Hospitality Management Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in hospitality management is designed for persons interested in teaching at the university level or working in industry.


Following are required academic and other qualifications for admission into the Ph.D. program. Academic background:

  • Business law (3 semester credits)
  • Computer science (3 semester credits)
  • Economics (3 semester credits)
  • Financial accounting (3 semester credits)
  • Food preparation (3 semester credits)
  • Human resource management (3 semester credits)
  • Management (3 semester credits)
  • Managerial accounting (3 semester credits)
  • Marketing (3 semester credits)
  • Nutrition (3 semester credits)
  • Quantity food production (5 credits)

Admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Master’s degree with GPA of at least 3.25/4.00, excluding graded research credits (thesis is recommended)
  • One degree in hospitality management or related field
  • Prior successful professional experience in the foodservice or lodging industry
  • GRE general test or GMAT scores, taken within last 5 years
  • TOEFL score of 530 (paper test) or 71 (Internet-Based test) at time of application required for international students (applicants holding either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are exempt from TOEFL)
  • Personal letter describing plans for a professional career and how graduate study in FLM contributes to these plans


Visit the ISU Graduate College site for application requirements.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit Hours
HSPM 505 1
HSPM 506 1
HSPM 604 2
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following:
  • HSPM 633 — Advanced Hospitality Financial Management
  • HSPM 634X—Theory and Research Seminar in Event Management
  • HSPM 638 — Advanced Human Resources Management in Foodservice and Lodging Organizations
  • HSPM 640 — Advanced Hospitality Marketing
  • HSPM 652 — Advanced Lodging Operations
  • HSPM 680 — Analysis of Research in Foodservice Operations
HSPM 699 15
Research methods and statistics 12
Total credit hours 72

The Iowa State University course catalog lists course descriptions of graduate courses offered. For more details refer to the AESHM Graduate Student Handbook (doc).

Scholarships and financial aid

Scholarships and graduate teaching/research assistantships are available for on-campus students.


Contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) for hospitality management with any questions. Tianshu Zheng 9W MacKay Hall 515-294-9554