The Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies (MSHMS) program is changing its name as of Summer 2021. The new name as of Summer 2021, Master of Hospitality Management Studies (MHMS), better reflects the focus of the hospitality graduate program at FDU. 

Prospective students interested in graduate studies in hospitality management should see the re-named Master of Hospitality Management Studies (MHMS) program, including revised admissions, curriculum, and program information. 

The Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management studies, which consists of 33 credits, is structured to meet the educational needs of adult learners working as managers, entrepreneurs, educators or other professionals in business and industry. It is designed to provide a hospitality management education with an academically rigorous, yet flexible, program of study that meets the requirements for a professional master’s degree. For working adults seeking to upgrade their professional skills to enhance their careers, the degree program increases analytical, managerial and leadership competencies and will provide graduates with the requisite preparation for career advancement in various hospitality-related professional areas.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 33 graduate credits.
  2. Cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 for the degree program of study.
  3. Must earn a grade point ratio of 3.00 in each of the 4 required hospitality management courses.
  4. Minimum of 30 credits completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  5. Maximum of six years to complete the Master’s degree requirements.

Up to three credits of graduate coursework may be transferred from another college or university if completed within the six-year period. Courses submitted for transfer credit will be reviewed and evaluated by the director of the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In assessing requests for transfer credits, the faculty may require students to complete additional course work to update knowledge and skills to meet master’s degree requirements.


The following are the specific program requirements for the Master’s degree. These curriculum areas and credit distribution requirements are designed to provide students with flexibility in planning a program of study within a focused framework of professional development.

Required Hospitality Management Courses (9 credits)

  • HRTM7715 Special Project (non-credit taken in last semester)
  • HRTM7753 Graduate Capstone (last semester)
  • HRTM7751 Research Methodology I  (first semester course)
  • HRTM7752 Research Methodology II  (after 18 HRTM credits completed)

Supporting Hospitality Management Courses (18 credits)

  • HRTM7708 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
  • HRTM7710 Current Concepts of Leadership
  • HRTM7713 Financial Management
  • HRTM7714 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • HRTM7716 Service Management
  • HRTM7734 Global Marketing

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Elective courses are chosen by students with approval from their graduate adviser. Choose 6 credits from the following courses. Not all options are available every semester and the below list is not exhaustive:

  • HRTM7717 Discovering the World of Wine
  • HRTM7718 Advanced Global Seminar
  • HRTM7723 Hospitality Education Practicum
  • HRTM7725 Curriculum and Instruction for the Hospitality Educator
  • HRTM7726 Educational Organization for the Hospitality Educator
  • HRTM7729 Training and Development
  • HRTM7732 Hospitality Law – Legal Issues in Hospitality
  • HRTM7737 Global Tourism Development
  • HRTM7742 International Tourism
  • HRTM7998 History of Casino Gaming

Graduate Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are designed for those students who do not meet all of the Graduate Program admission requirements listed above such as industry work experience, and/or who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than hospitality, tourism, or business. Each foundation course is worth 3 credits towards the free elective subject areas.

  • HRTM6100 Hospitality Operations Management
  • HRTM6200 Tourism Destination Management

Top 5 Reasons to choose the MS in Hospitality Management degree

  1. Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the oldest hospitality programs in the U.S, and the program is currently listed by The Best as number four out of the top 20 hospitality schools in America.
  2. Fairleigh Dickinson University has an outstanding faculty of industry professionals who have spent years gaining practical industry work experience.
  3. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s commitment to global education assures students of an education that embraces the world. Students will study with others from over 60 countries worldwide and will have opportunity to participate in overseas seminars in Switzerland, Italy and other countries.
  4. International students are eligible for off-campus work opportunities during their studies and three year post-graduate work permit upon graduation from Vancouver Campus. Both international and Canadian students can take advantage of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s robust career services department and connections with the business community when looking for employment.
  5. Students will join a worldwide network of more than 3,000 alumni in Hospitality and Tourism leadership positions, where they will find valuable connections for internships and careers. Fairleigh Dickinson University Alumni can be found in the following world-class organizations:
    • Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
    • Marriott Hotels and Resorts
    • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
    • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
    • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    • Mandarin Oriental Hotels
    • Trump National Golf Club
    • Compass Group

More information about Hospitality Management

Course Descriptions

  • HRTM6100 Topics reviewed will include Food & Beverage Management, Managerial Accounting, and Hospitality Operations Management. Students must develop a comprehensive Business Plan project that integrates these key areas to successfully complete the requirements for this course. A 3-credit course that must be taken in the first semester

  • HRTM6200 Topics explored will include tourism, Sales and Marketing, and Human Resource Management. The term project will consist of planning and developing a Tourism Destination Management project for a chosen city in Canada or the USA. Case studies of various global Destination Marketing Organizations will be analyzed and discussed. 3-Credit, free elective course that should be taken in the first or second semester.

