MSc – Tourism and Hospitality | College of Business and Economics

MSc – Tourism and Hospitality

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Help shape tomorrow’s tourism and hospitality industry 

and equip yourself to go beyond.

 

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)

 

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program pursue careers in a number of unique areas in hospitality and tourism management, including; 

  • Market research consultant
  • Government analyst
  • Destination management
  • Tourism industry analyst
  • Public sector planner
  • Sport management
  • Continuing on to PhD studies

 

 

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

 

  • All applicants are required to have completed a four-year honours degree (minimum 2nd class (B+) or equivalent), from a recognized post-secondary institution.

    • International applicants should use this guide to compare their academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed.

  • The GMAT or GRE is a requirement for all applicants. The preferred scores are 550 (GMAT) or 55th percentile in all sections (GRE).

  • An English Proficiency test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. If an applicant has completed a degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English, the Department may waive this language requirement at the discretion of the admissions committee. This may require additional documentation and/or an interview.

Application deadline is February 1st.

 

 

To apply to the University of Guelph, follow these steps:
 

  1. Create your OUAC account online.
  2. Complete the online application form through the OUAC portal (this will take about an hour – save your application regularly to avoid losing your work) by listing your demographic information, academic experience, work experience and referee information.

    Statement of Research: Please do not enter your statement into the OUAC online application. You will upload your statement later in the application process.
    Application Fee: Your application will not be submitted until you have paid the application fee.
     
  3. Following the completion of your online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff with login information for the University of Guelph’s WebAdvisor portal. Please note that access to WebAdvisor will be granted within a few business days, but may take up to 5 days during peak periods.
  4. Upload the necessary application documents (see below) to WebAdvisor. All documents, including references, GRE/GMAT scores, and transcripts must be received by the application deadline.
  5. Monitor your email and WebAdvisor for your admissions decision. You will receive email notification when your admissions decision has been posted to WebAdvisor.

 

Faculty research explores the following topics:

 

  • Sustainable tourism management

  • Traveler behaviour

  • Place branding

  • Supply chain management

  • Community development

  • Resource management

  • Sport Management

See a full list of hospitality and tourism faculty

Core Courses

TRMH*6100 [0.50] Foundations of Tourism and Hospitality
TRMH*6200 [0.50] Contemporary Issues in Tourism
TRMH*6310 [0.50] Research Applications in Tourism and Hospitality
TRMH*6400 [1.00] Thesis Proposal

Restricted Electives

One of the following quantitative research methods courses:

TRMH*6290 [0.50] Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality
SOC*6130 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods
PSYC*6060 [0.50] Research Design and Statistics
Or with permission
GEOG*6090 [0.50] Geographical Research Methods I
plus
One of the following qualitative research methods courses:
MCS*6080 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
ANTH*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
SOC*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
FRAN*6020 [0.50] Qualitative Methods
plus
One of the following topic courses:
HTM*6300 [0.50] Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
HTM*6600 [0.50] International Tourism and Tourism Marketing
HTM*6630 [0.50] Special Topics in Tourism
TRMH*6250 [0.50] Tourism and Sustainable Development
TRMH*6270 [0.50] Data Mining Practicum
Or other courses as appropriate depending on availability

Note: Candidates for the MSc who successfully complete at least 2.5 credits of course work, with a minimum 70% overall average grade, and no less than 65% in any single HTM course in the 2.5 credits, may be eligible to receive a Type 1 Graduate Diploma in Tourism Studies, if they choose to withdraw from the program.

For more information on this program, contact us at:

Graduate Program Assistant
trmhmsc@uoguelph.ca