MSc – Tourism and Hospitality

become a leader in a global industry

University of Guelph’s MSc in Tourism & Hospitality Management examines the economic, cultural and social principles that will shape tomorrow’s tourism and hospitality industry. You’ll develop a critical understanding of how research and knowledge are used to better understand the hospitality and tourism industry and the complexities of its management. 

You will graduate with practical knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied to your career to make informed recommendations for your employer, customer or researcher. This program is ideal in preparing students who wish to continue their research at the PhD level in tourism, hospitality and in the wider service/hospitality industry.

You can complete your MSc degree within two years. The program consists of six courses, split between core courses and restricted electives, along with a thesis proposal and defense. You will have the option of completing your degree on either a full-time (five semesters) or part-time basis (nine semesters).


Program timeline

The focus of this two-year program is to develop a thorough understanding of the leading theories that underpin the multi-disciplinary nature of tourism and hospitality. The program consists of six taught graduate courses, three of which are core/compulsory and three are ‘restricted electives’, plus the thesis proposal and defense.


Meet our MSc students and alumni

Graduates of this program are well-rounded researchers, focused on solving complex challenges within their chosen field.

Link to YouTube video for MSc Tourism and Hospitality

MSc Tourism and Hospitality video

MSc Tourism and Hospitality alumna Lena Liang and professor Statia Elliot talk about the program.

Video transcript (pdf)


Student profiles


Meet our faculty

Our faculty are a vibrant, engaged group of researchers, who have conducted industry-changing research within their chosen field. They are supportive and committed to your learning. 

Marion Joppe
Marion Joppe
Expertise: Destination planning, development, and marketing
Chris Choi
Chris Choi
Expertise: Tourist engagement, sustainable tourism management

Full faculty and staff list for the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management.


Course topics

Students in this program typically pursue research interests related to the tourism, hospitality and service industry.


Admission requirements

  • All applicants are required to have completed a four-year honours degree (minimum 2nd class (B+) or equivalent), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • All applicants should have a GMAT score of 550 or better or a GRE score of 1200 (New Exam: 309) with a minimum verbal score of 450 or better (New Exam: 150).
  • All applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements. If an applicant’s first language is not English, or the undergraduate degree was not taught in an English language setting, please visit our website for specific requirements.

Application deadline is February 1.


More information

Graduate calendar | Courses | Tuition | Application checklist | School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management

Contact us

Cori Wells
Graduate Program Assistant
trmhmsc@uoguelph.ca 
519-824-4120 x 52143