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L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

This program is for individuals who are mid-level managers with 5 to 15 years of experience and who aspire to advance to the next level of leadership as a director, general manager, or CEO within a hospitality, recreation, or tourism organization or agency. And, experienced professionals who wish to continue their education while maintaining their current positions within the industry.

Applications Now Open!
Fall 2022: Oct. 1, 2021-June 1, 2022

About the program

The Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management program is an online graduate-level leadership program that’s designed to prepare you for the next step in your career.

All of our courses are taught by passionate instructors with years of high-level experience in the hospitality industry. Our faculty is dedicated to turning our classrooms into communities, and students will have the opportunity to connect and network with their classmates, instructors, and alumni. You’ll even get to spend two weeks at San Diego State University’s beautiful campus at the beginning and end of your program.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to take your career to new heights and gained meaningful connections with instructors and classmates that will last a lifetime.

At a Glance

  • Leadership program with personalized hands-on coursework
  • Program includes 2 weeks in San Diego
  • Real World Content
  • Cohort based - students go through the program together
  • No thesis required, students complete a capstone project
  • Gain a mentor and expand your network
Total Estimated Cost
Completion Time
Less than 2 years
Course Format
Plus two weeks on SDSU campus

Interested in applying? SDSU no longer requires GRE/GMAT testing for admission to any graduate program.

Program is perfect for...

The Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management program is ideal for dedicated and driven professionals who want to advance their career in the hospitality industry. Our typical student is a mid-level manager with 5 to 15 years of experience who wants to become a director, general manager, or CEO within a hospitality, recreation, or tourism organization or agency.

Many of our students value the flexibility of our online courses, which allows them to continue their education without putting their professional lives on hold. Our alumni have gone on to hold leadership positions with the world’s most esteemed brands in hospitality and tourism, including Hilton, Hyatt, Universal, and many others.

Student Stories

Hospitality and Tourism Management Program TestimonialAnn Marie Kimble
Hotel Operations Director

"It helped me set a better direction for myself. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and took me to another level."  


What you can learn

Our program helps you develop the skills you need to be successful in a high-level hospitality and tourism profession. Our courses focus on a variety of topics, including marketing, leadership, financial planning, accounting, technology, strategic development, and sustainability. Students will learn about these topics from dedicated, experienced instructors, many of whom also teach courses on SDSU’s main campus. Our courses are supplemented by frequent networking opportunities and on-site learning experiences at some of San Diego’s most popular tourist destinations. You’ll make connections, learn essential skills, earn networking opportunities, and gain the confidence you need to succeed in hospitality and tourism.

Applications Now Open!
Fall 2022: Oct. 1, 2021-June 1, 2022

Why Should You Choose Us?


Gain the aptitude, promotability, and self-assurance you need to move up and drive change. A Hospitality and Tourism Management Master's is not just a piece of paper. It is a career investment that provides opportunity and endless possibilities.


We designed our program with today’s professionals in mind. Other than two weeks spent on San Diego State University’s beautiful campus, the entirety of this 18-month program is completely online. This means that you can take your courses and complete your assignments without putting your professional life on hold. Best of all, the coursework is practical, which means that many of the lessons that you learn can be applied to your job the very next day.


This leadership degree is applicable to more than 100 hospitality and tourism-related industries and virtually any career path.

Proven Results:

Research shows that event managers with a graduate degree make $8,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This program incorporates facets that are proven to drive measurable return on investment, including networking with industry leaders, mentorship matching, and a career-changing capstone project. And with a program that has been ranked the eighth-best hospitality and tourism graduate program in the country, you’re earning a degree that’s proven to help you stand out in a competitive market.

Be one of the first to earn your master’s degree in meeting and event management. Work on your own schedule, advance your career, and shape the future of meeting and event planning.

Time Involved (in succession)

  • 1 week of on-campus team-building projects and leadership exercises at SDSU. Week long immersion program, full-time and all day.
  • 17 months of online instruction in 8 courses. The online courses are manageable 10-12 hours per week of reading, assignments, and forum discussions that can be completed on your schedule.
  • 1 week of on-campus capstone experience at SDSU, full-time & all-day.


Labor Analysis
M.S. Hospitality Graduate — Nationwide

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In order to apply to the Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management program at SDSU Global Campus, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Ideally, you should also have experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

If you’re a domestic applicant, SDSU requires that you have a minimum 2.85 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Under special considerations, we may consider applicants with a GPA below 2.85 for admission.

If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, but you do have a track record of superior leadership, you may be accepted into the program and receive a special certification upon completion.


While most master’s programs cost between $60,000-$120,000, our program tuition is just $30,510 (Includes Fees). Financial aid is also readily available, and with the vast majority of the program taught in an online format, you don’t have to worry about putting your professional life on hold. Plus books and travel expenses for the on campus weeks.

