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.

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
E-mail:david.rivera@ttu.edu

Admission to the Graduate Program

The Texas Tech Graduate School admission deadlines for international students:

Fall Admission: January 15
Spring Admission: June 15

The admission deadlines for domestic students:

Fall Admission: April 15
Spring Admission: November 15

The GRE or GMAT is REQUIRED.

How to Apply

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.

How to Apply

 
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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:
HRM
Room 601
1301 Akron Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409

  • 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.

Are your graduate programs available online?

  • No, our programs are traditional face-to-face program in both MS and Ph.D. levels.

When are the deadlines for applying?

  • The admission deadlines for international students:
    • Fall Admission: January 15 / Spring Admission: June 15
  • The admission deadlines for domestic students:
    • Fall Admission: April 15 / Spring Admission: November 15

Where do I apply for Hospitality and Retail Management Graduate program?

Click here to apply.

What materials do I need to apply the HRM graduate program?

  • You will need to have:
    • Resume
    • Statement of Career Goals in Personal Statement
    • Three (3) Evaluations (Letters of Recommendations) are preferred, but only two (2) are required for application to be considered for admissions
    • GRE or GMAT score
    • Writing samples (PhD applicant)
    • TOEFL (International students)

These supplemental materials are reviewed by the department admission committee only, not the Office of Graduate Admission. The materials are also listed on the "Program Materials" quadrant on our online application to verify which supplemental materials are needed.

Do I have to have GRE or GMAT score to apply?

  • Yes, ALL candidates must have completed the GRE or GMAT.

Do I need to mail anything to the HRM department?

I'm an International student, what's your requirement for TOEFL?

  • 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.

I don't have a hospitality or retail management undergraduate degree, can I apply?

  • While we expect applicants to have the prerequisite knowledge in food service management, retailing, hotel operations, travel and tourism, financial and managerial accounting, management concepts, marketing, or computer software applications, we do occasionally grant conditional admission, which requires the completion of leveling coursework to applicants who do not satisfy this requirement.

Where can I check the status of my application?

I've been admitted now - what?

After you have been admitted please follow this link for any additional information.

Funding

How do I apply for an Assistantship? I would like to know about the assistantship opportunities.

  • You may apply teaching/research assistantship here. Deadlines of the TA/RA application are: April 1 for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester. Please contact Dr. David Rivera, david.rivera@ttu.edu, with any questions.

Do I need a separate Fellowship application?

  • No, you do not need a separate application for Fellowships. When you applied, you are automatically considered for possible fellowship opportunities.

How long will it take me to finish my graduate degree?

  • It's possible to finish a HRM Master's degree in three long semesters + summer. The non-thesis degree (professional option) is designed to prepare students for mid-level management positions in the hospitality and retail management industries. Students completing the professional option will complete an exit project before graduating.
  • Master's thesis degrees (research option) may take longer depends on progress of the research. Graduate internships are allowed. A Ph.D. degree may be finished within four years after completing a Master's degree.

 

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