Texas Tech University

Hospitality and Retail Management

Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management

The Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management degree is designed for students with either a bachelor's degree in hospitality or retail management. Persons with work experience in either area, with a bachelor's degree outside of hospitality or retail management, will also be considered. Special programs, providing additional coursework, are available for students who do not meet these criteria.

Core courses are required for both options. They include Seminar (RHIM 5100) and Intro to HRM Research & Issues (RHIM 5330) or Hospitality and Retail Management Marketing Research (RHIM 5353). Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in hospitality will take one leveling course in the hospitality track, Perspective in Restaurant, Hotel and Institution (RHIM 5300). In RHIM 5300, hospitality students participate in two undergraduate courses, Introduction to Hospitality Management (RHIM 2210) and a second course in an area of interest for hospitality emphasis. Or for students who prefer a retail emphasis and have not completed an undergraduate degree in retail management, will participate in Retail Buying and Control (RTL 3380) and Retail Category Management (RTL 4320). Leveling coursework is in addition to the 34 hours of M.S. graduation course requirements.

While the Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management degree is generalist in nature, students may choose one of the following options:

Professional Option:

The professional option is designed to prepare students for mid-level management positions in the hospitality and retail management industries. This is also appropriate for individuals who wish to change careers. The curriculum requires a total of 34 hours consisting of 13 hours of core courses and 21 hours of guided electives. Students completing the professional option will complete an exit project before graduating.

See M.S. HRM Degree Plan for more details.

Research Option:

The research option is designed for students who plan to seek faculty positions in post-secondary community colleges, to pursue a doctoral degree, or to participate in applied industry research. The curriculum requires 34 graduate hours consisting of 13 hours of core courses, 3 hours of introduction the statistics, 6 hours of research and thesis, and 9 hours of electives. See M.S. HRM Degree Plan for more details.

Testing requirements and admission to Texas Tech can be obtained at the http://www.depts.ttu.edu/testing/cbt.php.

The Texas Tech Graduate School admission deadlines for international students:

Fall Admission: January 15

The Texas Tech Graduate School admission deadlines for domestic students:

Fall Admission: April 15

Master's Program Contact

Dr. David Rivera
Mailing Address:
Texas Tech University
HRM Dept. Box 41240 Lubbock, TX 79409-1240, USA
Phone: (806) 834-8187

Admission to the Graduate Program

Admission to the Graduate Program Requires the Following:

The admission committee reviews all documentation listed below. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 is expected for all applicants.

Fall and Spring Admissions Only


How to Apply

Summer/Fall 2018 Applications

The Graduate School online application system is designed to help you easily navigate through the application process and ensure you complete your application in a timely manner. 

ALL documents must be submitted through the online portal and directly to the department.

How to Apply

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Spring 2018 Applicants

Step 1

Apply to Graduate School

  • Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School: Online application
  • Pay the application fee

For information about scholarships from the TTU Graduate School, please go to: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/financial/GeneralFellowships.php

Step 2

Submit documents to the Graduate School

Applicant File Upload Portal

The Applicant File Upload Portal may only be accessed once. Please make sure you have prepared ALL required documents before continuing.

Within 24 hours of submitting your Apply Texas application you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to activate your eRaider account. You must have activated the eRaider account to upload documents to the Graduate School.

Uploading your documents may take up to 1 hour and you will be able to access the system only once. Please make sure you have completed and compiled all of the requested information before starting this step.

All documents must be PDF files which are no larger than 2MB each.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals
  • Passport Bio Page (International Students)
  • Proof of Financial Support (International Students)
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of Degrees
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of College/University Transcript
  • Email addresses for 3 persons who will submit recommendations
  • GRE or GMAT scores

1. Go to the Applicant File Upload Portal

2. Create a profile and confirm which term and program you are applying to.

3. In tab 1:

  • Upload your Resume/CV and Professional Statement of Professional Goals. Please submit the document only once.

4. In tab 2:

  • International students will submit their passport bio page and proof of financial support.
  • All applicants will upload (unofficial) copies or scans of their degree certificates.

5. In tab 3:

  • Upload unofficial copies of College and University transcripts.

6. In tab 4:

  • Provide the official e-mail address of up to three (3) persons willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Each recommender will receive an email from the system with a fillable two-page PDF recommendation form and a dedicated link for its submission. 

7. In tab 5:

  • Upload GRE or GMAT score report, and where appropriate, proof of English proficiency for International Applicants, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

8. Click "Finish" to submit your materials.

Once your documents have been submitted in the Applicant File Upload Portal, you will then be able to start tracking your application status in the Raiderlink portal.

Step 3

Send the following to Dr. David Rivera (address below):

  1. Personal statement of career goals (not to exceed three pages in length)
  2. Three letters of reference or reference forms, if not submitted previously. (Word or PDF Format) Reference Form

The Graduate faculty will review all candidates' files and conduct an interview prior to admitting students.

Dr. David Rivera
Hospitality and Retail Management
College of Human Sciences
Box 41240
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1240

Physical Address:
Room 601
1301 Akron Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409

  • Fall Admissions Only.
  • Master of Science Candidates should have a baccalaureate degree. A successful candidate will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Candidates must have completed the GRE or GMAT.
  • For international students, the minimum scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) are: TOEFL Paper-Based 550, TOEFL Computer-Based 213, TOEFL Internet-Based 79, IELTS Academic Overall 6.5.
  • Prerequisite knowledge in food service management, retailing, hotel operations, travel and tourism, financial and managerial accounting, management concepts, marketing, or computer software applications is expected. Conditional admission, which requires the completion of leveling coursework, may be granted to applicants who do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Students without a hospitality degree will complete a leveling course, RHIM 5300, the first semester

Specific information regarding the admission to the M.S. degree with a major in Hospitality & Retail Management can be found in the Texas Tech University Graduate Catalog. The following discussion summarizes the admission process.

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