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You can find detailed application procedures on the Graduate Admissions website.

The application for spring admission is open from August 1-November 1.  All documentation and test scores must be received by November 15.

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.

Yes, the GRE is required.  The GMAT may be substituted for the GRE. While the GRE can be waived if the applicant already holds an advanced degree (such as an MBA, MS, MA, Ph.D., JD, etc.) from an institution that is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, it is essential for all other applicants.

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.

Contact Candy Flynn at cflynn@mail.sdsu.edu for the Cohort Calendar.

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 College of Extended Studies. The College of Extended Studies can also be reached at (619) 594-5152.  Registration and approval codes will be provided to admitted students each semester.

Course registrations end one week before the course start date. Students attempting to register after the deadline will need departmental approval, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis dependent upon on space availability in the desired course(s) and progress toward the student’s program of study and targeted graduation term.

Payment for this HTM degree program and individual HTM courses is on a course-by-course basis. The tuition is currently $29,250 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.

In addition to tuition and course materials, students will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations for the two on-campus weeks at SDSU.

Financial aid is available to students in the M.S. in HTM degree program. For more information about financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

You will receive information about accessing your course in Blackboard in your registration confirmation email. You will also receive this information in an email from your instructor on the first day of the course.

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

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.

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 plays and 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.

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.

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