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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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International Programs

For more than two decades, the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) has been actively expanding its educational reach and collaboration in the international arena. With partner universities on five continents, we are excited to present a wide range of undergraduate, professional and academic graduate programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Executive Master’s, Global Leadership with Distinction Certificate Program, and Ph.D.).

These programs are offered via traditional residential, online, and blended formats of course delivery to meet the challenges of the 21st century by educating management leaders in:

  • Hotel and restaurant management
  • Tourism management
  • Meetings, venue and event management
  • Club and resort management
  • Retail management and entrepreneurship
  • Fashion and visual merchandising
  • Collegiate and professional sport management
  • Entertainment management

One of the most significant distinctions of the College of HRSM is the emphasis on real-life experiential learning through immersion programs such as internships. For many students, these extraordinary opportunities serve as a springboard for full-time positions upon graduation.

Our graduates have completed internships in marketing and management positions with organizations such as:

AEG Worldwide, Marriott International, Mercedes Benz Arena - Shanghai, China, Darden Restaurants, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Feld Entertainment, Inc., Walt Disney World, Nordstrom, Gucci, Vogue, Coach, Atlanta Hawks, Beijing National Stadium, New York Red Bulls, Global Spectrum, and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

Existing International Programs

Dual Degree (D.D.) Programs: Our dynamic and flexible dual degree programs can be tailored to our international partners’ academic expectations. Based on academic degree articulations, we can design a variety of degree programs built on faculty expertise in both the home and host institutions. For example, a 120 credit-hour, 1+3 B.S. degree program would entail 90 University of South Carolina (USC) semester credit hours (three years at USC) plus 30 host partner institution credit hours (one year). A 2+2 B.S. degree program (60 USC credits and 60 credits at the host partner institution) is possible through an MOU (memorandum of understanding) followed by an articulation agreement. The following are examples of existing dual degree programs with our international partners:

  • 1+3 B.S. degree program with our partners in China and Taiwan
  • 1+1 Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (MIHTM) program (first year at home institution followed by the second year at the College of HRSM) with our partners in China and Taiwan
  • 2+2 D.D. Ph.D. program with our partner in Taiwan
  • 1+3 joint Ph.D. program with our partner in China

Requirements for a B.S. degree: 120 credit hours (up to 60 credits can be transferred), plus internships, TOEFL 77, iB IELTS 6.5

Requirements for a Master’s degree: 36 credit hours (12 credits can be transferred), minimum GPA 3.0, GMAT 500 or GRE 300, TOEFL 100 or iB IELTS 6.5

More information about the Ph.D. in Hospitality Management can be found here

Requirements for a Ph.D: 60 credit hours beyond Master’s (12 credits can be transferred), minimum GPA 3.0 equivalence, GMAT 550 or GRE 310, GRE writing score of 4.5, TOEFL 104 or iB IELTS 7.5.

Non-Resident Tuition on USC campus: $13,266 per full-time semester or $1,105.50 per credit hour (estimated 2015-16 costs)

More information about paying for graduate school can be found here.

Online tuition: $9,591 full-time per semester or $799.25 part-time per credit hour

More information about tuition can be found here.

Customized Programs Under Development

HRSM Executive Master’s Program (EMP): Earn your Master’s degree quickly to boost your global leadership capabilities and career options via our flexible course offerings in one of our graduate programs. Cohort based, the HRSM Executive Master’s will allow you to complete your degree at your pace from anywhere in the world.

Global Leadership with Distinction Certificate Program: Earn a professional certificate through this accelerated six-month, four-learning-modules program and transform yourself into a powerful leader and decision-maker. Highly practical and cohort based, this program will offer great networking opportunities with peer leaders from around the world.

For More Information: Contact David Cardenas,