MSc – Tourism and Hospitality | Gordon S. Lang School 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.

Lang'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.

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:


  • A four-year honours Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) with at least a B+ average (77-79%) or 2nd class standing from a recognized post-secondary institution;

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

  • 2 references, with an option for a third reference. Our preference is for academic references, but professional ones may be substituted if appropriate;

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

    • COVID-19 consideration: We recognize that in-person testing may not be accessible due to COVID-19 protections. Both the GMAT and GRE tests are available in an online at-home format, which will be accepted on par with the in-person version. We encourage applicants to choose the format best suited to them.

    • Applications without GMAT or GRE scores will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed for admission until a score is provided.  

  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English. Please note that test scores must be valid for the start of the program.

    • Applicants who completed a post-secondary degree from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand may request that this requirement be waived. This request will be reviewed by the graduate selection committee, who may ask for an interview and/or supplementary documentation in their consideration. 

Application deadlines for Fall admission:

  • January 15 -- submission of the online application form
  • February 1 -- submission of all required supporting documents



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 an email notification when your admissions decision has been posted to WebAdvisor.


Faculty research explores the following topics:

Sport and Event Management 

Faculty have expertise in sport and event management, professional and collegiate sport, sponsorship, event and facility management, economic impact and finance, sport analytics and marketing, and sport participation. The International Institute of Sport Business & Leadership, a think tank to improve the industry via leading research, is closely affiliated with the School, and there are opportunities for graduate students to conduct research with the Institute.


Food and Foodservice

  • food waste and consumer behaviour
  • the impact of branding on consumers within the food retail and beverage segments
  • agri-food value chain analysis to reduce waste and increase efficiency and sustainability
  • the impacts of employee welfare and waste and environmental management within the restaurant management
  • identifying and advocating for food literacy and its impact on society


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
One of the following qualitative research methods courses:

TRMH*6080 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
MCS*6080 [0.50] Qualitative Methods: Consumer Research
ANTH*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
SOC*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
FRAN*6020 [0.50] Qualitative Methods
One of the following topic courses:

TRMH*6110 [0.50] Foundations of Food Industry Management
TRMH*6120 [0.50] Foundations of Sport Management
TRMH*6250 [0.50] Tourism and Sustainable Development
TRMH*6270 [0.50] Data Mining Practicum
TRMH*6630 [0.50] Special Topics in Tourism
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.Or other courses as appropriate depending on availability

For more information on this program, contact us at:

Graduate Program Assistant