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 doctorate 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
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general test or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, taken within last 5 years
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (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

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Visit the ISU Graduate College site for application requirements.

CoursesCourse descriptionCredit hours

HSPM 505 Hospitality Management Scholarship and Applications 1
HSPM 506 Current Issues in Hospitality Management 1
HSPM 604 Professional Writing 2
HSPM 699 Research 15
Research methods and statistics 12
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following: 9
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  
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 (pdf).

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.

Dr. SoJung Lee
8a MacKay Hall