graduate studies. Undergraduate faculty and advisors are the best sources. Character references are acceptable, but at least one letter should be from an individual in higher education. If undergraduate work was completed a number of years ago, this may be a difficult request; therefore, discretion should be used when selecting one's references.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be 350-500 words in length and should include three components: academic/professional goals; personal strengths that will contribute to success in the graduate program; and personal weaknesses that may inhibit success in the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE, GMAT, or MAT is required. Scores are expected to be in the range of 65% and above.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 85 iBT or 550 PBT. Minimum IELTS Academic score: 7.0.


A current resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:
Core Courses (18 s.h.):
STHM 5311:  Service Management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

STHM 5313:  Financial Management in Tourism and Hospitality

STHM 5316:  Strategic Management in Tourism and Hospitality

STHM 5317:  Tourism and Hospitality Management Consulting Project
STHM 5318:  Sustainable Tourism Management
STHM 5485:  Graduate Internship
STHM 9995:  Master's Project

Fox School of Business and Management Requirements (6 s.h.):
STAT 5001:  Quantitative Methods for Business
One elective course from the Fox School of Business and Management*

* The specific Fox School of Business and Management elective course will be chosen by the student in cooperation with her/his advisor and will be relevant to the student's declared concentration.

Tourism and Hospitality Management Electives (12 s.h.):
Students may take any 12 credits from the STHM electives listed below. If students wish to have a concentration designation on their transcripts, they must take each course designated under one concentration listed below and "declare" the concentration.

STHM 5325:  Gaming and Casino Management (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5331:  Hospitality Operations Management
STHM 5334:  Meeting, Conference, and Event Management (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5335:  Effective Sales Management (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5336:  Revenue Management and Hotel Analytics (1.5 s.h.)
STHM free elective course
* One Fox School elective course selected from HRM 5112, HRM 5113, HRM 5114, HRM 5115, or HRM 5116

STHM 5315:  Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
STHM 5322:  Strategic Brand Management (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5327:  Customer Relationship Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5329:  New Media and Distribution (1.5 s.h.)
STHM 5336:  Revenue Management and Hotel Analytics (1.5 s.h.)
STHM free elective course
* One Fox School elective course selected from MKTG 5101, MKTG 5102, MKTG 5103, or MKTG 5104

Miscellaneous Electives:
STHM 5320:  Special Topics in Tourism and Hospitality
STHM 9996:  Master's Thesis (6 s.h.)

Internship: An internship is required if a master's project is not being undertaken.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Event:

Tourism and Hospitality Management Consulting Project:
The Tourism and Hospitality Management Consulting Project (STHM 5317) is designed as a capstone experience to enable M.T.H.M. students in their final semester to work in consulting teams analyzing real tourism and hospitality business problems and recommending appropriate actions for client organizations in the greater Philadelphia region. In teams of three to five, students emphasize their critical and creative thinking that they have developed as a result of participating in the M.T.H.M. program to enable effective problem identification with a solution orientation. Teams develop a written report that provides an analysis of the current situation, recommended solutions, and a detailed implementation plan. A formal presentation of the report to the client organization is also required. Strong emphasis is placed on developing consulting skills that augment the discipline-specific content reflected in other courses.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

111 Speakman Hall (006-68)

1810 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:

Admissions and Recruitment:

Michael Usino, M.L.A.


Director of Programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management:

Ceridwyn King, Ph.D.


R. Aubrey Kent, Ph.D.

About the Program

The goal of the graduate program in Tourism and Hospitality Management is to develop advanced professionals in the field of tourism and hospitality management. Education should enable professionals in this field to be expert managers, marketers, and planners in the public, private, and commercial sectors. The program prepares students to be middle-level and, eventually, upper-level managers in the tourism and hospitality industry. The degree program is based not only on the practical application of management techniques, but also on the theoretical foundation that defines the profession. This makes the degree program clearly distinct from generic management curricula that do not include an industry-specific core. (Students interested in studying at the doctoral level should refer to the Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport offered by the Fox School of Business and Management.)

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Students may take their business electives at the Fort Washington, Ambler, or Center City campuses, or online.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:00 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

111 Speakman Hall (006-68)

1810 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interest in management, information technology, and research.

Study Abroad:

Students who wish to do their internships abroad work closely with the Center for Student Professional Development, which assists with the necessary contacts and supervision.


While formal ranking of academic programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management is not done, the program at Temple University has received national recognition as a program combining tourism and hospitality management.

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of concentration include hospitality operations management as well as tourism and hospitality marketing.

Job Placement:

Students typically find placements in convention and visitor bureaus, event management companies, convention centers, hotels, and resorts.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Students who are not eligible for admission may take up to 9 s.h. of coursework on a non-matriculated basis. If accepted into the program, the courses may be approved toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching and Research Assistantships and Graduate Externships within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management are reserved for students who are capable of teaching undergraduate classes in specialized academic areas or assisting in faculty research. TAs, RAs, and GEs are expected to provide 20 hours per week of service throughout the academic year. A nine-month stipend is offered along with full (9 s.h.) tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications for assistantships and externships are not evaluated until a Graduate School application and all appropriate materials have been received. Assistantships and externships are available only to admitted students. The evaluation of applicants for Teaching and Research Assistantships and Graduate Externships begins by March and continues until all positions have been filled.

Updated 9.24.13