  • HRTM7708 Overview of theories and models of communications, examination of barriers to effective communication and techniques for improving interpersonal, group and organizational communications. Conflict resolution is studied from an individual, group and organization- al level.

  • HRTM7710 Examines key theories of leadership and motivation as applied to hospitality operations; emphasis on analysis of leadership behaviors, managerial action and new servant leadership.

  • HRTM7713 Students learn about current cost control strategies used to manage foodservice and lodging operations including all functional areas, such as food and labor costs, facility maintenance, engineering, and marketing. Students analyze specific companies' financial statements and financial decisions made. From an operations management perspective, students learn how to predict consumer demand to optimize inventory and price availability in order to optimize revenue.

  • HRTM7714 This course reviews the essential functions within Human Resources, including selection and retention, performance and evaluation systems, training and employee development, recruitment and succession planning, compensation, employee reward systems, employment-related laws, collective bargaining agreements, diversity and communication.

  • HRTM7715 This course provides an interactive, culminating learning project that focuses on an area chosen by the student related to the hospitality industry in line with a student's professional area of interest.

  • HRTM7716 This course familiarizes students with service strategies used by exemplary domestic and international service organizations. The course will also review the theories and methods practiced to create a service management culture in an organization's operation process. The course focuses on practical application through exploring methods for measuring customer satisfaction and total quality management applications. Learning is highly interactive; it includes case students, interactive exercises, research, class discussions and application to past and future service experiences and operation management students.

  • HRTM7717 This course provides an advanced analysis on various topics to wine. These include history, production, service and distribution. Open to non-hospitality majors.

  • HRTM7718 An eight day trip to Switzerland to the town of Engelberg. This seminar will include lectures by European university professors and hotel and restaurant managers covering European management and environmental issues.

  • HRTM7723 For students with education as their area of concentration in the MS Hospitality Management program only. Student will shadow a School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) for a semester, assist and observe the learning facilitation process. A report of the experience and what learning facilitation skills were observed and learned during the semester is due at the end of the term as well as a session per session journal kept by the student.

  • HRTM7725 The emphasis of this course will be on the relationship between models in all phases of the curriculum in the Hotel Restaurant and Tourism industry. Curriculum design, content and integration incorporated with technology will be the focus for the indivi- dual who will have a career in the hospitality field.

  • HRTM7726 The emphasis of this course will be to explore, model and practice Multiple Intelligence Theory, Learning Styles Theory, cooperative grouping, teaming techniques, and other organiza- tional patterns that will prepare the individual for presenta- tions, teaching, and socialization in the hospitality industry. The organizational models covered will guide for success in the hospitality industry in marketing, education, and all of the facets of hospitality careers.

  • HRTM7729 Explore the Adult learning theories of Self-Directed learning, expernencial learning, and Transormative learning as they apply to training in the Hospitality Industry. Additionally, we will cover assessing training needs, using resource groups to do training programs, then we will explore various kinds of training interventions from Org. development and change, executive, management and employee self development.

  • HRTM7732 Provides the student with a review of the laws applicable to the operation of hospitality enterprises. The course of study includes a review of contracts, the uniform commercial code, torts law, franchise law and a review of the current legislation and case law relative to hospitality enterprises.

  • HRTM7734 Global Marketing for Hospitality Executives provides an overview of Advanced marketing strategies oriented to North America and Global Markets. Cultural contexts will be explored to the extent of their impact on strategy and best practices will be reviewed. The following topics will be reviewed: Strategic Planning, pricing practices, international marketing, global distribution systems and advertising.

  • HRTM7737 This course will examine global financial institutions perception of tourism as a foreign exchange generator for developing countries. Principles and philosophies of tourism will be examined and its impact on local cultures and economies. Nature tourism/ecotourism will also be examined.

  • HRTM7742 This course will explore tourism as generator of foreign exchange for developing countries and how it contributes to economic development. How sustainable tourism can help economic development in developing countries will also be explored as well as economic relaionship between developed and developing countries and the role tourism plays in this relationship.

  • HRTM7751 An introduction to graduate studies with heavy emphasis on referencing and Citations in APA style. The second portion of the semester emphasizes research. Quantitative and qualitative research studies are explored, discussed in depth and critiqued. A comprehensive research proposal is the goal of this course.

  • HRTM7752 Research Methodology II is a required course designated to supplement the Research Methodology I course that should be taken after 18 credits have been achieved in the Graduate Program. Students will apply the research methodologies introduced in this course to create a special project research proposal.

  • HRTM7753 This class is designed to be a capstone to the Master in Hospitality Management Studies. Students will draw on all previously taken courses to demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in hospitality management. Students will recieve theoretical and 'real world' application prompt to solve in written an/or oral formats. To be taken after 25 credits have been completed.

  • HRTM7998 This course will familiarize students in the gaming hospitality industry with the historical development of gaming. This will help industry professionals not only by increasing their knowledge of information about their chosen field, but by giving them a better perspective on how and why the industry evolved as it did. It will provide them with an accurate picture of current developments in the casino industry throughout the nation.