Program in Tourism and Hospitality Management School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Temple University

Program in Tourism and Hospitality Management School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
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Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree at Temple University

Temple University (TU) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a comprehensive public research university with a diverse learning environment and global reach. With seven campuses in the state and 3 international campuses, Temple is widely recognized for its strong alumni network and partnerships with industries and organizations that routinely recruit its graduates for career opportunities.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) at Temple University is the largest provider of tourism, hospitality, sport, and recreation management programs in the greater Philadelphia region, as well as the area's largest provider of talent for those industries. The Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree program (MTHM) in Philadelphia has emerged as one of the nation's premier graduate programs for current and future managers within the industry. Some 90% of its graduates are placed in mid- to high-level executive management careers even before graduating.

Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management Overview

The Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree program at Temple University leverages the region's thriving hotel, casino, restaurant, and tourism industries, providing students with exceptional opportunities to engage management and operational theory and apply them to real-world industry cases. Two concentrations allow students wishing to enter the industry, and experienced professionals looking to grow within it, to collaborate with distinguished scholars and industry leaders to become talented managers and executives.

Students complete a 36-credit curriculum comprising SHTM core courses and required coursework in the Fox School of Business, as well as a summer internship and a culminating consulting project with a corporate industry partner.

The MTHM program may be completed in 18 months, with all courses scheduled after 5 p.m. to allow students to keep fulltime employment or pursue internships and assistantships during regular business hours. Students may do the coursework at their own pace and design an individualized graduation plan with an advisor. Students must complete the program within four years.

Optional Concentrations

The hospitality operations management concentration program prepares students who have a degree in an unrelated field, and minimal experience in the hospitality industry, for fulltime management roles. Its focus is on service excellence in hospitality businesses of every size and scope -- from small independent operations to globally connected multi-site operations that transcend geographical boundaries. Courses include Gaming and Casino Management; Hospitality Operations Management; Meeting, Conference, and Event Management; and Revenue Management and Hotel Analytics.

The tourism and hospitality marketing concentration program allows experienced industry professionals to leverage and apply their operational knowledge of the hospitality sector to the issues impacting consumer preferences and advancements in technology in a competitive and rapidly changing global landscape. Graduates emerge equipped to build sustainable and responsive marketing programs in tourism and hospitality organizations. Courses include Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality; Strategic Brand Management; Customer Relationship Management; and New Media and Distribution.

Accomplished Faculty

Notable STHM faculty includes associate dean Dr. Elizabeth H. Barber, one of nation's most influential educators in the development of tourism, hospitality, sport, and recreation curricula. Under her leadership STHM has evolved from six faculty members and 120 students, to 20 faculty, 12 staff, 850 students, two internationally recognized research centers, and over one million dollars in externally funded grants and projects.

Dr. Ceridwyn King recently served as head of marketing for the Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Convention Center in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and as marketing services manager of the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast. Her research focuses on service management, with an emphasis on the internal stakeholder's role in realizing marketing strategies to create competitively sustainable service experiences. To date, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications, including many appeared in top-tier tourism, business, leisure, and hospitality journals. Dr. Li serves on the editorial boards of more than ten journals and book series, including the Journal of Travel Research, and Journal of Leisure Research. His academic work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2013 "Emerging Scholars of Distinction" Award by the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and the first ever "Best Emerging Scholar in Tourism (B.E.S.T.)" Award by the International Tourism Studies Association. To date, he has been awarded over $1.14 million in research funding. His clients include the United State Department of Commerce / Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), the United States Travel Association (UST, formerly TIA), and the National Tour Association (NTA), as well as numerous destination marketing organizations and companies. His research on China and Japan outbound tourism and destination marketing has been cited by a number of American and international media, such as USA Today, Time, Las Vegas Sun Times, The Globe and Mail and China Daily.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Ceridwyn King
Assistant Professor & Director of Programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
Phone: 215-204-8701
Fax: 215-204-8705

Contact Info
Michael J Usino
Senior Associate Director of Recruitment
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
Phone: 215-204-3103
Fax: 215-204-8705

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Hospitality Operations (MTHM); Tourism And Hospitality Marketing (MTHM).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Thesis Optional, Internship OR Project.
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time And Evening/Weekend Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, GRE General Test, GMAT, Or MAT, Bachelor???S Degree Or Equivalent With 3.00 CGPA, 500-Word Essay, 2 Letters Of Recommendation, Resume. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 79 Ibt), IELTS (Minimum Score 6.5).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 3/1 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 1/15 For International Students; For Spring Admission, 8/15 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 6/30 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
57 Applicants, 58% Accepted, 8 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
23 Full-Time (21 Women), 4 Part-Time (2 Women); Includes 1 Minority (Asian American Or Pacific Islander), 22 International.


10 Full-Time (3 Women), 3 Part-Time/Adjunct (0 Women).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2013&Ndash;14, 1 Research Assistantship With Full Tuition Reimbursement (Averaging $18,000 Per Year) Was Awarded. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.