Resort management master's degree programs provide students with advanced training in the economic, legal and social issues that influence the resort industry. Students also learn hospitality management principles and strategies as they apply to all-inclusive vacation facilities. Most programs require two years of full-time study to complete. A limited number of schools offer a dual degree program that combines a Master of Science in Hospitality Management, which includes resort management, with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), enabling students to develop expertise in both resort management practices and business principles. Some programs require students to complete thesis prior to graduation.
In order to apply, students typically must hold a bachelor's degree, meet minimum GPA requirement and have previous education in hospitality or business administration.
Resort Management Master's Degree
Coursework in master's degree programs in resort management relates financial, marketing, and human resources issues to the resort industry. Most programs offer the student the option of a thesis or non-thesis track. Common courses include:
- Data analysis
- Information technology
- Financial management
- Operations management
- Strategic planning and marketing
- Human resources
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Career opportunities for lodging managers, including resort managers, are expected to grow by 8% between 2014 and 2024, which is about as fast as the national average for all occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although more people are expected to travel, many resorts are streamlining operations and limiting services, reducing the need for multiple managers at each resort. The mean annual salary for a lodging manager was $57,810 in May 2015, according to BLS figures (www.bls.gov).
In summary, master's degree programs in resort management provide students with the managerial and technological skills they need for success in management positions in the hospitality industry.