Master of Science in Hospitality Management

Students learn how to play a vital role in addressing the changes and challenges in the hospitality industry. They also hone their strategic and conceptual skills, technological abilities and become even more effective communicators. Passionate students gain hands-on experience to become a leader at a top hotel, restaurant, resort or hospitality organization in Florida and beyond!


Student-to-faculty ratio


Credit hours

$ 0

Scholarship Value (approx.)

Flexible Enrollments

Our enrollment is flexible to fit your schedule whether you want to start in fall or spring


Is preferred

Powerful Partnerships

Take advantage of our door opening partnerships with McKibbon Hospitality, Aramark, and Mainsail, and other Tampa Bay area Hospitality and Tourism Companies.

Advance Your Career

Next Steps You Can Take

If you would like to find out more about the MS of Hospitality Management degree at USF, you may reach us via phone, email and online contact form.

We can also schedule virtual 1-on-1 meetings to discuss your future career path.

Application Deadlines

Fall : June 1
Spring : October 15


The program is offered in person. Classes are offered in a flexible manner, built around the working professional.


The masters program is taught solely on the Tampa campus.

Application Requirements

Students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university. Students must have one of the following:

  • 3.0 (out of 4.0 scale) or higher overall or upper-level GPA in the baccalaureate degree.
  • With a 3.0 GPA or higher upper level GPA, the GRE or GMAT may be waived.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) preferred
  • For International Students only: TOEFL score of at least 79 on the Internet based test OR a score of at least 6.5 on IELTS (With at least 6 on all 3 components). A Duolingo score of at least a 110 can be used as an alternative to the TOEFL and IELTS scores. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant has successfully met another requirement of proof of English proficiency as outlined in the USF academic catalog.

Financial Assistance

USF and the Muma College of Business offer a number of scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, tutoring opportunities, and Student Excellence Grants to Tampa students. Please visit the USF Financial Aid website at for other sources of financial assistance or learn more about the The Hospitality Industry Internship Program.

About Us

USF & the Master Degree in Hospitality Management

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree offers a variety of learning experiences through case studies, experiential learning, research projects and public, private and institutional partnerships to help students reach their career goals. It is designed for those who want to play a vital role in addressing the changes and challenges in the hospitality industry. This degree program helps students hone strategic and conceptual skills, technological abilities and become more effective communicators. The master’s degree is offered via flexible modes of teaching.

Partner Organizations

The Hospitality Industry Fellowship Program

Offered annually to a select number of highly qualified students who intend to pursue a master’s degree in hospitality management.

The Hospitality Industry Fellowship program is a tool to recruit the best talent and minds to get graduate education in hospitality management and play a vital role in addressing the changes and challenges within the hospitality industry.

Fellowship total value of $32,045.

Meet our Graduate Students

Graduate Students Testimonials

Master of Science in Hospitality

Curriculum Structure

A total minimum of 30 credit hours. Core requirements, 7 hospitality core courses (21 credit hours) and 3 business electives (9 credit hours). You also get the option to choose between a research thesis or graduate internship option.

Master of Science in Hospitality

Future Careers

A degree in hospitality management prepares students for a leadership position in the top hotels and restaurants in the hospitality industry.

Some of USF hospitality graduates have landed careers as:

General Manager

Bar Managers

Human Resources Managers

Food and Beverage Managers/Coordinators

Event Planners/Administrators

Sales and Marketing Professionals

Travel Agents

Executive Chefs

Country Club Managers

USF School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

What Makes Us Different

  • Go beyond the sole focus of hotel and operations and branch out in so many different ways
  • Experiential learning 
  • Site visits with our local professional partners
  • Our professional partnerships with Aramark and McKibbon hospitality and many more hospitality entities in the Tampa Bay area
  • Research and Industry experienced professors, we will support your future career with guidance and resources

Begin your hospitality journey with us!

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Graduate Students

Read what our previous and current graduate students are saying about their experience in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership Masters of Science.

    Luana N.
    Luana N.

    Ph.D. Candidate

    I enjoyed every minute of my time at USF. I got to work 1 on 1 with each of my professors and received the attention and dedication that any student wants. I strongly recommend the program.

      Abraham T.
      Abraham T.

      Front Desk Agent / Guest Services Specialist

      I truly enjoyed my time at USF, with the high quality of education and attention given by faculty. I mostly enjoyed the opportunity to work very closely with exceptional professors and researchers.

        Gizem K.
        Gizem K.

        Current Student

        I am really enjoying my time in the Masters Program at USF. The learning experience is great, where the professor combines real life industry examples, with on site trips, and interesting class activities.

          John Y.
          John Y.

          General Manager

          The MS in hospitality was very formative for me. It taught me a lot of important aspects about the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as open many doors for future careers and training.

            Ken E.
            Ken E.

            CEO / President

            The USF Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management program was well worth the time and money I invested in it. As the owner of a hotel management company, with decades of industry experience, I found the course content to be extraordinarily useful and the professors to be very stimulating. I highly recommend the program.

              Maria S.
              Maria S.


              It was a great learning experience. knowledgeable and professional people. Open academic and diverse environment for students from different countries. I work at Westin, TX.

                Ekaterina A.
                Ekaterina A.

                Content Marketing & Event Director

                I've had the honor of receiving a full scholarship for my Master Degree in Hospitality Management at USF MUMA and that was one of the most enjoyable experiences. The faculty stuff and the program itself is so interesting and fun. And what's more important is that we've had many hands-on experiences that are related to hospitality training, such as hosting events, planning dinners and attending conferences, all funded by the Hospitality Faculty. I am so grateful for this opportunity and the knowledge I received. Thank you!