Online MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management | White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Purdue’s online hospitality degree program requires 34 credit hours of coursework.

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Business Statistics and Quantitative Analysis

Data analysis is an important skill for effective managerial decision-making. As advances in technology make substantial amounts of data available to managers, it is increasingly important to be able to convert business data into actionable information. This three-credit course explores the fundamentals of statistical analysis and forecasting techniques. You will develop the ability to summarize and quantitatively analyze business data and make forecasts while considering seasonality and trends.

Hospitality Business Law and Risk Management

This three-credit course provides an overview and analysis of the legal aspects of managing a hospitality and tourism business. The course will use risk management principles to develop liability mitigation plans as well as case studies to facilitate understanding and application of legal concepts for managing and owning businesses. Topics covered include: the rights and responsibilities of hospitality businesses and owners in the areas of civil rights, employment law, negligence, contract law, relationships with guests and others, licensing, real estate law, and product liability; the principles of risk management; and the fundamentals of business insurance.

Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism

This three-credit course focuses on the knowledge and skills required for effective leadership. Topics will draw upon an extensive body of research in leadership theory and practice and cover organizational behavior and team dynamics, business communication, decision making, motivation, and change management. In addition to skill development in problem-solving, written and oral communications, leading teams, and goal setting, it will include models for examining personal career paths, ethical decision-making, and the role of organizational change agents. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach and analyze leadership through different lenses and how leadership insights can be effectively applied to hospitality organizations. You will examine leadership examples where individuals moved an organization from typical to exceptional functioning and extraordinary results.

This three-credit course will focus on specialized accounting and finance systems as they relate to the hospitality industries. Applications of budgeting and pricing models, performance evaluations and incentives systems, and short-term asset management are discussed, as well as other current subjects.

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II

This three-credit course will examine marketing strategy in tourism and hospitality organizations. You will actively engage in the application, analysis and evaluation of marketing principles as they are applied to tourism and hospitality. The course will focus on the importance of integrated marketing approaches and will examine emerging marketing techniques and trends in consumer preferences.

Advanced Service Management for Hospitality and Tourism

The service sector index is a measure of the country’s overall economic health, and approximately two-thirds of U.S. economic activity resides there. Subsequently, service firms’ focus on the needs of their customers is rewarded by positive customer outcomes, such as behavioral loyalty and positive word-of-mouth. This three-credit course explores and informs the design, management and improvement of firms that operate in the service sector through the theoretical and empirical services management literature.

Strategic Revenue Management in the Hospitality Industry

In this three-credit course, we will treat revenue management as a strategic platform for maximizing property-wide incomes and thus property value. The course is designed to provide you with the theoretical foundation, tactical tools and practical applications of revenue management. At the end of the course, you should be able to identify the problems and challenges during the implementation of revenue management systems and anticipate future trends and prospects. Prerequisites: Business Statistics and Quantitative Analysis.

Management Challenge Analysis

This three-credit course is designed to discuss specific management problems in the hospitality and tourism industries. Using case studies, you will examine current challenges, management analysis, the process of decision-making and the impacts of corporate decisions.

Advanced Personnel Systems in Restaurants, Hotels, and Institutions

This three-credit course examines the philosophical and operational alternatives related to establishing and directing human resource systems in complex restaurant, hotel and institutional organizations.

Advanced Management Project Capstone

In this four-credit capstone course, you will integrate your knowledge with concepts and skills learned from previous coursework. You will examine and deliberate executive-level hospitality and tourism concepts. You will create an innovative project to address the micro and macro variables of an industry problem, gap, or challenge in hospitality and tourism management that synthesizes analytical, critical-thinking, business, strategic and operational hospitality and tourism management skills. Additionally, you will conduct applied management research, access and gather plan-specific information, and construct both hospitality-standardized written and presentation versions of the project. Prerequisites: This course is intended to be the penultimate course of the degree.


You will have the choice of a curated set of elective options to support your career goals.

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