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Oklahoma State University
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Master's of Science Degree

A step ahead

Graduates from this program can integrate newly acquired skills and knowledge in the areas of hotel, restaurant, tourism administration, hospitality education and instruction to enhance their professional career. 

Assistantship funding is available to the qualifying candidates on a competitive basis.

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Degree requirements

OSU offers a thesis and non-thesis option for students. 

The thesis option requires 32-credit-hours of approved graduate courses including six credit hours of thesis (HTM 5000). This track should be utilized by those students seeking a career in higher education or those interested in a better understanding of the research process in their career. 

The non-thesis option is designed for those students who believe they need more graduate-level major or minor courses and intend to go into a hospitality and tourism leadership position upon graduation. This option requires 32-credit-hours of approved graduate courses.

Admission requirements

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower GPA may be admitted if there are other indications of ability to complete graduate-level work.
Letters of recommendation
  • Applicants should submit three (3) letters of recommendation which strongly support the applicant’s interest in and promise for successful work in a graduate degree program.
Applicant’s statement of purpose and goals
  • This statement must address why the applicant is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Oklahoma State University.
  • Must explicitly address career goals and an area of research intended for the thesis/dissertation. Please view the non-rhesis master’s information here.
  • The applicant is asked to identify at least two Hospitality and Tourism Management faculty members they would prefer to work with and explain why.
  • An explanation of how career goals have evolved; examples of prior professional and/or educational work; a description of participatory research experiences, if any; and a description of any professional or significant volunteer experiences which have shaped interests in graduate studies. This statement will help the admission committee assess the fit between the applicant’s background and goals, and the graduate program for which they are applying. 
Resume or CV
Official GRE scores or GMAT scores
  • There are no exceptions to this requirement, and an application will not be considered for admission if an official GRE or GMAT score is not submitted.
  • For the masters program, there are no minimums required. GRE/GMAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool to be considered for admission, and also may be used when awarding graduate assistantships.
  • Test scores are valid for five years from the date of the original test.
English proficiency tests
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • A minimum score of 79 on the internet based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the official IELTS examination will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission
  • Test scores are valid for two years from the date of the original test.
Prior academic work
  • Applicants without these core requirements for admission may be admitted on a provisional basis.
Industry experience
  • Masters program requires 12 months accumulative experience.
  • If no experience, an internship course will be required.


  • April 15 for fall semester admission.

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Graduate Handbook

  Meet Some of Our Students!

Bethany CobbsBethany Cobbs
Lawrence, Kansas

“I chose OSU because it is a respected and well known program. Oklahoma State is a top-rated university both nationally and internationally.”

Kaleb SmartKaleb Smart
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I chose OSU’s HTM program because it allows me the flexibility to continue my daily routine within my current company and receive hospitality education and experience.”

Kaisean LeeKaisean Lee
Klang, Malaysia

“The best part about being at OSU is the faculty and staff. Our master’s program is second to none because of the people who are involved in it.”