As a comprehensive research university, the mission of the Virginia Tech Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) graduate program is to develop students’ ability to systematically recognize, analyze, and address the challenges and problems of hospitality and tourism businesses. Our vision, which permeates throughout our graduate program, is to build on a legacy of teaching and research excellence and to create global leaders in the business of hospitality and tourism management. As one of six departments in the Pamplin College of Business, our degree programs are accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
We offer two graduate degrees: Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Ph.D. in Business with a Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The MSBA is offered primarily at our National Capital Region Campus in Falls Church Virginia but with availability via online capabilities on our Blacksburg campus. The Ph.D. is offered exclusively at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. Additionally, we offer 3 Graduate Certificate Programs providing concentrated learning on key HTM topics. These certificate programs are also offered at our National Capital Region Campus and can be combined with the MSBA program.
Two principles permeate our graduate programs. First, our graduate programs focus on the application of theories and methodologies from a variety of disciplines to the critical challenges and problems of hospitality and tourism management businesses; the department provides extensive opportunities for graduate students to partner with faculty to conduct research on significant industry problems. Second, the program is customized to the student’s interests. Degree candidates and their advisory committees plan uniquely individual graduate programs pursuant to the student’s career goals and degree requirements.