Every graduate student brings a unique perspective, and the work experience that you've already gained will certainly influence the direction that you'd like to go next! That's why this program was designed to be flexible ⎯ you will gain industry insights that compliment your existing knowledge, while also introducing you to new skills and knowledge that will allow you to take your career to the next level.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
Students electing the academic, thesis option must complete 21 credit hours of required courses, including 6 credit hours of thesis preparation (HRTM 799) and at least 15 hours of elective course work and prepare and successfully defend a thesis.
Students choosing to enroll in the professional, non-thesis option must complete the 21 credit hours of required courses and at least 15 credit hours of elective course work, pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of all course work. In addition, students must complete a work experience requirement (HRSM 795 Field Project) that includes participation in management decision-making in a hospitality or tourism business environment.
What Makes Us Unique
The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management is home to world-renowned professors who have significant publication records in the most prestigious journals in hospitality and tourism. The college hosts several research centers and institutes, and collectively provides excellent opportunities for students to get involved in research projects with organizations like:
- South Carolina's only Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development (CoEE)
- International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education
- International Tourism and Research Institute
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel & Tourism Industry Center
- Culinary and Wine Institute
Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Graduate School of the University of South Carolina and the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Management. Students can complete the main application form and pay the $50 application
fee online. In addition to completing the online application form, applicants must
send all supporting material directly to The Graduate School. The address to which
all supporting material is to be sent is:
The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
901 Sumter St., Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29208
The following supporting material is required with the application:
- A current resume.
- A one to two page Statement of Career Objectives that specifically addresses how the department's Master's curriculum will help the applicant achieve these objectives.
- At least two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a current or former professor that can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies. The Letter of Recommendation Form which is downloadable from The Graduate School website may be used but is not required. Letters may be sent directly from recommenders or, if submitted by the applicant, must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the sealed flap.
- One official transcript from each college or university attended (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate). Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Such a GPA, however, does not guarantee admission.
- Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Successful applicants generally score at least 500 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GMAT or at least 300 on the GRE. These scores, however, do not guarantee admission. GMAT/GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted under any circumstances. The code for submitting GMAT scores is 5818.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants who have received a degree from a college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS. Test scores are valid for two years only.
NOTE: Applications will not be considered until all components of the application have been received by The Graduate School.
Application Deadlines and Entry Terms
Deadlines for U.S.A. Students
Spring semester: November 15
Summer session: May 1
Fall Session: July 1
Deadlines for International Students
Spring semester: October 15
Summer session: April 1
Fall Session: June 1
The application and all supporting material (including official GRE or GMAT scores) must be received by The Graduate School by the deadline in order to be considered for admission. Admission deadlines are firm.
Applications from international students must be submitted 30 days prior to the deadlines above.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Sandy Strick
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208