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2021-2022 University Catalog 
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School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Rich Ghiselli Ph.D.

Academic Programs:

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

Overall -  -  Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Management research-based graduate programs lead to a Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These highly customized programs allow students to select courses in individual areas of interest including

*Branding and Marketing *Revenue Management
*Business Strategy *Rural Development
*Consumer Behavior *Service Innovations
*Consumer Economics *Service Quality in Healthcare
*Corporate Social Responsibility *Socio-Economic Resilience
*Cross-Cultural Study *Strategic Management
*Culinary Education and Training *Sustainable Tourism
*Employee Wellbeing *Tourism Economics
*Financial Management *Tourism Policies and Legislation
*Food Safety *Turnover and Workplace Behavior
*Food Service Operations * Vacation Experience
*Heritage Tourism *Visitor Harassment
*Kitchen Equipment Design Technology  
*Nutrition Labeling in Restaurants  
*Operational Analysis  

This broad access to coursework combined with our support for individualized programs is designed to meet the needs of the mature student who has well-defined career goals.


Ph.D. - The Ph.D. program is designed to be one of the strongest research-based programs in the world. The program, which includes a strong element of statistics and research design, prepares students for careers in major research universities or research-based agencies. Upon graduation, students are expected to have a curriculum vitae which includes teaching experience, publishing experience in research journals, and a record of presentations to industry and research societies. The program has a limited enrollment to allow for exceptionally close working relationships between faculty and individual students. Ph.D. applicants must already hold a master’s degree, HTM does not offer a program where a master’s is earned on the way towards a doctorate.  HTM normally does not approve part-time study or research done away from the campus.   


MS (residential) - The master of science degree allows students to fully specialize and includes significant exposure to research. Students are provided with a full set of skills allowing for a successful career in chosen fields of specialization, including strong preparation for entry into Ph.D. programs. Students then specialize in their area of interest through a variety of elective choices and research projects, culminating in a required thesis project. Numerous opportunities exist for students to work one-on-one with faculty developing, conducting, and analyzing research dealing with real problems and important issues in the hospitality industry. Most full-time students complete the program in two years if no prerequisites were required.

Thesis Option - Research-based graduate programs for those wishing to earn a Master’s Degree with the intent to pursue a Ph.D. program upon graduation.

Non-thesis Option - Meets the needs of those wishing to earn a Master’s Degree and return to the industry with no intention of pursuing a Ph.D. program. 

MS (online) - - The online master of science degree is a business-focused hospitality degree designed to help managers with HTM industry experience rise to new levels. It is open to domestic students and tailored specifically to HTM managers with five years of professional experience and a minimum of three years of management experience. It provides the executive management, leadership and analytical skills you need to advance your career within the industry. Whether you would like to further your management career in the restaurant industry, work within more complex, full-service hotels, or transfer to the corporate side of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), our program is known for developing global leaders and will equip you to meet the bigger challenges and opportunities presented.


Concentrations (Areas of Study):

The School’s three research centers in foodservice, lodging, and tourism. As part of a major research university, we are able to offer qualified students access to courses in individual areas of interest including food science, foods and nutrition, consumer affairs, engineering, education, industrial management, community planning, and others.

Avery Foodservice Research Laboratory - This program is designed to conduct research in the areas of facility design, both production and customer service; the development and improvement of foodservice production equipment; and the development of new or improved food products. While technical in nature, the research is designed to support the search for solutions to current management problems.

Center for the Study of Lodging Operations - This research center provides information relating to lodging operations in all venues, including hotels, timeshares, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast operations. Topic areas include human resources management, service quality management, training technologies, the operations of multiuse resort communities, lodging product design, and finance.

Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center - (PT&HRC) provides quality research services to communities, non-profits, and private sector organizations. Primary research services include visitor profiles studies, value-added data analysis, economic impact assessments, analyses of advertising effectiveness, tourism planning and development studies, and advisory services on destination marketing.

Visitor Harassment Research Unit at Purdue - (VHRU)) is a research cluster dedicated to understanding and finding effective solutions to the problem of tourist harassment around the world. While visitors experience different forms of harassment at tourist destinations (the focus of the research unit is on the harassment of visitors by micro-traders at tourist destinations with the primary goal of this website is to share some of the latest research and publications on visitor harassment around the world.

Division of Consumer Science  - On June 14, 2019, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the transformation of the Department of Consumer Sciences (CSR) into a division within the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) to better serve students and to enhance the quality and visibility of our programs in


Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


B. Almanza (HTM)
L. Cai (HTM)
R. Ghiselli (HTM)
S. Jang (HTM)
X. Lehto (HTM)

Associate Professor

J. Bauchet (CSR)
C. Behnke (HTM)
E. Chan (CSR)
J. Day (HTM)
J. Ismail (HTM)
J. La Lopa (HTM)
J. Kang (CSR)
D.Nelson (HTM)
A.Nicely (HTM)
S. Sydnor (HTM)
S. Tang (HTM)

Assistant Professor

K. Byrd (HTM)
A. Fan (HTM)
S. Gordon (HTM)
S. Jung (HTM)
L. Lawry (CSR)
J. Sun (CSR)

Emeritus Faculty

S. Hiemstra
L. Kreul
B. Lazarus
A. Morrison
T. Pearson
J. Rouselle




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