Doctoral Programs

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Concentration

Philosophy and Purpose

The purpose of the Ph.D. Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management is to prepare candidates for academic careers in Hospitality and Tourism. The program is designed with a focus on the development of strong research skills enabling graduates to conduct and publish independent, original scholarly research with competence and confidence at the top hospitality and tourism programs in the U.S. and abroad. The program will also provide candidates the necessary content knowledge (in management and related business functional areas) to excel in university teaching in their areas of interest.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department is one of six departments within the Isenberg School of Management, and as such is a uniquely competitive, rigorous program for studying the business of hospitality and tourism. The primary focus of doctoral candidates is on making scholarly contributions to the discipline. It is a four year program and requires a full time effort in residence. Candidates serve as Research Assistants during a portion of the program and as Teaching Assistants other semesters.

Admission Requirements

The Ph.D. Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism recruits the most highly qualified candidates who offer the strongest potential for scholarly research. Admission standards are consistent with the other seven Ph.D. concentrations in the Isenberg School of Management. All candidates are expected to be graduates of accredited business, hospitality and/or tourism or related programs.

Applicants will be evaluated on such criteria as academic coursework and background, GPA, GMAT scores, TOEFL scores where applicable, letters of reference and professional experience. Prior completion of a master's thesis will be viewed as evidence of the ability and potential to conduct independent research; however, it is not required for admission. Based on the review of all application materials, candidates may be required to take additional coursework.