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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport and Hospitality Management – Hospitality Management Concentration, (MS)

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MS Degree Program

Program objectives are: (1) to recognize the diverse nature of subject matter embodied within the respective program disciplines; (2) to prepare students to serve in management and leadership positions in the sport or hospitality industry (3) to understand the research findings and theoretical constructs undergirding the respective disciplines; and (4) to understand the critical role of diversity in delivering inclusive hospitality or sport science services.

Admission Requirements

  1. Prospective students must apply to both the Graduate School and the The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management (KWS). In both cases, the applicant must submit an official transcript for undergraduate and graduate studies. Additionally, as part of the application to the Graduate School, an applicant seeking admission is not required to submit GRE scores. However, official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or other standardized test scores may be requested by KWS faculty or submitted to support an application.
  2. An applicant must also submit the following to the department: 1) KWS Graduate Admission Application Form, 2) two letters of recommendation, 3) an updated resume or curriculum vita, and 4) a 300-500 word statement of goals. (Contact the school’s academic services coordinator for application forms. The KWS application forms are also available on-line at (Click on “Admissions,” then “Graduate Admissions.”)

  3. An applicant must have graduated with a minimum baccalaureate GPA of 2.5.

  4. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate major and a strong background in discipline-specific courses in sport management, hospitality, culinary, casino management, economics, finance, marketing, public relations, communications, commercial recreation, event management, resort management, and/or tourism.

  5. Completion of undergraduate work deemed by the concentration committee as prerequisite to graduate courses.

  6. Student admissions to the Sport and Hospitality Management (SHM) major are differentially restricted to enable Graduate Faculty to closely mentor their students. To ensure maximum consideration for admission into the major, the SHM admissions committee abides by the graduate school’s established timeline for application (domestic and international), which may be found here: The admission committee may request a personal interview. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores, personal goals statement, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation.

Program Requirements

The required number of credit hours is 33.

Successful completion of an oral or written comprehensive examination

Successful defense of the Applied Project or Thesis may serve this purpose.

Consult Graduate School Calendar for submission deadlines.

Guided electives selected with approval of the advisor (6-9 hours)

Culminating Experience (3-6 hours)

Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

Intent to Graduate submission deadlines

Consult Graduate School Calendar for Intent to Graduate submission deadlines.

Program Retention Policy

All MS degree students are regularly monitored for completion of any entry-level deficiencies by graduate faculty.

Program retention committees, comprised of selected graduate faculty within the corresponding programs of study, monitor the academic progress of all MS degree candidates in the respective programs. Each committee determines whether or not the student is making sufficient progress and, in case of deficiencies, may recommend additional work or the dismissal of the student from the program. For any student recommended for dismissal, an appeals process is available.

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