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Graduate Programs

Admission is currently closed.

We are in the process of reviewing and revising our graduate program and are not admitting additional students to our current master’s program. We hope to have a new offering by 2020 that will focus on Foodservice and Event Management. 



The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, established in 1927, is the oldest hospitality business school in the nation, and is the leader in hospitality business graduate education. The School offers graduate programs designed to deepen your knowledge and expertise, develop your professional skills, and successfully compete for a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.  Dynamic, versatile, global; today’s hospitality industry is expanding as part of the growing service economy.  Are you interested in an exciting career in hospitality?  Are you interested in advancing your career in hospitality?  Are you interested in changing your career path?  A Master’s program in Hospitality Business could be right for you!


The School of Hospitality Business offers four graduate program options. Each program offers a flexible curriculum that allows for the design of a program which meets the specific professional needs of students with diverse backgrounds and career objectives. With guidance from the graduate student advisor, students design a curriculum of 36 credit hours that best meets their academic and professional interests.  Curriculum plans include required core functional courses, selected specialized electives, and a field study experience.  The field study experience requires students work with a selected faculty member to research and analyze a current hospitality issue related to the student’s area of interest.  Students present their research at the annual Graduate Student Forum held each spring semester.

  • The Michael L. Minor Master of Science in Foodservice Business Management provides knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in foodservice industry operations or corporate management, or a career in hospitality business education.
  • The Master of Science in Hospitality Business Management provides theoretical knowledge, analytical skills, and hospitality business coursework necessary to meet industry demand for individuals well-prepared for corporate-level positions in hospitality business, hospitality-based consulting firms, or other service organizations.
  • The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business is designed for students pursuing either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in disciplinary areas outside of the Broad College of Business. The Specialization provides theoretical knowledge, research skills, and hospitality business coursework that is complimentary to students’ major academic field and career interests.


The School of Hospitality Business offers a limited number of scholarships each academic year. Students who have been admitted to The School of Hospitality Business master’s program in Hospitality Business Management or Foodservice Business Management will be invited to complete an application for scholarship award.  Scholarship award criteria include demonstrated academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

The School of Hospitality Business also offers a wide range of scholarships available to students who are currently enrolled in The School of Hospitality Business master’s program in Hospitality Business Management or Foodservice Business Management.  These scholarships are awarded each Fall Semester.  Please refer to Scholarships for the most recent list of scholarships and criteria.


The School of Hospitality Business’ faculty are among the most respected in the world — as teachers, researchers, consultants, and industry board and commission members. Individually, each faculty member is highly regarded in his or her chosen field. Collectively, they set the standard for all other hospitality faculty worldwide. They create the knowledge that others use; they teach using innovative techniques and rigorous expectations; and they serve the academy and the industry in executive education, panels, associations, and boards.  You will also have access to The School’s very active alumni – leaders in every segment of the industry, including hotel and restaurant development, foodservice, private clubs, operations, travel, and much more.



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