How do I apply for the MS in either degree program?

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, 2020-June 1, 2021 for fall 2021 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 website for testing and document requirements.
  • Schedule a required GRE or GMAT test date at your earliest opportunity.
What is the application deadline?

The application for fall 2021 admission is open until June 1, 2021.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree to apply to the MS in either degree program?

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to apply to the master’s program. Successful applicants to the professional master’s degree program will have experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Candidates who lack a bachelor’s degree – but who have a track record of superior leadership within the hospitality industry or even in related industries – may be considered for certificate program. While such a candidate may not be awarded a master’s degree, the graduate can receive a special designation upon completion of the full program.

Am I required to take the GRE/GMAT to apply for admission to the MS in either degree program?

Updated Admission Requirements for Fall 2020


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE or GMAT are suspended for the spring and fall 2021 admissions cycles.

In addition, a number of students were admitted conditionally for fall 2020 without submitting standardized exam scores, an earlier accommodation to the pandemic. Conditions established at the time were that those students must submit official exam scores by the end of the calendar year. Those conditions have been waived.

We understand that many potential applicants are having difficulty scheduling their GRE/GMAT exams and reporting their test scores and official transcripts due to

The SDSU Division of Graduate Affairs has allowed the HTM and MEM master's degree programs to waive the GRE/GMAT exam requirement for applicants interested in applying for Fall 2020. Now, students can apply for our programs without scheduling a GRE/GMAT exam.

We’re also changing the date that official transcripts are due to the end of Fall 2020. You can now be conditionally admitted to our programs with your official transcripts due by the end of your first term.

How do I arrange to take the GRE/GMAT?

Visit Educational Testing Service for GRE/GMAT information.

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA score required for admission to the MS in either degree program?

SDSU requires domestic graduate applicants to have a minimum 2.85 undergraduate GPA. international applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 2.85 may be admitted conditionally.

How do I register for the courses?

Since all of our courses are run as special sessions (more condensed than the university’s regular semester time frame), registration is done through the SDSU Global Campus. The SDSU Global Campus can also be reached at (619) 594-3946. Registration and approval codes will be provided to admitted students each semester.

Must be accepted into Master's program to take courses. Once accepted you will receive course enrollment instructions.

How much does the MS in either program cost?

Payment for this HTM degree program and individual HTM courses is on a course-by-course basis. The tuition is currently $29,250 (Plus Fees) or $975 a unit; however, this is subject to change. The program is self-supporting and receives no public monies in financial support of its operation.

Pay as you go plus cost of on-campus weeks. Books estimated at $550.

Does San Diego State University offer financial aid?

Financial aid is available to students in the M.S. in either degree program. For more information about financial aid, please visit FAQ: Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?

Yes. Information on course materials and textbooks will be included in your registration confirmation email.

How is the program structured?

There are ten courses totalling 30 credits. Two courses are face-to-face in San Diego, and eight are highly interactive, online courses with recently recorded instructor lectures and contributions by guest lecturers on cutting-edge industry trends. The two face-to-face courses are a week long immersion, one at the beginning of the program, one at the end.

How does an online course work?

Almost all course activities are asynchronous, meaning that you do not have to be online at any particular day/time to participate in the course. Some activities, such as role presentations, may require all students to participate at the same time. There are weekly assignments, including web exercises and discussion boards based on the weekly readings. You can access weekly lectures online.

I have taken graduate level courses in the past. Will these units transfer towards the MS in HTM degree?

We will evaluate requests for the transfer of credits on a case-by-case basis. The program is designed to be self-contained and students go through the program as a cohort.

How do I withdraw from a course? Will I receive a refund?

This information can be found on the College of Extended Studies website. Please make yourself familiar with these registration policies.

Are there additional fees for international students?

There are no additional fees.


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