The Hospitality Management, MS degree program is to prepare students wishing to advance and to excel in leadership/executive positions in the hospitality, tourism, and sport industries.  A thesis option within this program will prepare students who wish to extend their education by providing a robust research foundation to be successful in a doctoral program in Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, Sport and Entertainment Management, Business Management, and Law. The hospitality, tourism, and sport industries touch the lives of all citizens and provide economic and social benefits to the State of Alabama and the United States. 

Hospitality Management, MS Hours
RHM 521Hospitality Law and Risk Management3
RHM 575Hospitality Oper Analysis3
HES 509Research Methods3
RHM 596Seminar Hospitality Management3
RHM 576Strat Mgt in Hosp & Tourism3
RHM 570Leaders Mgt Hospitality Indust3
RHM 592Special Topics in RHM3
Elective 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements6
Thesis Research
or
Electives - 6 hrs (non-thesis) 1
Total Hours30

Students will have three options for completing the requirement for the Capstone Experience:

  1. Comprehensive examination: Students who choose the non-thesis Hospitality Management option will be required to take a comprehensive exam or complete a Capstone special project (see below).
  2. Capstone Special Project: Students not completing a thesis or comprehensive exam must complete a special project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This project will allow students to work with an industry professional on a topic or issue where the results will benefit the hospitality organization.
  3. Thesis: Students who are taking the thesis option will register for 6 thesis hours during their last 2 semesters (3 research hours each semester). These hours will be completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor and will require a thesis defense open to other graduate students and faculty. Publication of research results are  encouraged with successful completion of a thesis.

Sport Hospitality Concentration

Thesis Requirements Hours
RHM 521Hospitality Law and Risk Management3
RHM 575Hospitality Oper Analysis3
HES 509Research Methods3
RHM 551Sport Properties and Venue Mgt3
RHM 555Sport Sales & Entrepreneurship3
RHM 559Intl. Strategies in Sports3
RHM 561Sports Marketing, Sales, & PR3
Elective (select one of the following or from the approved list of electives above)3
RHM 560Sport Business Mgt. Fellowship3
RHM 593Special Problems in Sports Mgt3
RHM 552Issues in Sports Business Mgt.3
RHM 599Thesis Research6
Total Hours39
Non-Thesis Requirements Hours
RHM 521Hospitality Law and Risk Management3
RHM 575Hospitality Oper Analysis3
HES 509Research Methods3
RHM 561Sports Marketing, Sales, & PR3
RHM 555Sport Sales & Entrepreneurship3
RHM 559Intl. Strategies in Sports3
RHM 560Sport Business Mgt. Fellowship3
RHM 551Sport Properties and Venue Mgt3
RHM 593Special Problems in Sports Mgt3
RHM 552Issues in Sports Business Mgt.3
Total Hours30