The Master of Hospitality Management Studies (MHMS) degree is an academically rigorous, flexible program of study designed for those wishing to enter into or advance their careers in various hospitality related professions. The 30 credit MHMS builds the analytical, managerial and leadership competencies needed by managers, entrepreneurs, educators and other professionals in the hospitality and tourism sector.  Taught by faculty with outstanding academic credentials and real-world experience, MHMS students study current issues with instructors who are actively engaged in the hospitality industry.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 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 3 required hospitality management courses.
  4. Minimum of 27 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, Sports, 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
  • HRTM7751 Research Methodology I  
  • HRTM7752 Research Methodology II 

Supporting Hospitality Management Courses (15 credits)

  • HRTM7713 Financial Management
  • HRTM7714 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • HRTM7716 Service Management
  • HRTM7734 Global Marketing
  • HRTM7771 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

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
  • HRTM7737 Global Tourism Development
  • HRTM7748 Developing a Sustainability Mindset in Hospitality & Tourism
  • HRTM7758 Digital/Social Media Marketing in Hospitality

Comprehensive Exam

Students in the MHMS program must pass a written comprehensive exam prior to their final semester in the program. The comprehensive exam consists of theoretical and applied questions related to all courses completed prior to the final Special Project semester.

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 toward the Elective Course area.

  • HRTM6100 Hospitality Operations Management
  • HRTM6200 Tourism Destination Management

Top 5 Reasons to choose the Master in Hospitality Management Studies degree

  1. Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality, Sports, 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



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