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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Richard Ghiselli

Admission Requirements:

Cover letter with current resume. One year of work experience in related area or two completed internships (totally 4-6 months).  Statement of purpose (300 - 500 words). Original and official copies of all College/University transcripts in English from all institutions of higher learning (and in the original language if other than English) must be mailed in. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) report of scores taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may submit results from either the GRE or GMAT, but most students use the GRE. The Purdue University code number is 1631 for GRE or department code 1RZ-NJ-46 for GMAT. Three letters of recommendation using the Purdue recommendation form, one must be a Professional affiliation and other two must be Academic affiliation. In addition, international students are required to submit English proficiency scores from either TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Purdue University West Lafayette’s code for the TOEFL application is 1631.  A four year Bachelor’s Degree is required, but welcome applications from Bologna Bachelor’s Degree Recipients.

Academic Programs:

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

Research-based graduate programs lead to a master of science or doctor of philosophy degrees.

Professional Master’s and Doctoral Programs

There is a Non-Thesis option, which meets the needs of those wishing to earn a Master’s Degree and return to industry with no intent of pursuing a Ph.D. program, and Thesis option for those wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in their future. Ph.D. applicants must hold a master’s degree, HTM does not offer a program where a master’s is earned on the way towards a doctorate.  

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.

Online/Distance Programs:

No online programs. HTM normally does not approve part-time study or research done away from the campus.

Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


Howard Adler, Barbara Almanza, Liping Cai, Richard Ghiselli, SooCheong ‘Shawn’ Jang, Xinran Lehto

Associate Professor

Joseph Ismail, Joseph ‘Mick’ La Lopa, Doug Nelson

Assistant Professor

Carl Behnke, Annmarie Nicely, Sandra Sydnor, Chung Hung ‘Hugo’ Tang

Emeritus Faculty

Lee Kreul, Bruce Lazarus, Thomas Pearson


    Hospitality and Tourism Management

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