How to Apply

If you’d like to apply for the program, please complete the following steps in any order:

  • Submit the formal application through Cal State Apply between Oct. 1, 2021-June 1, 2022 for fall 2022 admission. A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.
  • Order official transcripts for all post-secondary education after completing the Cal State Apply application.
  • Complete a free Supplemental Application
  • International applicants may be required to take English language testing. Visit the SDSU Graduate Admissions page for testing and document requirements.

Student Stories

Hospitality and Tourism Management Program TestimonialSean Brody
Founder/CEO, Surf Resource Network

"The SDSU Master's in Hospitality and Tourism Management fits right into my life's passion. I am planning on getting my Master's while I work in Liberia - the online portion of the program fits perfectly with my career goals and current work situation."


Hospitality and Tourism Management Program TestimonialMaggie Espinosa
Travel Journalist, Society of American Travel Writers, NATJA Silver Prize Winner

"Having recently completed the HTM On-Campus Week and Directed Readings course, I am thrilled with the program! I've worked as a travel journalist for 17 years and have seen an industry in constant flux. The HTM program keeps students abreast of where hospitality is now, where it is going, and how to effectively lead in the field. The professors are knowledgeable, accessible, and assign relevant coursework we can apply in today's world. I highly recommend the HTM Master's Program for anyone with an interest in tourism, travel, or hospitality."


Hospitality and Tourism Management Program TestimonialMilagros Sequera Huss
Pro Circuit Coordinator, United States Tennis Association

"After my first course, my impression of this program is that it’s super personalized. It’s showing me how to be a better leader, and the subjects covered are already extremely helpful for my current profession. My mentor, Anne Marie Kimble, is fantastic in what she does and has the leader qualities I hope to learn from this relationship and this program. She is able to give me the right insights and asks great questions that make me rethink my perspective. I look forward to continuing this program, and am very curious to see where this new learning curve will take me."


Applications Open Soon!
Fall 2022: Oct. 1, 2021-June 1, 2022


SDSU also offers Master’s in Meeting and Event Management. For more information on either program, please contact Nicole Williams at or (619) 594-3946.


2021 Summer2021 Fall2022 Winter2022 Spring
HTM 0601 Leadership Explorations and Applications in HTM
Concepts, theories, and techniques of leadership as applied to hospitality, tourism, and recreation organizations, and businesses. Experience in teamwork, interpersonal networks, managing change and conflict, and controlling environmental factors.
Course Date(s)

HTM 0602 Theoretical Foundations of Leadership and Management in HTM
Directed reading and discussion of textual materials designed as an underpinning for future coursework and analytical projects pertaining to leadership and management in the hospitality, tourism, and recreation professions.
Course Date(s)

Ann Marie Kimble
HTM 0651 Financial Analysis in HTM
Financial decision-making in a hospitality/tourism/recreation context to include analysis of financial statements, capital projects, deploying capital effectively, asset management, battling marginal compression, return on investment, optimizing return performance. Case studies and projects provide practical experience.

Prerequisites: Hospitality and Tourism Management 601 and 602
Course Date(s)

HTM 0653 Leading in Complex Human Systems in HTM
Human side of leadership with a focus on individuals, teams, and networks in interdependent and complex organizational systems in hospitality and tourism management. Investigates adaptive leadership, culture development, and performance improvement within the context of organizational development and change.
Course Date(s)

2022 Spring
HTM 0655 Twenty-First Century Marketing in HTM
Advanced concepts and theories of hospitality and tourism marketing in the context of the fast-evolving sub-field of services marketing. Application of advanced marketing strategies to a variety of HTM businesses and organizations nationally and internationally.
Course Date(s)
January 18 - April 3
HTM 0680 Mastering Technology in an HTM Operational Setting
Systems, techniques, strategies, and foundations of technology in hospitality, tourism, and recreation businesses and organizations with emphasis on performance metrics and system adaptability. Project oriented coursework with opportunities for system analysis, integration, and design.
Course Date(s)

HTM 0682 Sustainability in Hospitality, Recreation, & Tourism Organizations
Development of a comprehensive sustainability management system incorporation marketing and communication, goal setting, developing performance indicators and metrics, benchmarking, and strategies for ongoing, measurable, sustainability performance improvement.
Jess Ponting
HTM 0690 Systems Problems Resolution in HTM
Project oriented course on solving real problems in hospitality, tourism, and recreation organizations and businesses.
Course Date(s)

HTM 0696 Mentoring and Coaching
With a focus on mentoring, this course provides deeply customized learning and competency development. The comprehensive approach encourages students to pursue their own leadership vision as they develop their context, relationship, and self-mastery competencies.
Course Date(s)

HTM 0780 Strategy Development and Critical Analysis in HTM
Case study analysis requiring command of all previously delivered program course material to include data analysis, effective teamwork and leadership, and overall organizational assessment.
Course Date(s)

HTM 0790 Directed Readings in Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Management
Preparation for the comprehensive examination for students in Plan B.
Course Date(s)

Ann Marie Kimble