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Oklahoma State University
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Doctor of Philosophy Degree


The phenomenal growth of the hospitality and tourism industry and the demand for hospitality professionals with strategic skills have resulted in tremendous opportunities for graduate with an advanced degree in hospitality and tourism management. Doctoral students are prepared to conduct integrated hospitality-related research and expand their teaching knowledge and experience. The program prepares new scholars with the competencies and confidence needed to teach and conduct research and apply research findings in teaching and the hospitality and tourism industry. The PhD program in Hospitality Administration emphasizes flexibility, independence and inter-discipline to accommodate the needs and research interests of each student. The philosophy of the program is to encourage each student to take an active role in developing a plan of study suited to his/her own areas of interest and future career goals. Assistantship funding is available to the qualifying candidates on a competitive basis.

Degree Requirements:

The minimum number of total hours required for graduation is 60 past the Master's degree. If a thesis was not completed as a part of the Master’s program, a thesis or equivalent must be completed in addition to the minimum 60 hours past the Master’s degree.

Doctoral students must take at least 30 hours at Oklahoma State University. However, no more than nine hours with a grade “B” or better in each course may be transferred from departments that do not grant doctoral degrees. The average Ph.D. student takes three to four years to complete his/her degree.

All requirements must be completed within 9 years and 4 years from the passing of Qualifying Exams. No course on plan of study may be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Handbook

Meet Some of Our Students! 

Allison Carr

Allison Carr
Fayetteville, Arkansas

“I chose OSU because of the students. While at a conference I had the chance to meet and speak with them and I was impressed by their welcoming and supportive attitudes. I knew it was a direct representation of the program’s culture and it was something I wanted.”

Kiyan Shafieizadeh
Kerman, Iran

“While I was searching for universities to apply for my Ph.D., I learned that the hospitality graduate program at Oklahoma State was a top-rated university in the U.S. and internationally, which was very appealing to me. The research output of our school is outstanding among other hospitality programs.”

Haemi Kim

Haemi Kim
Seoul, South Korea

“The doctoral program at OSU offers an optimal academic program and opportunities to attend classes of eminent professors who have distinguished research and teaching experience. Equally important, the program offers graduate students a broad range of financial assistance options.”