Top Hotel Management Masters and MBA Programs: List of Schools

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A student can find many schools around the nation that offer master's degrees in hotel management and MBAs. We highlight a few of the top schools in the nation and provide a quick look at some other top schools as well.

A master's program in hotel management trains students to operate hotels, manage finances and provide creative marketing for the hospitality industry. Graduate school applicants may find master's programs with extensive hands-on instruction or didactic preparation for a career in academia. The schools discussed here are well-regarded and have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Two even deliver programs in New York, a hotspot of the hospitality industry.

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

The business school at Cornell University was ranked 14th best by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. This school has a network of alumni that totals 12,000 -- one of the largest on the planet in the business world.

Students in the Master of Management in Hospitality program can choose from two versions; one as a 3-semester track and one as a 2-year path. Also available is the dual M.M.H./M.B.A. degree and the Ph.D. program attached to the Master of Science degree.

New York University in New York, NY

New York University is home to the nation's 20th best business school, as rated by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

The city's luxury and resort hotels serve as the backdrop for the practical education of the M.S. in Hospitality Industry Studies. The program prepares students to be leaders in the hotel industry with coursework in finance, law and strategic planning. Concentrations in hotel finance or branding strategy are also available, as well as internships at New York City hotels, such as the Waldorf-Astoria and the Metropolitan Hotel.

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Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

U.S. News and World Report ranked the business school at Michigan State University as tied for 35th in the nation for 2017.

Michigan State's School of Hospitality Business is one of the oldest in the nation and students here may pursue an M.S. in Hospitality Management. As part of the program, students complete research with the help of a faculty member, which they can present at the Graduate Student Forum, an annual conference.

Good Master's Programs for Hotel and Hospitality Management

Some more top programs that offer master's degree in hotel management include:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Florida International University Offers an online MS in Hospitality Management that can be earned in 12 months Miami, FL
Purdue University Offers hospitality and tourism management graduate programs with numerous study abroad options West Lafayette, IN
Temple University Offers a Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management program Philadelphia, PA
Texas Tech University Students can choose to complete a professional or research MS in Hospitality and Retail Management Lubbock, TX
University of North Texas School offers a dual Master of Science in Hospitality Management and MBA Denton, TX

When looking at the top schools in the nation that offer hotel management master's and MBA programs, students may want to consider school location, hands-on training opportunities, national rankings and research options when choosing a program.

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