Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Graduate Study

The School of Hospitality Business offers several options for graduate study that prepare students for success in a strategic and global hospitality industry. Each program offers a flexible curriculum designed to meet the specific professional needs of students with diverse backgrounds and career objectives. Curriculum plans include required core functional courses, selected specialized electives, and a field study experience conducted under the supervision of a selected faculty member.

 


Hospitality Business - Master of Business Administration

The majority of Master of Business Administration degree graduates with a major in hospitality business enter the hospitality industry in management positions, in corporate staff positions, in consulting positions, or as teachers in hospitality management programs at the secondary, or two–year or four–year college, level.

Students who have had less than six months of full–time work experience in the hospitality industry prior to enrolling in the program must complete 400 hours of approved professional work experience while enrolled in a collateral course:  HB 454  Professional Work Experience II (W).

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the Broad School, students must meet the requirements for the Hospitality Business Major Field of Concentration specified below.

               
1. Complete of a minimum of four courses (12 credits) including:  
  a. The following course:  
    HB 885 Seminar in Food and Beverage Systems Management 3
  b. Three of the following courses (9 credits):  
    HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 837 Hospitality Computer Information Systems 3
    HB 875 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 882 Financial Management in the  Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 890 Independent Study 3



Foodservice Business Management - Master of Science

The Chef Michael L. Minor Master of Science degree program with a major in Foodservice Business Management is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The master’s program in foodservice business management contains a core of functional courses in hospitality business and related disciplines.  Curriculum flexibility encourages the design of individualized programs of study which meet the specific professional needs of each student.  It can help individuals prepare for doctoral study and a career in hospitality business education, or for the intricacies of foodservice industry operations, or for a corporate career path. The student must plan a program with The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator before enrolling in the program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Chef Michael L. Minor Master of Science in Foodservice Business Management an applicant must:

  1. submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent to The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator.

In addition to prior academic preparation, the applicant’s scores GMAT or  GRE scores, and the undergraduate grade-point average will be considered in the admissions decision.  Applicants must also have completed at least one year of professional work experience.  Students with limited academic preparation in the hospitality field may be required to complete collateral courses which will serve as prerequisites for required courses. These courses will not count towards requirements for the degree.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Chef Michael L. Minor Master of  Science Degree Program in Foodservice Business Management

The student must complete a total of 36 credits under Plan B (without thesis).  The student's program of study  must be approved by the graduate program coordinator and must include:

1. All of the following courses (27 credits):
CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research 3
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 841 Contemporary Trends in Cuisine and Culture 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
SCM 800 Supply Chain Management 3
2. Complete 6 credits of focused elective courses as approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  These courses are based on the specific academic interests of the student.  Course work is typically selected from the following disciplines: food science; human nutrition and foods; or other disciplines.  Students must meet the prerequisites for all elective courses.
3. Complete 3 credits of hospitality field study course work focusing on a project related to the student’s major approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4. Pass a final written comprehensive examination or evaluation.

Academic Standards

To remain in the program and earn a Master of Science degree in Foodservice Business Management, a student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum grade–point average of 3.0 each semester.
  2. Maintain a cumulative minimum grade–point average of 3.0.


Hospitality Business Management - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The program contains a core of functional courses in hospitality business and related disciplines.  Curriculum flexibility encourages the design of individualized programs of study which meet the specific professional needs of each student.  Graduates of this program seek employment opportunities in corporate-level positions within hospitality companies, consulting firms, or other service organizations. The student must discuss the planned program with The School's Graduate Programs Coordinator before enrolling in the program.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management an applicant must:

  1. submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent to The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator.

In addition to prior academic preparation, the applicant’s scores GMAT or GRE scores, and the undergraduate grade-point average will be considered in the admissions decision.  Applicants must also have completed at least one year of professional work experience.  Students with limited academic preparation in the hospitality field may be required to complete collateral courses which will serve as prerequisites for required courses. These courses will not count towards requirements for the degree.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Hospitality Business Management

The program is available under Plan B (without thesis). A total of 36 credits are required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.

1. All of the following courses (24 credits):
CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research 3
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
SCM 800 Supply Chain Management 3
2. Complete 9 credits of focused elective courses as approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  These courses are based on the specific academic interests of the student.  Course work is typically selected from the following disciplines: hospitality business; management; marketing; supply chain management; communications; advertising; labor and industrial relations; community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies; or other disciplines.  Students must meet the prerequisites for all elective courses.
3. Complete 3 credits of hospitality business field study course work focusing on a project related to the student’s major approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4. Pass a final written comprehensive examination or evaluation.

Academic Standards

To remain in the program and earn a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management, a student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 each semester.
  2. Maintain a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 3.0.


 


Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business

The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business is designed to provide the growing field of hospitality business education and research with individuals who possess the theoretical knowledge, research skills, and hospitality business course work necessary to advance hospitality education.

The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business is administered by The School of Hospitality Business within The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management and is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs outside of The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. Students who are interested in the specialization should contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator in The School of Hospitality Business and provide a statement regarding the relevance and usefulness of the specialization for them and their major program of study.

With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator and the Director of The School of Hospitality Business.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business

The student must:
1. Complete four of the following courses (12 credits):
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 841 Contemporary Trends in Cuisine and Culture 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
2. Complete the following course (3 credits):
HB 890 Independent Study  3
Complete a research paper that reflects the integration of the student’s discipline and hospitality business.